Canberra United 2018/19 W-League season preview

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After missing out on the W-League finals series in 2017/18, Canberra United have retaliated by overhauling their squad with local and international talent as they aim for a massive bounce back campaign.

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Last season…

W-League: 5th

They’ll win it all because…

What makes this Canberra United outfit dangerous is their new-look squad that could cause serious distress among the other eight sides in the competition. New personnel includes the captain of the Scotland national team Rachel Corsie, who has represented her homeland on 101 occasions as well as Ireland international Denise O’Sullivan as a guest player.

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Teenage sensation Ellie Carpenter returns on the back of an outstanding 2017/18 season with United and coach Heather Garriock sure to introduce other young starlets throughout the year after signing local’s Lauren Keir and Laura Hughes.

There is a good mixture of international experience and young prodigies in the green outfit this season and don’t be surprised if they excel this upcoming season.

They’ll be cellar dwellers because….

United will be without club legend Ashleigh Skyes, who announced her retirement from football back in February. This means a huge void will be left up front and only time will tell if her boots can be filled. Canberra’s defence is a worry heading into the new season after they conceded 27 goals in 12 matches last term: the equal worst defensive record in the competition alongside the Perth Glory and Adelaide United.

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Keeping with the theme of this refurbished playing group, only three of the now 21-members are players that took to the field for Canberra last time out. They are Carpenter, Karly Roestbakken and Nikki Flannery. An astonishing stat that underlines how much Garriock is changing things in an attempt to win Canberra’s third championship crown.

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Key player

It has to be Rachel Corsie. You have a player that has played her trade in Scotland, England, USA and now Australia. The 29-year-old will add a much-needed presence and veteran leadership to a Canberra back line that conceded over two goals per game last campaign. If the Scottish international can fix the frailties at the back, her team have a huge chance of having a successful season.

Ins: Nikola Orgill (Newcastle Jets), Natasha Prior (Newcastle Jets), Lauren Kier (Belconnen United), Laura Hughes (Canberra United Academy), Rhoda Mulaudzi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Refiloe Jane (Vaal University of Technology), Meaghan McElligott (Moreton Bay Jets), Rachel Corsie (Utah Royals FC), Olivia Price (Western Sydney Wanderers), Melissa Maizels (Perth Glory), Shamiran Khamis (Sydney FC), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Maria Jose Rojas (Orca Kamogawa, Japan)

Outs: Michelle Heyman (Adelaide United), Remy Siemsen (Melbourne Victory), Amy Sayer (Sydney FC), Grace Maher (Melbourne Victory), Liana Danaskos (Western Sydney Wanderers)

Full Squad List

  1. Melissa MAIZELS (GK), 2. Laura HUGHES, 3. Natasha PRIOR, 4. Rachel CORSIE, 5. Nikola ORGILL, 6. Refiloe JANE, 7. Aoife COLVILL, 8. Olivia PRICE, 9. Rhoda MULAUDZI, 11. Denise O’SULLIVAN, 12. Lauren KEIR, 13. Meaghan MCELLIGOTT, 15. Rosaria GALEA, 16. Karly ROESTBAKKEN, 17. Madelyn WHITTALL, 18. Taren KING, 19. Nickoletta FLANNERY, 20. Shamiran KHAMIS, 21. Ellie CARPENTER, 23. Maria JOSE ROJAS

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Michael Djordjieski
Bachelor of Sports Media graduate from the University of Canberra. Live and breath everything to do with football.