Archive for 2011

Brisbane back with a bang

Saturday December 31, 2011 by  

Brisbane Roar have re-joined the Hyundai A-League winners’ circle in style, coming from behind to beat Melbourne Victory 3-1 in an entertaining New Year’s Eve encounter at Suncorp Stadium.

Head Coach Ange Postecoglou opted for a different formation to his norm, fielding all three of his central defenders in a 3-4-3 as the goal-scoring responsibility fell on the shoulders of attacking trio Besart Berisha, Mitch Nichols and Rocky Visconte.

In the fixture that was hyped as the most entertaining of the three New Year’s Eve match-ups in the A-League, the game did not disappoint with end-to-end football on show as soon as the opening whistle was blown. Read more

New Years Eve fireworks fall flat

Saturday December 31, 2011 by  

While the fireworks were starring after the full time siren there were none shining during tonight’s A-League match as the Central Coast Mariners and Gold Coast United played out a 0-0 draw in front of a healthy New Years Eve crowd of 14,835.

The Mariners entered the match with Rostyn Griffiths again sidelined with a hip injury, with veteran John Hutchinson again filling his role in midfield, while Gold Coast suffered the late withdrawal of Kristian Rees, also due to injury.

Mariners midfielder Josh Rose came close to troubling the scorers early as he lobbed a ball close to the back post in the 3rd minute, albeit his pass not directed to trouble Gold Coast keeper Jerrad Tyson to the degree it did. Read more

Reds break drought after rolling Phoenix

Friday December 30, 2011 by  

The end of the year is more like the start of a new beginning for Adelaide United after the Reds broke through for their first win since November with a 2-0 victory over the Wellington Phoenix at Hindmarsh Stadium.

A 16th minute strike from Bruce Djite and a goal from young defender Antony Golec on his starting debut in the 62nd minute ensured the Reds climbed off the bottom of the table and gave Coach John Kosmina a happy homecoming in his first home game since taking charge.

Not since the 11th of November had the Reds tasted victory, but after overcoming a spirited Wellington outfit that was coming off a 5-2 win over Newcastle, there were smiles back at Hindmarsh among United players and fans alike. Read more

Duckworth granted last Brisbane wildcard

Friday December 30, 2011 by  

Outstanding young New South Wales talent James Duckworth will make his debut on the ATP in Brisbane next week.

The 19-year-old has been awarded the last men’s wildcard into the main draw of the Brisbane International.

Duckworth, a leading member of the AIS Pro Tour Squad,  is part of a quality group of teenagers developing quickly under the tutelage of AIS Head Coach Brent Larkham. Read more

Matt Simon K-League Bound

Friday December 30, 2011 by  

The Central Coast Mariners have agreed to transfer striker Matt Simon to South Korean K-League outfit Chunnam Dragons on a three-year deal.

Simon, a Mariners club legend with over 100 Hyundai League appearances to his name, will fly to South Korea next week to link with his new teammates ahead of the forthcoming K-League season.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the determined striker will play for his beloved Mariners in their next two outings, both of which are at Bluetongue Stadium in front of the Yellow and Navy faithful. Read more

Sydney falls at home to Melbourne Heart

Thursday December 29, 2011 by  

Sydney FC missed the chance to go into second place on the Hyundai A-League ladder, defeated 4-0 by a Melbourne Heart side that played classic counter attacking football at the Sydney Football Stadium tonight.

Sydney FC played in front of a season high crowd of 16,007, had more possession, more shots but conceded three sucker-punch goals on the break and another from a goalkeeping howler by Liam Reddy.

Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka made two changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Adelaide United last start. Scott Jamieson earned a re-call, which saw Shannon Cole pushed forward into a midfield role at the expense of the unlucky Rhyan Grant while teenager Terry Antonis came into the side in place of suspended captain Terry McFlynn. Read more

Reds look to end 2011 with Phoenix scalp

Thursday December 29, 2011 by  

Adelaide United will be hoping to give the club’s supporters an early reason to cheer in the New Year when the Reds tackle the Wellington Phoenix at Hindmarsh Stadium tomorrow night.

In what will be United’s final game of 2011 and Coach John Kosmina’s first home match in charge since he was named coach, the Reds have a chance to lift themselves off the bottom of the table heading into the New Year.

Leading up to what is arguably a season defining period for the Reds with them scheduled to play six games in January, Kosmina has emphasised to his charges the importance of focusing on the process rather than the result if they are to start making inroads up the table. Read more

Mitchell joins the Brisbane main draw

Thursday December 29, 2011 by  

Wimbledon 2010 junior finalist and Gold Coast local Ben Mitchell has been awarded a wildcard into the Brisbane International.

Mitchell said he is looking forward to starting his year in front of a home crowd and playing his first main draw at an ATP event.

“Obviously it means a lot to get a wildcard into the Brisbane International,” Mitchell said. Read more

Sydney wildcard for Dokic

Thursday December 29, 2011 by  

Former world No.4 Jelena Dokic has been awarded the first female wildcard into the Sydney International, tournament organisers announced today.

Sydney-raised Dokic will take her place in the main draw, beginning on Sunday January 8, alongside nine of the world’s top 10 women, including Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Li Na and Sam Stosur.

Dokic, the current world No.66, will be making her second consecutive appearance at the event and is looking forward to a warm reception from her hometown crowd at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. Read more

Durante staying focussed

Wednesday December 28, 2011 by  

The old cliché of one game at a time is firmly on Wellington Phoenix captain Andrew Durante’s mind as the team heads for Australia once more for Friday’s game against cellar dwellers Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Despite being in the middle of a hectic schedule of nine games in six weeks, the Phoenix are going along nicely with three wins from their last four games, but Durante isn’t getting carried away.

“We are on a bit of a roll but you can’t look too far ahead,” Durante said. Read more