After missing the last two finals series in close last round games, Newcastle has made it to the finals for the second time in their W-League history.
Not only was it a historical moment for the team, but an emotional one for the team, club and their fans who have supported them throughout the 10 seasons.
It hasn’t been a consistent season from the Jets losing in unexpected circumstances in matches to Adelaide United and Melbourne City.
The game against Melbourne City showed the flaws in the Jets defence when they are without Tash Prior and Nikola Orgill.
However, the side has also pulled off unexpected wins to Sydney FC, Brisbane Roar and Canberra United, which showed how good their team is when they are on the mark.
By the end of the season, Newcastle finished with 26 goals, the same amount of goals as Sydney FC, which is a new team record.
Their two matches against Sydney this season has seen Newcastle not concede and score four goals in 2-0 and 2-2 results.
The team hasn’t played finals football in nine years, which could harm the team if they aren’t prepared for what the finals series will bring.
Even if the result doesn’t go their way, it will still a big moment for the team when they step out onto the field Saturday and play with everything they have.
Katie Stengel (Forward)
A known goal scorer, she scored 10 goals in 12 games for Newcastle and is the leading goal scorer for Newcastle this season. Her wealth of experience having played in pressure filled situations like the U20’s World Cup could be beneficial to the younger players in the squad who haven’t played in finals.
Emily van Egmond (Midfielder)
Only 15-years-old the last time Jets made the final, the Matildas vice-captain is hungry to find her first W-League Championship. She moves the ball quickly on the counter-attack to break the oppositions defence wide-open.