THE absence of former Jets striker Lisa De Vanna has given Newcastle a boost before their round-11 match against W-League joint leaders Perth Glory today.
The last-placed Jets travelled to Perth yesterday and take on Glory from 4pm at Intiga Stadium in the penultimate round.
The Glory can confirm a maiden finals berth with a result but will be without Matildas star De Vanna due to suspension.
De Vanna, who played with the Jets last season, scored a goal and starred up front with Hunter product Kate Gill in a 6-1 rout of Newcastle in round four. Gill scored a hat-trick in that game.
The Glory, who added experienced American goalkeeper Kaitlyn Savage to their squad this week, will meet a Newcastle side missing US import Angela Salem.
The midfielder has battled a hip and groin injury this season and did not play in the most recent game, a 4-0 loss to Sydney FC on December 23.
Striker Kate Hensman has recovered from a hamstring strain and Bronte Bates is back from an ankle problem for Newcastle.
Co-coach Peter McGuinness said the loss of De Vanna would be a blow for Perth, but they remained a formidable opponent.
"They are a very well organised and smart side and towelled us up here earlier in the year," McGuinness said.
"They were far too good that day and they will be tough again."
The Jets have only one win and a draw this year and trail second-last Adelaide by two points.
McGuinness said the team were determined to get off the bottom of the ladder before the end of the season. They host Melbourne Victory in the last round on January 13.
● The Jets play Melbourne Victory in the National Youth League tomorrow at Wanderers Oval from 5pm.
Newcastle are fourth on the ladder on 16 points with eight games left.
They are eight points behind leaders Central Coast.