‘Force to be reckoned with’ | Wanderers start W-League season against rivals

Remy Siemsen playing for the Young Matildas in China during qualifiers for the FIFA under-20s Women's World Cup last year. Picture: Ben Southall
Remy Siemsen playing for the Young Matildas in China during qualifiers for the FIFA under-20s Women's World Cup last year. Picture: Ben Southall

Remy Siemsen may have switched from the Sky Blues to the red and black for the upcoming W-League season but her expectations remain the same: to score goals and make the finals.

Siemsen and former Sydney FC teammates Leena Khamis, Kylie Ledbrook and Georgia Yeoman-Dale will line up for the Western Sydney Wanderers in the opening round local derby at Marconi Stadium on Thursday night.

The 18-year-old said it was going to be “different” being on the other side of the derby after playing the last two season with Sydney FC.

“...But I’m ready for this new challenge and I’ve been loving the pre-season with my new team and new club and new coaches and we’re all heading into this game with all guns blazing and we’re ready to take the three points,” said Siemsen, who was named the W-League Young Footballer of the Year in her inaugural season.

“The first game of the season is always a big one because it is such a short season you have to get as many wins under your belt as possible and if we’re hoping for finals football we will need to start the season strong.”

Remy Siemsen (left) celbrating goal against the Wanderers last year. Picture: AAP

Remy Siemsen (left) celbrating goal against the Wanderers last year. Picture: AAP

The Wanderers, who have never made the finals in the W-League, enter the new season with their best ever roster with internationals Sydney Miramontez, Lo’eau LaBonta and Elizabeth Addo linking up with talented local products like goalkeeper Jada Whyman.

Siemsen has just returned from a successful first season in the USA Women’s Premier Soccer League for California Storm. The talented attacker, who helped Sydney FC to the grand final last year, picked up several awards including leading goal scorer and was named in the 2018 Best of the WPSL team.

“The club has had some great signings, with the internationals coming across and I think we are going to be a force to be reckoned with,” Siemsen said.

“Having a few girls come across from Sydney FC that I have played with before it is sort of familiar territory for me and we are gelling very well and looking forward to start the season.”

The local derby is one of four home games the team will play at Marconi Stadium.

Marconi will also host the Wanderers’ games against Brisbane Roar (November 4), Newcastle Jets (November 24) and Perth Glory (January 24).

Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Jada Whyman playing at Marconi Stadium last year. Picture:  Jamila Toderas

Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Jada Whyman playing at Marconi Stadium last year. Picture: Jamila Toderas

Their other two home games will be double headers before A-League games at Spotless (December 7) and ANZ Stadium (January 1).

Speaking about their round one clash earlier last month, Wanderers W-League coach Dan Barrett, who was a big reason for Siemsen  joining the club,  said he expects the match to be the “first real derby” between Sydney and Western Sydney.

“I think it will be a classic game. I’ve been part of three or four derbies in the past but I’m expecting that this one being the season opener is going to be a really big game,” he said.

For Siemsen, who last year sat her HSC in China during qualifiers for the FIFA under-20s Women's World Cup, her dream remains to play for the Matildas.

“I hope the Wanderers can help me achieve that, especially with the World Cup coming up next year,” she said.

“There’s other aspirations I want to achieve and that’s making it to the finals and winning the grand final with the Wanderers. 

W-League: Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC, Thursday, October 25, Marconi Stadium. Kick-off: 7.30pm.