Making home comforts count

Perth Glory Women will be looking for their first three points of the season when they tackle Newcastle Jets at ME Bank Stadium in a blockbuster match on Saturday in front of a live national TV audience.

Perth Glory Women will be looking for their first three points of the season when they tackle Newcastle Jets at ME Bank Stadium in a blockbuster match on Saturday in front of a live national TV audience.

The match is also a fundraiser for the National Breast Cancer Foundation with both teams wearing pink armbands during the match and proceeds of ticket sales and merchandise going to the fight against cancer.

“It-s a nice moment this weekend with the Breast Cancer theme and it-s great that we are getting behind the foundation” said Glory Coach John Gibson.

“Hopefully it will be an additional spur to the girls, some of whom have been touched by this issue in the past.”

After a tough road trip to face Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium in round one, the Glory girls will regain home ground advantage and with only nine games to play in the season, maximum points at home will be crucial to the finals aspirations of the team.

“It is a very, very short season, we require a victory this weekend and we will be going out there to win the game” said Gibson.

“Home ground advantage is crucial and we will be looking for maximum points from all five home games. It is a great venue at ME Bank Stadium and it-s our first home game so we need to come up with the points this weekend.”

Gibson was not giving too much away about his likely line-up but is keeping his options open after the departure of starlet Sam Kerr to national duty with the Young Matildas.

“We will go in with a slightly different approach but the basic organisation will stay pretty much the same. The fans might see us be a little bit more adventurous this weekend.

“There might be a little bit of a change to the shape of the team in regards to personnel changes but we will see how we go in the last training session prior to the game before deciding on the best way to beat the Jets.”

Saturday, 10 October 2009 Perth Glory v Newcastle Jets ME Bank Stadium, Perth

Local kick-off: 12.00pm (3.00pm AEDT) Referee: Lee Corey

Tickets: Available on the gate. Adults $5, Concessions $2

Live and exclusive on ABC1 and ABC HD from 3.00pm AEDT to all centres except Perth (Delayed telecast into Perth at 3.00pm AWST)

Perth Glory squad: 1. Emma WIRKUS (GK), 3. Carys HAWKINS, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Ella MASTRANTONIO, 7. Elissia CANHAM, 8. Tanya OXTOBY (c), 9. Dani CALAUTTI, 11. Lisa DE VANNA, 13. Elisa D-OVIDIO, 14. Collette McCALLUM, 15. Alex SINGER, 16. Sadie LAWRENCE, 17. Marianna TABAIN, 18. Ellis GLANFIELD, 19. Katarina JUKIC

In: Katarina JUKIC (promoted) Out: Sam KERR (international duty) Unavailable: Zoe PALANDRI (overseas)

Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Alison LOGUE (gk), 2. Libby SHARPE, 3. Pelay INGLES, 4. Loren MAHONEY, 5. Stacey DAY, 6. Amber NEILSON, 7. Gema SIMON, 8. Bronte BATES, 9. Kate HENSMAN, 10. Hayley CRAWFORD (c), 11. Carlie IKONOMOU, 12. Emma STEWART, 13. Caitlyn JARVIE, 14. Hannah BREWER, 16. Kirstyn PEARCE, 17. Maddy SEARL, 18. Leia SMITH, 20. Emma-Kate DEWHURST (gk) *four to be omitted*

In: Emma STEWART (promoted), Libby SHARPE (promoted), Bronte BATES (promoted), Hannah BREWER (promoted) Out: Tara ANDREWS (international duty) Unavailable: Nil