Following the release of the 2019/20 Westfield W-League draw last week, we’ve picked out five games in Canberra United’s season that you won’t want to miss! First up is our huge Round One clash against Perth Glory at home on Sunday, 17th November.
Round 1 | Canberra United v Perth Glory | 4pm Sunday, 17th November @ McKellar Park
Canberra United will open their 2019/20 season at home against last year’s grand finalists Perth Glory. United and Glory match-ups never fail to disappoint, with two of the last three meetings ending in thrilling 4-4 draws, while a Sam Kerr penalty was all that separated the two sides in their most recent clash. Kerr won’t make the trip to Canberra for this match, with the Australian captain set to depart the Westfield W-League and ply her trade in Europe. But there will still be plenty of firepower on both sides of the pitch and if recent history is anything to go by, this one should go down to the wire. This will be the first chance for local fans to see our new look squad in 2019/20, so be sure to head out to McKellar Park and cheer on our girls in their first outing of the new season.
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Round 4 | Canberra United v Brisbane Roar | 7:30pm Thursday, 5th December @ McKellar Park
Our Round Four clash with the Brisbane Roar marks our first Thursday night fixture of the season. The Thursday night prime-time matches were introduced last year, and were an instant hit amongst the players and fans. Canberra drew 1-1 with the Roar at home last season, before going down 4-1 in the return match in Brisbane, so Heather Garriock’s side will be out for a measure of revenge this time around. As a prime-time game in early summer, the atmosphere should be pumping inside McKellar for this one.
Round 7 | Canberra United v Western Sydney Wanderers | 7:30pm Thursday, 26th December @ McKellar Park
Expect a festive vibe for this clash, as we welcome the Western Sydney Wanderers to town the day after Christmas. This will be the first time Canberra United have featured in a Boxing Day match, and we’ll be looking to maintain our strong record against the Wanderers here. The two sides played out an enthralling 2-2 draw when they met last season, with the Wanderers finding a late equalise to share the points. As another Thursday night prime-time game, the atmosphere should once again be rocking at McKellar.
Round 8 | Canberra United v Sydney FC | 4pm Sunday, 5th January @ McKellar Park
We kick off the New Year by welcoming reigning Champions Sydney FC to McKellar Park. Canberra secured a 2-0 victory when we last hosted Sydney in the nation’s capital, thanks largely to a famous Karly Roestbakken goal and some brilliant work in between the sticks by Sham Khamis. United haven’t lost to Sydney at home since 2009, and will be eager to continue that trend when we meet in Round Eight this season. The visitors on the other hand will be looking to turn their record around and, with the likes of Alanna Kennedy, Chloe Logarzo and Caitlin Foord, will likely field a strong team when they visit McKellar. This is certainly one you won’t want to miss!
Round 11 | Melbourne Victory v Canberra United | 4pm Sunday, 26th January @ Lakeside Stadium
Following a bye in Round Ten, we head to Melbourne to take on the Victory on Australia Day. This will be our first chance to test ourselves against last year’s Premiers, and our first time playing the Victory in Melbourne since 2017. We’ve had some big outings with the Victory over the years, including a penalty shootout win in the 2014 semi-finals that booked us a spot in the Grand Final, as well as a 5-1 triumph in 2017 that saw us claim the Premiership that year. It’s always a big occasion when we come up against the Victory and, as a late season fixture, this one could be highly important in our bid to return to finals.
Check out all our fixtures for the upcoming Westfield W-League season here.