2016-17 Young Roar Squad confirmed


New Young Roar signing Joseph Duckworth (Pic- Patrick Kearney)

At half time of yesterday’s A-League clash between Brisbane and Perth, the squads for both the W-League and the Young Roar were announced ahead of the club photo which took place after the game.

We’ve already covered the announcement of the W-League squad in recent weeks, although there is a bit of news here with Tameka Butt confirmed as a member of the squad moving forward.

Butt had previously not been mentioned as part of the side which lead many to think that Brisbane’s all time top scorer in the W-League would be moving on, but yesterdays news means that another foundation member of the Roar women’s setup remains.

Onto the Young Roar squad which will compete in the upcoming National Youth League and the 2017 NPL Queensland to follow, and the squad looks very similar to that of last season.

Standout contributors over the last 12 months such as Cameron Crestani, Jesse Daley, Joseph Champness and Jayden Prasad all return, and are amongst 17 players to be carried over from the 2016 NPL Queensland campaign.

The sole addition to the group is Western Pride attacker Joseph Duckworth, whose 11 goals over the 2016 NPL season saw the youngster earn a place in the PS4 Player Pathway Award which saw Duckworth join 23 others in a trial to win a youth deal with Sydney FC.

Duckworth was ultimately overlooked by the Sky Blues and after a standout showing against the Roar in pre-season for the NPL u-23 side, he was added to the youth setup.

In terms of absentee’s, the most notable is left back Matthew Schmidt, who was seemingly on the cusp of a first team debut at the end of the 2014-15 season before a long term knee injury curtailed his plans.

Dylan Wenzel-Halls and Danny Kim are amongst the others who featured in the NPL but not announced yesterday, although it’s possible they have been retained and classed as replacement platers for the NYL.

2016-17 Young Roar squad
Tomislav Bilic, Andre Jannese.
Defenders- Cameron Crestani, Hayden McHenery, Aaron Reardon, Mark Rodic.
Midfielders- Joe Caletti, Jesse Daley, Daniel Driver, Dane Ingham, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Daniel Leck, Nicholas Panetta, Adam Sawyer.
Forwards- Joseph Champness, Joseph Duckworth, Jayden Prasad, Harrison Sawyer.

When adding in fringe first team players such as Kye Rowles, Connor O’Toole, Shannon Brady and Nicholas D’Agostino the squad looks to be a very strong one and potentially capable of winning the Conference A title and making it to the Grand Final.

The 2016-17 Youth League season begins with a home game against Melbourne Victory on November 12th at Spencer Park, with the Grand Final scheduled for January 29th.

Update: Daniel Leck is also returning to the Young Roar set-up for the 2016-17 season, making it 17 players carried over from the previous campaign.


Brisbane net first home win of 2016-17


(Chris Hyde/ Getty Images)

Brisbane Roar (2)
 Maclaren 31′, Borrello 75′
Perth Glory (1) Marinkovic 54′
13,248 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

Fresh of a win in Gosford against Central Coast last weekend, Brisbane have picked up their first win at home for the season thanks to a 2-1 defeat of Perth Glory.  Goals from Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello were enough to cancel out Nebosa Marinkovic’ strike and hand Perth their first defeat of the season.

The win sees Brisbane go into fourth –although they could finish the round in 5th if Melbourne Victory beat Wellington Phoenix at home on Monday night-, while Perth Glory drop down to third behind unbeaten Sydney FC and Melbourne City.

31’ (1-0) Corey Brown whipped in an inch perfect cross from the left hand side on the half our mark, which Jamie Maclaren ran on to and finished first time into the bottom corner of the net to open his account for the season.

54’ (1-1) In the midst of their best period of the game, with combination play between Diego Castro and Rhys Williams helping to tee up Nebosa Marinkovic who blasted his shot home from the edge of the box to level the scores.

75’ (2-1) The winner came 15 minutes from time when Brandon Borrello –whose energy off the bench added a spark for the home side- got on the end of a quick throw in, bursting into the penalty area before beating Reddy at his far post to put the home side back in front.

Brisbane started the game a side growing in confidence on the back of their win against the Mariners, controlling the early proceedings and having all of the chances in the opening stages. The front four of Holman, Oar, Broich and Maclaren were all looking dangerous and causing almost continuous problems for the visitors.

Despite that early pressure it wasn’t until the half hour mark that Brisbane opened the scoring, at a time which Perth were just starting to get themselves slightly into the game.

For all of Brisbane’s first half dominance however, they were clinical enough and they were made to pay for that early in the second half when they came out of the half-time break sluggishly resulting in an equaliser for the Glory in what was their best period of the game.

That spell from the visitors however was fleeting and following the introduction of Brandon Borrello for Brett Holman the home side quickly reasserted themselves on proceedings resulting in the winning goal.

The combination of Tommy Oar shifting to the left hand side and Broich taking up a more central role brought both into the game more and is a combination worth considering moving forward, while Borrello responded positively to being benched last weekend with an energetic showing.

At the back it was probably the most assured performance of the season, although with Brisbane on the front foot for large parts of the game they weren’t tested as much as they might have expected to have been.

The calmness of Luke DeVere and the energy of both full backs getting forward was a positive however and indicates that last seasons defensive frailties could be consigned to the past. Friday’s upcoming encounter with Melbourne City however will test that newfound solidity at the back.

Brisbane Roar XI- Theo, Hingert, North, DeVere, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Holman, Oar, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutions- Borrello for Holman (67’), Katebian for Maclaren (90’)
Unused Substitutes- Young, Bowles, Pepper.
Yellow Cards- North, Kristensen.
Red Cards- Nil.

Perth Glory XI- Reddy, Risdon, Grant, Djulbic, Warren, Williams, Griffiths, Marinkovic, Harold, Castro, Keogh.
Substitutions- Wilson for Griffiths (25’), Smiljanic for Williams (73’), Chianese for Harold (80’).
Unused Substitutes- Feely, Mills.
Yellow Cards- Williams, Wilson.
Red Cards- Nil.

Stats (via Fox Sports)
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Up next
Brisbane are back at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night for the visit of Melbourne City, who will be bringing a host of high profile players with them, including Tim Cahill who was rested from their win over Friday on Adelaide. Kick-off on Friday is from 6.50pm.

Round 4 Match Preview- Brisbane Roar vs. Perth Glory

After a mixed bag of results on the recent two game road trip to New Sout Wales, Brisbane return home for the first time since the opening game of the season to take on Perth Glory on Sunday afternoon.

While Saturday’s win over the Mariners wasn’t the best performance we’ve seen from the Roar, it was an important one that could potentially kick-started the sides 2016-17 campaign.

Central Coast had their moments in the game, but as the 90 minutes wore on we saw the visitors assert themselves on the contest more and more, with the second 45 minutes being the Roar’s best of the new season and they could of scored a handful of goals to reflect their dominance but for the goalkeeping of Paul Izzo.

A lot has been made of Jamie Maclaren’s start to the new season and while he still hasn’t opened his goalscoring account he showed signs that it’s not far off against the Mariners, with only a handful of spectacular saves from Paul Izzo denying Brisbane’s leading marksman. Provided those chances continue to arrive at his boot, a breakthrough goal isn’t too far away.

This weekend however will prove to be a much stiffer test of the Brisbane side, with high flying Perth Glory looking to continue their solid start to the season. While Brisbane won their most recent meeting 4-0 down in Sydney putting in their best showing of the pre-season according to reports, when the two last met in a competitive fixture it was a 2-0 win for the visiting side in the FFA Cup.

That night at Ballymore the contest was a largely even one, with the visitors capitalising on set pieces with two headers from Dino Djulbic separating the two sides. Perth have established themselves as the most prolific side from set pieces in recent times, with two last week against Melbourne City in addition the six they’ve scored against Brisbane in the last two competitive fixtures between the two.

In that FFA Cup loss however Brisbane were missing both Luke DeVere and Thomas Kristensen from the side, with those two adding some much needed height to a side which without them is lacking an aerial presence. How Brisbane deal with the set pieces from Perth Glory, and the overall trickiness of Andy Keogh will go a long way to deciding the outcome of the game.

What have they done lately
Perth Glory have started the new season living up to the pre-season predictions that 2016-17 would see the West Australian side return to the top of the table, a place they made their own for large parts of the 2014-16 campaign before their salary cap breaches saw them excluded from the finals series.

Two wins from three Perth enter the weekend second on the ladder behind only Sydney FC and last weeks win over fellow high flyers Melbourne City will no doubt only further boost the Glory’s confidence. Glory’s capitulation in the second half against Central Coast in Round 1 however does indicate that there are weaknesses in this Perth side that Brisbane can exploit.

Individually it’s been a flying start to the new season for Irish striker Andy Keogh, who netted the first hat-trick of the season last weekend against City and will be confident of adding to his four previous strikes against Brisbane this weekend. Last seasons Johnny Warren Medallist Diego Castro has also picked up where he left off, finding the net in each of the opening two rounds of the new season; albeit from the penalty spot.

Recent Form
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Brisbane Roar– 1) Michael Theo, 3) Luke DeVere, 4) Daniel Bowles, 5) Corey Brown, 7) Thomas Kristensen, 8) Jacob Pepper, 9) Jamie Maclaren, 10), Brett Holman, 11) Tommy Oar, 13),  Jade North, 16) Nathan Konstandopoulos, 17) Matt McKay, 19) Jack Hingert, 21) Jamie Young, 22) Thomas Broich, 25) Nicholas D’Agostino, 27) Brandon Borrello, 33) Joey Katebian.
*Two to be omitted.

Having picked up the three points on the road last it’s likely that John Aloisi will go into this weekend’s home game with the same matchday squad as the previous weekend.

The news that both Dimitri Petratos and Manuel Arana had been left off the squad lists yesterday indicates that Aloisi and his coaching staff are prepared to not rush the duo back into the side with perhaps one of the duo coming into consideration for next Friday’s home game with Melbourne City.

Expected Brisbane XI- Theo, Hingert, North, DeVere, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Oar, Holman, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutes- Young, Bowles, Pepper, Borrello, Katebian.

Perth Glory- 2) Alex Grant, 3) Marc Warren, 4) Shane Lowry, 5)  Rhys Williams, 6) Dino Djulbic  7) Joel Chianese, 8) Rostyn Griffiths, 8) Andy Keogh, 10) Nebosa Marinkovic, 13) Nicholas Feely , 14) Chris Harold, 15) Brandon Wilson, 16) Joseph Mills 7) Diego Castro, 19) Josh Risdon, 22) Adam Taggart, 24) Milan Smiljanic, 33) Liam Reddy.
*Two to be omitted.

Rhys Williams will make his return from injury this weekend adding experience to the Glory side, although with Djulbic and Lowry it could be that Williams makes his return to the side in the centre of midfield in place of youngster Brandon Wilson.

Milan Smiljanic could also make his first start in the midfield if Williams isn’t selected in that role. Adam Taggart was also expected to make his return from injury this weekend, although before the Glory left on their flight from Perth it was confirmed that the striker would remain in the West.

Expected Perth XI- Reddy, Risdon, Djulbic, Lowry, Warren, Griffiths, Williams, Marinkovic, Harold, Castro, Keogh.
Substitutes- Feely, Grant, Mills, Smiljanic, Chianese.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brisbane’s record at home against Perth is highly impressive, with 10 wins from sixteen encounters at Suncorp Stadium including the 2012 Grand Final. Perth however did win on their last trip to Brisbane back in August, coming out 2-0 winners in the FFA Cup Round of 32 clash at nearby Ballymore.

– Jamie Maclaren has never failed to score in four straight games for Brisbane Roar, with his current run of time without a goal equalling his longest dry spell since joining the Roar last June.

– Perth have taken advantage of set piece superiority in recent encounters against Brisbane, with six goals from set pieces in the last two matches going back to the last league clash between the two in Round 20 of last season.

All-Time Record Against Perth Glory


Gielnik re-signs to boost W-League side ahead of new season

Striker Emily Gielnik has re-signed with the Brisbane Roar ahead of the 2016-17 W-League season which is set to get underway in a little under two weeks.

Gielnik, 24, has been part of the W-League setup since 2010, amassing 28 goals in 63 games making Gielnik the seconde highest scorer in Brisbane’s 8 year history in the W-League.

Last season was another solid year with four goals in 13 games helping Belinda Wilson’s side reach the Semi-Finals after missing out the previous year.

Gielnik adds some much needed experience to the Brisbane attack ahead of the new season, with youngsters Malli Forbes and Cortnee Vine as alternatives to lead the line.

With Gielnik added to the side, the spine of the Brisbane side is looking strong, with just long time attacking midfielder Tameka Butt and New Zealand international Kristy Yallop remaining unsigned from the list of notable names left off the squad announced last Friday.

The addition of Gielnik takes the W-League side to 15 players, with the likelihood of further additions before the season kicks off on November 11 against Sydney FC.

2016-17 Brisbane Roar W-League Squad
Goalkeepers- Mackenzie Arnold, Georgina Worth.
Defenders- Angela Beard, Clare Polkinghorne, Brooke Spence, Summer O’Brien, Nina Frausing-Pedersen.
Midfielders- Amy Chapman, Katrina Gorry, Sunny Franco, Maddy Evans, Allira Toby, Kaitlyn Torpey.
Forwards- Emily Gielnik, Malli Forbes, Cortnee Vine.

Former Players Wrap- 24/10/2016

Adnan move to Al Ahli (QAT)
To start this weeks edition of the former player’s wrap, a transfer that snuck under the radar with Sayed Mohamed Adnan switching from Bahraini side Al Sadd to Al Ahli in the Qatar Stars League. So far Adnan has played in three of Al Ahli’s games so far in the new season.

Kaluderovic hat-trick
Zalgiris got off to a perfect start to the Lithuania Championship Round, with Andrija Kaluderovic netting a hat trick in the 4-1 win over Lietava. Kaluderovic has scored 15 goals in 14 games this season, helping Zalgiris to the regular season title and now chasing the double. Here’s the link to the goals.

Kurtishi scored again Mensur Kurtishi also scored over the last week in First Vienna’s 3-2 loss against Mannsdorf, taking his tally to 7 goals from 11 games for the season. No footage of the goal sadly.

A-League wrap Domestically in the A-League, Besart Berisha opened his goalscoring account for the Victory in their win, while Henrique and Lachlan Jackson were substituted. 15 of the 18 former Brisbane players across the league took the field over the weekend, with Jai Ingham, James Donachie and Ivan Franjic not involved over the weekend.

Smits signs for Grange Finally this week in the local competitions, and former Brisbane striker Tim Smits has joined newly promoted Grange Thistle for their 2017 Brisbane Premier League season. Smits made 14 appearances from 2008-2010.


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Round 3 Match Preview- Central Coast vs. Brisbane

Following Sundays disappointing showing on the road to Newcastle which exposed some holes in the sides defence, Brisbane will hit the road once again aiming to put things right against fellow strugglers Central Coast Mariners tomorrow in Gosford.

Both sides enter the clash with just one point out of six in 2016-17 and on the back of 4-0 defeats away from home and will be desperate to get their season up and running with a win.

John Aloisi has demanded a response against the Mariners, promising that a reaction to the disappointing showing in his press conference today.

“We have to have a reaction. I said it after the game last week – that wasn’t good enough. That wasn’t a performance that we expect of Brisbane Roar, especially in the year and a bit that I’ve been here. That wasn’t good enough from us, we need to do better and I expect a reaction tomorrow against the Mariners” John Aloisi

While it’s too soon in the new season for any sort of overreaction, Brisbane are running the risk of being cut adrift of the pack should they fail to pick up the three points this weekend.

One of the bigger issues over the first two weeks has been the lack of service for Jamie Maclaren, who according to the official stats whose had just the three shots on goal in the opening rounds of the season which isn’t enough and indicates a lack of service.

Last seasons top Goalscorer needs more service and against a shaky Central Coast Mariners defence this could be the opportunity to get Maclaren up and running in the new season.

What have they done lately
Central Coast have had a similar start to Brisbane in this new season, with one point out of six, although the Mariners defensive issues are a bit more pronounced than those of Brisbane with seven goals conceded across the opening two rounds which is the highest in the league.

When looking for positives for the Mariners in the opening two weeks of the season it’s best to start with the second half of their opening game with Perth, where the Mariners put on a vintage display to fight back from three goals down to rescue a point bringing back memories of Mariners sides of the past.

Last week despite the 4-0 score line, Central Coast had almost 2/3 of possession in the clash with Sydney which prompted Paul Okon to say his side was the better on the day, but the majority of that possession was in the defensive and middle thirds for the Mariners.

Recent Form
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Brisbane Roar 1) Michael Theo, 3) Luke DeVere, 4) Daniels Bowles, 5) Corey Brown, 70 Thomas Kristensen, 8) Jacob Pepper, 9) Jamie Maclaren, 10 Brett Holman, 11) Tommy Oar, 13) Jade North, 16) Nathan Konstandopoulos, 17) Matt McKay, 19) Jack Hingert, 21) Jamie Young, 22) Thomas Broich, 26) Nicholas D’Agostino, 29)Brandon Borrello, 33) Joey Katebian.

Matt McKay is a certainty to regain his spot in the starting line-up in place of Pepper now that his suspension has been served, and he should be a big boost to a midfield which struggled to control the game and get the ball forward quickly last weekend.

The rest of the side is likely to be given the chance to put things right following last weekends disappointing showing, although changes could be on the way should they fail to do so this weekend.

Nathan Konstandopoulos is likely to be left out of the matchday squad, which on some levels is a harsh decision given he had an impact last weekend despite the game being lost before his introduction.

The other position up for grabs is the back-up strikers’ role, with both Joey Katebian and Nicholas D’Agostino earning a bench role in the opening two rounds despite neither getting a run so far.

Expected Brisbane XI- Theo, Hingert, North, DeVere, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Holman, Borrello, Oar, Maclaren.
Substitutes- Young, Bowles, Pepper, Broich, D’Agostino.
Central Coast Mariners 1) Ivan Necevski, 2) Storm Roux, 6) Blake Powell, 7) Fabio Ferreira, 8) Nick Montgomery, 9) Roy O’Donovan, 10) Mickael Tavares, 11) Connor Pain, 12) Trent Buhagiar, 13) Kwabena Appiah, 14) Adam Berry, 15) Brad McDonald, 17) Josh Bingham, 19) Jacques Faty, 20) Paul Izzo, 21 Michael Neill, 22) Jake McGing, 25) Ryan Peterson.

Injury to Jacob Poscoliero compounds Paul Okon’s defensive dilemma ahead of this game, with Jacques Faty the man most likely to slot into the heart of defence in his place. New signing Scott Galloway is a chance of being included in the matchday squad, although given he wasn’t named yesterday in the official squads I haven’t included him in this preview.

On a more positive note Fabio Ferreira is once again fit and available for the Mariners and his pace could prove to be a valuable weapon for the home side given the perceived weakness on that side for Brisbane.

Central Coast XI- Necevski, Roux, Faty, McGing, Neill, Tavares, Montgomery, Powell, Buhagiar, Pain, O’Donovan.
Substitutes- Izzo, Berry, Ferreira, Bingham, Appiah.

Stats Facts & Figures
– Brisbane have a terrific at Central Coast Stadium with just two losses in 19 previous visits to Gosford, with both losses occurring back in the 2012-13 season where the Mariners won their only Championship to date.

– Brisbane’s last loss to the Mariners was round 27 of the 2013-14 season in a 2-0 loss at home, with Brisbane winning five of the six games since.

– Brisbane’s road form under John Aloisi is a growing concern with the side winning just 3 of 14 since his arrival last season, although one of those was on the Central Coast last season.

– Joey Katebian could become the 120th player to represent Brisbane Roar in a competitive game should he get any game time on Saturday.

All-Time Record against Central Coast Mariners


2016-17 W-League squad announced

Brisbane’s 2016-17 W-League squad is beginning to take shape with the announcement of 15 players announced today as part of the side as preparations for the new season continue.

Matildas goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold headlines the new recruits for the side with the 2016 Olympian departing Perth Glory to return to Queensland with the Roar.

Orlando Pride midfielder Maddy Evans and FC Rosengard defender Nina Frausing Pedersen  will also link up with the squad ahead of the new season.

Sunny Franco, who made 14 appearances for Brisbane before switching to Sydney FC for the last season also makes her return to the Roar for the upcoming season.

Long time squad members and Matildas Clare Polkinghorne and Katrina Gorry are back with the Roar despite the recent speculation regarding their contracts, as is foundation squad player Brooke Spence.

Amongst the more notable absentees from the 15 player list are Matildas duo Tameka Butt and Emily Gielnik, and New Zealand international Kristy Yallop.

Butt, a foundation member of the W-League side has made 86 appearances for the Roar and is the teams top scoring finding the net 42 times.

Other members of the squad from last season not named include goalkeepers Hayley Kopmeyer and Carrie Simpson, central defender Ruth Blackburn, midfielders Ayesha Norrie and Ashley Spina, and attacking duo Gabe Marzano and Sophie Persson.

With just 15 players currently contracted there’s still a couple of places in the squad open, so some of those not currently re-signed from last years squad may yet be apart of the 2016-17 campaign.

Brisbane open their 2016-17 W-League campaign at home to Sydney FC on November 11th at Dunmore Park in Toowong.

2016-17 Brisbane Roar W-League Squad
Goalkeepers- Mackenzie Arnold, Georgina Worth.
Defenders- Angela Beard, Clare Polkinghorne, Brooke Spence, Summer O’Brien, Nina Frausing-Pedersen.
Midfielders- Katrina Gorry, Sunny Franco, Maddy Evans, Allira Toby, Kaitlyn Torpey.
Forwards- Amy Chapman, Malli Forbes, Cortnee Vine.
Meanwhile in the women’s game, Cortnee Vine has today been announced in the Young Matildas squad for the AFC u-19 Championship qualifiers, which will take place from November 2-6 in Nanjing, China.

This is the start of the Young Matildas journey to qualify for the 2018 u-20 Womens World Cup in France, with the girls playing Jordan and Northern Mariana Islands in this phase of qualifying.

The top placed side in the group will progress to the 2017 AFC u-19 Championships which will take place next year in China.