Soccer: Eureka Strikes playing W-league premier

BOLSTERED: Erin Plucke now plays with Geelong Galaxy, but will be back in the Eureka Strikers ranks for the friendly.
BOLSTERED: Erin Plucke now plays with Geelong Galaxy, but will be back in the Eureka Strikers ranks for the friendly.

Ballarat’s premier women’s soccer team Eureka Strikers take on W-League back-to-back premier Melbourne City at Morshead Park on Wednesday.

City meets Strikers in a friendly to kick off its pre-season program.

Development coach Adam Vranesic will take charge of Strikers for what is the third time in as many years they have played Melbourne City in a practice game.

Vranesic said the Ballarat club had had several training sessions over the past few weeks to fine tune for the outing.

He said it was a great opportunity for the Strikers to be exposed to a full-flight professional outfit. “It’s a great learning experience.”

Strikers will have the services of former players Erin Plucke, Alex Murphy and Jasmina Zdelar, who all play with Geelong Galaxy in the WNPL.

Melbourne City, which has added Matildas forward Kyah Simon to its line-up as a marquee signing late last week, is expected to have up 22 players in Ballarat.

Kick-off on stadium pitch at 4.30pm.