NineMSN have the sad news that Canberra United have become the first premiers to miss out on the finals the following year.
Canberra United’s hopes of retaining their W-League crown ended in stunning fashion on Saturday as Brisbane Roar secured a 5-1 win in a replay of last year’s grand final.
Sydney FC edged out Canberra from fourth as the Sky Blues grabbed a dramatic 3-2 victory over city rivals Western Sydney Wanderers to leave United as the first reigning champions to miss a finals berth.
In Brisbane, prolific Roar attacker Tameka Butt starred by scoring a hat-trick, taking her tally to eight goals in the past five outings as her side claimed top spot at the end of the regular season.
The Roar held a 2-1 lead at the halftime break before running away with the match in hot and humid conditions, inflicting a record defeat on Canberra in the process.