Perth Glory A-League Women Season Preview 2022/2023

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The Perth Glory Women had a tough season last year finishing in fifth-place after playing all of their league matches on the road. Is this season their time to shine now they can return home?

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Last Season…

A-League Women: 5th

Finals: N/A

They’ll win the league because…

After spending all of last season’s 14 matches outside of Western Australia, Perth Glory have battled its way through its fair share of away days.

Finishing the season with seven wins, three draws and four losses, the side had quite an impressive 2021/2022 campaign considering they were constantly playing away from home. Being able to win more games on away turf is no easy feat and requires a strong mentality as well as a lot of confidence, determination and courage to do so.

If the side can maintain this attitude, it will undoubtedly playout to their advantage, making their return to playing WA football a much easier challenge.

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Importantly, a large number of the 2021/2022 campaign’s squad have chosen to remain at the club for the upcoming season. This includes the side’s top goal scorer Cyera Hintzen who re-signed in May for the upcoming season as well as last season’s captain Natasha Rigby. Nine others have re-signed for the club, demonstrating their commitment and loyalty to improving on last season.

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On top of this, the side’s impressive and exciting style of football could flourish even more, following a series of key recruitments including Rylee Baisden from North Carolina Courage in the NWSL and Ella Mastrantonio from Pomigliano CF in Italy. Both players have a wealth of experience, which could provide the Glory’s particularly young squad with more strength and motivation to compete for a top of the table spot this season.

With impressive new signings and a side full of players already performing well together, particularly away from home, it will be interesting to see if the Perth Glory Women can challenge for ALW silverware this season.

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They’ll be cellar dwellers because…

Although Perth Glory played some exciting football last season, it may not be a case of twice in a row.

Despite returning to play in WA, the side is not actually able to play at its home ground HBF Park due to construction upgrades. Instead they have been forced to move to Macedonia Park, a much smaller venue home to the NPL Western Australia club Stirling Lions.

This may be off-putting for the side as it isn’t exactly their home stadium. Even following the COVID-19 pandemic the women’s team will still have to wait to play a real home game.

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Another issue faced by the side is its inability to compete with league champions Sydney FC on both occasions last season. The Glory suffered a 4-0 thrashing in the first meeting followed by a 3-1 loss in the next. Similarly, the side were the victims of another 4-0 hammering in their one and only meeting against Melbourne city during the 2021/2022 campaign. If they are to finish inside the top four, the side will have to look to improve its performances when up against last season’s top teams.

Although head coach Alex Epakis has brought in older and more experienced players over the break, the question is will it be enough?

Ella Mastrantonio, 30, and Rylee Baisden, 28 are two of the new signings and are both older on the age spectrum for the side. It will be interesting to see how the performance of the squad changes as a whole and whether the combined experience alongside 35-year-old Kim Carroll will result in a fantastic level of football.

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

Epakis is the first Perth Glory Women’s coach who has never played or coached in WA before.

The off season brought

Experience.

Last season, the Perth Glory Women’s squad was one of the youngest in the league with more than half its players being under the age of 24.

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Epakis has therefore looked to add a greater deal of experience to the side ahead of the upcoming season. Women’s football veteran Ella Mastrantonio has joined the side’s midfield as well as Rylee Baisden who will feature in the side’s attacking line-up. 27-year-old former Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Sarah Langman will also add to the side’s growing level of experience. The Glory will be hoping its younger squad members can utilise and learn from its newer and much more experienced professional signings.

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Key player

Cyera Hintzen.

The American scored five times in nine games last season for the Glory including an 81st minute equaliser against the Wellington Phoenix in round nine. Her goal put the Glory on track to eventually win the match 3-2. The 25-year-old will be looking to target the back of the net even more times this season.

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One to watch

Gabriella Coleman.

The 24-year-old American has joined Perth Glory after her first season with HK Kópavogur in Iceland and netting nine goals for the side. The striker has also previously starred for both Mississippi State and Oklahoma State University and is expected to add an extra level of speed and physicality to the Glory’s 2022/2023 ALW squad.

Coleman comes from a strong sporting background, with her father Marcus boasting an 11-year NFL career at the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans. His career earned him both All-American and Hall of fame awards. 

Ins: Sarah Langman (Western Sydney Wanderers), Ella Mastrantonio (Pomigliano CF), Rylee Baisden (NC Courage), Milan Hammond (Blacktown Spartans), Gabriella Coleman (HK Kópavogur) 

Outs: Deborah-Anne de la Harpe, Mie Leth Karshöj 

Full squad list

Goalkeepers: Morgan Aquino, Sarah Langman

Defenders: Claudia Mihocic, Liz Anton, Kim Carroll, Natasha Rigby, Sofia Sakalis

Midfielders: Aideen Keane, Ella Mastrantonio, Hana Lowry, Isabella Wallhead, Susan Phonsongkham, Sadie Lawrence, Sarah Cain, Tijan McKenna,

Forwards: Abbey Green, Alana Jancevski, Cyera Hintzen, Demi Koulizakis, Gabriella Lindsay Coleman

Feature image credit: Tom McCarthy

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