Perth Glory vs. Newcastle Jets
7pm, Saturday, 24th October
Ashfield Sports Club, Perth WA
Returning to the Ashfield Sports Club for the first home game of the 2015/16 season, Perth Glory will take on the Newcastle Jets, as the traveling side kicks off their new season’s campaign.
Glory has already claimed three points in their away win over Melbourne last weekend, thanks to the prowess of the Glory’s Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord who overcame the Victory’s early lead.
Armed with their newest signings, Megan Oyster and Caprice Dydasco, who both enjoyed a strong season with the Washington Spirit in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in North America, the Newcastle Jets will look to get their season off to a positive start after their bye on the opening weekend.
Last season the Newcastle side missed out on finals football by only a point, falling short in the final week. The Jets will be out to go one better on last year’s result and make one of the top four spots to battle it out for a place in the Grand Final.
Newcastle coach Craig Deans believes that the side has what it takes to make the finals this year and can’t wait to get the team playing on the pitch after the bye weekend.
“I think that everyone is really excited, having a chance to play after the bye means that everyone is really ready to go,” Deans said.
“We’re going to look to our big signings to make an impact. Our US signings, our Matilda’s and our experienced senior players are going to be crucial this season.”
“We need a positive start with this game. The three points will be crucial with only fourteen rounds across the season. We’ll gauge where we’re at after this first result and reassess our short and long term goals.”
Deans welcomed the challenge the expanded competition brings and from the first game wants to show that the Jets are capable of making an impact.
“With the introduction of Melbourne City and their big budget and big name signings, the whole league needs to lift. We need to step up to meet that challenge and look to outplay the more fancied sides on the pitch.”
“If you don’t want to challenge for the finals you shouldn’t be playing in the league. That’s what we’re aiming for and the girls would love to play finals football,” Deans concluded.
One cloud hanging over the travelling side is that their record away to Perth has been less than satisfactory. Last season saw a 4-2 defeat in Perth contribute to the side failing to pick up more than two points in their last four games to miss a top four place.
Good news for the squad is the return of fan-favourite, Gema Simon, back from two years at Melbourne Victory. Simon is keen to prove that she has what it takes to lead the Jets out onto the pitch and her experience will be crucial in leading her younger teammates, particularly in this opening match with Tara Andrews and Georgia Youman Dale absent on Matilda’s duty in China.
With a chance to get off to a strong start, the Jets are not going to want to fall short at the first hurdle and a strong Perth side is the perfect staging ground for the start of their season.
Newcastle Jets: 1.Hannah SOUTHWELL (GK), 2. Sophie NENADOVIC, 4. Megan OYSTER, 5.Caprice DYDASCO, 6.Cassidy DAVIS, 7.Gema SIMON (C), 8. Kobie FERGUSON, 10. Rhali DOBSON, 11. Ashley BRODIGAN, 12.Chloe LOGARZO, 13. Adriana JONES, 17. Jenna KINGSLEY, 18. Claire WHEELER, 19. Hannah BROMLEY, 20. Claire COELHO (GK)
Megan Oyster (Washington Spirit, USA); Gema Simon (Melbourne Victory); Chloe Logarzo (Sydney FC); Jenna Kingsley (Western Sydney Wanderers); Kobie Ferguson (Emerging Jets, NNSWF); Ashlee Brodigan (Emerging Jets, NNSWF); Caprice Dydasco (Washington Spirit, USA); Hannah Bromley (Northbridge FC, NSW); Adriana Jones (Central Coast Mariners, NSW)
Hayley Crawford (Injured); Ashley Spina (Brisbane Roar); Katherine Reynolds (Washington Spirit, USA); Angela Salem (Washington Spirit, USA); Victoria Huster (Washington Spirit, USA); Amber Neilson (Retired); Emily van Egmond (FFC Frankfurt, Germany); Grace Macintyre (Injured); Emma Stanbury (Manly United FC, NSW); Renee Rudder (Moreton Bay United FC, QLD); Tara Andrews (Matildas); Georgia Youman Dale (Matildas) ; Brooke Miller (HSC); Elizabeth Copus-Brown (HSC)