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Herald Women’s Premier League Round 7 Preview   

April 19th, 2018

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 LINDSAY GREEN

Match of the Round
Wallsend v South Wallsend
Sunday 22nd April, 2:30 pm
Walker Fields 

Last start: Wallsend lost 4-2 to Warners Bay, South Wallsend beat Adamstown 3-1

Position on ladder: Wallsend 4th, 7 points; South Wallsend 5th, 6 points

Squad news

Both sides are expected to be at full strength with the possibility of a few changes to South Wallsend.

What the coaches say

Wallsend coach Marc Hingston says his side is feeling fresh after the bye last weekend.

“With three games in a week, I wanted to freshen them up to finish round one on a high,” Hingston said.

“They have played some really good football in the first round and their work ethic at training has been outstanding.

“This week is an opportunity to reward themselves by consolidating a spot in the top 3 or 4.”

South Wallsend coach Kevin Farley says his side is looking forward to the challenge and expects it to be a close game.

Bottom line

It’s shaping up to be a strong contest with both sides competing for a spot in the top four. Wallsend has had a mixed bag of results but has shown they are capable of competing with the best. The Devils having the bye last weekend is a huge advantage and will certainly benefit them heading into the match. The fleet-footed trio of Laura Hall, Sass Seaborn and Libby Copus-Brown are dangerous in attack and if South Wallsend want to keep their winning streak alive, they will need to be at their very best. South Wallsend will be out to assert their dominance and if they are at full strength, they are well on their way to grabbing their third straight win. Both teams are continually improving which paves the way for an exciting match.

 

Adamstown v New Lambton
Saturday 21st April, 2:30 pm
Adamstown No.1 Oval

Last start: Adamstown lost 3-1 to South Wallsend, New Lambton beat Thornton 4-0. 

Position on ladder: Adamstown 6th, 4 points; New Lambton 3rd, 8 points

Squad news

Adamstown is suffering quite heavily on the injury front with Clare Cummings and Kate Lindsay both missing the match. Josie Rae is unavailable but the side could be boosted with the potential return of Courtney Wiltshire and Taylor Kelly. Belle Hewitt from the u20’s side will replace Kate Lindsay while Maddy Lohse is an option for the back line. Zoe Jones is unavailable for New Lambton with a decision on her replacement being made after training on Friday.

What the coaches say

Adamstown coach Paul Devitis is confident his side can perform well on Sunday.

“We are regrouping after some injury setbacks but that allows us to experiment with younger players,” Devitis said.

“I am confident we can take last week’s second-half performance and use it as fuel for a strong performance against New Lambton.”

New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton knows his side needs to be consistent and are out to prove they are genuine contenders.

“This Saturday is another opportunity for us to keep building momentum,” Hamilton said.

“We will need to lift our energy levels and work rate if we are to be successful.

“Adamstown are a good side and will be very keen to get back in the winner’s circle, so we need to be motivated to compete with them.”

Bottom line

Adamstown has been unlucky with injuries but Courtney Wiltshire and Taylor Kelly would be a great addition if they are available. When at full-strength, the Buds are more than capable of competing with the best and they will be itching to take the three points. They are clinical in both attack and defence and once they gain momentum, they can be hard to stop. Adamstown will be relying on younger players to step up and fill the void which could work in their favour in terms of discovering new talent and combinations. New Lambton has proved they are a force to be reckoned with and the experience is certainly shining through. The Eagles will be motivated by the potential to consolidate a top three spot by the end of the first round which is a big advantage heading into the second leg of the season. A tough match to predict but New Lambton may just edge out an under-strength Adamstown side.

 

Thornton v Merewether
Sunday 22nd April, 2:30 pm
Myamblah Oval 

Last start: Thornton lost 4-0 to New Lambton, Merewether lost 3-1 to Warners Bay

Position on ladder: Thornton last, nil points; Merewether 2nd, 10 points

Squad news

Olivia Tannock and Lauren Rouse-Upjohn will miss the match due to work commitments with Tayla Grant, Jenny Jongbloed and Louise Scott returning for Thornton. Merewether is expected to have key players return in an otherwise unchanged line-up.

What the coaches say

Thornton coach Rob Richardson is expecting his side to be like a bull at a gate on Sunday.

“The girls know they have a tough game ahead of them this weekend,” Richardson said.

“We have been focusing on urgency in front of goals and executing our chances at training which will really help us on Sunday.

“As long as we show urgency and don’t turn the ball over in bad areas, I’m confident we can win.”

Bottom line

Thornton may be the only team yet to win a game but their courage and spirit continues to grow. They are a team based on friendship and “doing it for each other” which is evident both on and off the field. A lack of consistency is a dark cloud hanging around the Redbacks but the return of key players including Louise Scott for the first time this season could allow them to have more control in the game. Merewether is always competitive and the return of certain players will no doubt boost their side. The advantage of playing at home is big so expect them to come out firing. Thornton know the task ahead is difficult but if they can perform well for 90 minutes, they could go close to winning this one.

 

Warners Bay has the bye.

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