W-League Rd 5 - Melbourne v CanberraWith the Perth Glory and Canberra United postponed, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory have the opportunity to close the gap and consolidate a position in the Top 4 with a win.

Adelaide United and Sydney FC will be both looking to bounce back from last week's losses when they clash while Western Sydney and Newcastle Jets are both hoping to continue their winning form. 

Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory

Along with Perth Glory, Melbourne Victory are the form team of the Westfield W-League and are currently on the back of a three-match winning streak that has lifted the Victorians to second.

With the Glory not playing this weekend due to Canberra’s participation in the International Women’s Club Championship, the Victory can grab a share of top spot for the first time since season one with a win in Brisbane. Mike Mulvey’s charges are also hunting a club-record four straight wins.

And it is an opportune time to make the notoriously difficult trip to Brisbane with the Roar shorn of numerous key personnel on national team duty.

However the Victory will have to make do without the midfield drive of Jessica Fishlock who has returned to her native Wales this weekend for an international against the Netherlands.

Brisbane came away from Melbourne with a hard-fought 1-0 win just four weeks ago but this encounter promises to be a very different affair. The Roar have half a dozen players away on Matildas duty testing even their famed squad depth.

Perhaps for the first time in the history of the Westfield W-League the Victory will tackle two-time champions Brisbane fielding the more experienced line-up. The Roar though are renowned for their fighting spirit and, after suffering a defeat against Western Sydney Wanderers, will be eager to atone after last week’s rare stumble at home.

Saturday 24 November 2012

Queensland Sports & Athletics Centre, Brisbane

Local kick-off: 10am

Referee: Peta McCallum

Catch the action live streaming online from 11am AEDT at www.abc.net.au/w-league and nationally on ABC1 from 5pm

Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Hoshimi KISHI (gk), 3. Amy CHAPMAN, 6. Ashley SPINA, 7. Erika ELZE, 8. Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 9. Emma PITTMAN, 10. Lana HARCH, 11. Vedrana POPOVIC, 14. Georgia CHAPMAN, 15. Hannah BEARD, 16. Sachiko TATSUOKA, 18. Kate STEWART (gk), 20. Joanne BUCKLEY (gk), 22. Lauren BROWN, 23. Chelsea HARPER, 24. Hayley SHEAHAN (* one to be omitted)

Ins: Kate Stewart (promoted)

Outs: None

Unavailable: 2. Laura ALLEWAY (national team duty), 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE (national team duty), 5. Brooke SPENCE (national team duty), 12. Rebecca PRICE (knee – 1 week), 13. Tameka BUTT (national team duty), 17. Emily GIELNIK (national team duty), 19. Katrina GORRY (national team duty)

Melbourne Victory squad: 2. Danielle JOHNSON, 3. Maika RUYTER-HOOLEY, 4. Rebekah STOTT, 5. Laura SPIRANOVIC, 6. Petra LARSSON, 9. Tiffany ELIADIS, 10. Jessica McDONALD, 11. Caitlin FRIEND, 12. Jackie VOGT, 14. Enza BARILLA, 15. Amy JACKSON, 16. Georgie KOUTROUVELIS, 17. Gulcan KOCA, 18. Cindy LAY, 20. Cassandra DIMOVSKI (gk), 23. Jessica HUMBLE, 30: Melissa MAIZELS (gk) (* two to be omitted)

In: Caitlin FRIEND (returns from injury)

Outs: Jessica FISHLOCK (international duty – Wales)

Unavailable: Brianna DAVEY (national team duty), Stephanie CATLEY (national team duty), Ashley BROWN (knee – season), Louisa BISBY (knee – season)

Adelaide United v Sydney FC

After a promising start to the season, Adelaide United have started to creak in recent weeks having lost four on the trot and conceding 13 goals in their five outings to date.

They will be relived to be facing a Sydney FC weakened by the absence of some of their big names, though the Sky Blues side still possesses significant quality and experience.

Adelaide’s forward line of Racheal Quigley, Sarah McLaughlin and Marijana Rajcic are capable of damaging any defence on their day, and coach Dave Edmondson will be wanting his attackers to test a relatively youthful Sky Blues defence.

Despite the absence of four key players on Matildas duty, Sydney FC are reinforced for their visit to Adelaide by the timely return of Ellyse Perry from a hamstring strain.

Striker Brittany Whitfield is back from injury, while last week saw the introduction of Doncaster Belles attacker Lillie Fenlon-Billson, plus the welcome return of redoubtable midfielder Kylie Ledbrook.

On the back of consecutive defeats, anything other than three points will be unthinkable for a Sydney side with high expectations.

Saturday 24 November 2012

Burton Park, Adelaide

Local kick-off: 2pm

Referee: Renee Silvester

Adelaide United squad: 1. Kristi HARVEY (gk), 3. Alex NATOLI, 4. Jessie WHAREPOURI, 5. Abby ERCEG (c), 7. Racheal QUIGLEY, 8. Sarah McLAUGHLIN, 9. Marijana RAJCIC, 11. Grace HENRY, 12. Elise WHORLOW, 13. Ann MAYO, 14. Lorena MAGGIO, 16. Jess WATERHOUSE, 17. Laura JOHNS, 18. Georgia MACRI, 19. Holly PATTERSON

Ins: 4. Jessie WHAREPOURI, 17. Laura JOHNS (both promoted)

Outs: 2. Ruth WALLACE, 6. Cassie TSOUMBRIS (both omitted)

Unavailable: 15. Emma CHECKER (national team duty)

Sydney FC squad: 1. Sian MCLAREN (gk), 2. Teresa POLIAS, 3. Elizabeth RALSTON, 5. Meg McLAUGHLIN, 7. Nicola BOLGER, 8. Amy HARRISON, 10. Renee ROLLASON, 11. Annalie LONGO, 12. Chloe LOGARZO, 13. Larissa CRUMMER, 16. Ellyse PERRY, 18. Brittany WHITFIELD, 19. Emma KETE, 20. Sham KHAMIS (gk), 21. Kylie LEDBROOK, 22. Lillie FENLON-BILLSON (* one to be omitted)

Ins: Ellyse Perry, Brittany Whitfield (both return from injury)

Outs: Hannah Bromley (omitted)

Unavailable: Sam KERR, Caitlin FOORD, Alanna KENNEDY, Kyah SIMON (all national team duty), Natalie TOBIN, (calf – 2 to 4 weeks)

Western Sydney Wanderers v Newcastle Jets

Western Sydney Wanderers have been the league’s quite achievers and incredibly could move into second with a win against the Jets. Coach Stephen Roche has quickly moulded a cohesive unit based around several players from his Central Coast Mariners side that did so well in season two of the Westfield W-League.

Last week’s introduction of experienced Icelandic international goalkeeper Thora Helgadottir added yet more steel to an already solid defence, while this week the squad is strengthened further with the arrival of former Australia U-17 international Candice Sciberras.

The enigmatic Jets arrive with a strong track record at Campbelltown Stadium having seen off Sydney FC on more than occasion at the venue.

Coach Wayne O’Sullivan will be hoping his team continue last week’s form which saw the Jets hit four unanswered goals against Adelaide, in a scoreline which contrasts markedly with the previous four outings as his side leaked a massive 15 goals.

Sunday 25 November 2012

Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney

Local kick-off: 2pm

Referee: Kate Jacewicz

Western Sydney Wanderers squad: 1. Liz DURACK (gk), 2. Samantha SPACKMAN, 3. Alexandra HUYNH, 4. Alesha CLIFFORD, 5. Olivia KENNEDY, 6. Rachael SOUTAR, 8. Vanessa HART, 9. Sarah WALSH (c), 11. Louise FORS, 12. Jessica SEAMAN, 13. Catherine CANNULI, 14. Trudy CAMILLERI, 16. Linda O'NEILL, 17. Alisha BASS, 18. Candace SCIBERRAS, 20. Thora HELGADOTTIR (gk) (* one to be omitted)

Ins: Candace SCIBBERAS (new signing - Marconi)

Outs: 10. Servet UZUNLAR, 15. Teigen ALLEN (both national team duty)

Unavailable: Jenna KINGSLEY (knee – season)

Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Eliza CAMPBELL (gk), 2. Hannah BREWER, 3. Hayley CRAWFORD, 4.Gemma PEARCE, 5. Tori HUSTER, 6. Angela SALEM, 7. Gema SIMON, 9. Tara ANDREWS, 11. Kate HENSMAN, 12. Tiffany BOSHERS, 13. Bronte Bates 14. Sammara SCHMITZER, 15. Alishia FOOTE, 16. Stacey DAY, 18. Michaela HATZIRODOS, 20. Alannah ROSEWOOD (gk) (* one to be omitted)

Ins: Hannah BREWER (promoted)

Outs: None

Unavailable: 8. Madeline SEARL (injury), 10. Emily Van Egmond (national team duty)

Canberra United v Perth Glory

Postponed until Wednesday 5 December 2012 due to Canberra’s participation in the International Women’s Club Championship