Norrie: ‘Safety comes first’ as Roar return to training

Brisbane Roar’s Liberty A-League side returned to training “in good spirits” on Tuesday after a tough and unexpected few days for Queenslanders.

After the immense high of last week’s away win over Melbourne City, the Roar were looking forward to preparing for a big home match which had to be postponed due to the extreme flood event which struck the state over the weekend.

Brisbane players haven’t been immune to the effects but captain Ayesha Norrie says the squad are all safe and sound.

“Everyone’s safety is what comes first,” Norrie said.

“We were all checking in with each other on our group chat. We did a games night through FaceTime. That was good fun.

“And we’ve done the home programs and workouts that we’ve been able to do.

“Unfortunately, Holly McQueen’s house was pretty much under. It’s devastating for her but the girls have rallied around her and we’ve got a good couple of gifts for her. And we’ll help out with the clean up when we can get over.”

With their planned Canberra United clash postponed, the Roar’s next match takes them to Newcastle on Friday.

They will be looking to make it two wins from two leading into the reverse fixture against the Jets, which is due to be played in Brisbane on Monday, 7 March.

“We got together today for the first time in a few days and had a good session back at QSAC,” Norrie explained.

“It was like nothing happened there – the ground was amazing.

“Everyone is still in good spirits. Obviously we had the win in Melbourne which was huge. We executed our gameplan.

“That’s credit to the staff as well as the players.

“We were happy with the outcome. We can’t reach finals, so now we’re playing for pride and for Brisbane, and building up for next season.”


Liberty UTE A-League
Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar
Friday, 4 March 2022
No.2 Sportsground
KO: 6:45pm (QLD)

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