W-League: Deans names barebones squad


Injuries aplenty and illness too has forced Craig Deans to make some changes to his squad to travel to Adelaide this Friday.

The equation is tight, and given the Jets are virtually out of the running for consecutive finals appearances, Deans has indicated that the youngsters could run the show.

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Newcastle’s most experienced player, Gema Simon is out of the side after succumbing to injury troubles which have plagued her all season.

Explosive attacker, Cortnee Vine is also out after coming down with a bout of tonsillitis.

Renee Pountney

It means that Deans has promoted Renee Pountney to his named squad of 15, who will be hopeful of seeing some crucial Westfield W-League minutes.

Sophie Nenadovic is also in the squad, and could be in the mix for her first appearance of the season.

Newcastle Jets FC squad: 2.Hannah BREWER, 4.Libby COPUS-BROWN, 5.Arin WRIGHT, 6.Cassidy DAVIS, 8.Sophie NENADOVIC, 12.Tara ANDREWS, 15.Renee POUNTNEY, 17.Jenna KINGSLEY, 18.Clare WHEELER, 19.Pana PETRATOS, 20.Claire COELHO (gk), 22.Larissa CRUMMER, 25.Teigan COLLISTER, 28.Britt ECKERSTROM (gk), 32.Tessa TAMPLIN

Ins: 8.Sophie NENADOVIC (promoted), 15.Renee POUNTNEY (promoted)

Outs: 7.Gema SIMON (ankle – 2 weeks), 11.Cortnee VINE (illness – 2 weeks)

Unavailable: 7.Gema SIMON (ankle – 2 weeks), 9.Katie STENGEL (foot – 2 weeks), 11.Cortnee VINE (illness – 2 weeks), 10.Emily VAN EGMOND (ankle – 4 weeks), 14.Taylor SMITH (knee – indefinite)