Team News | Round 12 Extended Squads Named

Head Coaches Tony Popovic and Jeff Hopkins have named their extended squads ahead of Round 12.

Head Coach Jeff Hopkins has named his extended squad to take on second-placed Perth Glory.

It was a 2-2 draw last time out against the Glory with both goals coming from Rachel Lowe in the 79th and 84th minute.

An ankle injury to Lydia Williams last week meant the Matildas goalkeeper had to be taken off at half-time, and remains day-to-day heading into Friday afternoon, however, Emily Gielnik is expected to make her long-awaited return to action.

“We’re pretty confident that Emily Gielnik will be playing some part this week. She’s trained really well with a real intensity. She’s got a fair bit of volume into her now and yeah, she’s raring to go.”

Melbourne Victory Women

1.Lydia WILLIAMS, 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, 22.Ava BRIEDIS, 23.Rachel LOWE, 27.Rosie CURTIS, 50.Courtney NEWBON

Ins: 9.Emily GIELNIK, 7.Ella O’GRADY, 19.Lia PRIVITELLI

Outs: nil

Unavailable: 6.Beattie GOAD

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 06: Paige Zois of Melbourne Victory takes a free kick during the A-League Women round 11 match between Melbourne Victory and Western United at La Trobe University Sports Fields, on January 06, 2024, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

Tony Popovic has named an unchanged extended squad heading into Saturday afternoon’s match against the Central Coast Mariners.

Leigh Broxham and Jake Brimmer return to the extended squad after missing last weekend’s match.

Jordi Valadon remains in the squad after making his season debut in Perth and will be looking to get even more minutes as the season progresses.

Melbourne Victory Men

2.Jason GERIA, 3.Adama TRAORE, 4.Rai MARCHAN, 5.Damien DA SILVA, 6.Leigh BROXHAM 7.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 8.Zinédine MACHACH, 11.Ben FOLAMI, 14.Connor CHAPMAN, 16.Stefan NIGRO, 17.Nishan VELUPILLAY, 18.Fabian MONGE, 19.Daniel ARZANI, 20.Paul IZZO, 21.Roderick MIRANDA, 22.Jake BRIMMER, 24.Eli ADAMS, 25.Ryan TEAGUE, 27.Jordi VALADON, 40.Christian SICILIANO

Ins: 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 22.Jake BRIMMER


Unavailable: 10.Bruno FORNAROLI

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 06: Zinedine Machach of the Victory controls the ball during the A-League Men round 11 match between Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory at HBF Park, on January 06, 2024, in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)