Golden Boot winner allays injury fears as Grand Final starting line-ups are revealed

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Golden Boot winner Tayla O’Brien has been named in the starting line-up for Eastern Suburbs as they prepare to meet Western Springs in the Grand Final of the Women’s National League.

O’Brien stayed on the bench for Suburbs’ last round-robin fixture after hobbling off the pitch with an ankle injury against Southern United a fortnight ago.

But she’s been included in the starting side for the big game at Mt Smart Stadium.

READ MORE: Suburbs’ Tayla O’Brien runs away with Women’s National League Golden Boot >>>>


Game to be played on Sunday December 18, 2022

Eastern Suburbs v Western Springs
Mt Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland, 2pm
Watch live: This game will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 2.

Here are the teams confirmed an hour before the 2pm kick-off:


Eastern Suburbs

1 — Brooke Bennett (GK)

3 — Erinna Wong

4 — Charlotte Wilford Carroll

5 — Rebekah Van Dort (captain)

8 — Tayla O’Brien

12 — Kenya Brooke

13 — Olivia Page

15 — Rachel Head

18 — Saki Yoshida

21 — Nicole Mettam

23 — Deven Jackson


22 — Kate Payne (GK)

6 — Annie Byrne

9 — Juliette Lucas

11 — Aimee Atkins

17 — Arya Blacker

19 — Nicole Cooper

20 — Zoe Benson

Coaching staff

Head coach: Stephen Hoyle

Assistant coaches: Brock Radich, Aaron McFarland, Tayla O’Brien

Physio: Luke Garvan

Team manager: Szu Wong

Trainer: Sunz Singh

Western Springs

21 — Angelique Tuisamoa (GK)

4 — Lily Jervis (captain)

6 — Jaedeci Uluvili

7 — Lily Taitimu

10 — Sofia Garcia

11 — Rina Hirano

12 — Arisa Takeda

13 — Sam Tawharu

14 — Jess Innes

18 — Emma Pijnenburg

28 — Celia Mayo


1 — Emily Couchman (GK)

2 — Sophia Dyer

15 — Lisa Kemp

22 — Maia Lythe

24 — Kitty Jacob

33 — Helena O’Connor

48 — Rhee Morrison

Coaching staff

Head coach: Ryan Faithfull

Assistant coaches: Alec Flood, Chloe Henderson

Goalkeeper coach: Doug Robinson

Physio: Justin Lopes

Team manager: Kelly Bolus

Match officials

Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley

Assistants: Heloise Welch, Courtney Bremner

Fourth official: Beth Rattray

Assessor: Jan-Hendrik Hintz

READ MORE: Suburbs go into Grand Final as favourites but Springs boosted by availability of key players >>>>

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