Brisbane Roar 2019/20 W-League season preview

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Brisbane Roar narrowly missed out on consecutive premierships and grand final aspirations last season, the side will need to use their downfalls as ammunition firing into the 2019/20 W-League campaign.

Last season:

W-League: 2nd

Finals: Semi-finals

They’ll win the league because…

They have a squad filled with young talent, allowing room for improvement only. Young guns Leah Davidson, Indiah-Paige Riley, Hollie Palmer, Kaitlyn Torpey and goalkeeper Georgina Worth are still in the early days of their playing careers, with Davidson and Riley only making their debuts last year.

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Paired with the highly respected Matilda’s trio Mackenzie Arnold, Katrina Gorry and Tamika Yallop.

Brisbane’s junior talent development will be crucial to their survival during the season. If they can maintain their strong defensive core and talented strikers, paired with junior and senior talent the 2019/20 W-League series could go down in history for the club.

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Despite Mel Andreatta parting ways with the club, coach Jake Goodship’s heavy involvement within Brisbane’s academy program ensures there are new-found exciting times ahead for the team.

Goodship’s coaching efforts last season allowed the Young Roar to finish with a commendable NPL Queensland campaign, proceeding the squad’s Y-League championship title in prior seasons. His experience with youth players will provide Brisbane’s young talent with viable support and cultivation.

They’ll be cellar dwellers because…

Of a high turnover this season. A season of trial and error could result in an unsuccessful outcome for the side, appointing new coaching staff without a vast adjustment period has proven to be a team’s downfall in the past.

The W-Leagues preseason has been more than halved compared to past series, with their practice period significantly cut short.

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Will the 2019/20 season be their time to figure out what works and what doesn’t?

The off-season brought…

Strengthened signings. Brisbane has proven to keep the impressive signings coming, with two of the NPLW Queensland’s strongest talent recently handed contracts.

Rylee Baisden and Claire Farrington have joined Goodship’s side, their attacking and defending skills will only provide more depth to the team. Baisden scored an impressive 33 goals over 24 matches playing for Moreton Bay United last NPLW season.

 Key player

Gorry. Renowned Matilda and loyal Brisbane midfielder is back in orange this season.

Missing out on extended playing time due to injury last season, Gorry has made a full recovery and is gearing to continue playing her trade at the high level she is accustomed to.

She will provide vital knowledge and experience for the squad having played more than 100 W-League matches over her career.

One to watch

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Teenager Indiah-Paige Riley who plays for the Young Matildas and last season took home the Breakthrough Player of the Year award will be one of Brisbane’s key emerging talents this W-League season.

Riley scored her maiden goal on her 17thbirthday in the W-League last season, capturing attention across the country for the rising star.

You’ve been warned to watch this space…

Full squad list (so far)

Goalkeepers: Mackenzie ARNOLD, Georgina WORTH

Defenders: Claire FARRINGTON, Natalie TATHEM, Kaitlyn TORPEY

Midfielders: Leah DAVIDSON, Katrina GORRY, Hollie PALMER

Attackers: Rylee BAISDEN, Indiah-Paige RILEY, Allira TOBY, Tameka YALLOP

Feature image credit: Paul Smith

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Kate Mednis
Bachelor of Communications and Journalism student. Intern covering the A-League and W-League home matches. Sports fanatic!