W-League's Bondi season launch 

GEMA Simon felt a tad out of place posing for photos in her Newcastle Jets gear on Bondi Beach and around Sydney Harbour yesterday.

The former Young Matildas striker represented the Jets at the season launch of the W-League, which kicks off this weekend.

"We did a photo shoot at Bondi and had more photos at the launch," she said.

"It was an interesting look in our soccer uniforms at Bondi.

"I don't think the tourists knew what to make of us.

"It was pretty fun though."

The Jets open their fifth campaign against Sydney FC at Liechhardt Oval on Sunday.

Simon, a striker for most of her career, will line up at left back in a new-look side that is back under the control of Northern NSW Football.

They have been boosted with the addition of American imports Tori Huster, Tiffany Boshers and Angela Salem, but are without last season's high-profile stars Melissa Barbieri, Lisa De Vanna and Ariane Hingst.

Barbieri is having a baby, De Vanna has returned to Perth and Hingst has joined champions Canberra.

Emily van Egmond is the only current Matilda in the Jets squad.

"It's fair to say we will be underdogs," Simon said.

"But we are pretty confident of performing well.

"We have been together for nearly a month. In the past we have all come in until a week or two out," she said.

"The Americans have settled in now.

"Everyone is getting used to the style we want to play.

"It is pretty exciting."

NNSW Institute of sport coaches Wayne O'Sullivan and Peter McGuinness have taken over the coaching reins from Clayton Zane, who is now the Jets' youth team coach, and have implemented a new playing style.

"We are looking to play a high-tempo game, what the coaches call sexy football," Simon said.

"It similar to what the Jets A-League side are doing.

"We have to be cautious when we press and when we play the up-tempo stuff, but all the girls have been working hard and are pretty fit.

"We have played a few trials and have done well."

The addition of new club Western Sydney Wanderers has expanded the W-League by two rounds.

Most of the talk at the launch, which was held at Jones Bay Wharf, centred on the new club.

"There was a lot of hype around Wanderers and the new derby," Simon said.

"Perth will have a pretty strong team with Lisa DeVanna, Katie Gill and a couple of other internationals.

"Canberra have retained the majority of their players.

"Most of the teams will be stronger. There won't be any easy games."

Simon had surgery in March to repair patellar tendonitis in her right knee, but is now recovered and looking forward to her new role.

"The knee is all good now," she said.

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