2016-17 W-League draw unveiled

The draw for the 2016-17 W-League season was released today and Brisbane Roar will play two games at Suncorp Stadium as part of A-League/W-League double headers.

The Roar Womens side will play Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday December 11th before the two sides meet in the A-League later that afternoon, and Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday January 7th before Brisbane’s A-League clash with Newcastle.

The teams other four home fixtures will be played at the centrally located Dunmore Park, home of Toowong FC.

The headline for the league as a whole is the 19 A-League/W-League double headers across the league, with the season getting underway on November 5th and ending with the Grand Final on February 12th.

Fox Sports and ABC will once again share the TV rights this season, with Brisbane set to feature three times on the televised game across the 14 round competition.

The Roar’s home game against Adelaide in Round 7 at Suncorp Stadium set as the TV game, in addition to the away fixtures against Canberra –Round 8- and Newcastle –Round 12-.

In addition to 14 regular season fixtures, Fox Sports and ABC will also show both Semi-Finals and the Grand Final.

Last season saw a resurgence of sorts for the Roar, with Belinda Wilson’s side returning to the Finals series before losing on penalties to eventual Champions Melbourne City.

2016/17 Brisbane Roar W-League Draw
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Former Players Wrap- 29/08/2016

Following last weeks former player wrap, one of the clubs defenders from the early days- Ben Griffin- got in touch with us to confirm he’s retired from playing football. Griffin made 26 appearances from 2006 to 2009.

Headlines
– Henrique joins Adelaide.
One of Brisbane’s all time favourite sons is back in the A-League, with the naturalised winger securing a one year deal with last years A-League Champions with an option for a second. Henrique joins Adelaide after a brief stint in Malaysia with Negeri Sembilan.

– Goals
Three players hit the back of the net over the last week for their respective clubs, with Mensur Kurtishi, Issey Nakajima-Farran and Andrija Kaluderovic all finding the back of the net.

Kurtishi made it two goals in as many games for First Vienna with a late equaliser for his new side. Here’s the goal.

Over in Lithuania, Andrija Kaluderovic opened the scoring early on for league leading Zalgiris in their 4-1 win over Suduva. No footage of the goal.

Meanwhile over in Malaysia, Issey Nakajima-Farran scored a late penalty to rescue a point for Terengganu against Pahang. Here’s the match highlights.

– Moon coaches all-stars
Foundation Queensland Roar midfielder Warren Moon was rewarded for a stellar season at BPL Premiers Lions FC by being named coach of the BPL Select side which lost 4-0 to the Roar at the weekend.

– Adnan wins Super Cup
Sayed Mohamed Adnan and his Al Hadd teammates won the 2016 Bahraini Super Cup this week with a 1-0 win over Muharraq. The new season in Bahrain begins in the coming days.

Tables
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Recap of Pre-Season clash with BPL Select

Brisbane Roar (4) – Petratos 31’, Maclaren 38, Bowles 85’, Leck 88’
BPL Select (0)

Goals

1) Dimitri Petratos 31st minute- A mistake in midfield from the BPL select side sees the Roar gain possession in a good position, and after some build up work from Brandon Borrello and Matt McKay, Petratos beat Jake Reesby with a powerful effort to make it 1-0.

2) Jamie Maclaren 39th minute- Flowing move from the Roar down the left hand side results in a tap in at the far post for Maclaren which put Brisbane up 2-0.

3) Daniel Bowles 86th minute- After an initial corner was cleared by the BPL Select side the ball fell to Jesse Daley on the right side near the corner flag, and his low cross allowed Bowles to tap in and make it 3-0 late on.

4) Daniel Leck 88th minute- Youngster Leck rounded out the scoring late on as fellow youth teamers Katebian and Daley combined to tee up Leck, with the BPL side switching off. 4-0 to the Roar.

Here’s a few thoughts on last nights game
Work to do– The biggest take away from the game is that while the team picked up their first win of the 2016 pre-season, there’s a lot of work to do before the team is ready to play before the round one game in October. While there were some good aspects to the play, there’s still a lot to work on, with ball movement slower than previous years while there was a lack of cutting edge for large periods as well.

Recruitment- Last night was also the first opportunity to see new signings Thomas Kristensen and Joey Katebian in action, with Kristensen playing 67 minutes while Katebian played the second half off the bench. Kristensen looked a handy enough acquisition playing the midfield- more on that later-, while Katebian struggled to have the same impact as Maclaren.

On recruitment, it was also evident that while the club has made three signing so far since the end of last season, there’s still a glaring need for more options before the season starts. Amongst those needs are a more experienced back-up for Jamie Maclaren, while an additional creative midfielder to add a bit of extra spark to the side could also be a useful addition. With three visa spots available to John Aloisi there’s plenty of scope to make further additions.

DeVere- The game against the BPL Select side was also the first chance to see Luke DeVere in action, with the central defender playing his first 45 minutes for the first team since his injury against Villarreal in June of last year. While there wasn’t a lot of defending to be done in the game, DeVere looked composed enough on the ball and did his defending duties well.

Midfield- The most interesting aspect of last night to watch was the midfield where the set-up seemed to be slightly different to last season with the departures of Steven Lustica and Corona seemingly changing the shape of the midfield. Last season it was primarily Corona as the deepest lying of the midfield two, with Petratos and McKay playing ahead of him in the midfield.

Last night however Matt McKay seemed to be sitting a little deeper, playing alongside Thomas Kristensen in a kind of duel pivot role, with Dimitri Petratos acting as a no.10 and Thomas Broich drifting from his left wing role centrally more often. It’s too soon to judge if the changes will be beneficial or not, or if it’s going to be a pattern this season but it was an interesting adjustment to see.

Youth- While we’ve only seen two pre-season games now –in addition to two more closed door games on the Gold Coast- one of the major themes of the pre-season has been the inclusion of youth in the squads. There hasn’t however been a regular group of youngsters included with 10 different youth team players getting a chance to prove themselves in first team action. Of the group, Konstandopoulos is the only one to have played in all four games and looks the best chance to secure a first team deal.

So far the following young players have been given their chance in the first team this pre-season; Cameron Crestani, Matthew Schmidt, Mark Rodic, Joe Caletti, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Jesse Daley, Joseph Champness & Jayden Prasad.

It will be interesting to see who features from here on out with just two confirmed games between now and the start of the season, although I’ll have more on the youth side later this week.

Line-ups
Brisbane Roar XI– Young (46’), Hingert (46’), DeVere (46’), North (71’), Brown, Kristensen (67’), McKay (67’), Petratos (46’), Borrello (46’), Broich (76’), Maclaren (46’).
Substitutes- Theo, Katebian, Pepper, Leck, & Oar (46’), Konstandopoulos & Rodic (67’), Crestani (71’), Daley (76’)
Unused Substitutes- Schmidt.

BPL Select first half XI- Reesby, Davies, Fujitani, Fetahagic, Shepherd, Jankovic, Bonotto, Briggs, Cheshire, Madle, Cameron.
Second half XI- Cuminao, Takahashi, Ryan, Nagta, Smith, Roper, Strickland, Brown, McCaskill, Campbell, Jomanday.

Up next- It’s two weeks of training for the Roar before their next trial against Central Coast Mariners on September 10th. For the BPL Select side they return to their clubs with the 2016 Semi-Final series set to begin next weekend.


BPL Select squad announced, as Roar announce a further game

The Brisbane Premier League select squad which will take on the Roar this Saturday at QSAC was announced today and as you would expect it’s heavily dominated by Premiers Lions FC.

Lions lead the way with six players in the 22 man squad, while Rochedale Rovers and Holland Park Hawks have the second most in the squad with five players each.

Peninsula Power have three in the squad, while Albany Creek, Logan Lighting and Eastern Suburbs are represented by one player each.

Due to commitments in the 2016 Canale Cup Final, players from Mitchelton FC and Capalaba weren’t considered for the squad. The full squad is below.

Goalkeepers: Brandon Cuminao (Rochedale Rovers), Jake Reesby (Peninsula Power).

Defenders: Phil Davies (Rochedale Rovers), Ajdin Fetahagic (Lions FC), Takumi Fujitano (Lions FC), Uryu Nagata (Rochdale Rovers), Michael Ryan (Easts), Nathan Shepherd (Lions FC), Dan Smith (Holland Park), Kenya Takahashi (Lions FC).

Midfielders: Andrea Bonotto (Peninsula Power), Dean Briggs (Holland Park), Max Brown (Logan Lightning), Lewis Cameron (Rochedale Rovers), Marko Jankovic (Lions FC), Sam Roper (Holland Park).

Forwards: Riley Campbell (Albany Creek), Greg Cheshire (Rochedale Rovers), Andrew Macaskill (Holland Park), Marek Malde (Holland Park), Sekou Jomanday (Lions FC), Tom Strickland (Peninsula Power). Brisbane Roar and the Brisbane Premier League Select squad will play this Saturday evening at QSAC, however the Roar have other games in Brisbane coming up between now and the start of the season.

Brisbane Roar meanwhile are expected to field a strong side in this match -for the first half at least- with the game likely to be the first chance for people to see new signings Joey Katebian and Thomas Kristensen in action.

In addition to the game announced last week against Central Coast Mariners in early September, the Roar today confirmed a game against an NPL Queensland u-23 select side, which will also be held at QSAC in late September.

The games are likely to round out the pre-season for the Roar with the game against the NPL u/23 side to take place just 13 days out from the season opener against Melbourne Victory.

It’s not quite the Roar Roadshow of years gone by, but it’s not too bad either.

Brisbane Roar vs. BPL select
Saturday August 27th. 7.30pm
Qld Sports & Athletics Centre

Brisbane Roar vs. Central Coast Mariners
Saturday September 10th. 3.00pm
Spencer Park, Newmarket.

Brisbane Roar vs. NPL Qld u/23
Saturday September 24th. 3.00pm
Qld Sports & Athletics Centre


Former players update 23/08/2016

*After an extended break, im bringing back the former players feature to keep track of the players who’ve worn the Roar jersey in years past.

In future weeks the format will return to something like the previous editions , but for this first update back it will be longer and will cover all of the clubs former players.

European based
Corona (Almeria)
The Spanish Segunda started over the weekend with Almeria hosting Cadiz on the opening day. Corona was an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw.

Javier Hervas (CD Mirandes)
Hervas wasn’t in the squad as the new season got underway, with Mirandes drawing at home to recently relegated Getafe. Hervas has only recently joined the club, following a brief stint with Bosnian side Zeljeznicar where he didn’t make a single appearance.

Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen)
The Bundesliga season doesn’t start until next weekend, but Leverkusen were involved in DFB Pokal Cup action over the weekend with a trip to Haunstein. Leverkusen progressed to the second round of the cup with a 2-1 win, with Kruse coming off the bench in the 89th minute.

Ben Halloran (1.FC Heideheim) The 2.0 Bundesliga also begins next weekend, but like Kruse, Halloran and his Heideheim teammates were involved in Cup action over the weekend. Halloran however wasn’t in the matchday squad as Heideheim beat Wattenscheid 09 2-1.

Kwame Yeboah (Borussia Monchengladbach II)
Kwame is still playing for Monchengladbach’s II side, having as yet failed to make his debut in the first team after signing for the club in January 2014. Yeboah did however start upfront for the II side in their 1-1 draw with Sportfreunde Siegen. After five rounds Borussia II side 7th in the Regionaliga West, with two games in hand.

Stef Nijland (PEC Zwolle)
The 2016-17 Eredivise season began three weeks ago and it’s not been a good start for Nijland and his Zwolle teammates as they’ve lost two successive home games, conceding seven goals along the way. After 3 rounds Zwolle sit in the relegation zone with just the one point, while Nijland came off the subs bench in the first two rounds before starting –and being subbed after 70’- in the weekends loss to PSV.

Kenneth Dougall (Sparta Rotterdam)
While Nijland and his Zwolle teammates have endured a slow start, things are much better for Kenneth Dougall in their return to the top flight. The former Roar Youth teamers’ side sit 6th after three rounds, starting in the opening round before being dropped to the bench. Most recently Dougall was an unused sub in their 1-0 win over Go Ahead Eagles.

Andrija Kaluderovic (FK Zalgiris)
Since the last update Andrija has moved to the Lithuanian Premier League with Zalgiris, who recorded a 7-0 win away to SSPC Radviliskis in the Cup over the weekend. No word on if Kaluderovic was involved.

David Williams (Haladas)
Another player whose moved since the last update, with the former Melbourne City flyer making the move to Hungarian side Haladas where he’s made an instant impact with four goals in seven games. That run of goals includes the clubs most recent game, a 3-1 win over Paksi SE, where Williams started, put his side in front in the 69th minute before being substituted in the 80th minute. No video of his goal from the weekend, but here’s another from his recent goal scoring run.

Mensur Kurtishi (First Vienna)
Kurtishi is another striker whose changed clubs since the last update, with the Macedonian joining First Vienna in the Austrian third tier. After three rounds Vienna sit 10th in the Regionaliga Ost, with Kurtishi starting and being substituted in the 66th minute in a 0-0 draw away to Parndorf.  So far this season Kurtishi has one goal from three games, scoring a 67th minute equaliser in the week to draw away to Traiskirchen. Here’s the goal.

Asian Based
Sayed Mohamed Adnan (Al Hadd)
Big Mo is still running around in his homeland for Al Hadd, although the new season is yet to begin in Bahrain. Last season was a successful one for Adnan and Al Hadd, who won the Bahraini Premier League, King’s Cup and the Super Cup in 2015-16.

Yuji Takahashi (Kyoto Sanga)
After a series of loans both domestically and abroad, Takahashi finally made his Kyoto debut this season and has made six appearances in the J2-League so far in the 2016 season. Kyoto are on pace contend for promotion at seasons end, sitting in the sixth and final promotion playoff place after 30 rounds.

Tando Velaphi (Shonan Bellmare)
Staying in Japan, and Tando Velaphi has been a regular on the substitutes for Shonan in the J-League this season, making just the two appearances since his January move. Shonan currently sit 17th in the second stage of the 2016 J-League season, and lost 1-0 at home to Kashima at the weekend, a game which ironically Velaphi started for the visitors.

Erik Paartalu (Jeonbuk)
Erik is on the outer in Korea, with just the two appearances since his move from Melbourne City in January. The decision to leave Paartalu on the outer seems to be a good one, with Jeonbuk leading the K-League after 27 rounds, 10 points clear of second placed FC Seoul.

Dario Vidosic (Liaoning Whowin)
Vidosic is a new signing Liaoning having joined from Western Sydney in the off-season, and he’s had an impact for his new side with one goal from seven appearances to date. Liaoning sit in 13th position currently, six points clear of the relegation zone. Most recently Liaoning lost 2-1 away to Shanghai Shenhua, with Vidosic starting before being substituted at half time.

Matt Smith (Bangkok Glass)
Moving to Thailand and Matt Smith has made a strong impression in the Thai capital with Smith named captain of the new season and he’s helped lead his side to fourth in the league after 28 games, albeit they sit a whopping 17 points behind second placed cross-town rivals Bangkok United. Most recently Smith played a full 90 minutes for Glass in a 1-1 home draw with 7th placed Chonburi.

Henrique Andrade da Silva (Negeri Sembilan)
The Brazilian livewire joined the Malaysian Premier League side in July. News on Negeri is hard to come by, but they currently sit 5th in the Premier League, with their most recent game a 2-0 win over FELDA United in the Malaysian Cup. The Group stage is now complete with Negeri qualifying for the next round in second place from Group D. Sembilan will play Kedah in the Quarter-Finals.

Henrique however may not be a Negeri player for long, with the naturalised Brazilian reportedly in talks to return to the A-League with Adelaide United.

Issey Nakajima- Farran (Terengganu)
Issey remains with Terengganu in the Malaysia Super League and has been scoring regularly for the side in Malaysia’s top tier with 6 goals in 14 games this season. Most recently Terengganu beat Malacca United 2-0 in the Cup. The Group stage is now complete with Terengganu finishing bottom of the group and failing to qualify for the next round in second place from Group D.

Matt Acton (Kaya FC)
Brisbane’s former back-up keeper is now playing in the Philippines with Kaya, who sit 5th on the table after 13 games. Their weekends game against Forza being postponed. So far in 2016 Acton has made nine appearances for Kaya.

Tahj Minniecon (Loyola Meraclo Sparks)
Tahj remains in the Philippines with Loyola who sit second in the UFL after 13 rounds, albeit 7 points behind Global FC. Loyola’s last two games have been postponed, with their most recent game an 11-1 win over Laos.

James Meyer (Eastern FC)
James has moved on from Yadanarbon in Myanmar to Eastern FC in the Hong Kong Premier League, whose season begins next weekend.

Serginho van Djik (Persib Bandung)
van Djik, now 34 is back in Indonesia following a brief one game stint with Adelaide, with the Indonesian side sitting 7th on the table after 16 rounds. Most recently Persib beat PS TNI 3-0 away from home.

Rest of the World
Reinaldo Elias da Costa (Operario Ferroviário EC)
Reinaldo is now back in his homeland with Ferroviário in the lower leagues, and after 11 rounds they sit 11th in the Paranaense 1 league. So far in the 2016 seasons Reinaldo has made seven appearances, with no goals. It appears they’re now in the off-season with the last game back in early July.

Liam Miller (Wilmington Hammerheads)
Since the last update Liam has left Cork City in his homeland to join Wilmington in the US second tier, and his new side sit 10th in the USL Eastern Conference. Most recently Wilmington drew 1-1 at home to Charleston Battery, with Miller starting and playing the full 90 minutes.

A-League
Nick Fitzgerald, Ivan Franjic (Melbourne City), Jai Ingham, James Donachie, Jason Geria, Besart Berisha (Melbourne Victory) , Lachlan Jackson, Devante Clut (Newcastle Jets), Liam Reddy (Perth Glory), Matthew Jurman, Michael Zullo, Alex Brosque (Sydney FC), Kosta Barbarouses (Wellington), Mitch Nichols, Andrew Redmayne (Western Sydney)

I’ll keep this section brief, but six weeks out from the next season there’s shaping up to be 15 former BRFC players set to play in the league next season. That includes Devante Clut whose joining Newcastle, Kosta Barbarouses whose swapped Melbourne for Wellington and Luke Brattan, who returns to the A-League on loan from Manchester City. Also, spare a thought for Ivan Franjic, who is out for the foreseeable future due to a medical condition. Best of luck Ivan.

NPL Queensland
Luke Pavlou (Brisbane City)
City’s season ended at the weekend when their 1-1 draw with the Strikers wasn’t enough to push them into the finals, which also brings an end to Luke Pavlou’s first season in senior football. Pavlou, who spent the last two seasons in the Roar youth setup and ultimately made his debut late in the 2014-15 season, made 21 appearances at the heart of John Kosmina’s midfield.

Jonti Richter (Brisbane Strikers)
After a 2015 season which was ravaged by a knee injury, Jonti returned to action in 2016 and was a regular in the Strikers side which wrapped up the NPL Premiership. Two goals in 11 games so far in 2016 is a stellar return, with the potential for more in the finals series which begins on the weekend.

Royce Brownlie (Moreton Bay United)
Perhaps the wheels on ‘Rolls’ Royce Brownlie are beginning to slow down with the talismanic striker having a down year compared with previous editions of the NPL. This season in a mid-table Moreton Bay side, Brownlie 8 goals in 18 appearances, a far cry from his 14 in last seasons double winning campaign.

Matt Mundy (Olympic FC).
After a slow start to the season, Olympic’s 2016 season ended on Sunday when a 3-2 loss at home to Western Pride ended any faint finals hopes. All up Mundy made 18 appearances for Olympic in 2016, playing in both midfield and defensive roles.

Brisbane Premier League
Warren Moon (Lions FC player/coach)
Now the player manager of Lions FC, Warren Moon has only made intermittent appearances in 2016, with just the six to the name, scoring one. Moon however is best judged as a coach, and after an Premiership win and an FFA Cup run to the last 16 in 2015, he secured another BPL Premiership in 2016, finishing 8 points clear of Mitchelton. Lions will begin their finals campaign this weekend.

Todd Gava, Michael Baird & Jean Carlos Solórzano (Rochedale Rovers)
Rochedale’s season ended at the weekend after a loss to Holland Park. Solórzano, a surprise signing just before the FFA Cup Qualifier against Redlands in June, made only a handful appearances for the Rovers in 2016, while was somewhat more of a regular throughout the campaign. Baird meanwhile netted five goals in 11 games.

NPL Victoria
Abrahim Yango, Massimo Murdocca, Spase Dilevski (Avondale FC)
Avondale’s season ended at the weekend with the side finishing 8th in NPL Victoria. Over the course of the season Massimo Murdocca and Abrahim Yango were ever-present with 21 appearances each, meanwhile Dilevski made just the four. In the weekends 1-1 draw with Richmond, Murdocca and Yango both started, with Murdocca playing 90 minutes while Yango was substituted midway through the second half. Dilevski wasn’t in the squad.

Griffin McMaster (Bulleen Lions)
Bulleen ended the season with a 2-0 win over Hume City, finishing in 11th position. McMaster finished the season having made 19 appearances over the season.

George Lambadaridis (Green Gully)
Green Gully finished the season in 5th position, and will play Oakleigh Cannons at the weekend. Gully’s regular season ended with a 4-2 loss away to South Melbourne at the weekend. Lambadaridis was a regular for the side in 2016, playing in 20 games and scoring three times.

Kofi Danning (Hume City)
This season saw Kofi make 17 appearances in 2016, scoring once although he hasn’t played since mid June. Hume will play South Melbourne in the finals this week. Hume finished the season in 6th position.

Julius Davies (Melbourne Knights)
Knights lost 2-1 to Pascoe Vale to conclude a disappointing season in 9th position. Davies made just the seven appearances for the Knights in 2016.

Carl Recchia (Pascoe Vale)
Vale’s season also ended at the weekend despite a 2-1 win which saw them finish in 7th. Carl wasn’t in the squad, although he did make 8 appearances in 2016.

NPL New South Wales
Jordan Simpson (Fraser Park)

Simpson had a stellar season for Fraser Park in the 2016 NPL 2 NSW with 5 goals from 13 appearances. The team however struggled to make an impact in the division, finishing 11th, and only escaping relegation by three points.

NPL South Australia
Rocky Visconte (Croydon Kings)
2016 has been a solid year for Visconte back in the SA NPL, where he scored eight goals in 21 games. In the end Croydon Kings finished the season in 8th place, well out of the finals race but also clear of relegation.

Free Agents Jerome Polenz, Diogo Ferreira, Adam Sarota.
At last report, three former Roar players remained free agents. The most recent is Polenz who was released by the Roar two weeks ago, while Diogo Ferreira and Adam Sarota were released by Perth Glory and Go Ahead Eagles respectively.

Managers
Tae-Yong Shin (Manager)
Since retiring from football after one game at the Roar, Shin has gone on to carve out an excellent managerial career for himself. Back in South Korea with Seongnam where he made his name, winning the Asian Champions League in 2010 with another ex Roar player in Sasa Ognenovski as his captain. Currently Shin acts in a duel role for the Korean Republic National Team as an Assistant Manager for the first team and boss of the U-23 side. Shin was apart of the coaching setup of the Korean Republic side which made the final of the 2015 Asian Cup.

Stuart Maclaren (Stirling Albion-Manager)
Ex Roar defender Stu Maclaren is just one of a host of former players embarking on a coaching career, and is still in charge of Stirling Albion in the Scottish League two. After three rounds, Stirling sit in 5th position, and picked up a 2-0 home win over the weekend.

Bob Malcolm (Clyde FC- Assistant Manager)
Also coaching in Scotland is Bob Malcolm, who is the assistant to his former Rangers teammate Barry Ferguson at fellow league two side Clyde. After three rounds Clyde sit in 7th position, with a 3-2 loss on the road to Annan Athletic at the weekend.

Damien Mori (Adelaide City)
Since retiring from the game following his brief stint at the Roar in 2007, Mori has been involved in management at Adelaide City. During his time there, Mori has won multiple titles for City and lead them to an upset win over Western Sydney in the 2014 FFA Cup. This season City have continued their wining form in the SA NPL, beating Campbelltown City by 4 points. Mori is also reportedly in the running to replace the sacked Tony Walmsley as the manager of Central Coast Mariners.

Unknown
Chris Bush, Isaka Cernak, David Dodd, Ben Griffin, Chris Grossman, Matt Ham,  Calum O’Connell, Milan Susak, Tim Smits, Patrick Theodore.

Searching databases like Transfermarket and Soccerway, in addition to a simple Google search didn’t bring up any results for these guys. If anyone knows where they’re playing, or if they are feel free to get in touch.

Retired
Chad Gibson, Pieter Collen, Steven Bryce, Marcinho, Charlie Miller, Danny Tiatto, Yuning Zhang, Simon Lynch, Osvaldo Carro, Andrew Packer, Sasa Ognenovski, Marcus Wedau, Remo Buess, Tom Willis, Hyuk-Su Seo, Reece Tollenaere, Tom Willis.

A number of players have retired from football since their stints with the Roar and while a vast majority’s whereabouts are unknown, some are known. Charlie Miller has an academy set up in his native Scotland, Chad Gibson runs a football related digital medal company called Local FC, while Andrew Packer retired just before his 30th Birthday to join the Australian Defence Force.

Deceased
Tyler Simpson (2011).
Sadly, one of Brisbane’s former players has passed away, with the former defender passing away back in 2011. Simpson played four games for the Roar in the clubs first season in the A-League before making a move to Perth Glory making 15 appearances over two stints with the West Australian club. Condolences to the Simpson family.

Next week this recap will return to normal with the tables and the like, with the NPL Finals Series and the resumption of the remainder of Europe’s top leagues the highlight.

 

 


Cobb gone, but what’s next

Daniel Cobb is no longer associated with Brisbane Roar football club. The former Managing Director was sacked –or he quit- this morning following the drama of the last 48 hours at Brisbane Roar.

Following this weeks meeting with the FFA when Cobb blamed the late payment of wages on a lack of funding from the owners, Cobb made a final take it or leave it offer for purchase of the of the licence last night. The offer was rejected, and a statement this morning confirmed his departure.

Appointed June 10th, Cobb failed to bring the stability and leadership it was expected he would when appointed, spending the majority of his two months in charge in Europe partnership deals with European clubs.

One of the big criticisms of Cobb’s tenure with the Roar was a lack of communication with staff and supporters alike. Over the weeks there were multiple stories of frustration within the Football Department over a lack of direction, while for supporters there was little more than a cliché filled introductory email to point to.

Those overseas trips and arguments with the Football Department lead to the slow delivery on important club business, with player recruitment suffering due to a lack of direction. Meanwhile in off field matters, the clubs membership drive was left far too late with it only launched last week and receiving limited interest to date.

Those incidents lead the clubs ownership to launch an investigation into the running of the club just last week, with the final straw earlier this week when Cobb publically blamed the clubs owners for the latest dramas.

There’s plenty of blame to go around in relation to this latest mess, but the attempts of Daniel Cobb to absolve himself from such responsibility in recent days has been particularly laughable.

Blame should also be levelled at both the Bakrie Group and the FFA for allowing a person with previous bad experiences within the game on a sponsorship level to be allowed to run a club on a day to day basis.

Cobb however is now a matter of the past, so the real question here is what happens next? Does the Bakrie Group want to keep hold of the licence, or are they going to depart the scene? Either way the onus is now on the Bakrie Group to announce those plans and to follow through on them.

Reports emerged earlier today that should the Bakrie Group finally be prepared to let the club go, a local group of investors was preparing a bid. The group is lead by Robert Cavalucci, a former State MP and member of the advisory board put in place by former Roar CEO David Pourre.

It’s unknown wether Pourre, or fellow member of the advisory board Alicia Ferguson are apart of the consortium in any way, but it was revealed Thursday that the committee was dismissed by Cobb early in his tenure.

Cobbs replacement, Mark Kingsman has wasted little time in attempting to stabilise the club with the long deal to move back to Ballymore for training purposes set to finally be sealed tomorrow.

That will allow the first team squad to ditch their Griffith University training base which isn’t suitable for a professional team and return to the place they called home from 2008 through 2015.

Kingsman, the CEO of East Coast Car Rentals would continue in that role and confirmed that the Roar would eventually appoint a Chief Executive of their own in the coming weeks.

Kingsman meanwhile will operate as the Managing Director of the Roar, with a Chief Financial Officer from Indonesia set to be appointed in the coming days.

In his first public statements as Brisbane’s MD, Kingsman said to the Courier Mail that he wanted the Roar to be better in all aspects.

“I read somewhere that somebody said it was business as usual, but I don’t want business as usual, because usual’s not been very good. We need to be better in every area. And we can be.”

“Ultimately we need to get this club into a position where we’re not going back to the owners asking for more money. We’ve got to get into a position where the club is self-sufficient.”

Those words are positive, but at this point it’s going to take actions as opposed to words for people to begin to regain faith in the Roar given the events of the past 18 months.

Hopefully the ownership group provides Kingsman with the resources required to return the stability to the Roar, because it’s long overdue.


FFA- It’s time to step in.

Here we go again. The financial crisis that has engulfed Brisbane Roar over the past 18 months has again got to crisis point with Managing Director Daniel Cobb quitting the role. In a dramatic evening Cobb also confirmed a final bid to buy the licence from the Bakrie Group while also further isolating himself with the Indonesian ownership group by refusing to deny the Roar are trading insolvent.

This past 24 hours has been particularly dramatic with Cobb calling out the clubs ownership over a lack of funds, which he says lead to the late payment of the monthly payroll.

In the midst of all that the FFA and Cobb had a meeting in Sydney, swapped public statements before Cobb also announced he would make a final offer to buy the Roar licence from the Bakries even after quitting his Directors role.

Throughout this entire 18 month saga there has been plenty of anger from Roar supporters aimed at the clubs ownership group, former Directors and Chairman in addition to current MD Daniel Cobb in recent times.

One group which wasn’t included above, but has arguably the most to answer for is the FFA, whom the majority of this will be aimed at.

Over the past 18 months FFA have had multiple opportunities to step in and force change within the clubs ownership structure, and at each opportunity they’ve failed to do so. I’ll save the full recap of the this saga for when it eventually comes to an end, but here’s the key flash points.

The first opportunity to act was back in September 2015 when an ultimatum was issued following a third straight month of late payments to players.

Despite not meeting the deadline set –they were paid in the ensuring days-, the FFA chose not to step in and take control of the licence despite having the power to do so under the competitions rules.

The continued late payment to players in part cost the club the services of arguable its best home-grown talent -Luke Brattan- who used the situation to secured  a move to Manchester City.

That lead to a rather tense fan forum in the weeks leading up to the new season where former A-League boss Damien de Bohun blamed the fortunes of the Roar –and Newcastle Jets- on mistakes both made in 2012. But here we are, four years later and Newcastle are only just recovering from their issues, while Brisbane are yet to be rescued from the structure which created their problems.

On the night De Bohun explained that mechanisms were in place to prevent these issues from occurring, but those mechanisms obviously haven’t worked here in Brisbane. The question of due process when considering the Bakrie Groups ownership application should also come into question.

Fast-forward to May of this year and after a successful season –all things considered- on the park, things again appeared to be heading south with the departure of the clubs Indonesian directors and CEO David Pourre.

The FFA issued a second ultimatum in early May demanding leadership restored to the club, which was the precursor to the announcement of Daniel Cobb as MD and the leader of a consortium which would purchase the licence from the Bakrie Group.

Cobb’s brief stint with the Roar can best be described as problematic, with his frequent international trips doing little to add the leadership or stability it was said he would bring when appointed.

That lack of direction meant the club was unable to make all the recruitment decisions necessary on the football side, while off the field the club have only just launched their membership campaign some six weeks after the rest of the competition.

That brings us to the events of the past 24 hours including ultimatum number 3, and at this point its abundantly clear that neither the Daniel Cobb, nor the Bakrie Group are the right people to be in charge of this football club.

Throughout this saga we’ve seen late pay and superannuation for players and staff alike, a lengthy list of creditors and a general lack of leadership from the clubs owners, yet despite all of those things FFA has refused to take an active role in sorting the clubs issues out.

I should point out all of this isn’t to absolve the clubs owners, Daniel Cobb or anyone else whose been involved in this saga from blame, but it’s the FFA who could, and should have brought this to an end long before now.

From where this club was in May 2014 when it was celebrating its third Championship in four years to where it is now is a collective failure for all involved.

When you factor in that the Socceroos haven’t been to Brisbane for nearly two years, and it’s over 4 years since a World Cup Qualifier has been held in this city with no game likely for at least another six months.

When factoring all that in, it’s not a stretch to say that football in Brisbane–professionally at least- is in the worst shape it’s been in since the launch of the A-League some 12 years ago.

Whichever way you look at it the FFA have flagrantly let this marketplace down in the last two years, so here’s my final message to those running the game in this country.

FFA, we all know that you just helped the nation’s richest club secure a Socceroos legend. You can keep celebrating that, or you can do something to fix the situation here in Brisbane and make sure he has a meaningful competition to play in. Because as it stands you will have a shadow of a team representing the competitions third biggest market, with fewer spectators, assuming they get on the field at all.