Newcastle Jets A-League Women 2022/23 Season Preview

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After a promising start to the 2021/22 season where they only lost in one of their opening seven fixtures, a shortened season proved to be tough for Newcastle Jets who were plagued by a few key injuries and withdrawals.

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Last season

A-League Women: 8th

Finals: N/A

They’ll win the league because…

The start of the 2021/22 season showed that the potential is there for the Jets. Given a season without Covid shortening their campaign and putting pressure on the thin squad, a run at the top four is not out of the question. Ash Wilson had the team playing exciting football in the early rounds before fixture congestion got the better of them.

With some exciting players signing on during the off-season, the on-field performances only look set to improve. With game management and rotation looking far more achievable this year, the Jets should be able to put together a stronger team than the one we were shown glimpses of during last season’s campaign.

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A good core of last year’s squad has been retained. Paired with the new additions, the Jets should be able to kick on and give a more accurate account of themselves and reach the potential that this squad has.

They’ll be cellar dwellers because…

The top goal scorer title was shared by three players in 2021/22, with Tara Andrews, Marie Dolvik, and Sophie Harding all having two goals to their names. Without a consistent finisher up front, any team would struggle to make a run at the finals.

There have been attacking reinforcements brought in during the off-season, however too many players coming in to patch up the attack could mean that they take time to gel together and play with cohesion. A shorter than average season will mean the new recruitments will need to hit the ground running in order for the Jets to stay away from the bottom-end of the table.

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Cass Davis has set the record for consecutive appearances in the A-League Men or Women competitions, starting all 111 games since her debut in November 2013.

The off-season brought…

Attacking reinforcements.

Look out for the new signings of American duo Murphy Agnew and Sarah Griffith. Both are coming off a full senior season abroad after coming through the US College system.

Griffith joins from National Women’s Soccer League team Chicago Red Stars and will be looking to add some excitement in the Jets frontline. She can play anywhere across the front three or at number 10 positions where the Jets have lacked some spark in recent seasons, especially with the loss of Norwegian attacker Marie Dolvik. Griffith will be looking to make an immediate impact and push the team in the hunt for finals football.

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Murphy Agnew had a similar path to Griffith but played her last season in Iceland for Thróttur Reykjavík. The addition of these two players should prove to be key for Jets as the goals have not been flowing for them recently.

Key player

Claire Coelho has been re-signed and was crucial between the sticks last season. Coelho kept Jets in the game on numerous occasions and earned her reputation as one of the best keepers in the league.

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As Ash Wilson addresses the attacking shortcomings of last season, keeping a defence together and allowing them to gel will be a big factor for the upcoming season. A strong defence is only improved by a keeper that can make an impact, and that is what Coelho does.

The team will have full confidence in Coelho, who will give them a solid base to build around.

One to watch

Murphy Agnew.

Coming off a solid first season overseas after a college campaign in the US, Agnew will look to add flair to the frontline of the Jets. Agnew notched six goals and three assists in her 16 appearances for Thróttur Reykjavík along with a high-work rate and a penchant for putting teams on the back foot. She will slot in alongside fellow American and new signing Sarah Griffith in what should be an exciting strike force for the Novocastrians.

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Ins: Leia Puxty (Adamstown Rosebuds), Emily Garnier (Chicago Red Stars), Chloe Walandouw (Academy), Teigen Allen (Western Sydney Wanderers), Cannon Clough (Brisbane Roar), Tessa Tamplin (Servette FC), Adriana Konjarski (Warners Bay), Sarah Griffith (Chicago Red Stars), Murphy Agnew (Thróttur Reykjavík), Georgina Worth (Brisbane Roar), Sophie Stapleford (Maitland Magpies)

Outs: Sophie Harding, Sunny Franco, Bethany Gordon, Tiana Jaber, Kirsty Fenton, Marie Dolvik, Elizabeth Eddy

Full squad list

Goalkeepers: Claire Coelho, Georgina Worth, Sophie Magus

Defenders: Hannah Brewer, Taren King, Teigen Allen, Cannon Clough, Emily Garnier, Leia Puxty, Tessa Tamplin, Chloe Walandouw

Midfielders: Cassiday Davis, Lucy Johnson, Josie Morley, Lara Gooch, Sophie Stapleford

Forwards: Jemma House, Tara Andrews, Lauren Allan, Ashlee Brodigan, Murphy Agnew, Josie Allan, Adrianna Konjarski, Sarah Griffith

Feature image credit: Newcastle Jets

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Will Booth
Will Boothhttp://willbooth.au
Business and Sport Management student at WSU. Interest in Data analysis. Covering the Newcastle Jets ALM and ALW teams for the 2022/23 season.

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