Wilson calls for a full length W-League season

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Newcastle Jets coach Ash Wilson wants to see the W-League play a full home and away series, as she says the short campaign does not showcase each team’s full potential.

This season the Jets have struggled against the luck-of-the-draw with repeated losses against the same top tier teams including Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against Melbourne Victory at No. 2 Sportsground.

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However, Wilson said she believed the competition needed to go to a full home and away season format.

“If it is actually going to be reflective of the top four consistent teams that are consistent against all teams – it does,” she said. 

“I think if you want to be a world leader in a women’s game, it has to happen. There has to be a competition where every team is playing each other twice.”

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With the season at its midway point, the Jets have so far greeted Western Sydney Wanderers, Sydney FC and Victory twice, and Brisbane Roar once.

It was the back-to-back loss against Victory which left the Jets treading on the outskirts of top four territory. Wilson reiterated her push for a full home and away season.

“All the teams we have played are the ones doing well and have managed to retain their same spot,” Wilson said.

“I can’t sit here and say we have been hard done by because we had to play those teams. 

“But again, I will probably keep reinforcing that I think for the league to move and progress to where it needs to go, we need to have a full home and away series.”

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Newcastle will face Adelaide United for the first and only time on Friday night. With only five rounds left, every possible point is critical to prevent another bottom-dwelling season.

The Jets sit seventh on the ladder, with four points to their name. 

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Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2020/21 season. Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Germany) at the University of Technology Sydney. Seven days without playing football can make one weak!