Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Football Queensland
Gold Coast City Women’s attacker Brie Bond says she and her teammates hold no fear of local powerhouse The Gap FC this Sunday.
City currently sit sixth in the league standings following their opening round 2-1 defeat to UQFC last weekend.
They will face a tough test in their first home match of the season - opponents The Gap are two-time defending PlayStation 4 NPL Women’s Queensland Champions and completed last season without defeat.
Further, City have not defeated The Gap in their five previous meetings since the launch of the PlayStation 4 NPL Women’s competition in 2015.
However, Bond, who joined City in the off-season after a stint with Robina City in local competition, said past results will have no bearing come kick-off.
“It’s always going to be tough against The Gap. They are a great team with great players,” Bond explained.
“But I think if our team gets our mentality right, with our skills and our knowledge, then I think we can match them.”
“We are taking positives from last weekend’s game into this weekend and we want to show that we can fight for the top position.”
Bond also said home ground advantage will also be a boost for the team, who will be without hard-working fullback Neesa Doyle for the clash.
“It will be good because we will have more supporters. So that’s clearly to our advantage.”
“But whether we are at home or away, we always give it our best.”
Bond added that she was delighted to open her season’s scoring account against UQFC last week, despite the result not going the way of her team.
“It felt pretty amazing to get that goal because I was struggling to find it in pre-season,” she explained.
“At training, we were practicing those plays and I was visualising the goal before I got it. It goes to show it’s the mentality that gets you there.”
The match will be live streamed by Football Queensland on their official Facebook page.
PlayStation 4 NPL Women’s Queensland 2017 – Round 2
Gold Coast City FC Women v The Gap FC Women
Sunday, March 26 | 2:00PM
Duncan McKenna Field, Gold Coast
Live Stream – fb.com/footballqueensland
Gold Coast City FC Women Squad: 1. Ellen HEPBURN, 2. Teleya REYNOLDS, 3. Georgia ELLISTON, 4. Lily LOWE, 5. Steph FOREMAN, 7. Jamilla RILEY (c), 8. Charlotte RAYNER, 10. Jayde LOWE, 11. Brie BOND, 12. Joy FORSYTH, 14. Courtney BLACK
Substitutes: 13. Emily BENTON, 20. Emily ANDERSON
OUTS: Neesa DOYLE