The Queensland Firebirds are gearing up for the 2013 season, revealing their new lineup.

And the Brisbane Roar are fired-up for a grudge match against the Melbourne Victory coached by their former coach, Ange Postecoglou.

April Chan reports.


It was business as usual this morning at Ballymore stadium but the pressure is on the Roar players to score one up on their old mentor.

But, the two-time victors of the A-League aren’t letting it get to their heads.

Thomas Broich, Roar Midfielder: “Yeah, he might know what we are about, what our strengths are, but I guess we’re still, a pretty dizzy team still and we’ve got our ways to break their defence down.”

For them it’s been a disappointing start to the Hyundai A-League, with a nil-1 loss against the Perth Glory last weekend.

The Melbourne Victory are also desparate for a win, having lost their game against the Melbourne Heart.

This weekend, fans will fill up the seats here at Suncorp Stadium to watch the Brisbane Roar tackle their first home game of the league against the Melbourne Victory. Meanwhile, the Firebirds are flaming up for their new season with an injection of fresh faces.

The Queensland Firebirds had a disappointing season earlier this year.

But, they’re confident the mix of experience and youth is just what they need to replicate their undefeated season in 2011.

The new additions include Kimberley Ravallion and Gabi Simpson.

The pair are also part of the Australian Under 21 Squad competing in the World Youth Netball Championships in Scotland.

Laura Geitz, Firebirds: “Their intensity and passion for the game was just so refreshing for even the older players to have a look at these girls and go wow, this is the new generation of netballers.”

As well as Laura Geitz returning veterans include Natalie Medhurst and Chelsea Pitman.

The 2013 ANZ Championship begins in March next year.

April Chan, QUT News.