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March 10th, 2018
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BY LINDSAY GREEN

     

Match of the Round

Warners Bay v South Wallsend

Sunday, March 11th 2:30 pm

John Street Oval

Last meeting: Round 18 2017, 1-1 draw

Squad news

An exciting match of the round to start the season with both teams looking strong across the park. Although the Wolves have lost key players Stacey Day and Georgia Amess, they add class and strike power through Tracy Baker-Holmes and Beth Kermode. The Bay is without fleet-footed attacker Sass Seaborn, goalkeeper Rhiannon Hines and skilled defender Brooke Miller. Westfield W-League player Tara Pender is a great addition to the premiers and anticipation is building for young Maddi Latter’s first match as a goalkeeper.

 What the coaches say

Cassidy Davis (Warners Bay)

“Southy have signed some quality players so we are looking forward to a competitive game which is exciting for round 1.”

Kevin Farley (South Wallsend)

“We are looking forward to the challenge of playing last year’s minor Premiers.”

Bottom line

Inconsistency was a challenge South Wallsend struggled to overcome last season, but they have added depth and experience to the squad. Warners Bay are always contenders and with last season’s ‘Golden Boot’ Jenna Kingsley returning for her second year, it should be a thrilling match for spectators.

 

Wallsend v New Lambton

Sunday, 11th March 2:30 pm

Kurraka Oval, Fletcher

Squad news

The anticipation is building ahead of this match as predictions for New Lambton’s season continue. An impressive squad flooded with experience, including former Matilda’s player Joey Burgess and former W-League player, Stacey Day and current W-League Newcastle Jets striker Tara Andrews. Georgia Amess also adds striking power up front to the team, whilst goalkeeper Darcie Bell strengthens the defensive structure. The loss of Kally Lewis and Lisa Cochrane will be felt, but the Devil’s have added speed and class with Danielle Redding in goals and former Warners Bay pair Sass Seaborn and Georgia Minors.

What the coaches say

Keelan Hamilton (New Lambton)

“Wallsend have a good coach and a talented squad with plenty of WPL experience and with players like Sass Seaborn and Libby Copus-Brown, they will definitely be a threat in the front third. It will be a big challenge for us but we are confident of putting on a strong performance and starting our season positively.”

Marc Hingston (Wallsend)

“I’m really proud of the effort the girls have displayed throughout the preseason. Looking forward to playing football now and excited to be a part of a bit of history this Sunday against New Lambton in their maiden appearance in the competition.”

 Bottom line

New Lambton will be itching to play their first match in the league and it will be interesting to see how their combinations work. Wallsend struggled last season but have a strong team on paper and should be competing with the best. A hard match to predict with both teams eager to play, but New Lambton’s experience may be too strong for the Devil’s. Due to some unforeseen damage at The Gardens, Round 1 of WPL Wallsend FC v New Lambton FC has been moved to Kurraka Oval, Fletcher.

 

Adamstown v Thornton

Sunday, March 11th 2:30 pm

Adamstown Oval

 Last meeting: Round 20 2017, Adamstown defeated Thornton 6-1

Squad news

Thornton has lost Jenna Kennedy and Sarah Bennett to New Lambton and Danielle Redding has joined Wallsend. The Redback’s have recruited well this season with Olivia Tannock from the Queensland NPL, former German Bundesliga player Lauren Rouse-Upjohn joining the squad and Merewether United pair, Carolina Cacic and Tayla Naismith. The buds are without veteran Emily Frost but have retained vocal captain Clare Cummings.

What the coaches say

Paul Devitis (Adamstown)

“We are very excited to start the new season and can’t wait to step out onto Adamstown Oval. We want to put in a good performance against Thornton and hopefully get a home win to start the season.”

Rob Richardson (Thornton)

“The girls are very focused and ready to kick the season off. Adamstown are a quality outfit and we played them two weeks ago so we know how tough the game will be.”

Bottom line

Adamstown still has a core group of girls who continually turn up for each other and are aware of their role in the team. The return of United States striker Lauren Allan and guidance of new coach Paul Devitis will make them competitive across the park. Thornton is fielding their finest side since entering the competition in 2015 and will cause headaches for the Buds. Predicting Adamstown to win in a close game.

 

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