Defending champions Sydney FC are set for another showdown with arch rivals Brisbane Roar in the W League Grand Final on Saturday, February 12th at 2.50pm on ABC1.
Hosted by ABC TV Sport’s Stephanie Brantz, the championship decider at Campbelltown Stadium promises an electric atmosphere with ‘State of Origin’ rivalry on display for the second successive season.
Sydney FC swept aside Melbourne Victory 5-1 last weekend, while Brisbane Roar needed penalties against Canberra United, to secure a third successive grand final appearance.
Saturday’s (February 12th) grand final brings together the cream of Australia’s women’s football talent with both Sydney and Brisbane teams peppered with Matildas players.
Stephanie Brantz says national team friendships and alliances will be left on the sidelines as the two teams battle for not just the championship trophy but for the distinction of being two time winners.
“There’s not much these two sides don’t know about each other,” she says. “They have met twice already this season and boast a win apiece. Brisbane looked to have had the wood on the competition for most of the regular season but faltered in the last couple of weeks to relinquish both the premiership and a home grand final. Sydney’s sky blues on the other hand had a consistent season, finishing strongly to be first past the post, ensuring back-to-back premiership crowns.”
ABC TV Sport broadcaster Peter Wilkins says Sydney will go into the game as favourites based on their prolific ability to create and score goals.
“Sydney possess the W-League’s two leading scorers this year (Kyah Simon (12 goals) and Leena Khamis (8 goals)) and boasts a robust defence marshalled by national team lynchpin Servet Uzunlar, and a creative midfield controlled by the experienced Kylie Ledbrook.
“The effervescent Brisbane striker, Lisa De Vanna, represents the greatest threat to Sydney’s chances of lifting the trophy for the second successive year.”
Join the ABC team of Stephanie Brantz, Peter Wilkins, Alicia Ferguson and Amy Taylor on ABC 1 on Saturday at 2.50pm for all the action in the W-League decider.