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2015-16 W-League Grand Final: Dissecting The Other Big Blue

The W-League championship trophy is seen before the start of the W-League Grand Final match between Perth and Canberra at nib Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Perth, Australia. December 21, 2014| Credit: Paul Kane

On Jan. 31 at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Joe Montemurro‘s Melbourne City take on Daniel Barrett‘s Sydney FC in the 2015-16 Westfield W-League Grand Final, the showpiece event Australia‘s women’s association football club competition. Melbourne City, who won all 12 of their home and away contests, are coming off a 5-4 win on penalties over Brisbane Roar following a scoreless draw. As for Sydney, they finished the home and away season 6-1-5 and defeated Canberra United 1-0 to qualify for the Grand Final. In case you missed it, here is a recap of the two semifinal contests.

Melbourne City 0
Brisbane Roar 0
(Melbourne City win 5-4 on penalties)
Monday 25 January 2016
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: 4.30pm

Referee: Rebecca Durcau

Melbourne City: Brianna Davey (gk), Jennifer Beattie, Laura Alleway, Aivi Luik, Steph Catley, Kim Little, Larissa Crummer, Jess Fishlock (c) (Lisa De Vanna 32’), Amy Jackson, Beattie Goad, Marianna Tabain

Substitutes – Trudy Burke (gk), Alexandra Chidiac, Melina Ayres, Anisa Guajardo

Cautions – none

Brisbane Roar: Haley Kopmeyer (gk), Amy Chapman, Clare Polkinghorne (c), Angela Beard, Ayesha Norrie, Alisha Foote (Maili Forbes 69’), Tameka Butt, Summer O’Brien, Ruth Blackburn, Emily Gielnik, Sofie Persson (Gabrielle Marzano 75’)

Substitutes – Carrie Simpson (gk), Cortnee Vine, Ashley Spina

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Cautions – Tameka Butt 50’, Summer O’Brien 52’

Canberra United 0
Sydney FC 1 (Jasmyne Spencer 62’)
McKellar Park, Canberra
Sunday 24 January 2016
Kick-off: 2pm

Referee: Casey Reibelt

Canberra United: Lydia Williams (gk), Julia De Angelis, Kendall Fletcher, Jenna McCormick (Nickoletta Flannery 80’), Caitlin Munoz, Ellie Brush (c), Meg McLaughlin (Emma Kete 69’), Michelle Heyman, Nicole Begg, Ashleigh Sykes, Rebecca Kiting

Substitutes – Melissa Maizels (gk), Catherine Brown, Grace Gill

Cautions – Julia De Angelis 46’+, Lydia Williams 61’, Kendall Fletcher 78’

Sydney FC: Michelle Betos (gk), Liz Ralston, Jasmyne Spencer, Teresa Polias (c), Nicola Bolger (Olivia Price 93’), Princess Ibini (Sunny Franco 76’), Natalie Tobin (Renee Rollason 83’), Alanna Kennedy, Teigen Allen, Kyah Simon, Leena Khamis

Substitutes – Sham Khamis (gk)

Cautions – Alanna Kennedy 31’, Nicola Bolger 91’

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Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. AEDT/7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. Here are 10 bold predictions for Sunday’s W-League Grand Final between Melbourne City and Sydney FC.

  • Under 40 fouls will be whistled.
  • Under four cards will be issued.
  • Michelle Betos will make at least four saves for Sydney.
  • Brianna Davey will make at least four saves for Melbourne City.
  • Lisa DeVanna will score for Melbourne City.
  • Larissa Crummer will score for Melbourne City.
  • Kim Little will score for Melbourne City.
  • Jasmyne Spence will score for Sydney FC.
  • Kyah Simon will score for Sydney FC.
  • No goals will be scored in the first 10 minutes.

In a wide-open shootout, it will be Melbourne City that runs away victorious in The Other Big Blue. Melbourne Victory have already won the Grand Final during the 2013-14 W-League campaign. Now it’s City’s turn to bring the W-League championship trophy back to the sporting capital of Australia.

Melbourne City 3, Sydney FC 2

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