W-League side all set for pre-season opener

Glory members and fans will have their first opportunity to see our Westfield W-League side in action on Tuesday evening when they take on the the WA State Team at Forrestfield.

Bobby Despotovski’s charges have been back in training for several weeks as they prepare for their new campaign which gets underway on 27th October with an eagerly-anticipated Grand Final re-match against Melbourne City at nib Stadium.

And Despotovski believes that the the Bankwest Women's Challenge Cup clash against the State Team will provide a useful indication of how the women are tracking.

“It’s great to have a competitive fixture like this,” he said.

“It’s an ideal opportunity to get 60 or 70 minutes’ of football into our players and to try and put into practice some of the things we’ve been working on during training.

“Obviously I want us to perform well, but the result is not the priority at this stage.

 “We lost the corresponding fixture last year if I remember rightly and still went on to have a great year.

“For me, the main focus of Tuesday night is to get game time into our players as we start to ramp things up.”

Off-season signings Nicola Bolger, Marianna Tabain and Danielle Brogan are all expected to feature at Hartfield Park, while the State team will be led by former Glory favourite, Elisa D’Ovidio.

And the current Northern Redbacks midfielder is really looking forward to coming up against a number of her former teammates.

“It’s something I’ve been thinking about since I got called up to play,” she said.

“We have a lot of respect for each other and we know when we’re on the pitch that it’s business and then there are laughs and smiles at the end of it.”

FIFA-Listed W-League referee Kate Jacewicz will travel from Sydney to Perth to officiate the match which will kick off at 7.30pm, with the admission charge of $2 being donated to Telethon.

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