Roar recover from poor start for first point of season

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Wellington Phoenix (3) Kaluderovic 1’, 20’, Krishna 18’
Brisbane Roar (3) Maccarone 45’, 82’ (p.k), Papadopoulos 66’
7,018 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

Brisbane Roar have their first point of the 2017-18 season after coming from three goals down to salvage a point against Wellington Phoenix across the Tasman in New Zealand on Saturday evening. Another slow start allowed the Phoenix to jump out to a 3-0 lead inside the opening 20 minutes, with former Brisbane striker Andrija Kaluderovic coming back to haunt his old side with a brace.

After Dane Ingham replaced the injured Luke Devere, Brisbane started the road to recovery with a goal right on half time from Italian striker Massimo Maccarone. Defender Avram Papadopoulos then got the Roar back within one with his first goal for the Roar, before the Italian popped up from the penalty spot to complete the comeback and round off an improved second half showing for John Aloisi’ side.

Despite the improved second half however it was yet another slow and sluggish start to the contest, with the Roar struggling to create chances in attack and keep them out at the other end. It wasn’t’ until Jade North moved inside to centre back to make room for Dane Ingham at left back that the Roar started to gain more control over the game.

Goals
1’ (1-0) Former Brisbane Roar striker Andrija Kaluderovic took barely a minute score against his former side, heading home a cross from Dario Vidosic.

18’ (2-0) Roy Krishna pounces on the ball and hits his shot into the top corner on the near post.

20’ (3-0) Wellington made it 3-0 inside the opening twenty minutes after some good build up down their left hand side resulted in a Roy Krishna cross to the back post being turned in by Kaluderovic for his second goal against his former club.

45’ (3-1) Brisbane gave themselves a way back into the game right on half-time when Massimo Maccarone scored from 2 yards out, following Keegan Smith’s close range save from Brett Holman’s header.

66’ (3-2) Avram Papadopoulos got his first goal in Brisbane colours after Keegan Smith spilled a clever free kick from Fahid Ben Khalfallah at his near post.

82’ (3-3) Massimo Maccarone completed the comeback from the penalty spot after Matthew Ridenton fouled Papadopoulos in the box. Brisbane’s marquee man proceeded to send Smith the wrong way to level the scores.

Team News
Brisbane XI-
Theo, Hingert, Devere, Papadopoulos, North, Oxborrow, McKay, Holman, Bautheac, Ben Khalfallah, Maccarone.
Substitutions- Ingham for Devere (39’), Skapetis for Holman (84’), Caletti for Oxborrow (88’).
Unused Substitutes- Young, D’Agostino.
Yellow Cards- Hingert (33’), Bautheac (53’), Ben Khalfallah (83’), Oxborrow (87’).
Red Cards- Nil.

Wellington Phoenix XI- Smith, Galloway, Mullen, Doyle, Abbas, Paracki, Ridenton, McGlinchey, Vidosic, Krishna, Kaluderovic.
Substitutions- Fox for Galloway (25’), Finkler for Vidosic (69’), Parkhouse for McGlinchey (89’).
Unused Substitutes- Italiano, Watson.
Yellow Cards- Paracki (23’), Abbas (71’), Smith (84’)
Red Cards- Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Luke Devere becomes the 12th player to play 100 A-League games for Brisbane Roar.

– Avram Papadopoulos becomes the 73rd player to score a goal for Brisbane Roar.
Up next
Brisbane Roar return to Suncorp Stadium for back to back home games which they will be hoping to use as the platform to kick start their season. The first of those two home games is next Sunday afternoon against Central Coast as part of a double header with the W-League side who will face Perth Glory in the early kick-off.

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2017-18 Round 4 Match Preview

Round 4 of the A-League and Brisbane Roar find themselves in a somewhat unfamiliar position on the bottom of the A-League and without any points to show as they make the trip across the Tasman to face Wellington Phoenix.

There were signs of improvement in the second half last Sunday against the Jets –in addition to the much debated VAR intervention- the truth is John Aloisi’ side didn’t create enough chances to get something from the game.

While the result went against Brisbane last week, new signing Eric Bautheac showed encouraging signs on his debut and with an extra week here in Brisbane he should be better again the second time around. An improvement across the board however will be needed, with the Roar struggling to create clear cut goalscoring chances and conceding two goals in each of the opening three games.

Injury Update
Shannon Brady- Foot (TBC)
Daniel Bowles- Knee (TBC)
Corey Brown- Hamstring (6 weeks)
Thomas Kristensen- Hamstring (2 weeks)

Team news
With Corey Brown the latest addition to an ever growing injury list John Aloisi will be forced into atleast one change from last weekends starting side, with Jade North likely to switch to left back to accommodate the return of Jack Hingert to the starting side for the first time since the opening round. It remains to be seen if he opts for any further changes to his squad, or if he gives those in the side another chance to impress.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI– Theo, Hingert, Devere, Papadopoulos, North, Caletti, McKay, Holman,  Ben Khalfallah, Bautheac, Maccarone.
Substitutes- Young, Ingham, Oxborrow, Skapetis, D’Agostino.
Omitted- O’Toole, Akbari.

The opposition
Despite picking up just one point from the opening three rounds of the season, Wellington have been highly competitive in each of their games to date and with a bit more luck and better finishing in the final third could find themselves higher on the table. The addition of former Roar duo Dario Vidosic and Andrija Kaluderovic has boosted their attacking options, with Vidosic scoring in the first two rounds of the season.

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Team news
With Marco Rossi succumbing to a groin injury, the potential return of club captain Andrew Durante is a welcome piece of news for Wellington manger Darije Kalezic. The ‘Nix boss however has suggested that Durante would only feature if he was 100% fit to play, with Tom Doyle the likely replacement if the All Whites defender falls short.

Outside of that Kalezic will have Gui Finkler available for the first time this season after he missed the first three games with injury, posing an interesting selection dilemma. Should Finkler be restored to the starting side, Matt Ridenton or Michael McGlinchey would appear to be the logical players to make way.

Expected Wellington Phoenix XI– Smith, Galloway, Mullen,  Durante, Abbas, Paracki, Ridenton, Krishna, McGlinchey, Vidosic, Kaluderovic.
Substitutes- Italiano, Doyle, Rufer, Finkler, Watson.
Omitted– Parkhouse, Rogerson.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– A loss for Brisbane will make this their worst ever start to an A-League campaign, eclipsing that of the 2014-15 season.

All-Time Record against Wellington Phoenix

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Roar off to winning start in season 10

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Sydney FC (1) Sonnett 80’ (p.k)
Brisbane Roar (3) Gorry 1’, Toby 37’, 84’
at Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Brisbane Roar have made a perfect start to season 10 of the W-League with a 3-1 win away from home against Sydney FC. A first minute goal from Katrina Gorry got the Roar on their way before an Allira Toby brace sealed the points.

Goals
1’ (0-1) It was a dream start for Brisbane Roar away from home with a goal after just 17 seconds, when Abbey Lloyd’s cross from the right hand side found it’s way to Katrina Gorry who lashed her shot into the roof of the net.

37’ (0-2) Brisbane then made it 2-0 on the verge of half time after Hong Kong international Wei Ki Cheung picked out Allira Toby with her cross, and the Roar winger headed home past Sham Khamis to double the lead.

80’ (1-2) After Sydney were awarded a free kick for a high foot from Summer O’Brien, American defender Emily Sonnett sent Mackenzie Arnold the wrong way to peg a goal back for the hosts.

84’ (1-3) Brisbane’s two goal lead was quickly restored after Allira Toby headed home her second of the game, this time after a cross from substitute Natalie Tathem.

Teams
Brisbane Roar- Arnold, Raso, Pickett, Polkinghorne, O’Brien, Boureille, Norrie, Gorry, Toby, Wai Ki Cheung, Lloyd.
Substitutions- Tathem for Lloyd (62’), Palmer for Toby (86’), Pullar for Boureille (90’).
Unused Substitutes- Veeren.
Yellow Cards- O’Brien.
Red Cards- Nil.

Sydney FC- S Khamis, Soutar, Ralston, Cooper, Vignes, Polias, L Khamis, Harrison, Allen, Yeoman-Dale, Logarzo.
Substitutions- Sonnett for Yeoman-Dale (46’), Ledbrook for Logarzo (71’), Ralston for L. Khamis (89’).
Unused Substitutes- Rainey.
Yellow Cards- Nil.
Red Cards- Nil.

Stats, Facts and Figures
– Carson Pickett, Celeste Boureille, Wai Ki Cheung, Hollie Palmer and Lucinda Pullar all made their W-League debuts for Brisbane today, becoming the 73rd, 74th, 75th, 76th and 77th players to do so respectively.

Up next
Brisbane return to Suncorp Stadium for the first of five home games at the Milton venue next weekend as part of a double header with the A-League side when they take on Perth Glory.


2017-18 W-League Round 1 Preview

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Season 10 of the W-League begins this afternoon with Brisbane Roar travelling to Sydney FC to kick-start the new season as part of a double header with Sydney’s A-League side.

These two sides have played out one of the biggest rivalries over the first decade W-League, with the two sides meeting in numerous finals matches, including back-to-back Grand Finals in 2019 and 2010. These two sides also met at this stage last season to open season nine of the competition, with the W-League record crowd in attendance at Spencer Park to see Brisbane prevail thanks to Katrina Gorry’s winner. This time around however the two sides meet in Sydney in what is the one and only time the two will meet in the regular season thanks to the unbalanced W-League draw where teams only play four of the eight rival clubs both home and away.

Brisbane Roar go into season 10 of the W-League looking to make amends for a disappointing 2016-17 season, which saw Mel Andreatta’s side finish seventh on the ladder. A large part of the reason for that was the 15 goals scored by Brisbane last time around, a number only marginally higher than that of Western Sydney who scored the fewest goals in 2016-17.

With that in mind however, Andreatta has strengthened here attack with the arrival of Hong Kong international Wei-Ki Cheung and American midfielder Celeste Boureille, in addition to the return of Matildas winger Hayley Raso who made 26 appearances for Brisbane in her first stint in Orange.

Sydney FC meanwhile continued their streak of making the finals series every year of the W-League with a 3rd placed finish last time around, before being on the wrong end of a 5-1 loss in the Semi-Finals to Perth Glory.

The Sky Blues have also seen Matildas duo Alanna Kennedy and Kyah Simon move to defending Champions Melbourne City, leaving a big hole in Ante Juric’s squad. The duo have however been ably replaced, with Caitlin Cooper, Chloe Logarzo and Lisa de Vanna all Matildas in their own right and arriving from Western Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra respectively.

Squads
Brisbane Roar
Manager: Melissa Andreatta
Goalkeepers: Mackenzie Arnold, Kirsten Veeren, Georgina Worth.
Defenders: Summer O’Brien, Carson Pickett, Clare Polkinghorne (c), Kaitlyn Torpey.
Midfielders: Celeste Boureille, Amy Chapman, Katrina Gorry, Ayesha Norrie, Hollie Palmer, Lucinda Pullar, Natalie Tathem.
Attackers: Tameka Butt, Wai Ki Cheung, Emily Gielnik, Abbey Lloyd, Hayley Raso, Allira Toby

Sydney FC
Manager-
Ante Juric
Goalkeepers
– Sham Khamis
Defenders– Teigan Allen, Caitlin Cooper, Ally Green, Elizabeth Ralston, Rachel Soutar, Taylor Ray, Emily Sonnett, Julia Vignes, Georgia Yeoman-Dale.
Midfielders- Teresa Polias, Amy Harrison, Angelique Hristodoulou, Kylie Ledbrook, Chloe Logarzo, Emma Rolston.
Forwards– Lisa de Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Princess Ibini, Leena Khamis, Remy Siemsen

Stats, Facts & Figures
– 72 players have represented Brisbane Roar in the W-League side over the first 9 seasons of the competition.

– Kirsten Veeren, Carson Pickett, Celeste Boureille, Hollie Palmer, Lucinda Pullar and Wai Ki Cheung could all make their debut in this match.

– Brisbane and Sydney have met on three previous occasions in Round 1 of the W-League, with one win apiece and draw.

All-Time Record against Sydney FC

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2017-18 W-League Season Preview

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After the Matildas occupied centre stage in recent times with a win in the Tournament of Nations and two high profile home internationals against Brazil, season 10 of the W-League begins this weekend

While Brisbane were the league’s dominant force in the early seasons, playing in each of the first four Grand Finals and winning two including the inaugural decider in 2009. In more recent times however Brisbane have found themselves on the outside looking in having missed the finals in two of the last three seasons as Melbourne City have asserted their dominance on the competition.

Last Season– 7th After a win at home against Sydney in front of a record W-League crowd, Brisbane went on to miss the finals for just the second time in the 9 years of the competition with just the four wins for the season. Underpinning their failure to make the finals was the second lowest goals scored for the season -15-, which was just one more than Western Sydney.

Ins- Celeste Boureille (Canberra United), Wai Ki Cheung (Hong Kong), Ayesha Norrie (Melbourne Victory), Carson Pickett (Seattle Reign), Hayley Raso (Canberra United).

Outs- Angela Beard (Melbourne Victory), Maddy Evans (Retired), Malli Forbes, Sunny Franco (Western Sydney Wanderers), Nina Frausing-Pedersen, Brooke Spence, Cortnee Vine (Newcastle Jets).

Coach
– Mel Andreatta
Squad Goalkeepers– Mackenzie Arnold, Georgina Worth.
Defenders– Summer O’Brien, Carson Pickett, Clare Polkinghorne (c), Kaitlyn Torpey.
Midfielders– Celeste Boureille, Amy Chapman, Katrina Gorry, Ayesha Norrie, Natalie Tathem.
Attackers- Tameka Butt, Wai Ki Cheung, Abbey Lloyd, Hayley Raso, Allira Toby.

Draw
In previous seasons Brisbane have played a handful of home games at Suncorp Stadium, but in 2017-18 five of the Roar’s six home games will be played as part of double headers with the A-League team. Brisbane’s only home game away from Suncorp Stadium will be at A.J Kelly Park in Redcliffe on Brisbane’s northside, a ground at which the W-League side have won just twice in seven matches.

In terms of the opposition Brisbane will play home and away against Adelaide United, Canberra United Melbourne City and Perth Glory. Meanwhile Brisbane will play home games only against Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets, where as games against both Sydney FC and Western Sydney will be played away from home.

Here’s the full draw
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Roar remain winless as Jets strike at Suncorp again

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Brisbane Roar (1) O.G (Boogaard) 42’
Newcastle Jets (2) O’Donovan 12’, Petratos 45’
10,104 at Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane Roar remains bottom of the A-League table and without any points after the opening three rounds of the season after a 2-1 loss to Newcastle Jets on Sunday afternoon. Goals to Roy O’Donovan and ex Roar midfielder Dimitri Petratos secured the win for Newcastle, however their joy was soured by the horrific leg injury suffered by Ronald Vargas which will likely keep the Jets marquee out for the rest of the season.

Goals
12’ (0-1) It was a dream start for Newcastle with off-season signing Roy O’Donovan on hand to score his fifth goal of the new season after a great cross from Ivan Vujica on the left side. O’Donovan found space between Luke Devere and Corey Brown for a simple finish.

42’ (1-1) After creating a couple of half chances Brisbane got their equaliser in the 42nd minute after substitute Jack Hingert got forward down the right hand side and whipped in a dangerous cross which just evaded debutant Eric Bauteac, but was turned into his own net by Jets defender Nigel Boogaard.

45’ (1-2) Brisbane weren’t level for long however as ex Roar midfielder Dimitri Petratos reminded his old club what he was capable of with a powerful shot from the edge of the box which whistled into the top corner leaving Michael Theo no chance.

Chances
2’ Great chance for Newcastle in the early stages with some good work down their left hand side, with Ronald Vargas missing from six yards out.

8’ First chance of the game for Brisbane fell to Massimo Maccarone, but the Roar marquee couldn’t get his shot off under pressure from the Jets defenders.

16’ Another chance for Maccarone, however his shot goes well wide of the far post.

20’ First chance for Brisbane’s new Frenchman came from a set piece, however despite a good ball in there was nobody attacking it for the home side.

58′- Fantastic chance for Newcastle to double their advantage but Andrew Nabbout’s shot from the edge of the box went wide of the goal.

72’- Massimo Maccarone found the back of the net for Brisbane after a Fahid Ben Khalfallah through ball found the Italian, however VAR ruled the goal out due to an offside in the build-up.

88’- Wayne Brown had a chance to clinch the points for Newcastle, but his shot went past the near post of Theo.

90+8’- Brisbane’s last chance fell to Peter Skapetis, but the winger couldn’t beat the wall with his free-kick.

Injuries
It was a bad day at Suncorp Stadium for both sides on the injury front as two key players for both sides went down with significant injuries. Brisbane defender Corey Brown was the first to succumb to injury, with a hamstring injury set to keep the left back out of action for 6-8 weeks.

That however is nothing compared to the injury sustained by Newcastle marquee Ronald Vargas, who suffered a suspected broken leg and ankle early in the second half after a 50-50 clash with Roar captain Matt McKay. The game was stopped for several minutes as the Venezuelan received treatment on the ground, before being taken off via a stretcher and headed for hospital for surgery.

Team News
Brisbane XI– Theo, North, Devere, Papadopoulos, Brown, Caletti, McKay, Holman, Ben Khalfallah, Bauteac, Maccarone.
Substitutions- Hingert for Brown (36’), Skapetis for Bauteac (46’), D’Agostino for Ben Khalfallah (90’)
Unused Substitutes– Young, Oxborrow.
Yellow Cards– Brown (26’)
Red Cards– Nil.

Newcastle XI- Duncan, Georgievski, Boogaard, Topor-Stanley, Vujica, Kantarovski, Ugarkovic, Petratos, Vargas, Nabbout, O’Donovan.
Substitutions– Brown for Vargas (62’), Champness for Nabbout (80’), Cowburn for Kantarovski (87’)
Unused Substitutes– Moss, Hoffman.
Yellow Cards- Kantarovski (10’), Brown (68’), O’Donovan (74’), Vujica (90+8’)
Red Cards– Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
Eric Bautheac became the 134th player to represent Brisbane Roar in a competitive game

– Brisbane Roar lost their first three games of a season for just the second time in club history (other was 2014-15)

– Current seven game losing streak is now the longest in club history.

Up next
A trip across the Tasman against the hard working and underrated Wellington Phoenix on Saturday afternoon awaits John Aloisi’ side as they seek to accrue their first points of the campaign at the fourth time of asking. That won’t be an easy task however with Wellington proving to be a difficult proposition over the opening weeks of the season.


2017-18 Round 3 Match Preview

Round 3 of the A-League and Brisbane Roar will be out to ensure they don’t equal their worst ever start to a League season on Sunday afternoon when they take on the high flying Newcastle Jets. Late goals from Ryan Kitto and Johan Absalonsen ensured it was back to back defeats to start the season, after a disappointing second half fade out cancelled out Massimo Maccarone’s first goal for Brisbane.

Injury Update
Daniel Bowles- Knee (TBC)
Shannon Brady- Broken Foot (TBC)
Thomas Kristensen- Hamstring (2 weeks)

Team news
The belated arrival of French attacker Eric Bautheac will provide more options in attack for John Aloisi, and with the former Lille man training with another of his former clubs in Metz to keep sharp ahead of the move it’s a possibility that he makes his debut from the start on Sunday. It’s more likely however that the Frenchman makes his debut as a second half substitute.

Regardless of Bautheac’s potential ability from the start, Brett Holman is  a likely returnee to the XI in place of Nick D’Agostino in the attacking midfielders role, with the young striker set to replace Rahmat Akbari on the substitutes bench.

Expected Brisbane Roar XI- Theo, North, Devere, Papadopoulos, Brown, Caletti, McKay, Holman, Skapetis, Ben Khalfallah, Maccarone.
Substitutes- Young, Hingert, Oxborrow, Bautheac, D’Agostino.
Omitted- Akbari, Ingham.

The opposition
If there was one team the Roar would not like to see this weekend on their home patch it would probably be Newcastle, with the Jets winning on 10 of their 17 previous visits to the Queensland capital.

Newcastle are team transformed under new boss Ernie Merrick with the early rounds suggesting that the seven season wait for finals football could be set to end this time around, with attacking duo Roy O’Donovan and Ronald Vargas leading the charge this time around. There’s also a distinct Roar old boys look to the Jets, with Devante Clut, Dimi Petratos, Lachlan Jackson and Joseph Champness all finding a home in the Hunter in 2017-18.

What have they done lately?
While the Roar have been slow out of the gates in season 2017-18, the opposite can be said of the Jets, who find themselves in 3rd place on the table heading into Round 3 after a comprehensive win over Central Coast in Round 1 before succumbing to a late Adam Taggart goal at home against Perth Glory in Round 2.

Injury Update
Nil.

While Brisbane have a number of players sidelined due to injury to start the season, Newcastle on the other hand have a clean bill of health and a full squad at Ernie Merrick’s disposal as they make the trip north to Brisbane.

Team news

Ernie Merrick will no doubt be tempted to bring in experienced defender and former club captain Jason Hoffman at the back for this game –most likely in place of Ivan Vujica- in a reshuffle which would see Daniel Georgievski move to left back. Outside of that it’s a stable side in the Hunter, with the only other potential change is the addition on the bench of youngster Mario Shabow to provide an additional attacking option to ex Young Roar flyer Joey Champness.

Expected Newcastle Jets XI- Duncan, Hoffman, Boogaard, Topor-Stanley, Georgievski, Kantarovski, Ugarkovic, Petratos, Vargas, Nabbout, O’Donovan.
Substitutes- Moss, Jackson, Brown, Shabow, Champness.
Omitted- Cowburn, Vujica.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Eric Bautheac will become the 134th player to represent Brisbane Roar if he makes his debut in this fixture
– Sunday’s home clash with Newcastle Jets will be Brisbane’s 150th regular season home game at Suncorp Stadium (P-149. W72. D34. L43. GF-225. GA- 167.
-Only once have Brisbane lost their first three game of an A-League season (2014-15)

All-Time Record against Newcastle Jets

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