Andreatta ponders silver lining from Roar’s ‘nearly’ campaign

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It’s been a ‘nearly’ W-League season for Brisbane Roar.

Entering the campaign full of potential, Brisbane were just two wins short of a premiership, and two goals short of a grand-final berth against Perth Glory.

Sydney FC were simply too strong in their 2-1 semi-final win at Dolphin Stadium, Brisbane really only coming alive in the dying moments of the game.

Despite falling short of silverware, Roar head coach Melissa Andreatta considers Brisbane’s season an overall success.

“I’m most proud of the development of the footballers in this program,” she said.

“We’ve had six 17-year-olds debut for this club… I’m not sure if any other club can say that they’ve done that – and they’ve made significant contributions to our success.

“The senior players – Jen (Jenna McCormick) and Allira (Toby) – [are] pushing their case for Matildas selection at the Cup of Nations.

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“To finish second in the regular season, then get yourself into a semi-final… that’s no mean feat in this league.

“We’re all behind being the best that we can be.”

Looking to next season, it’ll be interesting to see the choices made in Brisbane’s player recruitment.

Boasting a well-balanced side, obviously brimming with star talent, Andreatta could still potentially look for reinforcements at right back, in the midfield, or at striker.

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Fans can be assured – although next season is far on the horizon – there’s a plan in place at Brisbane.

“Next season – it’s a bit soon to be looking that far ahead, but we’ll keep doing what we’re doing,” Andreatta said.

“Our youth system is good. We’ll look to continue giving those young players an opportunity over the winter.

“We’ll look to continue giving our senior players opportunities in boys competitions, and internationally in good quality competitions, to keep progressing and being better.

“I’ll keep looking and recruiting that X-factor player who can help us win the Premier’s Plate again, and a championship.”

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Ben Paynter
Ben Paynter
Loves Brisbane. Loves a pint. Loves a 'Kevin Muscat Bad Tackle' YouTube compilation.

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