McPherson keen to keep ‘cohesive’ squad as Roar end their A-League Women’s campaign

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Brisbane Roar have finished their 2021/22 A-League Women’s season on a high, going undefeated in their last four games and coach Garrath McPherson is keen to keep his squad together to build on a tough season.

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Collecting their final point of the season with a 3-3 draw against Canberra United on Thursday night, the Roar must now look towards next year’s A-League Women’s season to prove themselves.

The Roar have finished sixth through 14 games in 2021/22, falling four places from last season’s second place.

Despite this coach, McPherson is keen to keep his squad together and build them into a title contender for 2022/23.

“Cohesion, in a team, is one of the single most important factors to its success and we will be looking to keep the same group of people together to establish that cohesion,” said McPherson.

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McPherson believes his Roar squad will remain predominantly the same into next season.

“You’ll likely see the same core group of players back again next year,” he said.

Going undefeated through their last four games of the season it is easy to see why McPherson believes there is more to come from this Brisbane squad.

“Lots of positives from this season, we know the club is strong and it’s unwavering so we just have to continue to grow as a group,” he said.

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Even with his belief in the team, McPherson knows that squad rotation is a part of the business.

“There will be some changes to the roster I’m sure and there’s going to be other Queenslanders perhaps wanting to come home, so the next three or four weeks will be spent scouting that,” he said.

McPherson still believes Queensland products are some of the Roar’s best options.

“It’s pleasing to see what we’re producing here in Queensland both in the NPL system and the QAS programmes because these players can compete against anyone,” he said.

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Having now officially concluded their season, McPherson believes it was a learning experience for both him and his players.

“I’ve personally had a bit of a roller coaster year but we’ve gotten better at managing games and seeking out wins,” he said.

Not making the finals hurts any team but McPherson admitted it was only ever a hopeful goal for the squad.

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“We said probably a stretch goal at the start of the year around the fringe of the finals and we were aiming for about 22 points, 23 points, so we were shy of that but for anyone that watches our games they know we put it all out on the park every week,” he said.

Having drawn 3-3 with Canberra United on Thursday evening in their last hit-out of the season, Brisbane must now look to continue their growth through the off-season and into 2022/23.

Feature image credit Kyoko Kurihara

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Bill Hedley
Journalism under graduate at the University of Queensland. I have been a die-hard football player and fan for the past 16 years and am now a passionate multimedia Journalist, covering Brisbane Roar for the 2021/22 A-League season.

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