W-League R9 recap- Raso and Toby secure priceless win in Perth


Brisbane Roar (2) Raso 59’, Toby 66’
Perth Glory (0)
1,046 at Dorrien Gardens, Perth

Brisbane Roar will enter 2018 on top of the W-League table after an important 2-0 win away from home against Perth Glory in a top of the table clash at Dorrien Gardens. Second half goals from Hayley Raso and Allira Toby ensured it was a successful trip across the Nullarbor for Mel Andreatta’s side, who hold a two point advantage at the top of the table with five rounds of the season remaining.

58’ (0-1) Brisbane found the games opening goal just before the hour mark when the home side failed to clear their lines from a corner, and Hayley Raso was on hand to turn the ball into the back of the net.

66’ (0-2) A Katrina Gorry cross was turned home by striker Allira Toby to double Brisbane’s advantage.

Team News
Brisbane XI
– Arnold, Torpey, Polkinghorne, O’Brien, Pickett, Boureille, Gorry, Butt, Raso, Gielnik, Toby.
Substitutions- Lloyd for Toby (67’), Cheung for Gielnik (88’), Palmer for Pickett (90+2’).
Unused Substitutes– Worth.
Yellow Cards– Gorry (16’).
Red Cards– Nil.

Perth Glory XI– Maizels, S. Carroll, K. Carroll, Rigby, Frisbie, Stanton, Tabain, Rodriguez, Bolger, Billam, Hill.
Substitutions– Gibbons for Bolger (58’), May for Billam (68’).
Unused Substitutes– Aquino, Charalambous.
Yellow Cards– Nil.
Red Cards– Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brisbane remains unbeaten away from home in season 10 of the W-League, with four wins from four so far in 2017-18.

– Goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold has now picked up five clean sheets in the first eight games, the most for any Brisbane goalkeeper since Casey Dumont in season 3.

Up next
Brisbane Roar return home for their first game in 2018 or a home clash against Melbourne Victory who are coached by former Roar mentor Jeff Hopkins. The game is part of another double header with the A-League side, with the W-League game set to kick off at 4.20pm.

Meanwhile in the National Youth League Brisbane’s 2017-18 Conference A hopes have been dashed by a superior Melbourne City side earlier in the afternoon at Lanham Park in the Grange. A first half goal from Dylan Pierias sent the visitors on their way, before second half goals from Zachary Bates and Lucas Derrick rounded out a comprehensive win.

The result all but assures City of a spot in the Grand Final at the end of January, with the defending champions needing just three points from their remaining three games to secure the berth as Conference A Champions.

For the Roar it’s been a season of transition at the youth level, with many players making their first step up into the NYL and the injury crisis in the first team has seen many of the sides brightest talents withdrawn due to their services being required in the A-League. Despite the disappointing season results wise, it has been a good learning experience for what is an overall young playing group who figure to be pressing for a chance in the senior side over the next 12-18 months.

Brisbane Roar (0)
Melbourne City (3) Pierias 39’, Bates 52’, Derrick 82’
At Lanham Park, Grange

Up next
The Young Roar start 2018 away to Melbourne Victory on January 7th at Epping Stadium in a battle between the current 3rd and 4th placed sides in Conference A.


NYL 2017-18 R5 Recap- Niyongabire brace sinks Young Roar

Brisbane Roar (1) Devere 41’
Adelaide United (4) Konstandopoulos 28’, Niyongabire 64’ & 90+2’, Irabona 66’
At Lanham Park, Grange Thistle

Brisbane Roar have suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Adelaide United on Saturday morning at Lanham Park in Round 5 of the National Youth League. A first half goal from Kristin Konstandopoulos got the Reds on their way before Luke Devere got a goal just before the half time for the home side capitalising on a period of dominance.

A double change at half time changed the game for the visitors with Pacifique Niyongabire and Aladin Irabona combining to score twice in five minutes to give Adelaide a comfortable 3-1 lead, before Niyongabire rounded out the scoring in stoppage time.

From the first team perspective both Luke Devere and Dane Ingham started the game with Devere playing 64 minutes in his return from injury with a massive knee brace on, while Ingham played the full 90 minutes at right back in his first playing time since going away with the New Zealand National Team back in early November.

Perhaps with a hint towards tomorrow, midfield duo Rahmat Akbari and Adam Sawyer were left out of today’s game, while Daniel Leck was withdrawn at half time after a brief chat with Aloisi. Given the injury concerns in the first team, it stands to reason that atleast one of the trio will feature in some capacity tomorrow.

28’ (0-1)
Adelaide midfielder Kristin Konstandopoulos opened the scoring for the visiting Adelaide side with a chip over Roar keeper Freke after a prior shot in the box was blocked.

41’ (1-1) Brisbane got their equaliser just before the half time break with Luke Devere scoring from close range from a second phase play at a short corner. 61’ (1-2) Half time substitute Niyongabire scores a tap in after a mix-up in the Brisbane backline.

64’ (1-3) Adelaide’s second half time substitute made it 3-1 just minutes later, scoring from close range following a counter attack.

90+2’ (1-4) Niyongabire scores a tidy second for the game late in second half stoppage time following a good run.

Team News Brisbane XI– Freke, Beakhurst, Reardon, DeVere, Trewin, Ingham, Bafford, Driver, Leck, Yoon, Muratovic.

Substitutions– Saint for Leck (46’), Wellsmore for Reardon (53’), Aloisi for Devere (66’).

Unused Substitutes- Griffiths.

Adelaide XI– Richards, Crout, Warland, D’Arrigo, L McCabe, K Konstandopoulos, Devereux, Armiento, H McCabe, Beric, Brook.

Substitutions– Niyongabire for Brook (46’), Irabona for Armiento (46’)

Unused Substitutes– Cook, Nunn.

Up next
The National Youth League breaks for the Christmas weekend before launching into the second half of the season with a home game against Melbourne City on December 29th and after today’s result the Young Roar will need a win in order to keep their hopes alive of a first Grand Final berth. Kick-off is at 4.30pm at Lanham Park.

Second half goal sends Brisbane equal top of W-League


(Mark Nolan/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Canberra United (0)
Brisbane Roar (1)
1,126 at McKellar Park, Canberra

Brisbane Roar have climbed into equal first on the W-League table after another stellar performance away from home on Sunday afternoon. After coming off a bye week due to the recent internationals, Tameka Butt’s second half goal was enough to secure the points for Melissa Andreatta’s side.

The win is Brisbane’s third straight away from home in the W-League, something they haven’t achieved since 2016. In this third straight road game the visitors controlled large parts of the contest ensuring a well deserved win which could have been greater but for the efforts of former Brisbane keeper Haley Kopmeyer.

66’ (0-1) A long ball by Katrina Gorry opened up the Canberra defence, with Tameka Butt on hand to secure the games only goal which sends Brisbane equal top of the league.

Team News
Brisbane XI– Arnold, Torpey, Polkinghorne, O’Brien, Pickett, Boureille, Gorry, Butt, Raso, Lloyd, Cheung.
Substitutions– Gielnik for Lloyd (59’), Tathem for Torpey (82’), Toby for Cheung (88’).
Unused Substitutes– Worth.
Yellow Cards– Raso (41’)
Red Cards– Nil

Canberra XI– Kopmeyer, Roestbakken, Flannery, King, Pressley, Bassett, Sykes, Maher, Thorsnes, Carpenter, Heyman.
Substitutions– Sayer for Maher (46’), hunt for Sykes (67’), Whittall for Flannery (76’).
Unused Substitutes– Gordon
Yellow Cards – Nil.
Red Cards– Nil.

Stats, Facts & Figures
– Brisbane’s third straight win on the road is the first time they’ve managed that since round 8of the 2015-16 season

Up next
Brisbane Roar return home next weekend for a clash with Newcastle Jets, with the game set to be played at A.J Kelly Park in Redcliffe. This will be Brisbane’s only home game of 2017-18 that isn’t played at Suncorp Stadium, with the remaining three home games all set to be played as part of A-League/W-League double headers.
Youth League
Meanwhile Brisbane Roar made it three wins from three over the course of the weekend with a 2-1 win over Perth Glory on Sunday afternoon in round 3 of the National Youth League. Goals from Daniel Leck and Bryce Bafford were enough for the Roar to secure a vital three points in Conference A at Dorrien Gardens in the west, with a late Michael Domfeh goal providing some consolation for the hosts.

Up next for the Young Roar is the first of two bye rounds, before a home clash with Adelaide United at Lanham Park on December 16.

Perth Glory (1) Domfeh 72′
Brisbane Roar (2) Leck 22′, Bafford 52′
At Dorrien Gardens, Perth


Gameiro brace leads Young Roar to win over Melbourne


Brisbane Roar (4) Gameiro 5’ & 34’, Leck 60’, Muratovic 68’
Melbourne Victory (1) Sehadvic 62’
At Lanham Park, Grange Thistle

Brisbane Roar have got their Conference A National Youth League campaign back on track with a comfortable 4-1 win at home against Melbourne Victory on Sunday Morning on Brisbane’s northside.

A first half brace from Corey Gameiro set Brisbane on their way, before second half strikes from Daniel Leck and Mirza Muratovic secured the three points for James Robinson’s side.

Victory for their part were always second best in the game, with a consolation goal from Nuh Sehadvic midway through the second half. Melbourne’s other big chance of the game arrived 15 minutes into the contest when Josh Hope stepped up the penalty spot, however his penalty was saved by Macklin Freke low to his right.

Brisbane’s attacking quartet of captain Rahmat Akbari, Jay Barnett, Daniel Leck and Corey Gameiro proved a constant threat for the Victory defence, with halftime substitute Mirza Muratovic adding to things in the second half.

Gameiro and Daniel Bowles continued their return from long term knee injuries in the clash, with Gameiro playing 45 minutes and Bowles lasting until the second half drinks break on 65 minutes as the duo build up match sharpness before a recall into the senior side.

5’ (1-0) Brisbane got off to the best possible start after a cross in from the left hand side was headed home expertly by Gameiro who eluded his marker to open the scoring from the edge of the six yard box.

15’ (1-0) Victory thought they had a route back into the contest via the penalty spot, however Josh Hope’s penalty was well saved by Roar keeper Macklin Freke low to his right hand side.

34’ (2-0) Corey Gameiro doubled his personal tally and the Roar’s lead 10 minutes before the break after a sharp counter attack started by Daniel Bowles resulted in Daniel Leck teeing up the striker who had an empty net in front of him after the keeper committed.

60’ (3-0) Daniel Leck rounded out a stellar individual performance on the right wing with Brisbane’s third goal on the hour mark after he beat Hatzikourtis in the Victory goal from a narrow angle. 62’ (3-1) Just as Brisbane thought they had the game wrapped up the visitors got a goal back after Nuh Sehadvic scored from close range after a cross from the left hand side.

68’ (4-1) Any potential comeback was short lived however with Brisbane restoring their three goal advantage with 20 minutes to play after Mirza Muratovic’s shot found it’s way into the back of the net, possible via a deflection off Victory defender Calum Goulding.

Brisbane Roar XI
– Freke, Wellsmore, Bowles, Trewin Beakhurst,, Sawyer, Bafford, Leck Akbari, Barnett, Gameiro.
Substitutions– Muratovic for Gameiro (45’), Driver for Bowles (65’), Duncan for Sawyer (75’)
Unused Substitutes– Hunter.
Yellow Cards– Leck 37’.
Red Cards– Nil.

Melbourne Victory XI– Hatzikouritis, Visciglio, Carrigan, Anderson, Vakirtzis, Hatzigeorgiou, Hope, C Goulding, Said, Sehavdic, Kelic.
Substitutions– Iradukunda for Hatzigeorgiou (57’), Lawton for Visciglio (63’), Sette for Laird (75’)
Unused Substitutes– Sutton.
Yellow Cards- Hatzigeorgiou 29’
Red Cards– Nil.

Up next
Brisbane make the trip to Western Australia to take on Perth Glory next Sunday afternoon at Dorrien Gardens, with kick-off set for 10.30am WA time (12.30 Brisbane time). The next home National Youth League fixture is on December 16th at Lanham Park, Grange Thistle against Adelaide United.

Brisbane add duo on scholarship deals

Brisbane Roar have added to their youthful squad with the arrival of midfield duo Jay Barnett and Bryce Bafford on scholarship deals.

The duo, who arrive from the recently closed FFA Centre of Excellence join full-back Dane Ingham and attacking midfielder Emilio Martinez on scholarship deals at the Roar.

The arrival of Barnett and Bafford adds to the group of young players under contract at the Roar, with Rahmat Akbari, Shannon Brady, Corey Brown, Joe Caletti, Nick D’Agostino, Dane Ingham, Emilio Martinez, Connor O’Toole, Mitchell Oxborrow and Peter Skapetis all aged 23 or under.

Former Perth Glory youngster Bafford arrives in Brisbane having spent two seasons in the nations capital, where he scored 8 goals in 23 appearances for the FFA Centre of Excellence.

Barnett meanwhile scored 2 goals in 16 appearances in the 2017 NPL Capital Football season for the FFA COE, and will link up with Roar teammates Macklin Freke, Aaron Reardon and Kai Trewin.

The newly added duo will face stiff competition for a spot in Brisbane’s midfield with experienced options like Matt McKay and Thomas Kristensen, in addition to last seasons’ breakout player Joe Caletti amongst those ahead of the duo in the pecking order.

In the meantime however the duo figure to play a role in the Young Roar’s 2017-18 National Youth League season which is set to kick off next month in addition to next year’s NPL Queensland campaign to start with.

Brisbane Roar FC Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Squad as of 18/10/2017
Goalkeepers: Michael Theo, Jamie Young

Defenders: Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Luke DeVere, Jack Hingert, Dane Ingham *, Jade North, Connor O’Toole, Avram Papadopoulos

Midfielders: Jay Barnett *, Bryce Bafford *, Joe Caletti, Brett Holman, Thomas Kristensen, Emilio Martinez *, Matt McKay (c), Mitchell Oxborrow, Jacob Pepper

Attackers: Eric Bautheac, Shannon Brady, Nick D’Agostino, Corey Gameiro, Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Massimo Maccarone, Peter Skapetis. *- Denotes Scholarship player

Recap of RSF Academy Forum


On Friday night the Roar Supporters Federation hosted another fans forum, this time with the focus on youth development and Brisbane’s new academy which is set to launch in January 2018. Academy director Drew Sherman was the guest speaker on the night at the QUT Kelvin Grove campus as he outlined the work that’s been done so far, and the planning behind scenes to get the academy up and running.

You can watch our live steam of the night on our Facebook page. Alternatively, here’s some notes from the night.

Sherman opened the forum by talking about how the club wanted to be the most successful as possible and the need to have the best players available in order to do that by either spending large up front transfer fees to acquire them, or by investing in the development of youngsters. After going through the pros and cons of each strategy, Sherman outlined the clubs view that developing players is the best approach and one of the reasons for the launch of the academy.

Discussion then turned to the structure of the academy, with the program starting when they enter the program full-time at the age 12 and taking them through to the end of their schooling at age 17. Sherman also outlined that there is a linear approach to the academy with the possibility for players to move up and down over the years, with the support of Football Queensland and partner clubs in the NPL vital to this.

In the age groups below the start of the academy, the approach is to work with the NPL clubs across the state and offer support such as the SAP program to help develop their own programs in order to reach as many players as possible.

Sherman then went on to outline eight key areas upon which the academy is judged under the academy’s performance plan.

  • Facilities
  • Operations
  • Recruitment
  • Medical
  • Coaching
  • High Performance
  • Player welfare/Education
  • Finance

    While the youth team will transition to the new training base down in Logan upon its completion, the academy’s operations will remain at QUT Kelvin Grove campus for the next five years, with travel considerations for players from all parts of the greater Brisbane area a factor in the decision.

    As part of the timeline to launch the academy, each of the above criteria will be audited by the FFA to ensure they meet the required levels prior to the launch date.

    Talent Identification
    In terms of talent identification, Sherman outlined they use both internal and external scouting mechanisms, with the internal scouting taking place at partner clubs throughout the NPL system. Externally to that there are currently six scouts who cover football of all levels and competitions in South-East Queensland, covering on average 120 games per month to ensure players don’t get missed.

    Players who are recommended are then brought into a trial day to be compared with others from the same age group in order to identify the best players. It’s a practice that is currently being used to help start the academy, however Sherman indicated it’s one which would be limited to players entering at the u-12 level moving forward once the academy is up and running.

    Teams in the academy
    When the academy gets up and running next year, Brisbane’s will have teams from u-12’s right through to the u-19’s with each group set to feature roughly 18 players, although the number may vary depending on talent in a particular year.

    Each team will play up one age group in order to suitably challenge the players in their development and to provide flexibility for players to move up or down depending on the need. The clubs u-16’s side will be competing in the u-18’s competition, with the u-17’s competing in the u-20 competition and the senior youth side comprised of u-19’s players.

    With player welfare in mind, Sherman outlined that players accepted in the program to remain in the system through the end of their schooling. There isn’t going to be much chopping and changing each year, with players outside the system having to be better than those in the academy if they are to be brought in.

    Currently there are four full-time coaches as part of the academy, with Drew Sherman and current Young Roar Manager James Robinson headlining the group. Former Brisbane Roar youth graduate and first team player Chris Grossman is also part of the group, as is goalkeeping coach Brodie Sams.

    In addition to the current staff they are currently looking for coaches at each level of the academy with three different sets of criteria being emphasised. Ideally the aim is to have an experienced youth coach leading each age group, assisted by a young up and coming coach who has potential moving forward and further assisted by an experienced player looking to make their way into coaching after retirement.

    Timeline of the academy
    Below is a rough timeline of how the academy has been built up to this date, and what will take place between now and when the program officially launches next year.

    February- Drew Sherman arrives as Academy Director
    March- Met NPL clubs to understand climate of football in South-East Qld, develop strategy.
    April– Developed talent id network.
    May– Started training ground discussions and talent id process.
    June– Confirmed medical and sports science infrastructure + further age group trials.
    July- More aged group trials + academy partnership discussions. Started staff recruitment.
    August- Developing state-wide talent id network
    October– Full-time staff begin and successful players notified of placements. Audited by FFA.
    Oct-Dec– Develop programs for partner clubs
    Jan 22, 2018- Academy program officially launched.

    Partner clubs
    When discussing Partner clubs, Sherman outlined that the club must have at least one of the following to be considered for a partnership.

    – Commitment to youth development
    – A plan for youth development
    – A history of youth development

    Clubs without those things aren’t compatible with the program according to Sherman, while for those that are plans are being worked on to ensure the best situation moving forward.

    The other requirement for partner clubs is that the environment has to be both accessible for people and inclusive, with the program to cover both male and female players.

    A question from the floor asked how the NPL clubs view Brisbane’s academy with Sherman outlining that the response has been overwhelmingly positive, with a number of clubs signing up to be partners of the academy.

    Sherman went on to say that of the 28 clubs set to make up the expanded NPL set-up in 2018, only three had a problem with the program. Amongst others, NPL Queensland clubs Olympic FC and Gold Coast City were mentioned as clubs who would be part of the partner club set-up.

Attributes of a Brisbane Roar player
The final question of the night was surrounding what makes up a Brisbane Roar player and what attributes were the club looking for when bringing players in, with Sherman outlining that commitment, character and competency were the three most important areas. In terms of on field however there were three main areas that were important; personality traits, skill and speed.

Personality Traits– Work-ethic, body language, ability to take on instructions, reaction when ball is lost, ect.
Skill– first touch, passing, 1v1 defending, ect.
Speed– physical speed + speed of thought.

Crestani joins Western Pride


(Western Pride FC)

Former Brisbane Roar defender Cameron Crestani has joined NPL Queensland side Western Pride for the remainder of the 2017 NPL Queensland season.

Crestani, 21, was recently released by Brisbane Roar at the end of the season after five years as part of the youth set-up.

After patiently waiting for his first team opportunity, Crestani made his senior debut for the Roar as a late substitute against Perth Glory in Round 20.

A first start followed in the next match against Muanthong United in the AFC Champions League, with Crestani going on to make six appearances for the first team last season.

The young defender will not have to wait long to take on his former teammates, with Western Pride playing host to Brisbane Roar Youth tomorrow night at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex in Round 13 of the NPL season.

While Crestani will be going up against his old side, he will be joined in battle by former Young Roar teammates Harrison Sawyer, Joe Duckworth, Hayden McHenery and Dylan Wenzel-Halls, who all made the move to the Ipswich based side in recent times.

When these two sides met the first time back in round two, it was a high scoring game up in Redcliffe, with the Young Roar proving victorious 3-2. Tomorrow night’s game is set to start at 7.00pm.

Western Pride v Brisbane Roar Youth
Saturday June 3- 7.00pm
Briggs Road Sporting Complex