The finals have effectively started two weeks early for Glory’s Westfield W-League team who must win Saturday’s clash with Canberra United at Bunbury’s Hay Park to keep their top four hopes alive.
So the stakes could hardly be higher for Bobby Despotovski’s side who are determined to get back to winning ways against their old nemesis from the capital.
But Canberra are also desperate for three points as they aim to lock down their own place in the finals and with a bumper crowd expected to flock to Hay Park, it’s shaping up to be an unmissable afternoon of high-quality, high-stakes football.
Superstar striker Sam Kerr will be leading her Glory side from the front and she believes the women in purple have what it takes to secure the victory they need.
“We’re all really looking forward to playing in front of our supporters from the south-west,” she said.
“We’ve been made to feel so welcome since we got down here on Thursday and we’re confident we can reward our members and fans by producing a good performance and picking up the three points.”
Saturday, 20 January 2018
Perth Glory v Canberra United
Hay Park, Bunbury
Kick-Off: 4:30pm (Local) (7:30pm AEDT)
Referee: Katie Patterson
Assistant Referee 1: Arvin Shanmuganathan
Assistant Referee 2: Adrien Liechti
Fourth Official: Josh Mannella
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Perth Glory Squad: 2.Sarah CARROLL, 3.Kim CARROLL, 4.Natasha RIGBY, 5.Patricia CHARALAMBOUS, 7.Nicole STANTON, 8.Shawn BILLAM, 9.Rachel HILL, 10.Raquel RODRIGUEZ, 12.Shannon MAY, 13.Jaymee GIBBONS, 15.Alexia MORENO,16.Amanda FRISBIE, 17.Marianna TABAIN, 18.Melissa MAIZELS (Gk), 20.Samantha KERR (c), 30.Morgan AQUINO (Gk)
**one to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Sarah CARROLL (promoted)
Unavailable: 1.Gabby DAL BUSCO (Gk) (arm – 1-2 weeks)
Canberra United Squad: 1.Haley KOPMEYER (Gk), 3.Clare HUNT, 4.Toni PRESSLEY, 6.Caitlin MUNOZ, 8.Liana DANASKOS, 10.Grace MAHER, 11.Elise THORSNES, 14.Ashleigh SYKES, 16.Karly ROESTBAKKEN, 18.Taren KING, 20.Amy SAYER, 21.Ellie CARPENTER, 23.Michelle HEYMAN, 34.Laura BASSETT, 36,Georgia BORIC (Gk)
Ins: 6.Caitlin MUNOZ (promoted), 16.Karly ROESTBAKKEN (promoted)
Outs: 17.Madelyn WHITTALL (Not Selected), 19.Aoife COLVILL (omitted)
Unavailable: 7.Nicki FLANNERY (foot - indefinite)
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Tickets will be sold at the gate, but you can avoid the lines by booking online HERE
A membership counter will be located at Gate 2
Dress in purple and cheer the women on as loudly as you can!
Catering or outside food
Aluminium cans (including sunscreen cans - sunscreen stations provided at venue)
Glass bottles (infant feeding bottles and perfume bottles allowed)
Flares and fireworks.
Weapons or anything assessed as a potential weapon.
Animals (guide dogs excepted)
Cameras with lens larger than 200mm (including digital cameras)
Audio and video recorders
Any item deemed by venue management to be either a danger or nuisance