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SEASON PREVIEW: Anderton challenges Queens Park to go again

Football West News

Queens Park coach Ben Anderton knows his team will have a fight on their hands if they are to successfully defend their Women’s Premier League title.

The champions begin their season against newly-promoted UWA-Nedlands on Sunday and Anderton has challenged his side to repeat their success.

“Last season was fantastic and of course we’ll be looking to back it up,” he said.

“We’ve worked really hard over the off-season and will be giving it everything to give us the same opportunity again this season.”

Having finished seven points clear at the top of the table last year, Anderton expects a tighter campaign this time around.

“We always want to create that gap but I do feel this year there is a lot stronger competition,” Anderton said.

One of the teams looking to challenge Queens Park are last year’s runners-up Northern Redbacks.

Newly appointed Head Coach Elisa D’Ovidio isn’t shy in talking up her side’s ambitions.

“Our main goal is to obviously win the league but we’ll take each game as it comes and ensure we are improving every week to reach that goal,” she said.

“This is my first year in charge at the Redbacks and it has been a great few months already. I don’t have a complicated management style, I like to keep things simple.”

Despite defeating Queens Park 1-0 during the Night Series, D’Ovidio’s side were unable to take out the pre-season crown after falling to NTC Women in the final.

NTC, under the guidance of Jessine Bonzas, are also likely to be one of the chasing pack. They finished fourth last season and will expect to close the gap on Queens Park and the Redbacks.

Bonzas’ side will get their first taste of action when they face Beckenham Angels on Sunday.

Stirling Panthers and UWA-Nedlands come into the league after gaining promotion from Division One last season.

Stirling travel to take on the Northern Redbacks, while Fremantle City take on Balcatta.

Click here for all Women’s Premier League fixtures.

Fixtures
Sunday, April 8
Northern Redback v Stirling Panthers (1pm, Celebration Park)
Queens Park v UWA-Nedlands (1pm, Coker Park)
Beckenham Angels v NTC Women (1pm, Mills Park)
Fremantle City v Balcatta (1pm, Wauhop Park)