CENTRAL Coast Mariners today confirmed the 17 squad members that will spearhead the club's second Westfield W-League campaign.
Season two of the competition sees the Mariners travel to face Sydney FC on October 5 in their first fixture.
Head coach Stephen Roche, back in the hot seat once more after a credible first year with the Mariners, has assembled a competitive squad.
The Mariners' home matches for season 2009 have been split with Bluetongue Stadium being the venue for three matches while Canberra Stadium and Leichhardt Oval will also play host to matches against rival W-League outfits.
The Mariners team, which is funded and operated by Football NSW, will again be involved in the ten-round campaign and Finals Series, which will conclude in mid-December 2009.
Headlining the Mariners' line up will be hopeful Westfield Matildas star Renee Rollason. The promising 19-year-old midfielder was seen as one of the Central Coast's most outstanding players in their inaugural season in the W-League and 2009 could be the year Rollason steps it up a further notch.
Exciting 19-year-old defender Jessica Seaman has been earmarked as a player to watch out for from the young guns as well as 15-year-old striking sensation Caitlin Foord who was snapped up from the NSW Institute of Sport.
The Mariners management also struck up a neat deal after they also secured the signings of the Illawarra Stingrays front pairing of Ashleigh Connor and Michelle Heyman. The dynamic duo have been in scintillating form during this season's Arrive alive Women's Premier League competition.
The squad has been busily preparing itself for what will be a huge season for the club with coach Roche indicating that bigger things will be seen in 2009 from the Central Coast Mariners.
"I can tell you that all the girls have worked extremely hard in the off-season preparing for the start of the 2009 W-League competition," said Roche. "There is a good feel at the club amongst all the members and officials in the squad.
"A number of the girls have experienced W-League football and I know this will assist with our team preparations when we kick off against Sydney FC.
"Players such as Kelly Golebiowski for example, who has an enormous amount of experience behind her, will certainly help out the younger players in the squad.
"Overall all the girls are really looking forward to 2009."
Central Coast Mariners Westfield W-League squad
Trudy Camilleri, Midfielder, 16 September 1991
Ashleigh Connor, Striker, 3 September 1989
Rachel Cooper, Goalkeeper, 14 March 1989
Caitlin Cooper, Defender, 12 February 1988
Rachael Doyle, Defender, 26 October 1989
Caitlin Foord, Striker, 11 November 1994
Gillian Foster, Midfielder, 28 August 1976
Lyndsay Glohe, Defender, 5 July 1988
Kelly Golebiowski, Striker, 26 July 1981
Michelle Heyman, Striker, 4 July 1988
Jenna Kingsley, Striker, 24 March 1992
Elizabeth O'Reilly, Midfielder, 5 January 1992
Teresa Polias, Midfielder, 16 May 1990
Renee Rollason, Midfielder, 22 September 1989
Karina Roweth, Midfielder, 15 June 1990
Jessica Seaman, Defender, 17 June 1990
Britt Simmons, Midfielder, 10 April 1990
Samantha Spackman, Defender, 16 June 1991
The Mariners' Westfield W-League campaign begins on Monday, 5 October, when the Mariners take on Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium. Kick-off is at 12.15pm. This match will act as the curtain raiser to the round 9 A-League clash between Sydney FC and the Central Coast Mariners.
The Mariners' first Westfield W-League home match will take place on Sunday, 11 October at Bluetongue Stadium when the Mariners take on Adelaide United in the second fixture of the season. Kick-off is at 12.15pm.