Match of the Round
Warners Bay vs. Wallsend
Sunday 17 March, 2.30pm, John Street Oval
With both Warners Bay and Wallsend coming off strong wins in round one, fans can expect a tight match this weekend at John Street Oval.
Warners Bay proved their contenders for the title after beating Adamstown Rosebuds 9-1 in round one of the Herald Women’s Premier League (WPL).
After claiming the premiership last year, but falling short to heavyweights Merewether United, Warnes Bay will be looking to continue their strong start and stay top of the table for 2019.
In all three occasions last season, Warners Bay proved victors over Wallsend.
Panthers coach Antonio Ambrogetti says he’s looking forward to the match this Sunday with hopefully better weather conditions than round one.
“I have not seen Wallsend play, but I know some of the players and it’s a very good team.
“Our first team is at full strength and we will play our own style which is attacking oriented,” Ambrogretti said.
After coming agonisingly close to qualifying for last season’s grand final, Wallsend will be looking to continue their strong start the 2019 competition.
Wallsend head coach Brad Jones says his side’s ready for the challenge.
“They [Warners Bay] had a big win too against Adamstown so we’re actually really looking forward to it.”
Football Mid-North Coast vs. New Lambton
Sunday 17 March, 2.30pm, Taree Zone Field
After defeating last year’s premiers in round one, New Lambton will be looking to go back-to-back when they take on Football Mid-North Coast (FMNC) this Sunday.
The Eagles showed great promise last weekend with their forwards, in particular, Lauren Allen and Tara Andrews, putting on a tremendous attacking performance.
Head coach Keelan Hamilton says after last week’s win, he knows New Lambton has set a target on their backs, which is something his side didn’t have to worry about last season.
“That’s going to be different for us and we’re going to have to improve our mentality,” Hamilton said.
FMNC will be looking to bounce back from their 5-nil loss to South Wallsend and will enjoy the home game advantage this week.
Head coach Mick Grass says his side aren’t worried about other teams thus far and will be looking to build going forward in the competition.
“We’re not going to concentrate on other teams too much, we’re going to concentrate on ourselves and try to get our things right,” Grass said.
“If we can get our things right, we’ll be much more competitive heading into the season.”
Adamstown Rosebud vs. South Wallsend
Sunday 17 March, 2.30pm, Adamstown Oval
South Wallsend will be looking to stay at the top of the table but will have no easy task when they face Adamstown Rosebuds.
After a strong performance last Sunday, South Wallsend coach Cas Wright said this weekend’s match will be a matter of building on last week’s performance.
“We’ll be looking to build from the weekend,” Wright said.
“Heading into round two we want to be top of the table.”
A wounded Buds side will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing 9-1 loss to Warners Bay last Sunday.
However, the side will suffer from the loss of Taylor Kelly, Maggie Quinn, Courtney Wiltshire and Jess Terry who will all miss the game due to injury.
With flexibility within their side, Adamstown will most likely promote some of their U20’s players for this weekend.
“We have plenty of flexibility in our squad so we are confident that the players available will be able to put in a good performance and battle to get a positive result,” Adamstown coach Paul Devitis said.
“It’ll just be putting girls in position and creating formation from what we’ve got.”
Merewether United vs. Thornton Redbacks
Sunday 17 March, 2.30pm, Myamblah Oval
Both Thornton Redbacks and Merewether United will be looking to claim points in round two of the Herald WPL after suffering losses in round one.
Reigning premiers Merewether experienced a big upset after going down to New Lambton 4-2 last Sunday, however, coach Cassandra Koppen says her team will look to reset and will expect the unknown when they face Thornton.
“They’re [Thornton] a bit of an unknown entity, I guess.
“Thornton are always difficult to play because they tend to sit quite deep and defend the box really well, so they can be a hard defence to breakdown,” Koppen said.
Despite a disappointing start the 2019 Herald WPL season, Thornton coach Alan Primmer says he knows what his side needs to improve on in order to challenge Merewether this weekend.
Primmer says despite Merewether coming off a loss, he knows they’ll be a strong side to beat this Sunday.
“Beware the wounded champions I say,” Primmer said.