BRISBANE R OAR
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.