Brisbane Roar have long provided a launchpad for Westfield Matildas and though two have departed, a strong core remains in place.
Captain Clare Polkinghorne has been a mainstay at the back for club and country for over a decade and returns once again to lead her beloved hometown outfit in the Westfield W-League 2018/19 season.
Katrina Gorry may have to step up another level in midfield after losing long-term partner Tameka Butt, but the 26-year-old long-range specialist has the class to elevate those around her.
Meanwhile, the reigning Premiers will be closely monitoring Hayley Raso’s encouraging recovery from a serious back injury as the incisive winger aims to find full fitness in time for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019.
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Brisbane Roar Westfield W-League 2018/19 fixtures
Round 1: Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory, Suncorp Stadium, Sunday 28 October, 1:30pm local
Round 2: Western Sydney Wanderers v Brisbane Roar, Marconi Stadium, Sunday 4 November, 3:30pm local
Round 3: Brisbane Roar v Adelaide United, Lions Stadium, Sunday 18 November, 3:00pm local
Round 4: Bye
Round 5: Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar, No.2 Sportsground, Thursday 29 November, 7:30pm local
Round 6: Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar, Seymour Shaw, Sunday 9 December, 4:00pm local
Round 7: Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory, Lions Stadium, Sunday 16 December, 3:00pm local
Round 8: Brisbane Roar v Western Sydney Wanderers, Dolphin Stadium, Thursday 20 December, 6:30pm local
Round 9: Canberra United v Brisbane Roar, McKellar Park, Thursday 27 December, 7:30pm local
Round 10: Bye
Round 11: Melbourne City v Brisbane Roar, AAMI Park, Friday 11 January 2019, 5:20pm local
Round 12: Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC, Lions Stadium, Saturday 19 January 2019, 4:00pm local
Round 13: Brisbane Roar v Canberra United, Suncorp Stadium, Friday 25 January, 4:20pm local
Round 14: Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar, Marden Sports Complex, Friday 1 February 2019, 7:00pm local