ACE Women return to the Elaine Watson Cup tonight with coach Jamie Sanckson believing they have a “great opportunity to make some history”.
Following tonight’s clash at Wolter Park with North Brisbane, ACE finish Group A with a visit by Mt Gravatt on Tuesday. Both matches at 7.30pm.
ACE are top of the group with maximum points from two games, which may lead to some team changes and new faces.
“I’ve spoken to the girls as a group and I’ve mentioned to them on a couple of occasions they have a great opportunity to make some history for the club this year,” said Jamie.
“Both in the league and in this competition. We feel we can give it a really good go – even when Brisbane Women’s Premier League (BWPL) sides come in.
“It’d be great to make some history, have a good run and maybe reach the latter stages, which hasn’t been done before for a Capital League 1 side.”
The next two games will also be a chance to rotate players. Tiarna Toye has been playing with a fractured toe, Jess Scicluna a knee issue and Lorryn Williams is still out with ankle ligament damage.
“Zaliah Jemeljanovs also has had a bit of a quad issue so with this is mind it’s likely some of the reserves will make first team appearances over the next week or two,” said Jamie.
“But it’s exactly what we want to see. We had a good showing of ACE juniors play for us against North Star in the cup, they did fantastic when they came on.
“I’m looking forward to seeing more of them in the senior set up. Definitely one to look out for is Emily Crabb (main picture).
“She has come through the junior set up at ACE (with most of the young Reserves girls). Emily now played a good number of first team games and never looks out of place. She’s getting better every time she plays.”
ACE return to Capital league 1 action on May 16 with a trip to North Brisbane.