Perth Glory Women coach Jamie Harnwell has emphasised the importance of the club’s remaining two games of the Westfield W-League season, despite his side having fallen short of a finals place.

Glory will take on Melbourne Victory at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex this Saturday before returning home to take on Western Sydney Wanderers at Percy Doyle Reserve next weekend.

Glory’s finals bid came to an end last weekend but Harnwell said players should be looking to make the most of the coming opportunities as he begins planning for next season.

“I have spoken to the players about the importance of these last two games for the club, the supporters, each other, but most of all themselves,” he said.

“I need to find out that players want to be here and are prepared to work hard to make sure we return to the finals next season.”

After last season’s first finals appearance, Glory had high hopes of more success in 2013/14 but the team has been crippled with injuries and suspensions.

Captain Collette McCallum and Matildas teammate Aivi Luik, as well as Kat Jukic and Kathleen Waycott have been ruled out for the entire season.

Matildas star striker Kate Gill has also missed several games through illness, while key defender Sasha Andrews only returned to action last week following an ankle injury.

The latest player to be added to the injury list is star striker Rosie Sutton, who has been ruled out of the remaining two matches with an ongoing hip complaint.

“It is another blow for the squad to lose Rosie but she has been playing with pain over the last few weeks and we couldn’t ask her to continue doing it,” Harnwell said.

“Once again, though it gives other players an opportunity to step up.”

A boost for the team’s defensive stocks will be Welsh international and inaugural Glory player Carys Hawkins, who has signed following a successful stint with Sunnana SK in Sweden.

“It’s great to welcome Carys back into the squad,” Harnwell said.

“With the sheer number of injuries and illnesses we have experienced we have had to ask a lot of our younger players, so it will help being able to bring some experience back into the squad.

“Carys has been training with us for a while now to maintain her fitness so she should fit smoothly into the squad.”
Round 11 2013/2014 Westfield W-League
Melbourne Victory v Perth Glory
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Cheltenham
Local kick-off: 3pm (12pm Perth time)
Radio broadcast:

Perth Glory squad: 1. Chantel JONES (gk), 2. Sarah CARROLL, 3. Cecilie SANDVEJ,  4. Bronwyn STUDMAN, 5. Shannon MAY, 6. Sasha ANDREWS, 12. Kate GILL, 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO, 15. Jess DILLON, 16. Thia EASTMAN, 17. Marianna TABAIN, 18. Amy KNIGHTS, 19. Shawn BILLAM, 22. Emily HENDERSON, 24. Carys HAWKINS, 28. Gabrielle DAL BUSCO (gk) (one to be omitted)

Ins – Carys Hawkins (Sunnana SK), Emily Henderson (promoted)

Outs – Rosie Sutton (hip – season)

Unavailable – Aivi Luik (hamstring – season), Kat Jukic (hip – season), Collette McCallum (knee – season), Kathleen Waycott (side – season), Rosie Sutton (hip – season)