The wait is over – football will finally return on Tuesday! We take a look at five things we are looking forward to ahead of City’s Westfield W-League season opener.
We are back!
It has been over 280 days since City finished last season with a 1-0 Grand Final win against Sydney FC and we are stoked to finally be back in action!
City will return to the pitch on Tuesday afternoon to kick-start its championship and premiership defence against Brisbane Roar, with the fixture kicking off at 4.30pm.
The 2019/20 season was a historic one for Rado Vidosic’s team, as they went through the whole season undefeated on their way to taking out the double.
Continuing the success
Last season marked City’s fourth W-League championship in five years and the second premiership in the Club’s history. It has been an extremely successful era as City has established itself as the team to beat and the premiere women’s football team in Australia.
City hasn’t suffered a W-League defeat since January 11 2019 when Brisbane secured a 0-1 win at AAMI Park.
A new look squad
With a number of players departing City for European clubs, there will be plenty of new faces out on the pitch this season.
Matildas defenders Teigen Allen and Jenna McCormick were a couple of the Club’s biggest signings, while goalkeeper Teagan Micah and American defender Sam Johnson are also big names who will help form a star-studded defence.
Chinatsu Kira won’t feature in City’s first game but the Japanese attacker will cause plenty of problems for opposition defenders throughout the season.
Of course the departures of some from the Club bring opportunities for others. Former Roar duo Hollie Palmer and Leah Davidson both have joined City and will be eyeing off a place in midfield.
Young Matilda Tori Tumeth has impressed at centre back in City’s pre-season friendlies and will be eager to show what she can do on the pitch in her first W-League season.
18-year-old midfielder Sofia Sakalis continues to work through her rehab after a torn ACL last season and is tracking nicely to return later in the season.
After no football for the last few months, not only will City’s W-League team be in action on Tuesday evening but the A-League squad also will be! Tuesday’s fixtures will be a double header with the A-League clash to kick off at 7pm.
Our A-League squad unfortunately fell just short of a championship last season, going down 1-0 to Sydney FC in their Grand Final. City will begin its campaign to go one better under new Head Coach Patrick Kisnorbo and add some A-League silverware to the Club’s trophy cabinet.