It will hopefully be history in the making in more ways than one when the Wanderers host the second Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League double header of the season at Bankwest Stadium on Friday night.
Head coach Dean Heffernan’s impressive women’s side will kick off what should be a spectacular night of football when they take on Sydney FC in the first Sydney Derby of the season and the first women’s Derby clash at Bankwest Stadium.
After three weeks on the road, the men return home to Wanderland to face the competition new boys on the block, Western United, in the later game.
Both games promise to be exciting, open affairs that will thrill the bumper crowd.
Head coach Markus Babbel’s Hyundai A-League side have been playing some quality football in recent weeks but, unfortunately, Lady Luck has not looked too kindly on the Red & Black.
Despite dominating games, they have been brought undone by a few tough decisions that haven’t gone their way. Yet, they continue to show their fighting qualities and resolve.
The key for the Wanderers could be German import Nicolai Muller, who is really starting to find his feet now.
Muller is getting fitter and stronger with each game and has adapted to the different conditions in Australia, especially the harder surface and the speed and physical nature of the Hyundai A-League.
The Wanderers will be given a tough examination by the Victorians, who have surprised with their performances this season.
While there will be keen interest in this game, the women’s Sydney Derby is certain to light up the stadium with atmosphere and excitement.
With the likes of Lynn Williams, Kristen Hamilton, Ella Mastrantonio, Alex Huynh, Abby Smith, Amy Harrison and Sam Staab in top form, the Wanderers will go into the game full of confidence having won three and drawn once in their opening four games of the season.
Indeed, every girl in the squad is pulling their weight as the competition leading Wanderers have shown they will be a force with which to be reckoned this season.
They will be fresh after having a bye following the 1-1 draw away to Melbourne Victory.
Having already created history with their start to the season, the Wander Women will be looking to add to that with a win against a Sydney FC side that has been in red hot form.