2011 in review- part 2: W-League and NYL

Yesterday in part 1 we looked at the success of the Hyundai A-League in 2011, today as we countdown to 2012, lets take a look back at the W-League and NYL years.

 

W-League:

It was quiet a year for the W-League side as Jeff Hopkins side set about getting their title back from Sydney in the closing rounds of the regular season. January saw Brisnbane playing three games of which they won one over their rivals from the harbour city, but draws to Newcastlte and Melbourne saw Brisbane end the season in 2nd place.

 

January:

1st– Sydney FC 0-1 Brisbane Roar (Burgess 48’)

16th – Brisbane Roar 0-0 Melbourne Victory

22nd– Brisbane Roar 0-0 Newcastle Jets

 

February:

5th– Brisbane Roar (Butt 23’, Cordner 96’) 2-2 (4-2 on p-k’s) Canberra United (Munoz 57’, Heyman 97’)

12th– Sydney FC (Leadbrook 35’) 1-2 Brisbane Roar (Butt 9’, De Vanna 64’)

 

February is finals time in the W-League and a 2nd place finish meant a home semi final against the 3rd placed Canberra United and in a hot afternoon at Ballymore Brisbane won the day on a penalty shoot-out with goalkeeper Casey Dumont slotting home the winning penalty. Unfortunatly there would be no home grand final as Sydney FC secured hosting rights by defeating Melbourne Victory. So onto the showpiece and Tameka Butt gave Brisbane an early lead, which Kylie Leadbrook cancelled out midway through the 1st half. Brisbane went ahead for a 2nd time at the midway point of the 2nd half when Lisa De Vanna found the back of the net before celebrating by running into the grandstand. Brisbane held on for the victory and became the 1st side to win the W-League twice, and in doing so became the 1st team to win the final away from home.

 

October:

22nd– Sydney FC (Rollason 26’) 1-1 Brisbane Roar (Burgess 51’)

 

The new season kicked off in late October with a grand final re-match with Brisbane coming from a goal down in the 2nd half to grab a point. Unfortunatly due to a round 2 bye, this was the clubs only fixture in the months.

 

November:

5th– Brisbane Roar (Alleway 18’, Gielnik 55’) 2-3 Newcastle Jets (Andrew 24’, De Vanna 72-pen, 83’- pen)

12th– Adelaide United (Rajcic 76’) 1-2 Brisbane Roar (Polkinghorne 38’, Spina 63’)

19th– Perth Glory (Kete 24’, Tabain 79’) 2-5 Brisbane Roar (Butt 6’, 43’, 75’, Gielnik 59’, Polkinghorne 71’)

26th – Brisbane Roar (Gielnik 47’) 1-0 Melbourne Victory

 

November was a  particularly busy month for the ladies starting with a home match against Newcastle, and it was last seasons grand final hero Lisa De Vanna who popped up with a late double to seal the points for her new team. From there Brisbane went on the road and secured good wins in Adelaide and Perth to get them moving up the ladder. They ended the season with a good victory at home down in Cleveland.

 

December:

3rd– Brisbane Roar (Burgess 7’, Brush 88’- o.g) 2-2 Canberra United (Shiphard 9’-pen, Heyman 78’)

10th– Brisbane Roar (Luik 6’, Gielnik 90’) 2-0 Adelaide United

17th– Melbourne Victory (Fletcher 78’) 1-1 Brisbane Roar (Gielnik 91)

 

December started with a much anticipated clash with ladder leading Canberra United, with Brisbane coming back to grab a point they probably deserves via an own goal from the Canberra captain. Brisbane then took a game north to the Sunshine Coast where they grabbed both an early goal and a late goal in a 2-0 win over Adelaide.  Rounding out a rather successful 2011 was a trip to Geelong to take on Melbourne where a last gasp equaliser earned a point which gives the girls a chance to return to the semi-finals and maybe even defend their championship in 2012.

 

Here’s a look at the table as things stand at the end of 2011:

 

 

Club

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

PTS

1

Canberra United FC

9

6

3

0

18

9

9

21

2

Brisbane Roar

8

4

3

1

16

10

6

15

3

Sydney FC

7

4

2

1

22

5

17

14

4

Melbourne Victory

9

4

2

3

17

8

9

14

5

Newcastle Jets FC

7

3

0

4

13

14

-1

9

6

Adelaide United FC

8

1

0

7

5

21

-16

3

7

Perth Glory FC

8

1

0

7

7

31

-24

3

 

National Youth League:

 

October:

22nd– Brisbane Roar (Borello 65’, Dougall 70’) 2-0 Gold Coast United

29th– Brisbane Roar (Thurtell 37’) 1-3 Adelaide United (Kamara 20’, Da Silva 80’, Monaco 86’)

 

The season began brightly with a youth M1 derby where substitutes Brandon Borello and Kenneth Dougall scored in quick succession. Borello scoring a goal against the Coast on debut has to be amongst my top NYL moments of the year! A week later Brisbane took on an Adelaide side who put up a much tougher fight then their A-League counterparts did and came away with a 3-1 victory.

 

November:

6th- Melbourne Victory (Jeggo 9’) 1-5 Brisbane Roar (Nakic 26-o.g, Jackson 28’, Cirjak 33’, Bush 47, Lambadaridis 84’)

12th– Brisbane Roar (Lambadaridis 10’, Fitzgerald 17’, 30’) 3-2 Australian Institute of Sport (Proia 12’, 45’- pen)

20th– Newcastle Jets (Virgili 3’, Bradbery 30’, 63’) 3-6 Brisbane Roar (Dougall 2’, Fitzgerald 10’, 52’, 80’, Visconte 35’, Cirjak 84’)

27th– Brisbane Roar (Thurtell 42’, Fitzgerald 58’) 2-2 Perth Glory (Vittiglia 33’, Makarounas 65’)

 

November began down in Melbourne and Brisbane responded to Victory’s early goal with 5 of their own in what was a very tidy performance -on the highlights video atleast-. Brisbane then welcomed AIS to Redlands and despite playing the entire 2nd half a man short they held out and won 3-2 over a very young side. The following week the slammed half a dozen past the Jets in Newcastle with Fizgerald netting a hattrick. A disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Perth rounded out the month.

 

December:

3rd– Sydney Fc (Powell 15’, Mallia 50’, 71’, Lum 66’) 4-4 Brisbane Roar (Visconte 22’, 56’-pen, Fitzgerald 57’, Cirjak 88’)

11th– Brisbane Roar (Groenwald 4’-o.g, Thurtell 8’) 2- 5 Melbourne Heart (Williams 70’, 88’, Walker 75’, 76’, 85’)

17th– Brisbane Roar (Fitzgerald 60’) 1-0 Central Coast Mariners

 

December began in Sydney and the two sides dished up a entertaining 4-4 draw with league wide top scorer Mitchell Mallia netting twice for the hosts, and Rocky Visconte doing likewise for the Roar. The Heart came to town the following week and it appeared as though Brisbane would be in store for a comfortable victory, but 5 goals in 18 2nd half minutes meant it was a dissapointing day for the youth side. They did however round out 2011 on a high note with a 1-0 victory over the Mariners at Suncorp Stadium in what was a good experience for the youngsters.

So with 9 of the 18 rounds completed the table looks like this:

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Perth Glory 9 6 2 1 20 13 37+7 20
2 Melbourne Heart 9 6 0 3 18 15 33+3 18
3 Brisbane Roar 9 5 2 2 26 20 36+6 17
4 Sydney FC 9 4 2 3 24 17 37+7 14
5 Newcastle Jets 9 4 2 3 20 15 35+5 14
6 Central Coast Mariners 9 4 1 4 17 10 37+7 13
7 Gold Coast United 9 4 1 4 16 15 31+1 13
8 Australian Institute of Sport 8 3 0 5 12 17 25−5 9
9 Adelaide United 9 2 2 5 11 20 21−9 8
10 Melbourne Victory 8 0 0 8 5 26 9−21 0

 

 

Competition top scorers:

Mitchell Mallia (Sydney) – 11

Chris Payne (Newcastle) – 9

Nicholas Fitzgerald (Brisbane) – 8

Zac Walker (Melbourne H) -6

Justin Hayward (Central Coast) – 5

Liam Woodling (Adelaide) – 4

Ndumba Makeche (Perth) – 4

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