Westfield Matildas in the Westfield W-League - what's in store this weekend?

With goals from Emily van Egmond and Tameka Butt, and Ellie Carpenter pulling up trees on her return to Canberra United, Westfield Matildas lit up the Westfield W-League in Round 2.

And with another stacked line up of fixtures to come in Round 3 – including the highly anticipated Grand Final rematch between Perth Glory and Sydney FC – Australia' finest are sure to take centre stage again. 

Read on for a full preview of your Westfield Matildas in the Westfield W-League.

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Roar look to get off the mark against Wanderers

Brisbane Roar's Westfield Matildas cohort of Clare Polkinghorne, Katrina Gorry, Hayley Raso, Tameka Yallop and Mackenzie Arnold are out to respond to Round 2's first-up defeat to Melbourne Victory when Western Sydney Wanderers come calling on Thursday night, 7.30pm AEDT. 

Gorry and Raso combined to great effect for Yallop to fire in her 50th Brisbane goal during that defeat, while Westfield Young Matilda Indiah-Paige Riley was also on the scoresheet. 

Meanwhile, Amy Harrison and Kyra-Cooney Cross have been in impressive during the Wanderers' perfect start, with Harrison's match-winning penalty accounting for their 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets last Friday. 

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Roestbakken and Simon to duel 

Newcastle Jets' clash with Canberra United this Saturday at 4.30pm AEDT is shaping up to be a duel between Westfield Matildas defender Karly Roestbakken and Jets attacker Gema Simon.

Roestbakken's Canberra were pipped at home in agonising fashion by Melbourne City last time out and will be looking to return to the winner's circle in the Hunter. 

Simon, meanwhile, will be looking to inspire the Jets to their first win of the campaign having fallen to the Wanderers in Round 2. 

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Ellie Carpenter and Karly Roestbakken
Ellie Carpenter and Karly Roestbakken

Checker faces Adelaide 

Melbourne City defender Emma Checker comes up against Adelaide United for the first time since she signed for the three-time Champions in the off-season.

Checker – alongside fellow Westfield Matildas Lydia Williams, Steph Catley, Ellie Carpenter, Aivi Luik, Kyah Simon and Emily van Egmond – will be looking to build on their 2-1 victory over Canberra United in Round 2.

They won't have it easy against an Adelaide team who have impressed despite back-to-back defeats to Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC. 

Sarah Willacy has picked up from where she left off during 2018/19 in goals, while Mary Fowler has posed a real danger to opposition defences.

This one commences at 7.00pm AEDT on Saturday night.

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Emma Checker
Emma Checker faces up to Adelaide for the first time since her off-season signing for City this Saturday

Sydney out to continue perfect start

Wins over Melbourne Victory and Adelaide have given Sydney FC the ideal start to their Championship defence but they'll get a big test of their mettle in the Grand Final rematch against Perth Glory this Sunday at 4.00pm AEDT.

Chloe Logarzo and Caitlin Foord combined to see off the Reds in the City of Churches last time out, while youngsters Shadeene Evans and Princess Ibini have made impressive starts to the campaign. 

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Evans and Logarzo
Sydney FC star Chloe Logarzo and rising talent Shay Evans