16/04/2024

Brisbane Roar players celebrate a goal last season. (Photo: Brisbane Roar/Twitter; Design: Will Cuckson)

Having not secured finals football, the Brisbane Roar are set to attack the 2022/23 season with a vengeance. With new signings aplenty, Garrath McPherson’s side will be hoping to storm into the top four.

Last season:

Sixth (Five wins, two draws, seven losses)

It was a difficult start to the season for Garrath McPherson and his side, facing defeats in the opening three fixtures. Despite a relatively strong finish, it was ultimately too much ground to make up, finishing seven points outside of the finals.

Brisbane found itself winless until the fifth match of the campaign, with defeats against Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory, as well as a draw against Canberra United, a game in which it was ahead until the 87th minute.

The biggest disappointment of the season undoubtedly came in Round 11, with the Roar suffering an 8-2 defeat against Adelaide United at Moreton Daily Stadium.

The backline was torn apart by Fiona Worts, who kicked five goals, and the demolition impacted Brisbane’s confidence and ultimately brought about the end of its finals hopes.

Although the Roar failed to have the campaign they would have hoped for, there were definitely still some positive signs and a wave of momentum it will be hoping to carry into the 2022/23 campaign.

Brisbane finished with seven points from its final three outings, including victories over Melbourne City and Newcastle Jets, which featured five goals.

Biggest in:

Having conceded 30 goals last season, Brisbane decided it needed to work on its defensive presence, particularly in wide areas, and have made the signing of Talitha Kramer.

With 33 appearances across three seasons with rival A-League clubs Wellington Phoenix and the Western Sydney Wanderers, Kramer can offer stability to an unstable Roar lineup, as well as look to provide leadership.

Kramer will be able to contribute in both an attacking and defensive sense. Kramer has brilliant physical strength, power and speed, which helps her to stand out from the rest.

Although she has struggled to impact statistically in an attacking sense, the 31-year-old is often involved in build-up play towards goal. Her form for the Capalaba Bulldogs in the NPL Queensland suggests there’s plenty to be excited about for Brisbane fans, with two goals from 11 appearances.

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Biggest out:

In a big blow to Brisbane’s attacking prospects, winger Anna Margraf departed the club in favour of an international move to German side SV Meppen.

Margraf has been with Brisbane since the 2017/18 season, joining as a 17-year-old. After 12 starts ultimately lead to three goals in a breakout 2021/22 campaign, Margraf earned the move abroad.

The 21-year-old’s experience, pace and attacking flair will be a notable absence from the Brisbane side this season, and is something that McPherson will need to replace quickly. If this doesn’t occur, Brisbane will be on the back foot in its pursuit of finals football in 2022/23.

What to expect:

With a new season comes renewed hope, and for the Brisbane Roar this will certainly be the case. It was a slow start in season 2021/22, which ultimately brought about the club’s downfall. However, if this can be rectified, finals football is something that is not off the cards.

Despite the departure of Margraf, Brisbane certainly still boasts quality in attack. If Shea Connors and Katrina Gorry can gain connection with not only each other, but the remainder of the midfield, Brisbane will be hard to contain.

The Roar have strengthened the weakened defence by adding A-League experience in Kramer into the left-back position. There’s competition for spots all across the back four, and even at the goalkeeper position.

Loanee signing Hensley Hancuff is expected to start in between the sticks, but will face competition from both Mia Bailey and Isabella Shuttleworth.

In midfield, Ayesha Norrie can count herself as unlucky to not have found a starting position, but will certainly provide Brisbane with a spark, as will the likes of Georgia Beaumont and Sharn Freier off the bench.

Starting XI:

Brisbane Roar’s predicted lineup ahead of the 2022/23 season. (Design: Will Cuckson)

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