Adelaide United A-League Women 2021/22 season preview 

-

A single goal denied Adelaide United a place in the A-League Women finals last season, can they avoid missing out again this campaign?

Last season… 

A-League: 5th 
Finals: Did not qualify  

They’ll win the league because… 

In Adrian Stenta’s first season in charge, the Reds had their best season to date finishing fifth and only narrowly missing out on finals by goal difference.  

Now going into Stenta’s second season, United was able to re-sign their Golden Boot winner Chelsie Dawber, along with integral first-team players in Emily Condon, Meleri Mullan and Isabel Hodgson. The Reds were so close last season, they will be hungry this campaign to make amends.  

Embed from Getty Images

They’ll be cellar dwellers because… 

Being a cellar dweller has historically followed the Reds. Eight bottom two finishes, five wooden spoons and zero finals campaigns.  

Furthermore, the Reds lost some integral pieces in Chilean international star striker Maria Jose Rojas, young Matilda Charlotte Grant and Mallory Weber. 

Embed from Getty Images

The Reds will have to turn their history around if they wish to avoid another season of being a cellar dweller. 

Talk around the water cooler…look smart in front of your colleagues with this valuable piece of information 

The 2020/21 A-League Women’s season was the first winning season in the Reds history as they claimed seven victories. That was the same amount of games they combined to win in the two seasons prior.  

The off-season brought 

The departure of Rojas, former Lady Reds’ player of the season Weber and young matilda Grant made for a turbulent off-season and a loss of experienced heads. 

However, the Reds were able to bring in experienced Japanese campaigner Reona Omiya and exciting youngsters in Shadeene Evans, Georgia Beaumont and Natasha Brough. 

Embed from Getty Images

Key player 

Chelsie Dawber.

Dawber had a stellar 2020/21 campaign, netting five goals in eight matches which claimed her the Golden Boot for United. 

“Last season was my best so far in the W-League. I was able to regularly contribute to the team by scoring goals and I really want to build on that moving forward.” Dawber said on her 2020/21 campaign. 

Now with the departure of fellow forwards Rojas and Weber, the opportunities will be greater for Dawber, but the pressure is on.  

Embed from Getty Images

One to watch… 

Shadeene Evans.

The new import will bring some youthful exuberance and flair to United’s team this season.

Evans scored her first and only A-League Women’s goal at the age of 18 for Sydney FC. Now 20 years old, Evans returns to the competition in a move to Adelaide, and Stenta cannot wait. 

“Shadeene is one of the most promising players in the country. We’re delighted to have her join the squad and I believe she can have a breakout year for us because of her determined mindset.” Stenta said.  

Evans is ready to go and she is one to watch this season.  

Embed from Getty Images

INS: 

Shadeene Evans, Miranda Templeman, Paige Hayward, Georgia Beaumont, Reona Omiya, Natasha Brough, Nanako Sasaki

OUTS: 
Mallory Weber, Charlotte Grant, Maruschka Waldus, Maria Jose Rojas,  

Full squad list 

Head Coach: Adrian Stenta 

Goalkeepers: Sian Fryer-McLaren, Annalee Grove, Miranda Templeman, Inana Toovey 

Defenders: Emily Hodgson, Kahlia Hogg, Laura Johns, Matilda McNamara, Emma Stanbury 

Midfielders: Natasha Brough, Abbey Burns, Georgia Campagnale, Emily Condon, Shadeene Evans, Lara Kirkby, Meleri Mullan, Reona Omiya, Nanako Sasaki, Ella Tonkin 

Forwards: Georgia Beaumont, Chelsie Dawber, Paige Hayward, Isabel Hodgson, Fiona Worts  

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta

Enjoy this content? Support The Football Sack

Due in part to COVID and lack of current sponsorship we are at risk of not having the funds to continue running The Football Sack. If you enjoy our content and support our work in training talented young writers, please support us with a donation. If every reader contributed just $3, our funding would be covered for over ten years.

DONATE

Learn with us

Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

Latest Articles

Love your football?
Subscribe to our weekly football wrap. During the season we'll send you all the week's football action straight to your inbox.
* indicates required