Get set for the W-League

Queanbeyan’s Seiffert Oval will host one of six home fixtures for Canberra United and will be one of the Thursday night fixtures televised live on Fox Sports.

Ellie Carpenter takes on her defender during the Round 11 Westfield W-League match against Western Sydney Wanderers last at McKellar Park.

Ellie Carpenter takes on her defender during the Round 11 Westfield W-League match against Western Sydney Wanderers last at McKellar Park.

“This is very exciting for Queanbeyan-Palerang,” said Queanbeyan-Palerang mayor Tim Overall.

“We have thousands of junior football players in our region and to see a W-League fixture at Queanbeyan’s Seiffert Oval will be brilliant.

Nickoletta Flannery of Canberra United drives forward during the Round 6 Westfield W-League match against Brisbane Roar last season at McKellar Park.

Nickoletta Flannery of Canberra United drives forward during the Round 6 Westfield W-League match against Brisbane Roar last season at McKellar Park.

“It should be a great evening with a 7.30pm kick off under lights. 

“I look forward to seeing a large crowd to support Canberra United.

“As a council, we’ve invested significantly in upgrading Seiffert Oval in order to be able to host matches at the highest level, with the most recent upgrades being a new lighting system.

“We are working very closely with Capital Football and Canberra United to ensure the venue is in peak condition.”

Canberra United coach Heather Garriock said it was “really exciting for us to be taking a game to Seiffert Oval”.

“Canberra United has a role to play for young women not just in Canberra but in the surrounding region, and this helps us to realise that,” she said.

“McKellar Park will always be our home, but it is important that we embrace all of the community here and we’re excited to play in front of both our loyal fans and fans from the Queanbeyan region.

“We also announced that Karly Roestbakken will return to our club, and she is from the area, so it is great for her and also a great indicator of the pathway that is available.”

Roestbakken said she was looking forward to playing in front of the locals that she grew up with as she played her junior football at Monaro Panthers.

“It will be so great,” Roestbakken said.

“That’s the area I grew up in, so to be able to come back and play in front of friends and family from here, as well as the locals, and showcase the area I am from will be awesome.”

The Thursday night fixtures, live on Fox Sports, are a first for the Westfield W-League and coach Garriock praised FFA for their role in getting them off the ground.

“For us to be able to promote women’s football as the priority is great,” she said.

United open Season 11 of the Westfield W-League against reigning Premiers Melbourne City in a McKellar Park blockbuster, and Garriock said it was the perfect way to get the campaign underway.

“You always want to be taking on the best teams, and we have the opportunity to do that straight away,” coach Garriock said.

“It’s a great way to open the season,” Roestbakken agreed.