WNPLSA Round Seven Preview

Fulham United vs Adelaide Comets
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: Friday 4 June 6:15 PM

Fulham and Comets kick Round 7 of the WNPL off tonight at VALO as the sides currently occupying the bottom two positions, both searching for an important victory.

With five losses and just one point from their six matches, Fulham have struggled this season, although they’ll gain some confidence from their 3-2 WNPL and WSL Cup Round of 16 win over South Adelaide.

Comets didn’t have much luck in their last league contest either, falling to a 5-0 defeat to high-flyers West Adelaide, but picked up a handy 4-0 win over Metro’s reserves side in the Cup last weekend.

With both clubs looking to move away from the bottom of the ladder, the three points on offer here could be crucial in the pursuit of positions further up the table.

Fulham United line-up: 1. Natalie Hayman (GK), 2. Hannah Freer, 3. Olivia Bramley, 4. Charlotte Waters, 5. Siobhan Eastham, 6. Josephine Trimboli (C), 7. Laura Niejalke, 8. Amielia Ebbs, 9. Zoe J Turner-Davey, 10. Mia Lundquist, 11. Sarah Mills, 12. Chloe Mortimer, 14. Mia Mcgranaghan, 15. Susan Roberts, 16. Caitlin Le Roux, 17. Hannah Doyle, 26. Francesca Queale (GK)
Coaches: Ayoub Hassine, Ali Ali, Masoud Teymouri, John RUSSELL
Team Staff: Adam Mortimer, Maggie Smith, Yacine Grar

Adelaide Comets line-up: 3. Chantelle Reed, 4. Emily Gale, 7. Valeria Guajardo (C), 8. Christine Skrembos, 13. Elyse Moon, 14. Pirrie Weeks, 21. Hannah Robson-Thoo, 22. Nicole Robertson, 23. Jessica Mugford, 27. Kate Seaton, 28. Kiara O'Sullivan, 31. Joanna Katsabis, 33. Nanako Sasaki, 40. Yuka Sasaki, 48. Sian Fryer-Mclaren (GK)
Coaches: Andres Obieglo, Joshua Mcloughney, Brian Gale
Team Staff: Katerina Gatsios, Kieran O'Sullivan, Karin Mitris

Adelaide University vs Football SA NTC
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: Friday 4 June 8:15 PM

Uni and NTC face off in the late game tonight in a match that promises to be an entertaining one between two sides more than capable of finding the back of the net.

Four losses from their last five matches will be seen as a disappointing return by Uni, the most recent of which was a 3-1 loss to Metro, who entered the season with a point to prove but things haven’t quite worked out yet.

NTC have enjoyed free-scoring football this season from both ends, ranking third for both goals scored and conceded, with their last match a 3-1 win over lowly Fulham.

Uni will be hoping to get another win under their belts to show that they’re still well and truly in the running for the finals, but NTC will be a hard side to stop.

Adelaide University line-up: 1. Evelyn Goldsmith (GK), 2. Elle Pirintzis, 3. Gemma MacFarlane, 4. Mabel Day, 5. Sasha Coorey, 7. Velvet Klass, 10. Georgia Iannella (C), 11. Ellie Sparrow, 12. Georgia Box, 13. Elysha Magor, 16. Milano Venter, 17. Tanaye Morris, 20. Aimee Benton (GK), 21. Sophie Burke, 22. Briarna Hamersley, 23. Hayley Needs, 25. Tahlia Curnow, 77. Margarita Fitzharris
Coaches: Kosta Jaric, Danyon Loud, Ebony Charles
Team Staff: Giorgio Profiris, Mark Bosio, Daniella Boccaccio

Football SA NTC line-up: 2. Abbey Burns, 4. Zoe Tolland, 6. Ella Tonkin (C), 8. Nicola Scalzi, 9. Anastasia Willoughby, 11. Emilia Murray, 12. Libby Davy (GK), 13. Lily Barber, 14. Ella Smith, 15. Lily Di Cola, 16. Madeleine Wright, 17. Abby Middleton, 21. Camila Madriz Figueroa, 23. Erin Kontoutsikos, 24. Victoria Costanzo, 25. Grace Wilson (GK)
Coaches: Michele Lastella, Mark Lobianco, Michael Moularas, Anthony Breaden
Team Staff: Sharee Mcnamara, Jason Collins

West Adelaide vs Salisbury Inter
Venue: VALO Football Centre
Date: Saturday 5 June 1:00 PM

West and Inter clash in what shapes as one of the matches of the season between the league’s two most dominant sides.

With five wins and a draw from their six fixtures, West are sitting pretty atop the ladder, with their last league fixture coming against Comets in a 5-0 thrashing that marked their 15th goal in the last four rounds.

Inter are two points behind the leaders, having drawn their last league match against City 1-1, but enter this week with confidence having beaten West in the Cup 2-0 last weekend to progress to the quarter-finals.

With both sides vying not only for finals football but silverware this season, this encounter shapes as an important one in the context of the season.

West Adelaide line-up: Erin Murphy, Elena Psaroulis, Emily Hodgson, Zoe Haralampopoulos, Sarah Willacy (GK), Mawa Sumaoro, Siena Covino, Maddie DuRieu, Nicole Tilley, Christie Hillyer, Lara Kirkby, Georgia Macri, Laura Johns, Lucy Adamopoulos (C), Georgia Bailey, Khatima Sultani, Georgie Nicola

Coaches: Tracey Jenkins, Alice Gorman, David Lewis, Leanne Davis

Team Staff: Lachlan Hall

Salisbury Inter line-up: 2. Khal Adam Khan, 4. Gabrielle Bentley, 5. Isabella  Kouimtzis, 6. Nicole Calder, 7. Maria Jose Rojas Pino, 8. Emily Condon, 10. Chrissa Pavlomanolakos, 12. Chantelle Ryder (C), 14. Emily Heazlewood, 17. Dragana Kljajic, 23. Anna Pritchard, 24. Mina Nishitani, 76. Zafiro Papanikitas (GK)

Coaches: Simon Catanzaro, Brad Donovan, Darran King

Team Staff: Tamara Simeoni, Shreya Modi, Colin Bajkusev

Adelaide City vs Metro United
Venue: Adelaide City Park
Date: Saturday 5 June 2:30 PM

Another big match takes place tomorrow, as last year’s grand finalists go head-to-head since Metro were crowned champions of the 2020 WNPL season.

One win in five matches is an unusual position for City to be in, but their recent draws over in-form sides Inter and NTC (both 1-1) show that they’re still not a side to be taken lightly.

Metro have also fallen short of where they’d want to be at this point of the season, with their 3-1 win over Uni snapping their three-match losing streak (albeit against the current top three in the league).

With the two clubs sitting in fifth and fourth respectively, this contest is an important one not only for the three points on offer, but also the opportunity it presents as a platform on which to build and carve out impressive seasons.

Adelaide City line-up: 1. Kendall Jenner (GK), 4. Daniela Di Bartolo, 5. Alyce Macauley, 8. Alanah Ursino, 9. Caitlin White, 10. Chelsie Dawber (C), 13. Sophie Leszczynski, 14. Chrissie Zikos, 15. Bianca Gray, 16. Isobel Dahlen-Flight, 18. Alana Fitzsimmons, 20. Abbey Lucas (GK), 21. Mikayla Vidmar, 23. Natalie Frantzis, 28. Anastasia Nuttall
Coaches: Jamie Dunning, Rachid Maliki
Team Staff: Seymour Di Bartolo, Alexander Tan, Nicholas Whiteside

Metro United WFC line-up: 1. Melanie Comyns (GK), 3. Emma Cotgrove, 4. Talia Bilardo, 7. Millie Scott, 9. Roxanne Dodd, 11. Lauren Steer, 12. Rochelle Draper, 13. Vanessa Reed (C), 17. Victoria Mansueto, 18. Isabella Scalzi, 20. Chanel Todino, 23. Kristy Moore, 24. Gabriella Demarco, 26. Michaela Hadaj, 27. Amber-May Smith, 29. Jessica Signoriello, 99. Olivia Bunge (GK)
Coaches: Antonio Scalzi, Brenton Ellul, Emilio Librandi
Team Staff: Terry Kyriacou, Andreas Zacharia