Dylan Tombides will be inducted into the Hall of Merit for Players

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Two posthumous awards will be made at the Football Hall of Fame WA 20th Anniversary Gala inner/Induction Night in the Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth on November 26. Budding superstar Dylan Tombides, who tragically died from testicular cancer at the age of 20 in 2014, will be inducted into the Hall of Merit for Players. And former State team coach John Davies, who passed away at the age of 67 in 2015, will be inducted into the Hall of Recognition.

"Dylan was on the cusp of what would have been a magnificent career, but the WA football family can be proud of what this talented youngster achieved in such a short space of time," Football Hall of Fame WA committee chairman Louis Prospero said. "John Davies brought much to the State as a player and a coach at State and club level and I was pleased to send him a letter before he died last year to confirm that he would be inducted into the Hall of Recognition."

Perth-born Dylan Tombides, who played at junior level with Perth SC and Stirling Lions, signed for West Ham United when he was only 15 and played once in their senior team when he was 18. He played five times at under-17 level for Australia, including games in the Under-17 World Cup in Mexico, and turned out four times for the Australian under-22 team in the Asian championships.

After bouts of chemotherapy leading into the event, his bravery and determination to play in the Asian tournament was described as a "feat that defies medical logic." He died a few months later in London. West Ham have since immortalised Dylan with a special Champions Place stone outside the club's new home, the stadium which staged the London Olympics in 2012. A statue was also unveiled of Dylan outside Perth Oval in Perth.

Tickets for the upcoming Hall of Fame event have nearly sold out and people are urged to quickly book their places by emailing admin@footballhalloffamewa.com.au or by telephoning Hall of Fame committee member John O'Connell on 0413 973 846. Tickets cost $180 which includes a three-course meal, all drinks, entertainment and appearances by special guests Bernd Stange and Les Murray.



Young goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer has put pen to paper on his first professional contract by signing with Charlton Athletic until the end of 2019. Maynard-Brewer, 17, first played for the Addicks' Under-14 side before accepting a scholarship with the academy ahead of the 2015/16 season. The promising shot-stopper, who played juniors at ECU Joondalup, has started every game to date of the Under-18s season.



Perth Glory hit the road for the first time this Hyundai A-League season, when they take on Melbourne City at AAMI Stadium tonight. Both sides go into the game undefeated, and are only separated by two points, City winning their opening two games, with marquee player Tim Cahill scoring a stunning goal in his league debut for the club in their Melbourne Derby win last week.

The Glory head east full of confidence after a 2-0 win last weekend against Wellington Phoenix, but Friday will be a massive test but one Nebojsa Marinkovic is looking forward too. “It’s a big challenge, big team, a good team, one of the best in the league this season, they have good players,” he said. “It will be a very tough game for us but we go there to take some points from them.”

However the Serbian midfielder said they will need to improve in all areas to stop a rampant John van't Schip's side. “We must give a better effort, everyone, because on paper, they’re better team than Central Coast and Wellington, but you know this league, everyone can beat everyone,” Marinkovic explained.

“I’ve played almost three years here; I know that the last season and season before we played better some games against better teams so for us maybe it’s better to play against better squads. We have a very strong squad, and very good players this year so everyone will be out and in, so I just train and do my job 100%. I believe in myself, I have confidence that if the coach gives me a chance, I just want to play of course.”

Defender Josh Risdon will equal a club record on Friday, for the most number of Hyundai A-League appearances set by former Glory captain, and now Bayswater City defender Jamie Coyne. It was something the Socceroo didn’t know about. “I didn’t really know until I watched the game back and the commentators were talking about it,” Risdon said. “It’s very exciting, Perth Glory is such a huge club and I’m very grateful for the opportunities they’ve given me. To become equal A-League games record holder is a very proud moment.”

Like Marinkovic, Risdon knows they will be in for a huge game on Friday, but is hoping to keep their unbeaten run to start the season going. “They’ve shown that they are real title contenders in their first two games,” the Bunbury-born defender said. “It’s going to be a tough game against them Friday night. It’s a quick turnaround for us but we are going over with high confidence and hoping to get something out of the game.”

Diego Castro holds the key for the Glory, the Spanish maestro ran the show last week with skipper Royston Griffiths, and the Glory faithful will be hoping Andy Keogh can return to goal scoring form. Adam Taggart will miss again, the striker sat out the Wellington match with a calf strain and was restricted to jogging laps at training earlier in the week. Skipper Rostyn Griffiths failed to train as he recovers from an ankle knock, but has been named in the squad and is expected to be available.

Melbourne has recruited well, and John van’t Schip’s side will be one of the favourites to take out the title. Cahill’s partnership with Bruno Fornaroli is one the Glory will have to watch, but the midfield of Luke Brattan and Adrian Caceras and the pace of Bruce Kamou on the flanks is another concern. Thomas Sorenson returns to the squad from suspension.

Van’t Schp said it’s been a good start but they need to keep it going. “I feel very confident and I feel also that there’s still a lot of improvement to be made. It’s two games in so we’ve done well in Wellington and last week. For me it’s not enough, we have to improve, we have to get better and championships are not won in the first two games,” he said after the big win against Victory.

“In 10 days we get (Victory) again in the cup and have a very important game against Perth. We have to enjoy this win, a good win and a special win also for the fans. We now have to prepare and keep on working towards the game we are playing against Perth. There are very good signs and I’m happy to see the things we are working in a game like this.

“Where there is a lot of attention, a lot of people and a lot of expectations that the boys delivered in a very good way. As a coach you are always looking to keep the control, to keep your players concentrated but you also see while they’re doing that, they are also enjoying the game that they’re playing. That’s clearly important.”

Melbourne City squad: GK Thomas SORENSEN, GK Dean BOUZANIS, 2 Manny MUSCAT, 3 Josh ROSE, 4 Connor CHAPMAN, 6 Osama MALIK, 8 Neil KILKENNY, 9 Nicolas COLAZO, 10 Anthony CACERES, 11 Bruce KAMAU, 12 Nick FITZGERALD, 17 Tim CAHILL, 18 Paulo RETRE, 21 Ruon TONGYIK, 22 Michael JAKOBSEN, 23 Bruno FORNAROLI, 26 Luke BRATTAN, 27 Fernando BRANDAN - *two to be omitted* - Ins: Thomas SORENSEN (returns from suspension), Paulo RETRE, Ruon TONGYIK (promoted) – Outs: Yaren SOZER (omitted)

Perth Glory squad: GK Liam REDDY, GK Nick FEELY, 2 Alex GRANT, 3 Marc WARREN, 5 Rhys WILLIAMS, 6 Dino DJULBIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE, 8 Rostyn GRIFFITHS (c), 9 Andy KEOGH, 10 Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 14 Chris HAROLD, 15 Brandon WILSON, 16 Joe MILLS, 17 Diego CASTRO, 18 Mitch OXBORROW, 19 Josh RISDON, 21 Jamal REINERS, 24 Milan SMILJANIC - *two to be omitted* - Ins: Mitch OXBORROW (promoted), Jamal REINERS (promoted)



Perth defender Rhys Williams was probably destined to play under Kenny Lowe before he was even born. Thirty years ago, in 1986, Lowe struck up a friendship with Williams' parents during a stint playing for Spearwood Dalmatinac in Perth's southern suburbs.

Lowe and Williams' father were partnered in midfield, the pair hitting it off to the point that the Glory coach even stayed with the couple before continuing his career back in England. Unbeknown to them at the time, that relationship would later help their talented son take his own blossoming career overseas and, after a tough decade at Middlesbrough, entice him home to rediscover himself in the A-League.

"I spent a bit of time with Rhys' dad and mum before he was born," Lowe explained. "That was the connection when Rhys was going over to Europe."

Lowe got Williams his trial at Middlesbrough through their academy manager Dave Parnaby, who quickly signed up the teenage defender. The English Premier League was the ultimate goal and it seemed destined to become a reality once the Socceroos came calling. That was until two achilles ruptures kept him sidelined for two years and ruled him out of the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Asian Cup.

Throughout the ordeal Lowe, by now assistant coach at Glory, made annual visits home. And each time he would gently try to entice Williams into making an A-League move. "Friends of mine coach at the club so I'd go in and Rhys would be around," Lowe said. "Each time I bumped into him I said 'if you're ever fed up you can always come back. Your mum will look forward to you coming home'. I just sold it that way."

Last year, Lowe could tell Williams had had enough. A second achilles injury lead the defender to consider an early retirement. A few games into his comeback for the under-21s he fractured his cheekbone. Then, to top it off, Middlesbrough opted not to extend his contract after gaining promotion to the Premier League. Williams made the decision to reignite his career in Perth, where he could bring up his son closer to his family.



Melbourne Victory and defender Scott Galloway have mutually agreed to part ways, with the 21-year old set to explore other opportunities. Galloway, a former Cockburn City and Gosnells City junior, was recruited by Victory in the summer of 2013 via the Australian Institute of Sport, making 65 appearances in all competitions for the club.

"I would like to thank Kevin Muscat, the coaching staff and the players at Melbourne Victory for allowing me the opportunity to play over 50 games in the A-League at the club," Galloway said. "I will leave Victory a better footballer and person than when I arrived, and I have developed many fond memories and friendships."

"The last four seasons I have been fortunate enough to be part of a Championship-winning team, and I've experienced playing in the Asian Champions League and against clubs like Liverpool and Juventus. But I believe the time is right to explore a fresh opportunity to give myself the chance to play consistent first-team football."



Adelaide United playmaker Jesse Makarounas will on Saturday be on the other side of a rivalry which has sometimes been played more outside the pitch than on it. The upside for the Reds is that Makarounas has never been a loser in the incendiary clashes between Adelaide and Victory.

And the 22-year old hopes to keep that streak intact when the two sides faces off at Hindmarsh on Saturday night. “It will be a firey game it’s always pretty firey the Victory and Adelaide games,” Makarounas said. “It might start off as a tense game, you might see some tackles flying in, but it’s always a hard game against Victory.”

Makarounas will be keen to show his former club just what it has lost. Victory signed the prodigy from Perth Glory in 2013 after the West Australian club had picked him up as a teenager. He came with plenty of promise — Makarounas had enjoyed a super FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico in 2011, scoring for the Joeys in his three appearances.

With Makarounas having Greek and Italian heritage — his father’s family originated from Kalymnos and his mum’s family is Sicilian — passion for the game is something which the Reds midfielder has in abundance. That love of the game has taken him a long way since his parents moved from Darwin to Perth when he was just a year old.

“I have still got family up there in Darwin,” Makarounas said. “My dad’s family when they came from Greece they went to Darwin. “Where the family come from, it’s a sister city with Darwin. My mum’s family, after Cyclone Tracy (in 1974 in Darwin), they moved down to Perth but the mum went back to Darwin to live with my dad.”



If there is to be a bolter on the road to Russia 2018 for Australia it could well be teenager Daniel De Silva, who is beginning to turn heads in the Eredivisie with struggling Roda JC. The 19-year old has featured in six of Roda's opening nine league games, a far cry from the eight appearances he gained in his debut season in the Netherlands.

De Silva's talent was on display against Excelsior at the weekend when he provided the assist for David Boysen’s match-winning goal. The win lifted Roda off bottom spot of the ladder and the former Perth Glory prodigy showed in his 88 minutes on the field that the promise which earned him a call-up for last year’s World Cup qualifier in Kyrgyzstan is beginning to blossom.

De Silva is craving another taste of international football, and if he continues on his current trajectory it may come sooner rather than later. “Being involved again with the national team is definitely one of my goals,” said De Silva. “I didn’t get to play in Kyrgyzstan but being part of that camp was a fantastic experience. It’s important that I play the games here, so I am ready if that opportunity comes my way again.”

“Looking at the depth of the Socceroos squad, it’s really deep and seeing how well they are doing just makes me want to step up my game even more and make myself a better player to be a part of that squad again. I am sure they are keeping an eye on me ... it’s up to me to do well and hopefully the opportunity will come.”

A Socceroos debut may be his ultimate goal but for now De Silva is just happy to be getting regular game time. “I am making progress, a lot more than last season. I am playing more minutes, whether starting or coming off the bench, and I feel I am making more of an impact his season," he added. “If you see the player I was last season and this, it’s completely different.”

Known for his sublime touch and eye-catching craft, De Silva has this season added a more physical component to his game. “In this league three are some elite players, especially when you play the likes of Ajax and PSV and you have to be ready for games physically, mentally, technically and tactically,” the left-sided midfielder said.

De Silva is relishing his European adventure and plans to be on the continent for a decade or longer. “Maybe down the track I can return to play again in Australia but that’s long way down the road,” De Silva said. “Last year was learning curve on and off the field, and seeing how different everything is from Australia gave me a real insight into European football and has set me up for this season.”



After a season of great improvement from ECU Joondalup the club have acted quickly to reappoint Senior Head Coach Dale McCulloch for the 2017 PS4NPLWA season. The 35-Year-old has been at the helm of the club for three years now and the club are delighted to have secured him again to continue his good work. “We were delighted with the way Dale went about his business last season, even when we went through a sticky patch, he didn’t go away from his plans and he was rewarded with a great run in the second half of the season,” Syd Amphlett said. “We have worked extremely hard to bring in quality both on and off the park and we will be looking to push on, and with Dale in charge we are confident he will continue the improvement.”

McCulloch said he is delighted to be given the green light to continue his plans, and he said he will do doing all he can to bring success to the club. “ECU Joondalup means a great deal to me, and I’ve given my blood sweat and tears on and off the park for over 17 years, and people who know me will tell you I’ll be doing the same next season,” he said. “The club backed me last season bringing in players and support staff of the highest level, and like I said at the presentation night we will be looking to celebrate trophies next season, but we all know we will have to improve in certain areas of our game and look to strengthen the squad.”

The club can also confirm David Tough and Steven McGarry have also been reappointed as First Team Coaches, Andy Petterson as Technical Director and club goalkeeper Coach, Mark Scanlan as High Performance Coach and Regan Arrigoni as Physio. McCulloch said the coaching structure the club have implemented for next season will continue their improvement, and is looking forward to working with them. “Toughy, Steven and Mark were great last season for me, and I thought we worked well together, and I’m delighted the club have continued that partnership,” he said.

“We all have the one view, and that is to play good football and bring success to the club. We got close last season and we will all do doing our best this season to continue our improvement. Mark and Regan brought in some professionalism in fitness and physio, and their input was good for us, while Andy worked well with our goalkeepers. Things are looking good on and off the park, we’ve pinpointed where we want to improve and we are doing all we can to bring players in to the club, but they have to the right players for our club both on and off it.”



Last Saturday Forrestfield United held its end of season presentation night at The Parmelia Hilton, and with over 230 people in attendance the club honoured their Best and Fairest awards. In their first season back in the All Flags State League Division One for four years, Forrestfield United impressed and finished third, behind Champions Joondalup United and Mandurah City. It was a close race for the B&F, and at the end of the night it was a tie with Liam Merigan and Kaan Karacan joint winners, with Hasani Sinclair a close runner-up.

Forrestfield Senior Coach Rod Banjac said the pair, were worthy winners of the clubs Fairest and Best. “Both Liam and Kaan are worthy recipients of such a prestigious award and we are happy for them both,” Banjac said. “They are both local lads, highly competitive and very passionate about representing our region at the highest level.”

Banjac said Merigan was one of their leaders last season. “Liam is a fantastic individual with exceptional skills and desire to win, a thorough professional and a fantastic role model for the young squad,” he said. “But it is his leadership on and off the park that makes him such a valuable player for our club. During the initial rounds we had the worst disciplinary record in the league, but after he took control it all changed and we finished third on the fair play ladder, which pretty much sums up his character.”

Merigan said he was delighted to take out the award. “It was an honour to win the award and privilege to be able to play amongst such a great squad and coaching staff,” he said. “The season was fantastic, for such a youthful squad to grow and improve so much within a season and playing the FUSC style is unbelievable. It was a testament to all involved to finish the league in an outstanding third position after being newly promoted. It has created a great platform for the future and continues to create a buzz around the local community.”

Karacan said it was a huge surprise to win the award. “To say that I wasn't expecting it is an understatement. It came as a big surprise considering I had missed a fair few games due to breaking my collar bone mid-season, but I’m glad, Forrestfield has been my home since I was a junior, I grew up playing there with a majority of the boys in the team, so to receive something like that on the night was great.”

The defender said he’s looking forward to next season and hope they can go one better. “I’m really looking forward to another season at Hartfield Park, and eager to start it all over again,” he said. “The team we have at Forrie now have been together for a while, since we were juniors, which created that comradery that helped us play the football that we needed in order to win. The boys at Forrie really don't give up until the end which is what we like to call the Forrie Spirit.”

Banjac said defender Karacan was a rock at the back, and his character rubbed off on the other players in the side. “Kaan is the first to roll his sleeves up and play his heart out for the squad and the club. He leaves nothing in the tank after each game and although starting out of position in the centre of defence, it didn’t take him long to form a formidable partnership with Mark Barnett,” he explained. “He is a bit of a larrikin with an infectious character and a steely resilience, ensuring that there is not a dull moment with him around.”

In other awards on the night Luke Martino won the first team Players’ Player of the Year, with Hasani Sinclair winning the Golden Boot. In the Development Squad Josh Barnes won the Best and Fairest, with Ben Parry the runner-up, while Bobby Perrott was the Players’ Player of the Year. In the under 18’s Ger Kler Moo (Rooney) won the Best and Fairest and the Player’s Player of the Year awards, while Hayden Lowe was runner-up in the Best and Fairest.



Central Coast Mariners’ Storm Roux hadn’t played a competitive 90-minute game since breaking his leg in February prior to Saturday’s clash with Sydney FC. The 23-year old right-back returned to action with a 75 minute hit-out in the 3-3 draw with Perth Glory, before putting in a full shift against the Sky Blues.

Roux suffered a horrific leg injury while playing Melbourne City in February, an unlucky fall resulting in a fractured fibula and damaged ligaments in his leg. The New Zealand international said the injury and the road to recovery that he’s trod has made him more appreciative and stronger mentally.

“It makes you realize how lucky you are to be playing football and to never take it for granted,” Roux said. “Out for five months without touching a ball, it’s hard to do. I definitely think it’s made me stronger as a person coming back from that. I just want to put it all behind me now.”

South-Africa born Roux played juniors for Sorrento and spent time with Perth Glory before moving to Central Coast in mid-2013. He admits it was frustrating watching from the sidelines as his club broke records in finishing last in 2015/16. “It is frustrating,” Roux said.

“All you want to do is play football and it’s one of those things which comes with football. You get injured and you have to put in the hard work. You have to get yourself right to be out there with the boys. I just looked at that every day I was getting closer to being out there and playing and that helped me get through it.”

Roux will make his first home appearance since returning when the Mariners host Brisbane Roar on Saturday. “One thing I was looking forward to was a home game,” he said. “I can go out there and show my appreciation to the fans that helped me get through those lonely rehab sessions and gym sessions ... I’m very thankful.”



Western Sydney defender Jack Clisby has reached out to Adelaide star Cirio over the A-League tackle that has sidelined the Reds midfielder. Cirio could miss up to ten weeks with a knee ligament injury after being crunched by Clisby in the opening minute of Western Sydney's 2-1 weekend victory.

"There was no malice in the tackle. It was just one of those things - it's a big game and I'm looking to impress," Clisby said. "I do wish Cirio all the best. I did message him last night wishing him a speedy recovery. It was never intentional to hurt the player. He appreciated the text."

The game was Clisby's first in Western Sydney colours since his close season move from Melbourne City. The 24-year old said he set out to make a positive first impression on coach Tony Popovic. "Not in that sort of way though, by playing good football," he commented.

"I feel I did have some good impact on the game. It was a great result for the team as well. I was really excited (and) was just keen to get out there and give it my best. I knew I was ready, I just had to wait for my opportunity and it came around. I feel I took it."



Football West has endorsed a plan to transform Ashfield Reserve into a long-awaited 'home of football' in Western Australia. In front of 600 guests at Saturday’s black-tie WA Football Awards, Football West chairman Liam Twigger revealed Ashfield was the preferred location for a purpose-built State Football Centre.

Twigger confirmed Football West had endorsed a business case to construct a $45 million facility and would now concentrate on securing the appropriate funding. “We are currently in the process of negotiating and securing funding from both the State and Commonwealth governments to develop the much-needed facility, with football remaining the only major sport in Western Australia not to have a training and administrative facility,” Twigger said.

Ashfield Sports Club president Bill Busby said the redevelopment would be an upgrade for the sport. “I think the community will be engaged as far as I am told, which is important because it is community based and public open space needs to be retained as much as possible,” Bushby said.

“Hopefully it works out for all sides of the trade because football is the last group, as basketball and everyone else has got their proper home… we are the last cab off the ranks so it is long overdue. I look forward to working with the participants and getting the best result we can for the Ashfield community and the Ashfield Sports Club.”

Town of Bassendean Mayor John Gangell said the Town welcomed the plan, as it would add to tourism in the area. “It will be a significant redevelopment to the area of Ashfield, continuing that strong growth that we have seen to the Town’s commitment,” he said.

Gangell said it was council’s requirement to retain a certain amount of public open space. “It will still be accessible for residents to recreate on the reserve,” he said. “Concerns will be addressed but to have that sort of investment come into the Town is a wonderful opportunity.”

It is understood the $45 million redevelopment could include an artificial turf, two other playing fields and administration facilities, along with provision to keep public open space and fire-fighting training facilities. The facility would attract teams - from within the State, interstate and across Asia - to Perth to take on the State team.

“We met recently with Premier Colin Barnett, who is supportive of the State Football Centre, and we hope to secure financial support from the Government in the very near future,” Twigger commented. “Football West will work closely with local, State and Commonwealth governments, as well as other stakeholders, to ensure the best possible outcome for the sport and the Ashfield Reserve precinct.”

Football West chief executive James Curtis said building the facility at Ashfield would be a boost for the local community and Perth’s eastern corridor. He cited the reserve’s easy accessibility, given its proximity to the Perth Stadium, Perth CBD, Tonkin and Roe Highways, the Perth Airport and the adjacent Ashfield Train Station, as advantageous for the players who would use it.



Daniel De Silva says Roda JC Kerkrade can stay up in the Eredivisie this season despite a slow start. Roda have managed just one win in their first nine matches and sit second-last in the Dutch league. De Silva only made a dozen appearances last season but the attacking midfielder has been a regular so far in 2016/2017, playing in seven of his teams opening ten games.

On the weekend De Silva picked up an assist in Roda's first win of the season, a 1-0 success over Excelsior with David Boysen getting the only goal. "The results haven't been going our way lately but I think things will turn around for us very soon," De Silva admits. "I'm still enjoying Europe and the football. I think we can stay up by just staying positive and working hard. We create chances in the match but we need to be more clinical in finishing and that's what we've missed."

De Silva, who turned 19 in March, is the last man standing when it comes to the three Australians left at Roda. In 2005 the club became home to midfielder Rostyn Griffiths, striker Tomi Juric as well as De Silva. But Griffiths returned to Perth Glory during the off-season while Juric secured a move to Swizz Super League side FC Luzern in July.

"I obviously miss that Australian feeling and the Aussie banter and things like that," De Silva said. "But I made other friends within the team last year who are still at the club and this year I have made new friends with some of the new players and building on those relationships from last year also. All the boys are great guys and it's always enjoyable times in the dressing room."



W-League club Melbourne City has confirmed the signing of Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams for the 2016/17 season. Katanning-born Williams arrived at the City Football Academy on Thursday following the conclusion of her National Womens Soccer League stint in the United States, where she played for Houston Dash.

Williams, 28, joins Melbourne on a season-long loan from Houston and after six-seasons with Canberra United. Regarded as one of the world’s best shot-stoppers, Williams brings to Melbourne a wealth of experience in Australian women’s football, winning two W-League premierships and a championship title during her time in Canberra.

“Lydia is a fantastic addition to our squad,” said Melbourne coach Joe Montemurro. “She has a lot of W-League and international experience and has great leadership qualities. She’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world and I am delighted to have her on board for our title defence this season.”

Williams’ move to Melbourne comes hot on the heels of recent signings Teigen Allen and Jacinta Galabadaarachchi, plus the re-signing of foundation players Steph Catley, Larissa Crummer, Rebekah Stott, Amy Jackson, Olivia Ellis, Melina Ayres and West Australian attacker Marianna Tabain.



Armadale new Coach John O’Reilly is looking forward to the challenge ahead, as the 38-year-old prepares for his first stint in the PS4NPLWA as Senior Coach. The former Swan United and Shamrock Rovers Coach said it’s a huge challenge but one he’s looking forward too. “I appreciate the opportunity that Armadale has given me,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to taking on this new challenge, and I hope to return the faith the club have put in me by lifting the belief and determination of the squad.”

Armadale President Tony Greipl said the appointment of O’Reilly is a great boost for the club moving forward. “Armadale are excited to give John the opportunity to coach at the elite level, to improve and add to the current squad and we look forward to a successful season with John in charge in 2017,” he said. “John has over 20 years playing experience in the UK and Ireland before moving to Perth and finishing his playing days with Morley Windmills and Ashfield SC.

"John's philosophy is to promote an attractive style of football, getting the most out of the squad by applying development models within the team environment to improve players both individually and collectively, to gain maximum performance. The club would like to extend thanks to Paul Price and Tony Castiello for the work they have put in on and off the pitch in the past 2 seasons, raising the standard and setting the platform for the coming season.”

O’Reilly, who holds a UEFA B License and LMA accreditation in Performance Analysis, which will lead to FFA Level 2 before the New Year, took a few months away from the game recently and it’s re-charged his batteries. “I enjoyed my down time, as I had been flat out with coaching for the past four years,” he explained. “I continued studying the game during my time off, so I was still involved.”

Armadale did struggle last season but O’Reilly said they have some talented players, and he said it’s something he will look at when pre-season starts. “The club have some very good players, with the potential to give more, and I don’t think you should overlook those players. They worked extremely hard during the season and survived a relegation battle that in my opinion can be harder to manage than winning a title. If we can turn some losses into draws, and draws into wins, the current group can start to make positive movement forward."

After seven years coaching in the state league, O’Reilly is chomping at the bit to bring his philosophies into his new role, and he said he will sit down with the club and leave no stone unturned to bring improvement. “I like to think I can get the best out of the players I work with, maximize their strengths; create a high work ethic, and a strong winning mentality,” he explained. “Like I said it’s a huge challenge, but I’ll be doing all I can to turn things around. If new players come in, they will have to have the right attitude, quality and commitment to the club and the direction that we want to go."



Curtin University wrapped up their season with their Presentation Night at Wesley College on October 8th, and it was Antony Russo who won the clubs Most Valuable Player for 2016, winning by one point from Eddie Tikoft. The midfielder was outstanding during the season and Coach Campbell Ballantyne said Russo was a well-deserved winner of the MVP award. “Antony was outstanding last season, he was our Mr Consistent and gave us the drive from the middle of the park,” he said. “He has won the award before and again he was the leader of our group, both on and off the field. He trains like he plays and he is a perfectionist in the unnoticed work, so I’m delight he has been recognised for another excellent season by taking out the MVP.”

Russo said he was delighted to win the award, but said it was a disappointing season and a 10th place finish showed their lack of consistency. “It was nice to be recognised by the guys, joining the likes of Tikoft and Chiellini who have won it previously is humbling,” he explained. “Honestly, we didn't have a great year, players had to play out of position and we struggled to get any consistency. There were a number of positives: our goal keepers (Jack and Macca) are two of the best I've seen and our cup run was incredibly exciting.”

The FFA Cup run was a highlight for the club, eventually being beaten by NPL side Stirling Lions, and Russo said they will be back bigger and stronger next season and believes the young players at the club will play a huge part. “Our younger players played their part and will be better for the opportunity. I'm looking forward to seeing Ollie, Josh and Danny next season as well as a host of players returning from a year off,” he said. “To be honest a player in my position shouldn't win player of the year, so hopefully someone scores some goals next season. We start training this Thursday, if a striker or centre back is keen, please come down.”

In other awards on the night, the Most Improved Player in the first team was won by Dominik Jakusuk, Eddie Tikoft won the Golden Boot, Stefan Spears won the Clubman of the Year, while Khaled Salhah free kick in the FFA Cup against Stirling won the Goal of the Season. In the reserves Danny Todd won the MVP, Alex Hogg the Most Improved, Derek van der Lann the Clubman of the Year and Yousif Al Rikabawi the Golden Boot. In the under 18’s Oakley de Snoo won the MVP.



Perth Glory put last week’s disappointing fade out against Central Coast Mariners to beat Wellington Phoenix 2-0 to take out the ‘long distance derby’ at nib Stadium on Sunday. After a slow start the Glory struck just after half time with Diego Castro converting a penalty, before Nebojsa Marinkovic sealed the points. It could have been three but Andy Keogh’s penalty was saved by Glen Moss, but it was the Glory celebrating at the final whistle in front of over 11,000 supporters.

“They (Wellington) started well and had us on the back foot early, but once we got on top we were disciplined, organised and didn't make it easy for them. Do that and you've have half a chance,” Glory Coach Kenny Lowe said. “When you miss a penalty and its 1-0, and you think ‘here we go again, Déjà vu, groundhog day. But we were disciplined and I could hear them out there themselves, saying no, we’re coming away with this. That’s pleasing, it shows they care, shows they’ve taken things on board that we spoke about last week. You've got to give us credit - we played well, we dominated and we deserved the points.”

Lowe made the one change to the side that drew with the Mariners, with Adam Taggart rested with a tight calf, and he was replaced in the starting line up by Marinkovic. It was the Phoenix who opened the brighter, with the speedy Kosta Barbarouses and Roy Krishna causing problems, and the Glory were on the back foot. Glory custodian Liam Reddy save low early from Vince Lia early, as the Glory defence worked overtime to deal with a slick passing Phoenix side.

The Glory settled with Rostyn Griffiths controlling the middle of the park, the skipper’s deeds were followed by his team mates and they started to get on top. They went close on 10 minutes, Chris Harold crossed to Castro, and the Phoenix defence blocked his effort and had to scramble the ball to safety. Gui Finkler then tried his luck from long-range for the visitors but it didn’t test Reddy. The Glory went close on the half hour, when the lively Harold made space down the flank and cut the ball back to Griffiths, who in turn fed Marinkovic, whose shot flashed wide of the target.

Harold was outstanding his probing runs causing problems for the Phoenix and when Marc Warren picked him out on 40 minutes he played the ball back to Griffiths, whose first time shot whistled past the post. Both sides had late chances, as the game heated up. First on 43 minutes Finkler’s free kick stung the palms of Reddy, before in stoppage time Castro superb run and cross found Harold, but his effort was saved low by Glen Moss.

The Glory made a perfect start to the second half and they hit the front three minutes in. Keogh raced down the left and crossed to Harold, who was brought down by Adam Parkhouse and debutant A-League referee Daniel Elder pointed straight to the spot. Castro stepped up and sent Moss the wrong way to give the Glory the lead. It was one-way traffic and Griffiths shot was saved by Moss, before Rhys Williams’ header was claimed by the Phoenix custodian.

Then on the hour the Glory had the perfect opportunity to add another, Warren played in Keogh, who raced into the penalty area and when he was rounding Moss the keeper brought him down and it was another penalty. This time Keogh stepped up to take the resulting spot kick, but his weak effort was straight at Moss who saved easily. The Irish strikers work rate can’t be questioned but he is struggling in front of goal, and it must be a concern for the coach.

After that let off, the Phoenix went close to levelling four minutes later. Finkler’s low shot was heading in the bottom corner of the net, but Reddy got down well to push it around the post. That save become more important two minutes later, when the Glory doubled their lead. It was Harold again who started the move, playing in Josh Risdon down the right, and the Socceroos defender cut the ball back to Marinkovic to finish clinically.

The big crowd were in full voice, but the Phoenix weren’t lying down and they almost pulled one back on 76 minutes. Substitute Hamish Watson sent in pinpoint cross for Krishna, whose header was superbly saved at close-range by Reddy for one of the saves of the season. The Glory custodian was at it again eight minutes later Barbarouses picked out an unmarked Krishna, but the Fijian striker saw his shot well saved by Reddy.

It was a good performance from the men in purple, but a slow start is a concern, but saying that the Phoenix looked really sharp. But led superbly by Griffiths, Harold and Castro they got the job done. There are still concerns with Keogh in front of goal, but he is a quality striker, and he will turn it around. Defensively we were grateful to have Reddy in top form, a couple of quality saves saved the day, and it’s a concern the times Warren was caught out of position. But all in all a good performance and they will need more of the same next week when they head to Melbourne to take on Tim Cahill and City on Friday evening.

Wellington Coach Ernie Merrick said they need to start converting their chances. “I thought we started off really well with some good passing moves. The first 15 to 20 minutes I felt we dominated the game after getting off to a good start but we had nothing to show for it and it is all about scoring goals," Merrick said. "For the rest of the half I thought Perth was the stronger team. But then we conceded from a penalty after a couple of minutes and that set us back and then Perth got a second goal. We came back well but Perth defended really well and their goalkeeper Liam Reddy made a couple of crucial saves late on and in the final third we weren’t deadly.”


Perth Glory 2 (Castro 48’ pen, Marinkovic 66’) v Wellington Phoenix 0

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 3 Marc WARREN (16. Joseph MILLS 71’), 5 Rhys WILLIAMS, 6 Dino DJULBIC, 8 Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 9 Andy KEOGH, 10 Nebo MARINKOVIC, 14 Chris HAROLD (7 Joel CHIANESE 90+1’), 15 Brandon WILSON (24 Milan SMILJANIC 77’), 17 Diego CASTRO, 19 Josh RISDON – Subs not used: RGK Nick FEELY, 2 Alex GRANT – Yellow Cards: Marinkovic 34’, Wilson 43’, Warren 63’

Wellington Phoenix: GK Glen MOSS, 2 Jacob TRATT, 4 Rolieny BONEVACIA (11 Hamish WATSON 69’), 7 Gui FINKLER, 9 Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10 Michael MCGLINCHEY (8 Alex RODRIGUEZ 57’), 12 Adam PARKHOUSE (19 Thomas DOYLE 58’), 13 Marco ROSSI, 17 Vince LIA, 21 Roy KRISHNA, 22 Andrew DURANTE – Subs not used: RGK Lewis ITALIANO, 14 Alex RUFER – Yellow Cards: Lia 32’, Parkhouse 47’, Rossi 51’, Moss 59’

Referee: Daniel ELDER



David Micevski’s outstanding season was rewarded on Saturday evening after the Stirling Lions midfielder took out the Football West - McInernery Ford Gold Medal and Ford Fiesta car for the second time in his career. The former Perth Glory and Australian under 23 midfielder had a sensational PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues WA season for the Macedonia Park club, and the 30-year-old also took out the PS4 NPL WA The West Australian Goal of the Season with his brilliant volley on the turn against Floreat Athena.

It was a glittering celebration of the WA game, with over 600 people packed into Crown Perth Ballroom, but Micevski was the star romping to the award on the back of nine man-of-the-match performances and accumulated an impressive 38 votes to finish ahead of Armadale’s Jesse Fuller 27 votes, and ECU Joondalup’s Scottish striker Gordon Smith. Last season’s winner Ludovic Boi finished fourth, with his Floreat Athena team mate Dean Evans in fifth.

Micevski said to win the award for a second time was unbelievable, but was quick to thank his team mates. “I’m really overwhelmed to win this award, but I couldn’t have done it without my team mates,” he said. “I won the award in 2009, so to win seven years later goes to show to myself really that I’ve been able to keep a high standard.” Micevski said he might have to extend his garage to fit the new car in, but said he’s had a great football journey and said he isn’t finished yet. “I’ve played football in the A-League, and it didn’t work out there for me for whatever reasons, and I’ve also had the opportunity to play overseas, which was a great experience, but winning this is a bonus for me,” he said. “I’ve not thought where I’m going to put the car, but there is one thing I know, I’ll be back for next season and doing my best again.”

In other NPL awards on the night, Inglewood United Coach Taki Nicolaidis was rewarded for taking his new club to the brink of the title, by winning the Ron Tindall Coach of the Year, with Perth SC keeper Francis Soale winning the Goalkeeper of the Year. The NPL Referee of the Year was taken out by David Bruce. Micevski thanked his team mates for his reward and said it had been a good season. Perth SC striker Gustavo Catarcione and ECU Joondalup’s Gordon Smith shared the Gold Boot with 19 goals, while Lions’ Teeboy Kamara picked up the Dylan Tombides Young Player of the Year award.

Joondalup United’s Lee Jones was awarded the All Flags State League Division One Player of the Year and Fremantle City’s Alec Robinson took the honours for Division Two. W-League star Marianna Tabain was crowned Bankwest Women’s State Premier League Player of the Year. Perth Royal’s Nick Calkin won the Consolidated Energy Amateur Premier League Player of the Year. David Bruce was awarded the Bankwest Golden Whistle as the state’s best match official.

Full List of Winners on the Night:


McInerney Ford Gold Medal winner - David Micevski (Stirling Lions)
PS4 NPL WA - The West Australian Goal of the Season - David Micevski (Stirling Lions)
PS4 NPL WA First Team Ron Tindall Coach of the Year -Taki Nicolaidis (Inglewood United)
PS4 NPL WA First Team Goalkeeper of the Year - Francis Soale (Perth SC)
PS4 NPL WA First Team Golden Boot - Gordon Smith (ECU Joondalup) and Gustavo Catarcione (Perth SC)
The West Australian Top 4 Cup Winners - Perth SC
PS4 NPL WA First Team winners - Perth SC
DT38 Foundation Awareness Award - Best Club Fundraiser - Gwelup Croatia
Dylan Tombides Young Player of the Year Award - Teeboy Kamara (Stirling Lions)
PS4 Player Pathway Award - Teeboy Kamara, Lukas De Lima (Stirling Lions) and Matthew Milenkovic (Perth SC)
PS4 NPL WA U20 Player of the Year - James Atkens (Armadale) and Jamie Murphy (Bayswater City)
PS4 NPL WA U20 Golden Boot - Luka Ninkovic (Bayswater City) and James Owen (ECU Joondalup)
PS4 NPL WA U18 Troy Bernard Player of the Year - Benjamin Campbell (Stirling Lions)
PS4 NPL WA U18 Golden Boot - Riley Van Dieken (Cockburn City)
Cool Ridge Cup winners - Floreat Athena
All Flags State League Division One Player of the Year - Lee Jones (Joondalup United)
All Flags State League Division One Coach of the Year - Nick Jennings (Joondalup United)
All Flags State League Division One Golden Boot - Lee Jones (Joondalup United)
All Flags State League Division One winners - Joondalup United
All Flags State League Division Two Player of the Year - Alec Robinson (Fremantle City)
All Flags State League Division Two Coach of the Year - Steve Plucknett (Fremantle City)
All Flags State League Division Two Golden Boot - Alec Robinson (Fremantle City)
All Flags State League Division Two winners - Fremantle City
Consolidated Energy Amateur Premier League Player of the Year - Nick Calkin (Perth Royals)
Consolidated Energy Amateur Premier League Golden Boot - Noah Shamaki (North Perth United)
Consolidated Energy Amateur Premier League Coach of the Year - Mike Ford (Gwelup Croatia)
Consolidated Energy Amateur Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year - Jordan Jones (North Lake)
Amateur Cup winners - Gwelup Croatia
Consolidated Energy Amateur Premier League winners - Gwelup Croatia
PS4 NPL WA fair play winners - Bayswater City
All Flags State League Division One fair play winners - Joondalup United
All Flags State League Division Two fair play winners - Curtin University
Consolidated Energy Amateur Premier League fair play winners – Kingsley
Disabilities in Football Player Achievement Award - Christopher Johnstone (Lynwood United)
David Schrandt Administrator and Volunteer of the Year - Sarah Gaythwaite (Armadale)
Bankwest Women's State Premier League Player of the Year - Marianna Tabain (Beckenham Angels)
Bankwest Women's State Premier League Coach of the Year - Tim Hodgson (Northern Redbacks)
Bankwest Women's State Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year - Evie Gooch (Melville City)
Bankwest Women's State Premier League Golden Boot - Marianna Tabain (Beckenham Angels)
Women's Cup winners - Northern Redbacks
Bankwest Women's State Premier League winners - Northern Redbacks
Bankwest Women's State League Division One Player of the Year - Rebecca Dudek (UWA-Nedlands)
Bankwest Women's State League Division One Coach of the Year - Kelly Jarden (Bassendean Caledonian)
Bankwest Women's State League Division One Goalkeeper of the Year - Holly Cavalli (Wanneroo City)
Bankwest Women's State League Division One Golden Boot - Ashlee Byrne (Bassendean Caledonian)
Bankwest Women's State League Division One winners - Bassendean Caledonian
QBE Night Series winners - Bayswater City
Consolidated Energy Amateur Premier Night Series winners - North Perth United
Men's State League Night Series winners - Joondalup United
Women's Premier Division Night Series - Queens Park
Women's Night Series Division One - Stirling Panthers
Bankwest Golden Whistle Award - David Bruce
Bankwest Assistant Referee of the Year - Eamon McDonnell
Bankwest Referee Encouragement Award - Simon Hicks

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