Hyundai A-League Round 19 Preview

This is the official preview of Round 19 of the Hyundai A-League

Nothing is guaranteed with only three rounds to go of the Hyundai A-League, as the competition draws to an exciting and nerve-wracking finale, before we get down to the final four teams.

Weekend Matches

Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets
Friday 9 January, 2009
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Local Kick off 7.30pm ACDT (8.00pm AEDT)
Referee: Peter Green

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1.
Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is FRESH FM (Adelaide) and 1233 ABC Newcastle.
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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 (capt.), 14.Scott JAMIESON, 16.Daniel MULLEN, 18.Fabian BARBIERO, 19.Sasa OGNENOVSKI, 21.Jason SPAGNUOLO, 24.Paul REID, 25.Robert YOUNIS, 50.Matthew NASH. *two to be omitted

In: Angelo COSTANZO (promoted), Michael VALKANIS (promoted).

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk) (ankle – 3 weeks), DIEGO (quad – 1 week), Daniel BELTRAME (gk) (knee – season).

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1.Ante COVIC, 2.Adam GRIFFITHS, 6.Jesper HAKANSSON, 7.Kaz PATAFTA, 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, 17.Antun KOVACIC, 26.Mark MILLIGAN, 29.Sean ROONEY, 30.Justin PASFIELD, 31.James VIRGILI, 32.Brodie MOOY. *three to be omitted

In: 6.Jesper HAKANSSON, 14.Shaun ONTONG, 30.Justin PASFIELD, 32.Brodie MOOY.

Out: 40.Ben McNamara (omitted)

Others Unavailable: 15.Jason Hoffman (knee – season), 19.Jason Naidovski (knee – season), 18.Noel Spencer (ankle – season), 20.Ben Kennedy (ankle – season), 24.Marko Jesic (knee – season).

Stats, Facts & Milestones

Newcastle’s Tarek Elrich is set to make his 50th Hyundai A-League appearance.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions
All matches (played 12): Adelaide United wins 5, Newcastle Jets wins 4 (3 draws).
In Adelaide (played 6): Adelaide United wins 3, Newcastle Jets wins 1 (2 draws).

Central Coast Mariners v Queensland Roar
Saturday 10 January, 2009
Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford
Local kick off 7.00pm AEDT (6.00pm AQST)
Referee: Matthew Breeze

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 2.
Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is Coast FM (Gosford) 96.3FM.
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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, 13.Paul O’GRADY, 15.Andrew CLARK, 17.Matthew OSMAN, 18.Alex WILKINSON, 19.Matt SIMON, 22.Sasho PETROVSKI, 30.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk). *one to be omitted

In: 11.Dylan MACALLISTER (Returns from Suspension), 19.Matt SIMON (Returns from Suspension)

Out: 23.Mile JEDINAK

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

Queensland Roar Squad: 20.Griffin McMASTER (gk), 2.Andrew PACKER, 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Craig MOORE (c), 5.Josh McCLOUGHAN, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Massimo MURDOCCA, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 12.Tahj MINNIECON, 14.Ben GRIFFIN, 15.Matthew McKAY, 16.Hyuk_Su SEO, 17.Mitch NICHOLS, 18.Danny TIATTO, 21.Tommy OAR, 40.Matt HAM (gk).

In: 16.Hyuk-Su SEO (promoted), 40.Matt HAM (short-term injury replacement).

Out: 1.Liam REDDY (injured).

Others Unavailable: REINALDO (groin injury), Isaka Cernak (knee injury), Charlie MILLER (hernia).

Stats, Facts & Milestones
Queensland Roar are the only team that the Central Coast Mariners have never defeated at Bluetongue Stadium.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions
All matches (played 11): Central Coast Mariners wins 2, Queensland Roar wins 3 (6 draws).
In Gosford (played 5): Central Coast Mariners wins 0, Queensland Roar wins 2 (3 draws)

Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix
Sunday 11 January, 2009
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Local kick off 6.00pm AEDT (8.00pm NZDT)
Referee: Ben Williams

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 3.
Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is Radio Network (Wellington) 1035AM.
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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, 15.Terry MCFLYNN, 19.Mark BRIDGE, 20.Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 29.Beau BUSCH, 31.Antony GOLEC, 32.Brendan GAN, 34.Rhyan GRANT, 35.Kofi DANNING.

In: 31.Antony GOLEC (promoted).

Out: 27.Matthew JURMAN (suspended – 1 week).

Others Unavailable: 23.John ALOISI (quadricep – 1 week), 18.Adam CASEY (quadricep – 2 weeks), 22.Mike ENFIELD (knee – indefinite), 28.Bobby PETTA (groin – 1 week), 5.Mitchell PRENTICE (groin – 2 weeks), 11.Brendon SANTALAB (shoulder – 3 weeks).

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, 23.Costa BARBAROUSES, 25.Manny MUSCAT. *two to be omitted

In: 4.Jon McKAIN (return from suspension), 22.Andrew DURANTE (return from suspension).

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Vince Lia (knee – season)

Stats, Facts & Milestones
Wellington’s Shane Smeltz, currently on 12 goals for the season, needs to score just one more goal in the regular season to become the Hyundai A-League’s highest goalscorer in one season. The previous record for most goals in a regular season was 12, set by Joel Griffiths in 2007/08.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions
All matches (played 5): Sydney FC wins 1, Wellington Phoenix wins 3 (1 draw).
In Sydney (played 2): Sydney FC wins 0, Wellington Phoenix wins 2 (0 draws).

Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory
Sunday 11 January, 2009
Members Equity Stadium, Perth
Local kick off 6.00pm AWDT (8.00pm AEDT)
Referee. Chris Beath

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and Sky Sport 3.
Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is 6PR (Perth) and SEN (Melbourne) 1116AM. To purchase tickets visit

Perth Glory Squad: 1.Jason PETKOVIC (gk), 2.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 4.Jamie COYNE (c), 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 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, 28.Andrija JUKIC, 29.Victor SIKORA, 30.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 31.Scott NEVILLE

In: 14.Eugene DADI (promoted), 22.Wayne SRHOJ (return from injury), 28.Andrija JUKIC (promoted from youth team).

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Josip MAGDIC (ankle – season), AMARAL (hamstring – season), James ROBINSON (abdomen – season), Frank JURIC (shoulder – 1 week), David TARKA (suspended – 1 week), Dino DJULBIC (ankle – 1 week), Hayden FOXE (leg – test).

Melbourne Victory: 1.Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (Captain), 5.Sebastian RYALL, 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, 17.Jose Luis LOPEZ, 20.Mitchell LANGERAK (gk), 22.Nick WARD.

In: Nil

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Nil

Stats, Facts & Milestones
Despite being in seventh position after Round 18, Perth Glory are still able to finish the season in the top four, however need to win all their remaining matches to have a chance.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions
All matches (played 11): Perth Glory wins 3, Melbourne Victory wins 4 (4 draws).
In Perth (played 5): Perth Glory wins 3, Melbourne Victory wins 1 (1 draw).

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


A goal from newly-signed Vaughan Coveny gives Newcastle a 1-0 win over Melbourne in Round 19, 2005/06 and puts the Jets in an unlikely second position – after being second last earlier in the season.

Upset losses by Sydney (second) and Adelaide (third) give Melbourne an all-time record 17 point gap at the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder after Round 19, 2006/07.

An unexpected 2-1 win by sixth-placed Melbourne Victory over league-leaders Queensland in Brisbane gives the 2007 Champions Melbourne a sniff of a finals chance after Round 19, 2007/08.


Mitch Nichols (Queensland Roar) turns 20 on Monday 5-Jan
Travis Dodd (Adelaide United) turns 29 on Tuesday 6-Jan
Simon Colosimo (Sydney FC) turns 30 on Thursday 8-Jan
Cassio (Adelaide United) turns 29 on Thursday 8-Jan
Tom Pondeljak (Melbourne Victory) turns 33 on Thursday 8-Jan
Adrian Caceres (Central Coast Mariners) turns 27 on Saturday 10-Jan
Matt McKay (Queensland Roar) turns 26 on Sunday 11-Jan