Matildas at Home Preview: van Egmond signs for Newcastle on guest stint

CommBank Matildas star Emily van Egmond has signed on for a four-game guest stint at Newcastle, while Melbourne Victory make the trip to Perth to take on the league leaders.

Read a preview of the weekend’s action below.

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The weekend’s games kick off with the Central Coast Mariners hosting the Wellington Phoenix on Saturday, 6pm AEDT. Wellington has gotten off to a flying start in the A-League Women, winning three out of four games so far, but will face a stern test against a Mariners side who have shown they will be no easy beats in their returning season. Kyah Simon has consistently been named in the Mariners’ extended squad, but is yet to appear on matchday.

Melbourne Victory travel to Perth to take on the Glory on Saturday, 10pm AEDT. The Glory are currently top of the table having won all four of their first games. Lydia Williams and Elise Kellond-Knight are expected to start the game for Victory, while the injury status of Emily Gielnik is unclear after she was forced off after 15 minutes last week.

Lydia Williams of the Melbourne Victory moves the ball out of defense during the round one A-League Women match between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar at La Trobe University Sports Fields on October 15, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Morgan Hancock/Getty Images)

Sunday’s games start with Adelaide United hosting Sydney FC, with the Sky Blue remembering their last trip to South Australia that ended in a 1-0 defeat. The game will start at 2pm AEDT. The Sky Blues find themselves in an unfamiliar eighth position on the ladder after travelling to Uzbekistan to play in the group stage of the AFC Women’s Club Championship. They will be hoping to secure maximum points from their games in hand in order to catch up with their title rivals.

Tameka Yallop’s Brisbane Roar take on Chloe Logarzo’s Western United on Sunday, 4pm AEDT. It will be the first game for the Roar under head coach Alex Smith after Garrath McPherson was replaced midweek. They sit three points above the visitors in fourth place. CommBank Matildas Yallop and Logarzo have both been playing in the front three for their respective teams and will play a huge role in the result.

Meanwhile, at the same time of 4pm AEDT, the Newcastle Jets will welcome back Emily van Egmond as they take on Melbourne City. Van Egmond signed for the Jets on a four-game guest stint and will be hoping to provide a boost to her hometown side that is coached by her father. On paper, this is a game that City will be considered clear favourites, but the return of van Egmond is a wildcard that could shift things in the Jets' favour.

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The game between Western Sydney Wanderers and Canberra United has been postponed until Wednesday, 13 March due to pitch unavailability.

You can catch all of the A-League Women’s action live on 10Play, or on Paramount+.

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