After missing out on finals football last season two time W-League champions Brisbane Roar are looking for an improved campaign this time round.

Last Season
W-League: 7th

They’ll win the league because…

Roar will look to ride on the recent success experienced by the Matildas in their side, new signing Hayley Raso adds quality in attack, while experienced campaigners Clare Polkinghorne and Mackenzie Arnold provide steel at the back. Coach Mel Andreatta enters her second season in charge and is further able to mould her own squad. She has already added Raso, Ayesha Norrie and Hong Kong international Wai Ki Cheung to her squad as they look to improve on last season’s seventh placed finish.

They’ll be cellar dwellers because…

A seventh place finish in 2016/17 is certainly nothing to write home about. Roar stuggled infront of goal with only the Wanderers scoring less goals than the Roar in last season’s W-league. Furthering the Roar’s goal scoring woes last season’s top scorer Tameka Butt as well as Katrina Gorry who had a league high 51 goal attempts are yet to be confirmed for this season. New signings Raso and Cheung will have to come out of the blocks firing if the Roar are to have a successful season.

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Talk around the watercooler…

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Roar kicked off their pre-season on Friday night with a 2-1 win over PS4 NPL Queensland grand finalists The Gap. Abbey Lloyd scored a double for the Roar in a match that celebrated 25 years of women’s football at The Gap FC.

The offseason brought…

Just 18 days out from the start of the season Roar only have 12 confirmed players on their books for the 2017/18 season. There has been no official word on potential returns for  Gorry and Butt. It appears much of Roar’s work on the signing front is yet to come.

Key player…

Hayley Raso – The 23 year old winger returns to her hometown club from NWSL side Portland Thorns for whom she scored seven goals and grabbed three assists in 23 appearances. Fresh from helping the Matildas overcome Brazil, Raso will be key to the Roar attack who were the second lowest scorers in last season’s competition.

One to watch…

Wai Ki Cheung – By signing for Roar Cheung becomes the first player from Hong Kong to play in the Westfield W-league. Predominantly a striker, the 26-year-old attacker is known for her dribbling and passing ability as well as her knack to score goals. Could provide the x-factor in a Roar side looking for goals.

Full squad list…

1.Mackenzie ARNOLD, 3. Amy CHAPMAN, 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE, 8. Kaitlyn TORPEY, 12. Allira Toby, 14, 15. Abbey LLOYD, Summer O’BRIEN, 19. Natalie TATHEM, 20. Georgina WORTH, Ayesha NORRIE, Wai Ki CHEUNG, Hayley RASO

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Currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication at Southern Cross University, Thibault is a digital content editor at Gold Coast City and works as a football correspondent for APN Newspapers. Olympique Lyon and Socceroos fan, passionate about the growth of football in Australia.