Herald Women’s Premier League Round 13 Preview

May 31st, 2018




Match of the Round

Warners Bay v Merewether

Sunday 3rd June, 2:30 pm, John Street Oval

Last start: Warners Bay beat Wallsend 7-1, Merewether drew 2-2 with New Lambton

Position on ladder: Warners Bay 1st, 28 points; Merewether 2nd, 23 points

Squad news:

Both sides are expected to be at full-strength.

What the coaches say:

Warners Bay player-coach Cass Davis is expecting the typical arm-wrestle match these two sides are known for.

“We are looking forward to another tough game against Merewether,” Davis said.

“The girls are buzzing and we can’t wait to get out there and play on our home ground in front of our supporters.”

Bottom line:

The stage is set for a cut-throat showdown with both sides desperate to finish off round two strong. Warners Bay has scored 27 goals in their last four matches and are the best attacking side in the competition. The composure and discipline of Warners Bay are difficult to match but if anyone is capable of causing an upset, it’s Merewether. United have only conceded four goals in their last four outings which speaks volumes of their defensive structure. It’s always a fiery match-up that could go either way but Warners Bays’ current form makes them difficult to beat.


Thornton v New Lambton

Sunday 3rd June, 2:30 pm, Alder Park

Last start: Thornton lost 3-2 to South Wallsend, New Lambton drew 2-2 with Merewether.

Position on ladder: Thornton last, nil points; New Lambton 3rd, 18 points

Squad news:

Thornton will field last weekend’s starting line-up and New Lambton will be at full-strength.

What the coaches say:

Thornton coach Rob Richardson says his side is up for the challenge.

“The girls will be hoping to repeat the good showing from last weekend and hopefully get some points,” Richardson said.

Eagles coach Keelan Hamilton is asking his side for consistency to finish their round two between Thornton strong.

“After a positive result against Merewether, we need to make sure we perform well again on Sunday,” Hamilton said.

“Thornton will be another tough match and we will need to be at our best to get the result.

“We are very much focused on continuing the development of our processes and execution.

“If we keep improving in those areas, we will be hard to beat.”

Bottom line:

It’s easy to see this match as a goal scoring affair for New Lambton but write Thornton off at your own peril. The grit and determination they showed last weekend in their narrow 3-2 loss to South Wallsend may be a turning point in their season. Being clinical in front of goal is something the Redback’s have struggled with but they will be on the hunt to score this weekend. New Lambton has enjoyed wins over the competition heavyweights and knows how to get the job done. An interesting matchup with New Lambton in the box seat to take the three points.


Adamstown v South Wallsend

Sunday 3rd June, 2:30 pm, Walker Fields

Last start: Adamstown beat Wallsend 2-0, South Wallsend beat Thornton 3-2.

Position on ladder: Adamstown 6th, 10 points; South Wallsend 5th, 12 points

Squad news:

Adamstown is unchanged from two weeks ago with Laura Millen available for her first-grade debut. South Wallsend welcome back Gemma Harrison and Kalista Hunter with Sass Seaborn available for selection.

What the coaches say:

Adamstown coach Paul Devitis is hoping his side can be more dangerous in transitions.

“The week off has allowed some players to recover from injury and sickness which is good,” Devitis said.

“We have been working hard on our defence and being compact the last month or so.

“We have more attacking options and will be looking to develop our front third combinations and finishing this week.”

South Wallsend coach Brad Parkes understands the importance of his side taking the three points.

“A win will get us in the top four which makes it a big game for us,” Parkes said.

“Adamstown play good football and are in a similar position to us.

“They will also be keen for a win which will make it a tough game.”

Bottom line:

These two sides have had a mixed bag of results with just two points separating them on the ladder. Adamstown has had a week off to recover from injuries which is a luxury the Wolves haven’t had since round nine. Strike weapon Lauren Allan is breathing life into the Buds hopes of playing finals football which has without a doubt boosted their attacking play. The Wolves narrowly escaped with the points last weekend but it would be dangerous to discount them in this match. Both teams are desperate to keep in touch with the top four which should produce an exciting game of football.


Wallsend has the bye.

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