Andreatta reveals latest on Ubogagu, McCormick after Roar’s win over Wanderers

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Two wins in a row. Seven goals in those games.

After beating Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 at home yesterday, Brisbane Roar seem to have finally found their mojo.

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In a hard-tackling and messy game of football, the Roar obtained key performances from some unlikely sources – most notably from young goal-scoring birthday-girl Indiah-Paige Riley.

Roar head coach Mel Andreatta was full of praise for her squad.

“It was a short turnaround, it’s been hot, but those players – they’re such professionals and they give their all and what a performance to grind that out in the end,” she said.

As well as missing Katrina Gorry though suspension, key attacker Chioma Ubogagu was a conspicuous absence for the hosts.

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“[Ubogagu] picked up a knock – that’s why she came off in that last game – and for me player wellbeing comes first and foremost,” said Andreatta.

“I didn’t see the point in risking her when there’s been others that have been performing well in training and coming on and making an impact.

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“We don’t play now until the 27th, so that extra [rest] is going to be really good for her… I think she’s going to be really fresh and ready to tear apart Canberra.”

It appears key defender Jenna McCormick’s time with the club may not be at an end yet either.

The dual-code athlete – contracted to both Brisbane and the AFL Women’s Adelaide Crows – was expected by many to be playing her final match of the season for the Roar, the AFLW preseason now well underway.

With it reported McCormick is expected back in Adelaide around Christmas, Andreatta intends to keep the defender with Brisbane for an extra while yet.

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“She’s got a couple [of games left], so I’m not going to throw away the end date there,” she said.

“You’ll see her again in orange.

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I think you’ve seen the talent that she’s shown in the seasons before and what she’s doing this season is a credit to her and the potential she has in football.

“Hopefully we can convince her to just stay here.”

While her departure this season at least is eventually inevitable, the Roar don’t seem too worried about filling her shoes.

“It’s been super competitive each week. It’s based on performance and young Dani Ward and obviously our other stalwart defender Summer O’Brien have been really competing for that spot,” said Andreatta.

“I’m not concerned because I know they’re going to step up.”

Feature image credit: Brisbane Roar

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