BRIS­BANE R OAR

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Last sea­son’s premiership win­ners will be look­ing for a re­peat – and will be chas­ing a cham­pi­onship ti­tle too this time. With Mel An­dreatta once again at the helm, the core of last sea­son’s Roar side re­mains, de­spite the big losses of Tameka Butt, Emily Giel­nik and Amy Chap­man.

Boast­ing last sea­son’s stingi­est de­fence, the club has re­tained all their key de­fend­ers, in­clud­ing Matil­das goal­keeper Macken­zie Arnold (pic­tured), joint 2017-18 Julie Dolan medal win­ner Clare Polk­inghorne and in­ter­na­tional sign­ing Car­son Pick­ett. The mid­field will see fa­mil­iar faces in Amer­i­can Ce­leste Boureille re­join­ing for a sec­ond sea­son in or­ange, and Ka­t­rina Gorry sup­ply­ing the en­gine to the side. How­ever it is the side’s at­tack­ing abil­ity which will de­ter­mine their sea­son. To sup­ply the for­wards, new ar­rival and World Cup win­ner Yuki Na­gasato of Ja­pan will look to link up with Amer­i­can for­ward Chioma Ubo­gagu and Matilda Hay­ley Raso, who is re­turn­ing from se­ri­ous spinal in­juries.

Bris­bane will once again be a dif­fi­cult side to break down, but whether they can find enough goals in a comp full of at­tack­ing teams will be the ques­tion.

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