Returning fan favourite Emily Gielnik says there’s no better way to start the season than on home turf against the reigning Westfield W-League premiers.
Gielnik is in contention to make her first appearance in Roar colours since the 2017/18 campaign when the new season gets underway on Tuesday afternoon in Dolphin Stadium – a day later than originally scheduled.
Fixtures alterations last week has seen the Roar Women’s venue, opponent & date change for their opening match, with Dolphin Stadium now to set to host Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City in a Westfield W-League/A-League double header on Tuesday.
Gielnik can’t wait to open the season in front of a home crowd against a perennial title contender.
“To be honest, personally, it couldn’t have been better news. Number one, it’s a home game and number two, you’re playing the reigning champs,” Gielnik said.
“I couldn’t be more excited – it’s a chance to see where we’re at. If I could pick any team in the league to play first, it’s them.
“I’m confident in how we’re travelling as a group and what better what to start the season. We’re even more fortunate for it be a home game and a double header with the men.”
Gielnik is one of five players with Westfield Matildas experience in the squad, and one of six to have represented their country at the top level with New Zealand international Olivia Chance earning her first shot in the Westfield W-League.
Being back around some experienced familiar faces, and the depth throughout the squad, has Gielnik buoyant about the season ahead.
“It feels like I’ve never left. I’m back with some of the old faces that I started with & it’s like second nature to me,” she continued.
“We’ve got arguably one of the best set-ups and training environments in the whole league so I feel really confident in my decision and excited to put the orange jersey back on.
“Having that national team experience, especially when finals comes, that always helps.
“Overall, in terms of squad strength, I’m really confident in what we have here. I feel confident in our group so I can’t wait to get started.”