NSW WOMEN'S FOOTBALL
"What happened last time means nothing."
That's the message of Illawarra Stingrays coach Brett Wallin as his side prepares to face Macarthur Rams in a preliminary final.
The Rays demolished their rivals 6-0 when the pair met in the first week of the NSW Women's Premier League finals, but Wallin knows it will be a different story at JJ Kelly Park tomorrow.
"They will be in a much more stable situation this week so they will be a totally different opposition," he said.
"They were understrength and we had a full strength side. They will be stronger and we will be a little bit new to each other this week."
The Stingrays will need to rebound from a drubbing of their own last week at the hands of Marconi Stallions.
A combination of injuries and send-offs played a role in the 5-1 loss.
"We have got a little bit of an injury toll that we have got to look after," Wallin said.
"Caitlin Cooper is still carrying an injury but will play. The rest of the girls have pulled up OK, but we have Kristen Lee's red card so she will have to be replaced this week.
"We do have a couple to shuffle, we are probably in the most turmoil I suppose for player selections that I have been in all year."
The Rays also lost Caitlin Denyi to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
J J Kelly Park will play host to all the finals matches tomorrow, with the Stingrays sending out their under 12s and 16s before the marquee first-grade fixture.
The club will be hoping the three sides can join the under 14s in the grand final next weekend.