What a great way to start the season!

Newcastle put on a beautiful spring afternoon and we had a great crowd in to see us grab the three points at home to start our Westfield W-League campaign.

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The attendance for our opening game – 4,168 – was the third largest in W-League history, and it meant a lot to the girls to have such a strong response from the Newcastle community as we begin our season.

Like the boys, we’ve started strongly and there’s a real buzz around Newcastle which is great for the club, and great for football – to have another match at home against Sydney FC this weekend is something we’re all looking forward to.

Sydney will be another tough challenge, they’re a team that has always been a strong competitor in the W-League, having made the semi-finals last year and with recruits including Chloe Logarzo, Lisa De Vanna and Caitlin Cooper we’re expecting a tough contest.

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Sydney will be disappointed after a first up loss to Brisbane and a team of their quality will be looking to bounce back quickly, which makes this a dangerous fixture for us.

While we were happy to have got the win over Western Sydney, there’s still plenty of room for improvement as we move into our season.

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I think the experience our American imports, Hannah Brewer and Emily van Egmond added to our side was clear to see and in the end was the difference on Sunday.

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We were able to control the game for long periods and created opportunities in the front third, but we need to turn these chances into goals.

The Wanderers came at us pretty hard in the back end of that game, but thanks to the experience of some of our newest recruits, we were able to control the final stages and secure the win.

That being said, and Deansy (Head Coach, Craig Deans) will tell you, we were nowhere near our best at the weekend and have plenty to work on.

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As a squad, we’re all better for the run on Sunday and will enjoy another week of training to work on our combinations across the park.

Our Young Matildas, Cortnee Vine, Clare Wheeler and Sophie Nenadovic have just returned from World Cup Qualifiers and it’s great to have our full squad together leading up to another big match.

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A Newcastle Jets midfielder, Cassidy will be writing a column before every Jets’ home game for the Westfield W-League 2017/18 season.