Liberty A-League Match Preview | Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory

Match Details
Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory
Saturday 3 February
Kick-off: 6.00pm (AEDT)
Perry Park, Brisbane

Melbourne Victory, unbeaten in three straight A-League Women’s games, will put their run on the line at Perry Park against Brisbane Roar on Saturday.

It was a 1-1 draw against Sydney last week for our girls in blue to extend their unbeaten streak to three (Wins 1 Draws 2 Losses 0), leaving them in eighth place on 19 points through 14 matches.

Last time out against the Roar, Brisbane emerged victorious 2-1 at Home of the Matildas. Grace Kuilamu opened the scoring for Brisbane in the 49th minute. Jenna McCormick also was on the scoresheet. Ella O’Grady scored Victory’s lone goal in the 94th minute.

Hosts Roar have two wins, two draws, and two losses this season in six A-League Women contests on home soil, while Victory has played away from AAMI Park six times in the league this season, earning five points from 18 available (W1 D2 L3).

Jeff Hopkins’ team won’t have history on their side when they travel to Perry Park on Saturday as the Roar are undefeated in their last four A-League Women games against the Victory (W2 D2) despite not keeping a clean sheet in that period.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s match against her former side, striker Emily Gielnik expressed how important leaving Brisbane with all three points is.

“It was hard for me to watch that first game against Brisbane, I actually thought we were the better team. We kind of put ourselves on the back foot,” she said.

“We let them get the best of us in certain situations. I actually don’t think we had a very good game. But physically and mentally and technically we are the better team.

“Nothing but a good performance and a win is what we need right now because we’ve had a bit of a turning point and feel that now we need to just pick up points.

“You always want to beat your former team, but it’s more or less just about us as a group. Getting momentum back and three points is crucial.”


2.Jamilla RANKIN, 3.Tori HANSEN, 4.Sara D’APPOLONIA, 5.Jessika NASH, 7.Ella O’GRADY, 8.Alana MURPHY, 9.Emily GIELNIK, 10.Alex CHIDIAC, 11.McKenzie WEINERT, 13.Kurea OKINO, 15.Emma CHECKER, 16.Paige ZOIS, 18.Kayla MORRISON, 19.Lia PRIVITELLI, 21.Elise KELLOND-KNIGHT, 23.Rachel LOWE, 27.Rosie CURTIS, 50.Courtney NEWBON, 66.Geo CANDY

Ins: 5.Jessika NASH, 7.Ella O’GRADY

Outs: nil

Unavailable: 1.Lydia WILLIAMS, 6.Beattie GOAD, 20.Miranda TEMPLEMAN