Friday, August 28, 2009

A League Round 4 Preview Part Two

Sunday 30 August 2009

Newcastle Jets v Gold Coast United

Energy Australia Stadium, 3.00pm local

Sunday’s A League double header kicks off in Novacstria. The headline for this game will either be “The Father is better than the Son” or “The Son is better than the Father” as Branko Culina (The Father) the Jets Coach takes on Jason Culina (The Son) the Gold Coast Captain.

Everyone is tipping the White Shoe Brigade to smash the Jets in this one. Could the Jets do a man marking job on Jason Culina? No other teams has dared tried that yet as former PSV star Jason is just too fit and smart to be man marked out of the game.

The Newcastle Jets have signed Labinot Haliti for three months as an injury replacement for Marko Jesic in a round that has been full of prodigal sons returning. Haliti could provde the Jets with an attacking sparck they lacked in last weeks loss in Perth.

Jets Quotes: "They have played well but they are not world-beaters," said Culina pre game.

“What we need to do is make sure we apply enough pressure on those players to ensure they do not get as much of the ball as they have in the first three rounds.

"We have to stop players like Jason, Shane Smeltz and Joel Porter getting on the ball."

“He (Jason) keeps telling me we haven't got a player good enough to take him out of the game. I told him I don't want to embarrass him.

Gold Coast Quotes:"But for me and for Dad (Branko) (Sunday's) just another game. At the end of the day it's another three points at stake. I'm just going to prepare like I normally do and not make a big deal out of it," said Jason Culina the Gold Coast Captain.

"Hopefully at the end of it, we can have a good laugh."

A Fotball Story Prediction: Jets 0 - Gold Coast Chavs 3

Newcastle Jets squad: 11.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2. Angelo COSTANZO, 3. Adam D’APUZZO, 4. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5. Ljubo MILICEVIC, 6. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 7. Jin-Hyung SONG, 8. Matt THOMPSON (c), 9. Sasho PETROVSKI, 10. Donny DE GROOT, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 13. Shaun ONTONG, 15. Sean ROONEY, 16. Jason HOFFMAN, 17. Fabio VIGNAROLI, 19. Jason NAIDOVSKI, 20. Neil YOUNG (gk), 22. Kaz PATAFTA, 24. Chris TRIANTIS

*four to be omitted*

In: Angelo COSTANZO (promoted), Donny DE GROOT (promoted), Kaz PATAFTA (promoted), Chris TRIANTIS (promoted)
Out: Nil
Unavailable: Jobe WHEELHOUSE (ankle – 3 weeks), Marko JESIC (knee – indefinite)

Gold Coast United squad:
1. 20.Scott HIGGINS (gk), 3.Michael THWAITE, 4.Daniel PIORKOWSKI, 7.Zenon CARAVELLA, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 10.Jason CULINA (c), 13.Bas VAN DEN BRINK, 14.Joel PORTER, 15.Tahj MINNIECON, 16.Kristian REES, 17.Matt OSMAN, 22.Adama TRAORE, 23.Steve FITZSIMMONS, 24.ANDERSON, 40.Robbie BAJIC

In: Daniel PIORKOWSKI (promoted)
Out: Steve PANTELIDIS (suspended – 1 week)
Unavailable: JEFFERSON (knee injury - 9 weeks), James BROWN (shin injury - 1 week), Jess VANSTRATTAN (ankle injury - 4 weeks), Steve PANTELIDIS (suspended - 1 week), ROBSON (thigh - 1 week)

Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix

Sunday 30 August 2009, Sydney Football Stadium, 5.00pm local

Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix end round four with what looms as a very difficult game for the home team against a Wellington side that have a history of getting results against Sydney.

Last week the rose coloured glasses came off with the so-called European style of Sydney FC resembling an English league conference game when the Bling luckily escaped Gosford with a nil all draw. Clint Bolton the hero saving a late Mariners penalty and another late shot on goal.

Wellington will hang back in this game and will try to catch Sydney on the break with ex-Crystal Palace man Paul Ifil, Brazilian Daniel and Leo Bertos all eager to feed poaching English Striker Chris Greencare. While for Sydney FC, look for Karol Kisel, Alex Brosque, Kofi Danning and John Aloisi to be more heavily involved in this game than they were last week against the Fisherman.

Bling Quotes: “It’s good when you get along with each other and you like each other and certainly you respect each other,” said Stephen Keller and resident hoofer about team mate Simon Colosimo.

“Between all four (of us) including (Sung Hwan) Byun and Shannon (Cole) at the moment - they’re also contributing a lot to our defensive performance," said Simon Colosimo.

“They (Wellington) have had a pretty good start to the season.

“I think Leo Bertos is their most dangerous player. I know he hasn’t scored yet but I know Leo from my time in Perth and I think he’s one of their best," finished Colosimo.

Phoenix Quotes:"Sydney has lot of quality and we can't afford to keep going behind. It's good to start on an even keel and even pop one in early so we can put them on the back foot," said Wellington defender/midfielder John McKain.

“Up front they are dangerous with Johnny (Aloisi) and Brosquey (Alex Brosque) as well. They've got someone like Steve Corica behind and he may be getting on in years but he's still a quality player. They've got quality all over the park.

"But we're a bit of a bogey team for them so hopefully this weekend we can notch up something special for the start our season," added a confident McKain.

A Football Story Prediction: Sydney C 2 Phoenix 0

Sydney FC Radio Announcement

An announcement was made this week by Sydney FC that SBS Radio will broadcast all of the Sky Blues’ remaining home games during the 2009/10 Hyundai A-League season.

The matches will be broadcast live on SBS Digital Radio 6 and simulcast online at

“We are extremely happy to have SBS as a partner,” said Sydney FC CEO, Stefan Kamasz. “This is a great result for the club and a great result for our fans. To have live commentary of our home games available to a radio audience here in Sydney is a very important step for Sydney FC.”

Saturday’s radio broadcast of the contest between Sydney FC and Wellington will feature expert commentary and analysis from former Socceroo and Sydney United captain, Aytek Genc.

Coverage across the season will be provided by a host of experienced SBS talent including The World Game’s Les Murray, David Basheer and Vitor Sobral, together with SBS Radio’s Attila Mosonyi and Marco Lucchi.

To hear all the action live in English tune in to SBS Digital Radio 6 on Sunday to from 4.30pm, or go to to catch all of the online simulcast action.

Sydney FC Squad: 11. Clint BOLTON (gk), 3. Stephan KELLER, 4. Simon COLOSIMO, 5. Mitchell PRENTICE, 6. Karol KISEL, 7. Brendan GAN, 8. Stuart MUSIALIK, 9. John ALOISI, 10. Steve CORICA (c), 11. Kofi DANNING, 12. Shannon COLE, 14. Alex BROSQUE, 15. Terry MCFLYNN, 17. Matthew JURMAN, 18. Adam CASEY, 19. Mark BRIDGE, 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 22. Sung Hwan BYUN, 23. Rhyan GRANT.

*Four to be omitted*

In: Mitchell PRENTICE (promoted), Stuart MUSIALIK (promoted), Adam CASEY (promoted), Rhyan GRANT (promoted)
Out: Nil
Unavailable: Sebastian RYALL (suspended – 1 week)

Wellington Phoenix squad: 1. Mark PASTON (gk), 2. Manny MUSCAT, 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Jon McKAIN, 5. DIEGO, 6. Tim BROWN, 7. Leo BERTOS, 8. Paul IFILL. 9. Chris GREENACRE, 10. Michael FERRANTE, 11. DANIEL, 12. Jiang CHEN, 13. Troy HEARFIELD, 16. David MULLIGAN, 17. Vince LIA, 18. Ben SIGMUND, 20. Reece CROWTHER (gk), 21. Marco ROJAS, 22. Andrew DURANTE (c), 23. Costa BARBAROUSES
*five to be omitted*

In: Tim BROWN (return from injury), Jiang CHEN (promoted), David MULLIGAN (promoted), Marco ROJAS (promoted), Costa BARBAROUSES (promoted)
Out: Nil
Unavailable: Nil

Quotes courtesy from Sportal Australia and A League website.


  1. Good news about the radio coverage. Pity its only digital / internet though.

  2. yeah, I guess it's a start and it only took 5 seasons.