W-League: Five Adelaide talking points

We’re back in action in the Westfield W-League, five days after our last clash in Melbourne.

The trip to Adelaide is important for both sides in keeping their seasons alive, with the Reds needing a win to stay in touch with the top four.

REPORT: The defeat to City

Newcastle are slightly further away and the equation much more difficult, but it’s not completely off the table

Here are five talking points ahead of the penultimate regular season clash.

Short turnaround

The loss to City in Melbourne was on Sunday, and the girls face a gruelling turnaround in order to take on the Reds in Adelaide this Friday night.

Four flights and a pair of hotels in a week, with limited training in between could have an impact on proceedings but Craig Deans will look to ensure that isn’t the case.

Morale is high among the group, despite numerous injuries and last weekend’s defeat, and the boss will have his side well up for this one.

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Crummer question

She’s looked good in a position which has been a work-in-progress this season, but where will Larissa Crummer line up this weekend?

A striker by nature but defender by trade, the tall timber was thrown into the front third at half-time in the clash with City last weekend in the search for goals.

The likes of Cortnee Vine and Teigan Collister are two who are waiting patiently in the wings, having come off the bench in the Jets last two encounters.

Will Deans look to throw Crummer on as a striker again this weekend, or will she reclaim her spot in the centre of defence?

Finishing the season strong

There are just two games to go in the Westfield W-League, and the Jets will be looking to finish the season with a pair of wins.

That starts this weekend with the Reds of course, but then a tough challenge in the form of the Wanderers the following week is also approaching.

Although it’s an extremely unlikely proposition, the numbers say that we can still make finals. While there’s still a chance, expect that to be a big motivator.

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Starting XI

Deansy has maintained consistency in his starting XI for the past two gameweeks, with mixed results.

It was an outstanding effort against Perth to fight back and claim three points but the side was overrun by a superb City side on Sunday.

No new injuries or suspensions means that the boss has the chance to establish some consistency in his line-up. Will he?

Atoning in Adelaide

The last time we faced Adelaide looked like the turning point in our season, right up until injury time.

With influential centre-back and co-captain, Cass Davis having gone off with injury when we were 2-1 up late on, the Reds stole two late goals to claim a 3-2 victory.

Given that fixture was on New Years Eve, it’ll still be fresh in the minds of the Jets on Friday and could serve as added motivation to grab three points.