Year in review- part 1. A-League

What a 12 months it has been for Brisbane Roar, in this two part series we’ll take a look back at the highs, lows and everything in between in the most successful 12 months in club history. In part one we’ll look at the Hyundai A-League side.

 

January:

(HAL) 2nd – Adelaide United 0-1 Brisbane Roar (Solórzano 69’)

(HAL) 7th– Brisbane Roar (Nichols 63’) 1-1 Perth Glory (Sterjovski 31’)

(HAL) 12th– Central Coast Mariners (Kwasnik 37’, Simon 47’, Perez 74-pen) 3-3 (HAL) Brisbane Roar (Paartalu 23’, Broich 65’, Meyer 79’)

(HAL) 26th– Brisbane Roar (Meyer 85’, 90’) 2-0 Wellington Phoenix

26th- Luke DeVere transfers to Gyangnam

(HAL) 29th– Brisbane Roar (Solórzano 5’, Meyer 63’) 2-1 Sibon 75’)

 

The month started with captain Matt McKay being selected for the Socceroos Asian Cup campaign where he became a key cog in the run to the final. Back home in Brisbane the year started in Adelaide in a top of the table clash with Brisbane putting on an impressive away showing before a draw at home to a plucky Perth side. Then while the floods were affecting the entire region the boys put it too one side and came away with a good away point down in Gosford, before rounding out the month with ‘home’ games at Skilled Park. Before the month was over, Luke DeVere transferred to Korean side Gyangnam, with Daniel Bowles replacing him in the 1st team.

 

February:

(HAL) 8th North Queensland Fury (Killian 65’), 1-2 Brisbane Roar (Nichols 14’, Henrique 58’)

10th– Matthew Jurman signs on for next season, from Sydney FC

(HAL) 12th Brisbane Roar (Barbarouses 3’, Paartalu 42’, Henrique 66’, Broich 85’) 4-0 Gold Coast United

(HAL) 19th Central Coast Mariners 0-2 Brisbane Roar (Barbarouses 52’, McKay 73’)

(HAL) 26th Brisbane Roar (Broich 63’, Henrique 91’) 2-2 Central Coast Mariners (McBreen 39, Bozanic 40’)

 

February was a clinical month for the Roar, with the Premiers Plate already wrapped up; they travelled to Robina for a relocated NQ Fury home game due to Tropical Cyclone Yasi. They say 1003 people were there but it seemed like only 2/3 or that were there. They then rounded out the regular season by smashing the Gold Coast and in doing so recording their 1st ever victory over United. The semi- finals series was going to plan with a 2-0 win in Gosford, but two Mariner goals in 60seconds flipped the tie on its head. Luckily Theo stepped up in the 2nd half with some big saves, with Henrique and Broich slotting home to secure the home grand final everyone wanted.

 

March:

(HAL) 13th Brisbane Roar (Henrique 117’, Paartalu 120’) 2-2 Central Coast Mariners (Kwasnik 96’, Bozanic 103’)

17th Milan Susak transfers to Minangkabau F.C.

18th– Ange Postecoglou signs new 3 year contact as BRFC Manager 28th– Jean Carlos Solórzano transfers to Melbourne Victory

 

There was only the one fixture for Brisbane in March, but it was the biggest of the year, and with 52,500 people in attendance the stage was set for a big match. Following an even 90 minutes it all unravelled in the 1st half of extra time, but that famed fighting spirit shone through once again as Henrique and Paartalu levelled the tie at the death. Theo then saved a pen or two, Henrique scored and Brisbane won the double. The celebrations lasted for a fair while and included a parade through the city and receiving the keys to the city. Ange then resisted the overtures of Victory to sign a 3 year deal.

 

June:

3rd– Redlands United 0-0 Brisbane Roar (Franjic 53’)

8th – Peninsula Power 0-3 Brisbane Roar (Bush 33’, Sludden 63’, Schmitz 72’)

12th– Sunshine Coast (Holmes 39’) 1-1 Brisbane Roar (Fitzgerald 65’)

22nd– Eastern Suburbs 0-3 Brisbane Roar (Barbarouses 32’, Fitzgerald 75, McKay 77’)

27th– Kofi Danning signs on from Sydney FC

29th- Brisbane Olympic (Chung 23’) 1-5 Brisbane Roar (Murdocca 21’, Broich 28’, Nichols 73’), Barbarouses 80’, McKay 83’)

Following two months of rest, relaxation and hard training, the boys were back in the preseason in early June ready to do it all again. The early results and performances were encouraging and it appeared as though things would be staying the same, despite a few personnel changes.

 

July:

4th– Jack Hingert signs on from Dandenong Thunder

16th– Kosta Barbarouses transfers to FC Alania Vladikavkaz

17th– Ipswich Invitational XI 0-3 Brisbane Roar (Broich 11’, Nichols 57’, Quinn 90’)

27th– Rochedale Rovers 0-2 Brisbane Roar (Fitzgerald 57’, 87’)

 

In July the boys took a couple of weeks off to freshen up before phase 2 of the preseason, with only the two matches being played. There was a big crowd out in Ipswich for the match out their which was a positive and I believe they raised a fair amount of money for people who lost everything in the floods out there which is nice.

 

August:

3rd– Brisbane Wolves (Hopkins 16’-p, Clulow 30’) 2-4 Brisbane Roar (Nichols 22’-p, Fitzgerald 26’, Meyer 59’, Jurman 72’)

10th– Brisbane City (Shepherd 20’, 38’) 2-4 Brisbane Roar (Murdocca 11’, Brattan 53’, Cirjak 70’, Dougall 83’)

16th– Sayed Mohammad Adnan signs on

16th– Besart Berisha signs on from Armenia Bielefeld

16th– Brisbane Strikers 0-5 Brisbane Roar (Meyer 4’, 10’, Bush 64’, 83’, Danning 67’)

20th– Wellington Phoenix (Rigters 66’) 1-5 Brisbane Roar (Meyer 46’, 92’, Nichols 47’, Broich 57’, Nichols 73’)

25th– Matt McKay transfers to Glasgow Rangers F.C

27th– QSL Northern All- Stars 0-1 Brisbane Roar (Nichols 30’)

30th– Issey Nakajima- Farran signs on from AC Horsens

 

In August pre-season really began to ramp up with a couple of new signings coming in, but sadly club captain and foundation player Matt McKay moved on to Glasgow Rangers following 6 solid years at the Roar. On the park they took on BPL leaders Brisbane Wolves who gave the boys quiet a test, before heading across the ditch to take on Wellington. The result was a 5-1 smashing that gave everyone a lot of confidence and it appeared that they were picking up where they left off.

 

September:

11th– Melbourne Victory (Hernandez 39’-p, Allsopp 59’) 2-0 Brisbane Roar

17th– Brisbane Roar 0-3 Adelaide United (Murdocca 10’- o.g, Djite 48’, La Stella 69’)

23rd– Corey Brown, George Lambadaridis and Nick Fitzgerald sign on as full time u/21 players.

24th– University of Queensland 0-3 Brisbane Roar (Meyer 2’, 10’, 15’)

 

September saw the end of the pre-season campaign with a pair of defeats to Adelaide and Melbourne Victory proving disappointing, but the preseason ended on a positive note with a 3-0 win over UQ.

 

October:

7th– Abruzial Bakrie becomes primary owner of Brisbane Roar

8th– Brisbane Roar (Nichols 77’) 1-0 Central Coast Mariners

15th – Sydney FC 0-2 Brisbane Roar (Berisha 42’, Broich 70’)

21st– Brisbane Roar (Paartalu 13’, Berisha 60’, Nichols 78’) 3-0 Gold Coast United

28th– Brisbane Roar (Henrique 21’-p, 36’-p, Berisha 23’, 27’, 29’, 69’, Nakajima- Farran 81’)

 

Right on the brink of the new season the club had some good news off the park with Indonesian billionaire Abruzial Bakrie becoming the new primary owner of the club. The good news continued on the part with a 1-0 victory over the Mariners in the Grand Final rematch. They followed that up with wins over Sydney and Gold Coast before recording the clubs biggest ever win with a 7-1 annihilation of Adelaide.

 

November:

5th– Melbourne Victory (Thompson 9’, 20’) 2-2 Brisbane Roar (Henrique 5’-p, Broich 27’)

13th– Brisbane Roar (Berisha 11) 1-1 Wellington Phoenix (Brown 36’)

19th– Newcastle Jets (Griffiths 44’) 1-2 Brisbane Roar (Henrique 56’, Meyer 82’)

26th Brisbane Roar (Berisha 23’, 45’, Nakajima-Farran 33’, 41’) 4-0 Perth Glory

 

September started down in Melbourne with 9 man Victory holding out for a 2-2 draw, before Wellington came to town and parked the metaphorical bus with the Roar settling for a 2nd consecutive draw. Brisbane then won in Newcastle to equal the all-time undefeated record in Australian sport, before going on to break the record a week later with a 4-0 smashing of Perth at home. It was a fitting celebration of a quiet remarkable accomplishment.

 

December:

4th– Sydney FC (Petratos 1’, Emerton 20’) 2-0 Brisbane Roar

6th– Brisbane Roar drawn into Group F of the ACL with Beijing Guoan, Ulsan Hyundai and an unknown Japanese side.

9th– Brisbane Roar (Nichols 78’) 1-2 Melbourne Heart (Germano 12’, Babalj 27’)

14th– Wellington Phoenix (Ifill 27’, Ward 81’) 2-0 Brisbane Roar

17th– Brisbane Roar (Danning 83’) 1-2 Central Coast Mariners (Amini 6’, Bojic 45’)

26th– Gold Coast United (Severino 88’) 1-0 Brisbane Roar

 

While the previous 11 months were full of high after high, December was month that brought all Brisbane fans back to earth, starting with a 1st loss in 448  days with a 2-0 defeat against Sydney. That week thou fans turned their sights towards Asia with news that Brisbane would play Beijing Guoan, Ulsan Hyundai and the Emperor’s Cup winner. Later that week Brisbane would lose at home for the 1st time in some 20 odd months with a 2-1 loss to Melbourne Heart. 3 more losses to Wellington, Central Coast and Gold Coast sees Brisbane trying to break a 5 game losing streak and end the season in style.

 

It’s been quiet the year for the Hyundai A-League side, Premiers, Champions and record breakers. 2012 looms as another exciting year- the challenge of defending the premiership, the championship and qualifying for Asia remain, but this time are joined by the chance to go up against the best on the continent and with a bit of luck who’s to say Brisbane wont go deep into the competition. In part two we’ll look at the year for the Youth team and the Women’s.

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