Brisbane Roar A-League Women 2022/23 season preview

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Will Brisbane Roar surge back into finals contention in the 2022/23 A-League Women season?

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Last season…

A-League Women: 6th

They’ll win the league because…

Brisbane Roar Women teams have rarely languished at the bottom end of a ladder since their inception. Despite not making finals last year, the side came home with a rush and perhaps generated momentum into this season by winning three of their final four games.

Goal scoring ability is not something the Roar lack. They boast multiple golden boot contenders, such as Larrisa Crummer, Brazilian Mariel Hecher and American Shea Connors. With this firepower in the kit bag, many defensive teams may be quaking in their boots upon their Brisbane fixture.

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They’ll be cellar dwellers because…

On the flip side, Brisbane’s three victories in their final four games of last year speaks to a slow start. The Roar Women only claimed five total wins for the 2021/22 season, three of those coming consecutively. If Brisbane don’t gain some early season ascendancy, then they may be forced into playing catch-up, against the clock football in pursuit of final’s actions.

The defensive aspect of the game is where Brisbane are most vulnerable. While attacking potency is crucial, it is far less effective when goals are leaking down the other end. Last season, the Roar let in 30 goals in 14 contests, a statistic that coach Garrath McPherson will have been sure to highlight ahead of the coming campaign. Engaging in shoot-out football is not sustainable, so this Brisbane Roar team should look to avoid it at all costs.

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

In their last four seasons, Brisbane have fluctuated from second to fifth place, then to second and sixth. Should the trend continue this season, then the Roar will once again return to the finals.

The off season brought…

Defensive reinforcements.

The Roar have looked overseas to American goalie Hensley Hancuff and Swedish centre back Kajsa Lind to stabilise their defensive game.

Hancuff has spent time under the tutelage of the experienced Michelle Betos and two-time Women’s World Cup winner Ashlyn Harris since joining NWSL club Gotham FC last season.

Teaming up in the defensive end with goalkeeper will be the Swedish Lind, who has been involved in Damallsvenskan, the highest division of women’s football in Sweden, for nearly five complete seasons. This duo will hope to reverse the large tide of goals conceded by the Roar last season.

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Key player…

Katrina Gorry.

Matildas midfielder and club stalwart Gorry is always the beating heart of this Brisbane side. She will be returning for her 11th season in orange after a stint in Sweden with new teammate Lind. The venerated performer has accrued over 100 games and two premierships for the Roar, as well as 78 caps for Australia’s national team.

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One to watch…

Shea Connors.

The American attacker is set for an impact role in front of the goals. Her third season for the Roar, Connors is approaching this campaign fresh off a very successful NPL stint in New South Wales. Leading that league with 11 goals will be a great confidence boost for the forward. In combination with Crummer and Hecher, Connors will once again be a damaging presence in Brisbane’s attacking half in 2022/23.

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Ins: Sharn Freier (Moreton Bay United), Talitha Kramer, Kijah Stephenson (Brisbane City), Margot Robinne, Hensley Hancuff

Outs: Meaghan McElligott, Natalie Tathem, Rie Kitano, Lanni McDougall, Cannon Clough, Ellen Gett, Heidi Dennis, Chantelle Symes, Georgina Worth

Full Squad List

Goalkeepers: Hensley Hancuff, Isabella Shuttleworth, Mia Ellen Bailey

Defenders: Annabel Haffenden, Holly McQueen, Jamilla Sofia Rankin, Jessie Rasschaert, Talitha Kramer, Tamar Levin, Kajsa Lind

Midfielders: Aleeah Davern, Hollie Palmer, Kijah Stephenson, Margot Robbine, Katrina Gorry

Attackers: Georgia Olivia Beaumont, Larissa Rose Crummer, Mariel Hecher, Sharn Freier, Shea Hastings Connors

Feature Image Credit: Kyoko Kurihara

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Aspiring football enthusiast. Covering Brisbane Roar in 2022/23.

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