Victorian Premier League
Southern Stars – Dandenong Thunder 2 @ 1,67 pp
Dandenong is still only undefeated club. They have some great players which, i belive, Southern could not stop: Nate Foster (11 caps, 8 goals, 8 assists), Luke Sherbon (10/8) and Liam Kearney (ex ireland u21 player, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liam_Kearney 11 caps, 4 goals, 4 assists)
Coming into their first ever Victorian Premier League season as relegation favourites and with an uninspiring first round loss to Dandenong Thunder, the future didn’t look bright for Southern Stars. But halfway through the season it is a completely different story as the club from the South East are sitting pretty in mid-table with Dean Hennessey’s side looking like they’re here to stay.
8 – Nate Foster, Dandenong Thunder
8 – Luke Sherbon, Dandenong Thunder
7 – James Kalifatidis, Northcote City
5 – Jason Hayne, Green Gully Cavaliers
4 – Scott Bullock & Luke O’Dea, Bentleigh Greens
4 – Ricky Diaco & Jesse Krncevic, Oakleigh Cannons
4 – Liam Kearney, Dandenong Thunder
4 – Mathew Sanders, Green Gully Cavaliers
4 – Mark Leech, Southern Stars
4 – Nicholas Hegarty, Hume City
Western Australia Premier League
Inglewood United skipper James Sammut in action at BGC Stadium.
Armadale v Inglewood United, Alfred Skeet Reserve – 3.00pm Saturday
The cameras will head down to Alfred Skeet Reserve for the first time when Armadale hosts Inglewood United. Both teams have been in great touch recently, with the Army managing to draw 1-1 with reigning premiers Balcatta last week, while Inglewood were 2-1 winners over Western Knights. United sits third on the league table, with only goal difference separating the top three teams. Armadale is in eighth, but a strong result this weekend will help their cause in breaking away from the relegation scrap. With just nine matches left in the league season, each game will have significant bearing on the table in what is one of the closest All Flags State Premier League seasons in year
Perth SC – Sorrento
Both are from Perth. Sorrento have best youth in country and they are playing for first team, very young and perspective squad. Perth in bad form recently but in last games seems they know how with Sorrento. Last four games Perth won 2-1, 1-0, 7-0 and 5-1. No bet for me
Western Knights – Floreat Athena 2 @ 1,5 sbo
I would like Western Knights win this match because it’s Croatian club but seems they have no chance here. They won just 1 game in last 5 (loose 4) and recive 18 goals. Alos they loose before few weeks at home against first Bayswater 1-8. Now coming 2nd on table which has same points as first with full self confidence, they destroyed last round ECU with big 9-1. I thibng SBO miss odds
ECU Joondalup – Bayswater 2 @ 1,45 expekt
Ass i wrote, ECU is destroyed last game 9-1. But also game before loose 6-0 (1-2-7 form). They also have two suspended players..
ECU will be looking for some pride when they host league leaders Bayswater City at the ECU Arena on Saturday (3pm) ..see more..
It was a bad day for the club last week at Floreat, and Coach Salv Todaro knows that and is expecting a response from the players tomorrow. “The last couple of weeks have been extremely disappointing and on behalf of the playing group I would like to apologise to our president, committee members and our fans for the insipid performance of the team. As a group we have had a number of discussions and we are determined to improve and keep fighting for our survival,” said Todaro.
“At times like this we need the support of our fans and I ask you to get behind the team and help us strive for that extra effort that will help us get over the line.”
In team news Scott Bushby and Nick Tatasciore will be missing due to suspension, so Tommy Jones and Billy Quinncroft will come into contention for a starting role.
Bayswater City coach Mauro Marchione has added some talented players to his squad, with John Kearney, Paul McCarthy, Ross Cosgrave, Patrick Quinn and goalkeeper Tom Dixon to name a few.
Colombian striker Gustavo Giron-Marulanda will again be the focal point in attack with big roles also awaiting Gustavo Catarcione, Cisco Jorquera and Andy Reale. They arrive at The Arena on top of the table, and after thrashing Perth SC 4-0 last week.
South Australian Super League
Western Strikers v Croydon
Western Strikers: Takumi Takahashi (GK), Ermias Haile, Jordan Spadavecchia, Yasmin Sudic, Paul Bearzotti, Daniele Lastella (C), Joe Ciarla, Joe Allison, Callum Flanagan, Adrian D’Alfonso, Jake Monaco, Andreas Wiens, Ambesager Yosief, Mauro Facchini (RGK)
Croydon: Nick Munro (GK), Jack Reynolds, Dion Gazettas, Luke Shoen, Lewis May, Shaun McGreevy, Luke Klimek, Michael Papacharalambous (C), Frank Violi, Alamayo Kebede, Chris Pepe, Daniel Scordo, Nathan Farrell, Konrad Koznik, Anthony Boccacio, Luke Shoen (RGK)
While Western Strikers push for a spot in the top five, Saturday’s opponent Croydon will be aiming to stay atop the Devine Super League when the teams meet in Round 13 at Carnegie Reserve.
Strikers captain Michele Lastella believes a greater sense of determination has aided their recent run of form, which includes a win over Campbelltown and a 3-0 success away at Adelaide City on Monday.
“We’ve had a couple of great wins and while the style is the same as always there has been an added hunger to win the ball and to control the game,” he said.
“That would be the main difference in the past few weeks and we saw it come through versus Adelaide City. It was our best performance of the year, especially in the first half. What we’ve been trying to do paid off.”
Strikers were victorious earlier in the campaign against Croydon with to a 2-1 result and have not lost in their past three fixtures versus the Kings.
Lastella notes a victory will be a huge boost to Strikers finals aspirations as they currently sit sixth, but just four points behind the leaders.
“It’s always a tough game against Croydon. They are our closest rivals so that makes for an intense game. Being only four points behind, a win will be a huge boost to our chances.”
“We continued to believe in a finals spot even when results were not always going our way. A win will certainly help but we must keep going beyond this weekend, this match is just one small step.”
Croydon took sole possession of first place in the Super League when their 0-0 draw against MetroStars – coupled with defeats for Adelaide City and Adelaide Blue Eagles – saw them jump a point clear.
While Kings coach Mark Brazzale did not expect to be ahead of the rest, he is well aware there is still a long way to go until the finals.
“We didn’t expect to be sitting first but were always looking to push ourselves and be competitive,” he said.
“Being in first means our hard work is paying off and we are proud to be where we are. But it is extremely close and with six weeks left anything can happen. We could finish first, maybe fifth or sixth, so we’ll take it one week at a time and nothing can be taken for granted.”
Brazzale said he was generally pleased with Croydon’s performance last weekend but warns Western Strikers are a dangerous opponent and praised their performance against City.
“We started slow against Metro but then dominated as the game progressed and while I’m happy, we missed a few opportunities in the second half and could have won the match.”
“I watched Strikers against Adelaide City and I would say they are the best team of the last five weeks. They are well drilled and fit, they played quite phenomenal on Monday and we will have to be at our best to claim the points.”
Elsewhere, West Torrens Birkalla will be hoping for a return to the winners list as they host Raiders at Camden Sports Complex on Saturday.
Winless in their past eight matches, Birkalla’s unwanted streak continued last weekend as they went down 4-1 to Adelaide Comets.
Round 13 opponents Raiders have brought themselves back into finals contention after a three match unbeaten run, including last week’s stirring victory over Blue Eagles.
Adelaide Blue Eagles have lost three of their past four as they seek to reclaim first position when they host Enfield City at Marden Sports Complex on Saturday.
Having rediscovered their winning touch a fortnight ago versus Adelaide Comets, the reigning champions were stunned by 10-man Raiders. However, despite the downturn in form they remain in second position.
The Falcons outside chance of reaching the top five was aided by a lone-goal victory over Campbelltown last week, their second win in the past three matches.
Fifth-placed Campbelltown and third-placed Adelaide City are both smarting from defeats as they prepare to meet at Steve Woodcock Sports Centre on Saturday.
Since wins over then league leaders Blue Eagles and MetroStars, Campbelltown have also surrendered top spot thanks to successive losses, but due to the nature of the top five they remain just two points from first.
Adelaide City suffered a heavy home defeat to Strikers, halting their three-match winning run after the black and whites were one of three sides that shared first.
MetroStars will look to put pressure on those ahead when they host Adelaide Comets at TK Shutter Reserve on Saturday.
Metro were pleased to leave Croydon with a point last weekend but back at home they will hope to attain their first win since Round 9.
They face the dangerous Comets, who triumphed last weekend versus Birkalla and look a different side since the appointment of Emir Tarabar. Their three season wins have come since that move.
Brisbane Premier League
Souths – Peninsula 2
Peninsula fights for title (31 points) while Souths loosing almost every round. they won just 4 points, loose last 10 (0-1-13) , after 15 rounds 15-70 goal difference tells enough..
NSW Premier League
Bonnyrigg White Eagles – APIA Tigers 1 @ 1,5 expekt
The battle to make the top five has been brought into very sharp focus as the run for home begins to hot up.
Marooned right in the middle of a pack of teams in mid table are Bonnyrigg White Eagles, who have caused many teams some serious problems this season, despite a slow start to the season.
They caused a major upset last week when they defeated Sutherland Sharks 2-1, a result that has the home side in sixth place, but level on points with South Coast Wolves who are in fifth. They are two points behind Blacktown Spartans in third, but both sides have a game in hand on the newly promoted side.
Standing in Bonnyrigg’s path this weekend are APIA Leichhardt Tigers, whose inconsistency in front of goal has cost them dearly this season.
Realistically, anything less than a win on Saturday evening would put paid to APIA’s chances of playing in the finals this season, so this game takes on extreme importance for Rod William’s side.
They drew 1-1 with Marconi Stallions last weekend at Marconi Stadium, a decent result after being reduced to ten men, however their failure to take all three points leaves them in need of a big run of results to push them towards the top five.
Marconi Stallions – Parramatta Eagles
Marconi Stallions host Parramatta FC in the other Saturday evening match, at Marconi Stadium.
Marconi and APIA shared the points in the Italian derby last weekend, which leaves Marconi just a point in arrears of Bonnyrigg, South Coast and Rockdale City Suns.
A win here would give them an enormous boost in the seven way battle for what is realistically two remaining places in the top five.
Parramatta FC’s luck finally turned last weekend, as they pulled off a morale boosting 2-1 victory over Blacktown Spartans at Melita Stadium.
The win lifts them off the bottom of the table, ahead of Sydney United 58, with a game in hand over the side from Edensor Park. They will test Marconi, but a win would prove the home side’s credentials as a potential top five side