Hyundai A-League Round 17 Preview

Who will have the most festive cheer in Round 17? Find out who’s in and who’s out for this all-important round.

It is the holiday season and the Hyundai A-League is heating up with teams ranked 1 – 4 preparing to take on those ranked 5 – 8.

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Weekend Match

Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners
Friday 26 December
EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle
Local Kick off 8.00pm AEDT
Referee: Peter O-Leary

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1.
Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is 1233 ABC Newcastle and Coast FM (Gosford) 96.3FM.
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Newcastle Jets Squad: 1. Ante COVIC (gk), 2. Adam GRIFFITHS, 3. Jade NORTH (c), 5. James HOLLAND, 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, 24. Marko JESIC, 26. Mark MILLIGAN, 27. Sean ROONEY, 30. Justin PASFIELD (gk). *one to be omitted

In: 5. James Holland, 12. Jobe Wheelhouse (returns from suspension).

Out: 7. Kaz Patafta (omitted)

Others Unavailable: 15. Jason Hoffman (knee – season),18. Noel Spencer (ankle – indefinite), 20. Ben Kennedy (ankle – 6 weeks), 19. Jason Naidovski (knee – season).

Central Coast Mariners Squad: 20. Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 2. Andre GUMPRECHT, 4. Pedj BOJIC, 5. Bradley PORTER, 7. John HUTCHINSON, 8. Dean HEFFERNAN, 9. Nik MRDJA, 10. Adrian CACERES, 11. Dylan MACALLISTER, 12. Greg OWENS, 13. Paul O’GRADY, 15. Andrew CLARK, 17. Matthew OSMAN, 18. Alex WILKINSON, 19. Matt SIMON, 22. Sasho PETROVSKI, 23. Mile JEDINAK, 30. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk).*three to be omitted

In: 12. Greg OWENS (Promoted), 13. Paul O’GRADY (Promoted), 15. Andrew CLARK (Promoted).

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: 16. Nigel BOOGAARD (Ankle – Indefinite), 21. Ahmad ELRICH (Knee – Season)

Stats, Facts & Milestones

Newcastle Jets goalkeeper Ante Covic is set to make his 50th Hyundai A-League appearance. Covic has yet to miss a minute of Hyundai A-League action for the Jets since he joined the club in Round 17, 2006/07.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions
All matches (played 16): Newcastle Jets wins 6, Central Coast Mariners wins 4 (6 draws).
In Newcastle (played 7): Newcastle Jets wins 4, Central Coast Mariners wins 1 (2 draws).

Perth Glory v Adelaide United
Friday 26 December
Members Equity Stadium, Perth
Local kick off 8.00pm AWDT (9.30pm ACDT)
Referee: Craig Zetter

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1.
Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is 6PR (Perth) and FRESH FM (Adelaide).
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Perth Glory Squad: 30.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 1.Jason PETKOVIC (gk), 2.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 3.David TARKA, 5.Jamie HARNWELL (c), 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, 21.Mark LEE, 22.Wayne SRHOJ, 25.Marc ANTHONY, 28.Andrija JUKIC, 29.Victor SIKORA. *four to be omitted

In: 6.Dino DJULBIC (promoted), 11.Scott BULLOCH (promoted), 21.Mark LEE (promoted), 29.Victor SIKORA (new signing – pending clearance).

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Josip MAGDIC (ankle – season), AMARAL (hamstring – season), James ROBINSON (abdomen – 1 weeks), Hayden FOXE (leg – test), Jamie COYNE (calf – 2 weeks), Hayden DOYLE (ankle – tba).

Adelaide United Squad: 20.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 3.ALEMAO, 4.Angelo COSTANZO, 5.Michael VALKANIS, 6.CASSIO, 8.Kristian SARKIES, 10.CRISTIANO, 13.Travis DODD (c), 14.Scott JAMIESON, 15.Jonas SALLEY, 16.Daniel MULLEN, 18.Fabian BARBIERO, 19.Sasa OGNENOVSKI, 21.Jason SPAGNUOLO, 24.Paul REID, 25.Robert YOUNIS *two to be omitted

In: 4.Angelo COSTANZO (promoted), 5.Michael VALKANIS (promoted), 16.Daniel MULLEN (promoted), 21.Jason SPAGNUOLO (promoted), 25.Robert YOUNIS (promoted).

Out: Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk) (ankle – 6 weeks), Diego (quad – 2 weeks)

Others Unavailable: Daniel Beltrame (knee – season), Lucas Pantelis (knee – Indefinite)

Stats, Facts & Milestones
Adelaide United is aiming to break the all-time Hyundai A-League record for most time played without conceding a yellow or red card. The last time Adelaide conceded a card was in the 72nd minute of their Round 11 match (against Central Coast), which makes for 288 minutes of play since receiving their last card. Adelaide need to go 19 minutes into their match against Perth Glory this weekend to break the current record of 306 minutes without conceding a card, set by Queensland Roar between Rounds 13 and 16 of the 2005/06 season.

Adelaide United defender Robbie Cornthwaite is set to make his 50th Hyundai A-League appearance. Cornthwaite joined Adelaide United in 2005

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions
All matches (played 11): Perth Glory wins 2, Adelaide United wins 6 (3 draws).
In Perth (played 5): Perth Glory wins 1, Adelaide United wins 2 (2 draws).

Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC
Saturday 27 December
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Local kick off 7.00pm AEDT
Referee: Matthew Breeze

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1.
Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is SEN (Melbourne) 1116AM.
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Melbourne Victory: 1.Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (Captain), 3.Michael THWAITE, 5.Sebastian RYALL, 7.Matthew KEMP, 9.Danny ALLSOPP, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11.NEY FABIANO, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS, 14.Billy CELESKI, 15.Tom PONDELJAK, 16.Carlos HERNANDEZ, 17.Jose Luis LOPEZ, 18.Leigh BROXHAM, 19.Evan BERGER, 20.Mitchell LANGERAK (gk), 22.Nick WARD. *one to be omitted

In: Sebastian RYALL (promoted), Leigh BROXHAM (promoted)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Grant BREBNER (suspended – 1 week)

Sydney FC Squad: 1. Clint BOLTON (gk), 2. Iain FYFE, 7. Rob MIDDLEBY, 8. Stuart MUSIALIK, 10. Steve CORICA (c), 12. Shannon COLE, 14. Alex BROSQUE, 19. Mark BRIDGE, 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 23. John ALOISI, 28. Bobby PETTA, 29. Beau BUSCH, 31. Antony GOLEC, 32. Brendan GAN, 34. Rhyan GRANT.

In: Nil

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: 18. Adam CASEY (quadricep – 2 weeks), 4. Simon COLOSIMO (groin – 1 week), 22. Mike ENFIELD (knee – indefinite), 15. Terry McFLYNN (knee – 1 week), 5. Mitchell PRENTICE (groin – 1 week), 11. Brendon SANTALAB (shoulder – 3 weeks).

Stats, Facts & Milestones
Melbourne Victory have lost their previous three matches and so will be aiming not to create a new club record for most consecutive losses – the Victory have never lost four in a row before.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions
All matches (played 11): Melbourne Victory wins 4, Sydney FC wins 2 (5 draws).
In Melbourne (played 5): Melbourne Victory wins 2, Sydney FC wins 1 (2 draws).

Queensland Roar v Wellington Phoenix
Sunday 28 December
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Local kick off 6.00pm AQST (9.00pm NZDT)
Referee. Ben Williams

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1.
Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is Radio Network (Wellington) 1035AM.
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Queensland Roar Squad: 1.Liam REDDY (gk), 2.Andrew PACKER, 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Craig MOORE (c), 5.Josh McCLOUGHAN, 6. David DODD, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Massimo MURDOCCA, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 12.Tahj MINNIECON, 13. Chris GROSSMAN, 14.Ben GRIFFIN, 15.Matthew McKAY, 17.Mitch NICHOLS, 20.Griffin McMASTER (gk), 21. Tommy OAR, 22. Robbie KRUSE, 23.Tim SMITS. three to be omitted

In: 6. David DODD, 13. Chris GROSSMAN (promoted), 22. Robbie KRUSE (promoted), 23.Tim SMITS.

Out: Danny TIATTO (suspended – one week).

Others Unavailable: REINALDO (groin injury), Hyuk-Su SEO (calf injury), Isaka Cernak (knee injury), Charlie MILLER (hernia).

Wellington Phoenix: 1. Mark PASTON (gk), 2. Jeremy CHRISTIE, 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Jon McKAIN, 5. Karl DODD, 6. Tim BROWN, 7. Leo BERTOS, 9. Shane SMELTZ, 10. Michael FERRANTE, 11. DANIEL, 13. Troy HEARFIELD, 15. Adam KWASNIK, 18. Ben SIGMUND, 20. Glen MOSS (gk), 22. Andrew DURANTE (captain), 25. Manny MUSCAT. *one to be omitted

In: 1. Mark PASTON (gk, return from injury), 18. Ben SIGMUND (return from injury).

Out: 30. Scott HIGGINS (gk, short-term injury replacement contract completed).

Others Unavailable: Vince Lia (knee – season)

Stats, Facts & Milestones
Queensland Roar are aiming for their third straight win at home – which would be the first time ever that the Roar has won three home matches in a row. The Roar’s current two-match winning streak follows a sequence of five home matches without a win.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions
All matches (played 5): Queensland Roar wins 3, Wellington Phoenix wins 0 (2 draws).
In Brisbane (played 2): Queensland Roar wins 2, Wellington Phoenix wins 0 (0 draws).

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


Adelaide United continued to run away with first position on the Hyundai A-League 2005/06 ladder with a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory in Round 17, putting the Reds nine points clear at the top with just foure rounds remaining.

Round 17, 2006/07 sees Ante Covic make his Hyundai A-League debut for the Newcastle Jets in a 2-3 loss at Hindmarsh Stadium, this match featuring the last appearance in the Hyundai A-League of the 1994 FIFA World Player of the Year, Romario, for Adelaide.

Sydney FC’s inaugural captain Mark Rudan made his farewell appearance for the club in Round 17, 2007/08.