Townsville Cup PreviewPosted: August 22, 2014
Brisbane’s pre-season continues over the next week or so with three games up in Townsville, with the Townsville Football Cup up for grabs. Brisbane will be joined in the week long tournament by A-League sides Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets and NPL Queensland side Northern Fury. For Townsville, this is probably seen as a step in the process of retuning to the top tier of the game and will be hoping for some solid crowds, while for the A-League trio this will all be about getting some much needed game time in the lead-up to the FFA Cup round of 16, and the new A-League season. With that in mind, all 3 A-League clubs have named strong squads for the tournament, with a couple of youngsters mixed in.
Brisbane Roar: 1. Michael Theo (gk), 2. Matthew Smith (c), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 5. Corey Brown, 6. George Lambadaridis, 7. Mensur Kurtisi, 8. Steven Lustica, 10. Henrique, 11. Liam Miller, 12. Jean Carlos Solórzano, 13. Jade North, 14. Daniel Bowles, 15. James Donachie, 16. Devante Clut, 17. Matt McKay, 18. Luke Brattan, 19. Jack Hingert, 20. Kofi Danning, 21. Jamie Young (gk), 22. Thomas Broich, 23. Dimitri Petratos, 26. Lachlan Jackson, 28. Brandon Borrello, 29. Shannon Brady, 35. Jai Ingham.
Sydney FC: 1. Ivan Necevski (gk), 2. Sebastian Ryall, 3. Sasa Ognenovski, 4. Pedj Bojic, 5. Matthew Jurman, 6. Nikola Petkovic, 7. Corey Gameiro, 9. Shane Smeltz, 11. Bernie Ibini, 12. Hagi Gligor, 13. Alex Gersbach, 14. Alex Brosque, 16. Christopher Naumoff, 17. Terry Antonis, 18. Peter Triantis, 19. Nick Carle, 20. Vedran Janjetovic (gk), 21. Marc Janko, 22. Ali Abbas, Aaron Calver, Dylan Caton, Themba Muata-Marlow, Anthony Bouzanis (gk), George Timotheou.
Newcastle Jets: 1.Mark Birighitti (gk), 2.Scott Neville, 3.Taylor Regan, 4.Kew Jaliens (c), 5.Ben Kantarovski, 6.Adrian Madaschi, 7. Jeronimo Neumann, 9. Joel Griffiths, 10. Marcos Flores, 11.Craig Goodwin, 12.Sam Gallagher, 13.Edson Montano, 16.Jacob Pepper, 17.James Virgili, 20. Ben Kennedy (gk), 21.Sam Gallaway, 22. Jonny Steele, 23. David Carney, 25.Brandon Lundy, 30.John Solari, 31. Alan Welsh (trialist), 32.Brendan Cholakin (trialist), 33. Iqi Jawadi (trialist).
Northern Fury/ North Queensland All-Stars:
Fury: 1. Matthew Symes, 2. Caleb Hobson, 3. Danny Pledge, 4. Ari Isman, 5. Chris Figg, 6. Jacob Crowley (c), 7. Jake Perry, 8, Corey Waples, 9, Braedyn Crowley, 10. Kevin Fraser, 11. Hamish Cassady, 12. Jani Peut, 13. Brendan George, 14. Guy Bimrose, 15. Mathieu Peyre, 16. Ben Stanley, 17. Sean Karambasis, 20. Dylan Hudson.
NQ All-Stars: 1. Joshua Simons, 2. Valentine Akem, 3. James Artis, 4. Jonathon Bagley, 5. Angus Campbell, 6. Matthew Carey, 7. Nick Figg, 8. Mark Gillan, 9. Campbell Hume, 10. Jacob Hurney, 11. Lachlan Indian Manning, 12. Christopher Mangan, 13. Michael Minisini, 14. Ryan Mottin, 15. Reid Murray, 16. Jake Navarro, 17. Scott Nolan, 18. James Piggott, 19. Joshua Searle, 20. Michael Sheen, 21. Nathan Whitton, 22. Harry Hickey.
From Brisbane’s perspective, they’re taking their full squad to North Queensland for the week, with McKay, Miller, Brattan, Kurtisi and Hingert all included in the squad in addition to those who went to Perth for the FFA Cup clash with Stirling. In addition, a couple of the standouts from the NPL Queensland campaign in Lachlan Jackson, Shannon Brady and Jai Ingham have been included. Brisbane starts the competition on Sunday against Newcastle, with a midweek game with the Fury before rounding out the round robin tournament against Sydney next Saturday.
Round 1 (Sunday August 24):
Northern Fury vs. Sydney FC (2.00pm)
Brisbane Roar vs. Newcastle Jets (5.00pm)
Round 2 (Wednesday August 27):
Northern Fury vs. Brisbane Roar (5.30pm)
Newcastle Jets vs. Sydney FC (7.30pm)
Round 3 (Saturday August 30):
Newcastle Jets vs. North Queensland All-Stars* (5.00pm)
Sydney FC vs. Brisbane Roar (8.00pm)
* Northern Fury replaced by a North Queensland All-Stars side due to Fury’s NPL Queensland commitments.