It's all hands on deck at Canberra United over the next fortnight with three away games squeezed into a tight festive season schedule.
United contest the trio of W-League clashes over a 15-day period which includes Christmas and New Year, beginning on Sunday against the Brisbane Roar in Gosford.
Canberra players will enjoy a quick three-day Christmas break before returning to training on Boxing Day to prepare for Melbourne Victory on Wednesday, December 28.
In the New Year United head north to face Sydney FC and with nine competition points on offer over the next two weeks American import Stephanie Ochs said preparation was paramount.
"Our bodies take a beating each week and as the season goes on it gets harder and harder to recover, but as long as we stay smart we'll be OK," Ochs said.
"It's about balancing everything, maintaining training and having time off to rest and take care of any niggles to make sure we're available and ready."
Ochs will spend Christmas in Canberra with her host family where she will indulge "within reason". She was looking forward to the road trips ahead.
"After last week's win [against Melbourne City] everyone is feeling really good about the season and excited for what is to come. We just have to keep the momentum going," Ochs said.
"You always wish you had more time off around the holidays but we all love playing and we're all excited to go to Melbourne after Christmas."
Ochs said the packed schedule would allow for the younger players to get more minutes in their legs during the crunch three-game period.
"We still have some girls coming back from injury so the young girls will come in, which is really valuable for them getting game time and also good for their confidence," she said.
"We're really taking it game by game right now and just trying to get three points in every match so we're not fighting for points at the end of the season."
United coach Rae Dower said she had the squad to handle the tough travel schedule over the next fortnight.
"We've got a really great mix of young and old with two 15-year-olds, then a sprinkling of 17-year-olds and a sprinkle of W-League veterans, too," Dower said.
"This year we've been able to get a great balance of youth and experience and certainly the young ones are bouncing off the walls and the older players are helping them to reach their potential.
"They know what they need to do. We've had a good week at training and we've got a good plan to take into the match [against Brisbane].
"We just need to continue marching on and getting the three points."
W-LEAGUE — ROUND 7
Sunday: Canberra United v Brisbane Roar at Central Coast Stadium, 2.30pm. TV: Live on Fox Sports 4 and ABC.
Canberra United squad: 1.Trudy BURKE (gk), 2.Yukari KINGA, 4.Clare HUNT, 5.Jenna McCORMICK, 7.Ellie BRUSH, 8.Hayley RASO, 9.Jasmyne SPENCER 10.Grace MAHER, 11.Michelle HEYMAN, 12.Hannah BREWER, 13.Celeste BOUREILLE, 14.Ashley SYKES, 16.Karly ROESTBAKKEN, 17.Laura HUGHES, 19.Nickoletta FLANNERY, 20.Georgia BORIC (gk), 22.Stephanie OCHS.