Brisbane Roar finally finding their feet after ‘crazy’ season

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Brisbane Roar have missed out on finals this season, but are just starting to find their feet as the 2021/22 A-League Women season comes to a close.

As the ALW season nears its end, the Roar seem to have found the form they were desperately looking for throughout the year.

The Roar’s emphatic 4-0 win against Newcastle Jets on Monday night at an unfamiliar James Drysdale Reserve in Brisbane, made it three consecutive wins for head coach Garrath McPherson’s side.

The win also makes it the second time within a week that the Roar have won by a four-goal margin as they beat the same opponents in Newcastle last Friday.

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In a season riddled with results that didn’t mimic their success from last year, coupled with the harsh reality of COVID-19 regulations and bad weather, there is no doubt that the 2021/22 ALW season was a season for experience.

“It’s been such a crazy year,” McPherson said.

“We’ve been in so many games this season and I really just feel it’s the experience this squad has gained, and I credit to how quickly [the team] learn.”

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The season seems to have exposed the club’s bright future, as this year was undoubtedly a good time as any for the young Roar players to showcase their skills.

The last three games showed fans and players a glimpse of what the next generation of Roar players have to offer.

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“There’s been so many players that have made their debut this year for the club,” McPherson said.

“It was always going to take a while for them to learn how to win at this level, and how to see out games, so it’s nice that in the last three [games] to have [won].

“[Rie and Nia] have been training and training and training, they’re disciplined, positive training hard so it’s nice to give them some time off the bench.”

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Although the bitterness of not qualifying for the finals sets in, McPherson had nothing but pride for his squad, as he commended his team’s defence and attack.

“It’s not just so much the work of the centre backs and the goalkeeper, they’re contributing a lot, but the organisation and discipline from everyone in front of them to protect goal scoring areas has helped,” he said.

“Everyone’s working hard. All of our scorers have been relentless in their pursuit just to get better, it’s great to see [Shea and Larissa] back on the scoresheet.”

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Brisbane Roar play Canberra United at home in their last match of the 2021/22 ALW season. McPherson will look to finish off the season with another win and drag that momentum across for a more successful 2022/23 campaign.

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Min-Gyu Shim
Bachelor of Journalism student at UQ, and a full time football fanatic. Covering Brisbane Roar for the 2020/21 season.

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