Hyundai A-League Round 12 Preview

Who’s In, Who’s Out of this weekend’s Round 12

The competition in the Hyundai A-League heats up this weekend with the leading four teams vying for the top spot on the ladder.

And the standard of talent in the Hyundai A-League continues to impress – locally and internationally.

This comes as Hyundai A-League team, Adelaide United, along with coach Aurelio Vidmar and referee Matthew Breeze have been nominated in three separate categories of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Awards. Winners are set be announced at the gala AFC Awards Night in Shanghai, China on 25 November.

Weekend Match

Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners
Friday 21 November 2008
Telstra Dome
Local kick-off 8.00pm
Referee. Strebre Delovski

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1.
Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is SEN (Melbourne) 1116AM and Coast FM (Gosford) 96.3FM.
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Melbourne Victory Squad 1.Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (Captain), 3.Michael THWAITE, 7.Matthew KEMP, 8.Grant BREBNER, 9.Danny ALLSOPP, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11.NEY FABIANO, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS, 14.Billy CELESKI, 15.Tom PONDELJAK, 16.Carlos HERNANDEZ, 18.Leigh BROXHAM, 20.Mitchell LANGERAK (gk), 22.Nick WARD.

In: Carlos HERNANDEZ (return from injury).

Out: Jose Luis LOPEZ (international duty – 1 week).

Others Unavailable: Evan BERGER (hamstring – 1 week), Nathan ELASI (groin – 2 weeks), Steven PACE (groin – 1 week).

Central Coast Mariners Squad: 20. Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 2. Andre GUMPRECHT, 4. Pedj BOJIC, 5. Bradley PORTER, 6. David D’APUZZO, 7. John HUTCHINSON, 9. Nik MRDJA, 10. Adrian CACERES, 11. Dylan MACALLISTER, 16. Nigel BOOGAARD, 17. Matthew OSMAN, 18. Alex WILKINSON, 19. Matt SIMON, 22. Sasho PETROVSKI, 23. Mile JEDINAK, 30. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk). one to be omitted

In: Andre GUMPRECHT (Promoted).

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: 8. Dean HEFFERNAN (Ankle – Indefinite), 12. Greg OWENS (Hamstring – Indefinite), 13. Paul O’GRADY (Groin – Indefinite), 15. Andrew CLARK (Shoulder – Indefinite), 21. Ahmad ELRICH (Knee – Season)

Stats, Facts & Milestones

Central Coast’s MATTHEW OSMAN is set to make his 50th Hyundai A-League appearance. Osman has played all of his Hyundai A-League career at the Mariners, and is set to become the eighth player to notch 50 Hyundai A-League appearances for the club.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions
All matches (played 10): Melbourne Victory wins 4, Central Coast Mariners wins 3 (3 draws).
In Melbourne (played 4): Melbourne Victory wins 1, Central Coast Mariners wins 1 (2 draws)

Adelaide United v Sydney FC
Saturday 22 November
Hindmarsh Stadium
Local kick off 6.30pm ACDT (7.00pm AEDT)
Referee. Ben Williams

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 3.
Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is FRESH FM (Adelaide).
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Adelaide United Squad: 20.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 3.ALEMAO, 4.Angelo COSTANZO, 6.CASSIO, 8.Kristian SARKIES, 10.CRISTIANO, 13.Travis DODD (capt.), 14.Scott JAMIESON, 15.Jonas SALLEY, 16.Daniel MULLEN, 18.Fabian BARBIERO, 19.Sasa OGNENOVSKI, 21.Jason SPAGNUOLO, 22.DIEGO, 24.Paul REID, 25.Robert YOUNIS, 30.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk). *three to be omitted

In: Daniel MULLEN (returns from international duty), Paul REID (returns from injury), Kristian SARKIES (promoted), Robert YOUNIS (promoted).

Out: Lucas PANTELIS (knee – 4-6 weeks)

Others Unavailable: Daniel Beltrame (knee – season), Isyan Erdogan (hamstring – indefinite), Paul Agostino (calf – 2 weeks)

Sydney FC Squad: 1. Clint BOLTON (gk), 2. Iain FYFE, 5. Mitchell PRENTICE, 7. Rob MIDDLEBY, 8. Stuart MUSIALIK, 10. Steve CORICA (c), 12. Shannon COLE, 14. Alex BROSQUE, 15. Terry MCFLYNN, 18. Adam CASEY, 19. Mark BRIDGE, 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 23. John ALOISI, 28. Bobby PETTA, 29. Beau BUSCH, 31. Antony GOLEC.. one to be omitted

In: Adam CASEY (return injury), Rob MIDDLEBY (return injury).

Out: Tony POPOVIC (retired).

Others Unavailable: Simon COLOSIMO (groin – 2 weeks), Mike ENFIELD (knee – indefinite), Brendon SANTALAB (shoulder – 5 weeks), Nik TSATTALIOS (ankle – 1 week).

Stats, Facts & Milestones
Adelaide United’s SASA OGNENOVSKI is set to make his 50th appearance in the Hyundai A-League. Ognenovski joined Adelaide this year after two seasons with the Queensland Roar.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions
All matches (played 12): Adelaide United wins 3, Sydney FC wins 7 (2 draws).
In Adelaide (played 5): Adelaide United wins 2, Sydney FC wins 2 (1 draw).

Queensland Roar v Perth Glory
Saturday 23 November
Suncorp Stadium
Local kick off 5.00pm AQST (4.00pm AWDT)
Referee: Peter Green

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1.
Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is 6PR (Perth).
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Queensland Roar Squad: 1.Liam REDDY (gk), 2. Andrew PACKER , 3. Luke DEVERE, 5. Josh McCLOUGHAN, 6. David DODD, 7. Michael ZULLO, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 9. Sergio VAN DIJK, 10. Charlie MILLER, 12. Tahj MINNIECON, 13. Chris GROSSMAN, 15. Matthew McKAY, 16. Hyuk-Su SEO, 17. Mitch NICHOLS, 18. Danny TIATTO, 20. Griffin McMASTER (gk), 23. Tim SMITS, 24. Matt MUNDY, 25. Adam SAROTA. four to be omitted

In: Chris Grossman (promoted), Luke DeVere (return from international duty), Tahj Minniecon (return from international duty), Hyuk-Su Seo (return from injury), Mitch Nichols (return from international duty).

Out: Craig Moore (surgery)

Others Unavailable: Robbie Kruse (hamstring injury), Reinaldo (groin injury).

Perth Squad: 30.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 1.Jason PETKOVIC (gk), 2.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 3.David TARKA, 4.Jamie COYNE (c), 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Nick RIZZO, 9.Adrian TRINIDAD, 11.Scott BULLOCH, 13.Nikita RUKAVYTSYA, 14.Eugene DADI, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17.James DOWNEY, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 22.Wayne SRHOJ, 25.Marc ANTHONY. *two to be omitted

In: Jason Petkovic (promoted), David Tarka (return from injury), Marc Anthony (promoted – injury replacement player).

Out: Frank Juric (omitted)

Others Unavailable: Josip Magdic (ankle – season), James Robinson (abdomen – 6 weeks), Hayden Foxe (leg – 3 weeks), Amaral (knee – 1 week)

Stats, Facts & Milestones
Perth Glory will be aiming to end the all-time longest period between victories against a fellow Hyundai A-League opponent when it takes on the Roar this Sunday. Perth-s one and only win over Queensland, a 2-1 victory at Members Equity Stadium, was in Round 3, 2005/06 – the 10th of September 2005, meaning that this Sunday-s match will be 1170 days since the Glory last defeated the Roar.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions
All matches (played 10): Queensland Roar wins 7, Perth Glory wins 1 (2 draws).
In Brisbane (played 4): Queensland Roar wins 2, Perth Glory wins 0 (2 draws).

Wellington Phoenix v Newcastle Jets
Sunday 23 November 2008
Westpac Stadium
Local kick off 6.00pm NZDT (4.00pm AEDT)
Referee: Matthew Breeze

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 2.
Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is Radio Network (Wellington) 1035AM and 1233 ABC Newcastle.
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Wellington Phoenix Squad: 1. Mark PASTON (gk), 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Jon McKAIN, 5. Karl DODD, 6. Tim BROWN, 7. Leo BERTOS, 8. Vaughan COVENY, 9. Shane SMELTZ, 10. Michael FERRANTE, 11. DANIEL, 13. Troy HEARFIELD, 18. Ben SIGMUND, 20. Glen MOSS (gk), 22. Andrew DURANTE (captain), 23. Costa BARBAROUSES, 25. Emmanuel MUSCAT, 27. FRED. two to be omitted

In: Andrew Durante (return from injury), Fred (new signing).

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Vince Lia (knee – season)

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1. Ante COVIC (gk), 2. Adam GRIFFITHS, 3. Jade NORTH (c), 5. James HOLLAND, 6. Jesper HAKANSSON, 8. Matt THOMPSON, 9. Joel GRIFFITHS, 10. Jin-Hyung SONG, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 13. Adam D-APUZZO, 14. Shaun ONTONG, 16. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 19. Jason NAIDOVSKI, 20. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 24. Marko JESIC, 26. Mark MILLIGAN. *two to be omitted

In: James Holland (returns from international duties), Jesper HAKANSSON (promoted), Ben Kantarovski (returns from international duties), Marko Jesic (returns from international duties), Jason Naidovski (returns from international duties)

Out: Kaz Patafta, Jesse Pinto, Daniel Piorkowski (end of contract)

Others Unavailable: Jason Hoffman (knee – season), Noel Spencer (ankle – indefinite)

Stats, Facts & Milestones
Seventh on the ladder but equal on points with last-placed Perth Glory leading into Round 12, the Newcastle Jets are aiming to avoid being the first reigning Hyundai A-League Champion to be at the bottom of the ladder during the following season. The previous lowest position a reigning Champion fell to throughout the following season was 2006/07 Champions Melbourne Victory, who fell to seventh position (for one week) after Round 17, 2007/08.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions
All matches (played 4): Wellington Phoenix wins 1, Newcastle Jets wins 2 (1 draw).
In Wellington (played 1): Wellington Phoenix wins 0, Newcastle Jets wins 1 (0 draws).

– Squads subject to change
– Match date and kick-off times are subject to change without notice.


Perth Glory achieved its highest-ever Hyundai A-League ladder placing – third – after Round 12, 2005/06 having thumped New Zealand Knights 3-0 at Members Equity Stadium. This was the Glory-s (equal) biggest win in the Hyundai A-League.

Newcastle completed a remarkable turnaround by Round 12, 2006/07: winless in its first seven games of the 2006/07 season, the Jets then went on a five match undefeated streak which climaxed with a resounding 3-1 win over the Mariners in Round 12.

One of the biggest all-time upsets of the Hyundai A-League occurred in Round 12, 2007/08, when the previously winless Perth Glory thrashed eventual 2007/08 Champions Newcastle Jets 4-1 at Newcastle-s EnergyAustralia Stadium.