Wanderers set to continue charge to the top


The Wanderers Westfield W-League team will continue their bid to create history when they take on Brisbane Roar at Marconi Stadium on Sunday. 

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Fresh from a strong 1-0 win over the Chinese National Team in a friendly, the unbeaten Red & Black will be hoping to maintain the pressure on competition leaders Melbourne City as the season reaches the half way mark this Sunday. 

City head the table on 19 points but the second-placed Wanderers are breathing down their neck on 16 with a game in hand and having already had their two byes for the season.

Head coach Dean Heffernan’s side have already made their mark on Wanderers’ history having had the club’s best ever start to a Westfield W-League season, surpassing the most points in a single season (the previous best was 13) as well as recording their biggest wins over Sydney FC (5-0) and Canberra United (4-0). 

Still, there is much more to achieve as the squad look to qualify for the Finals for the first time while also eyeing off their first premiership trophy.

kyra cooney-cross

The Red & Black will go into the game full of confidence despite not having played a Westfield W-League game for 17 days.

They accounted for the Roar 3-1 in their first clash of the season in Round 3, just their third win against the Queenslanders in 12 games.

Importantly, however, Heffernan said the squad’s confidence and belief, which was already sky high, has been boosted even further following the win against the 15th world ranked Chinese.

“There was already a lot of confidence and belief in this squad and in themselves,” said Heffernan. 

“But for them to go out and do what they did against the team ranked 15th in the world, there is going to be so much more belief now, so much more confidence.”

Dean Heffernan

This Sunday will see the Wanderers will without star striker Lynn Williams who also missed out on the China game due to selection in a camp with the United States national team. 

However, the Red & Black still have plenty of firepower with US star striker Kristen Hamilton in hot form while Kyra Cooney-Cross and Amy Harrison have also produced in front of goals. 

Still, Heffernan said the Wanderers will take nothing for granted against a Roar side sitting just outside the four.