Ostler stunner give Glory a share of the spoils

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Perth Glory remain unbeaten in the Foxtel Y-League this season after a hard fought 1-1 draw against Melbourne Victory at Lakeside Stadium on Saturday morning. A stunning strike from winger Trent Ostler gave the youngsters the lead at half time but Yazid Said levelled 19 minutes from time, but some good goalkeeping from Jackson Lee made sure they kept a share of the spoils.

“The boys put in a good performance and there were definitely some positives to take out of the game. The second half was a lot more rushed and we lacked some composure, but a lot of the team is inexperienced when it comes to NYL and composure in games comes with experience,” Lee said. “So hopefully we can learn from that and make sure it doesn’t happen again. The team was disappointed after the game which was a positive as it showed that we’ve all got that hunger to win and that we know that we can improve on our performance on the day to ensure we get the three points.”

Glory opened the game brightly and they were agonisingly close to lead on the quarter hour. Some neat lead-up play involving four or five Glory players ended with Ostler, whose long-range shot crashed off the crossbar. But the teenage winger wasn’t to be denied just before the half hour, when he gave the visitors the lead. Again, it was good build-up play from Garcia’s side, ending with Ostler, who beat two defenders before cutting inside and fired home superbly into the corner of the net. Victory lifted and ended the half well, but they couldn’t find a way past the Glory custodian. First Lee saved well to deny Birkan Kirdar on two occasions, before he spread himself well to thwart Nicholas Sette, who had been sent clear by Brandon Lauton.

Glory went close to a second early in the second half, but Victory keeper Matthew Sutton produced a stunning save save first to deny Jaidon Seldon, before thwarting Abias Bukuru twice with follow up shots. Glory were having the better chances but couldn’t turn them into goals. But on 71 minutes Victory levelled, Jack Palazzolo's cross was turned home by Said. Victory pressed late but Lee wasn’t going to be beaten again, and his best save came from a well-struck effort from Brandon Lauton.

Glory Coach Richard Garcia was happy with the performance. "The boys did really well, they dipped in the second half, but overall, their performance was pleasing,” he told the Glory website. “It was a very open game at times and both teams had their periods of dominance. There were some very positive signs in terms of things that we've been working on in training and hopefully in next week's game we'll be able to put it altogether in a complete performance.

"The mentality of the team was great. The fact that they are disappointed that they have drawn away from home shows that we have a dressing room full of young men who want to win and are pushing themselves to be better. "For a lot of these guys, it was their first trip away from home with the team and they dealt with it very well."

Melbourne Victory: GK Matthew SUTTON, 2 Daniel AYE (15 Matthew BOZINOVSKI 70'), 3 Luke GOULDING, 4 Benjamin CARRIGAN, 5 So NISHIKAWA, 6 Rahmat AKBARI, 7 Nicholas SETTE (9 Jack PALAZZOLO 55'), 10 Brendon LAUTON, 11 Birkan KIRDAR, 14 Thiel IRADUKUNDA, 17 Yazid SAID - Subs not used: 20 Lucas RUNJE, 8 Aydin MUSTEDANAGIC

Perth Glory: GK Jackson LEE, 2 Daniel WALSH, 3 Cameron MURRAY (14 Nic MCDONALD 73'), 4 Zayd FARAH, 5 Jayden LEADER, 6 Jack LEECH, 7 Ethan BROOKS (15 Jordan ABRAHAMS 80'), 8 Trent OSTLER, 9 Jaidon SELDEN, 10 Henry HORE (16 Sasa NJEGIC 68'), 11 Abias BUKURU - Subs not used: RGK Nicholas SPECA - Referee: Jake Keating



Perth Glory won for the first time this Westfield W-League season after a 3-0 win against Western Sydney Wanderers at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday evening. A brace from Rachel Hill, and another from skipper Sam Kerr eased Glory to a comfortable win and move them up to second on the table, two points behind leaders Melbourne Victory. Hill opened the scoring with a stunning strike from the edge of the box on the quarter hour and then found strike partner Kerr for the second just before the break, before the American added the third early in the second half with a lobbed effort that brought the big crowd to its feet and maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Glory began brightly, with Alyssa Mautz forcing a good save from Wanderers keeper Jada Whyman as early as the fourth minute. But the Wanderers custodian was left helpless soon after, however, unable to reach a superb shot from Hill who somehow found a pocket of space among a cluster of defenders before firing into the top corner. Wanderers looked to hit back immediately, Georgia Yeoman-Dale cross picked out Rachel Lowe, but midfielder’s effort crashed off the woodwork.

Wanderers, who arrived in this one without a point, continued to press for an equaliser as the half wore on, and Glory had to defend in numbers and their cause wasn’t helped by a head injury to Kim Carroll which prompted a defensive reshuffle with Isabella Foletta coming on as replacement. But in the shadows of half time and against the run of play, it was the hosts who doubled their lead. Hill raced down the line and cut the ball back from the by-line, and Kerr controlled the ball and fired home into the roof of the net to open her account for the season with a clinical finish.

The visitors went close again early in the second half, Kylie Ledbrook header, from Courtney Nevin's cross flashed wide. But the Wanderers were still struggling to contain Hill and the American striker grabbed her second and Glory's third on 55 minutes. She was picked out by

Foletta, and she held off her marker, and her chip beat Whyman and went into the net via the underside of the bar. Kerr was then denied her second when Whyman stood tall to deny the Matildas striker on 75 minutes, but Glory eased through to the final whistle to take the points.

Perth Glory: GK Eliza CAMPBELL, 3 Kim CARROLL (18 Isabella FOLETTA 25'), 4 Alyssa MAUTZ, 5 Shannon MAY, 7 Nicole STANTON, 9 Rachel HILL, 11 Leticia MCKENNA (14 Caitlin DOEGLAS 52'), 12 Jenna ONIONS, 20 Sam KERR (c), 24 Natasha RIGBY, 25 Katie NAUGHTON - Subs not used: RGK Stacey CAVILL, 17 Liana COOK

Western Sydney Wanderers: GK Jada WHYMAN, 2 Caitlin COOPER, 4 Maruschka WALDUS, 5 Rachel LOWE, 6 Servet UZUNLAR (c), 8 Erica HALLOWAY, 10 Kylie LEDBROOK (9 Remy SIEMSEN 56'), 13 Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 14 Courtney NEVIN,17 Sydney MIRAMONTEZ, 19 Leena KHAMIS - Subs not used: RGK Nicole SIMONSEN, 12 Susan PHONSONGKHAM, 15 Talitha KRAMER - Referee: Rachel Mitchenson



With dwindling crowds and interest in the local game at an all-time low, many are saying has the NPLWA lost its appeal and identity amongst the locals? The Footballwa.net team have a look at some of the problems we believe are hindering the game in WA in a three-part series of article.

Part Two - Yes, Football West could do more, but they do have a lot more leagues to cover, from juniors to masters and they wouldn't be happy if they weren't given the coverage. Over the few season's FW have paid to add articles promoting the game in the West Australian, but their budget can't do this on a regular basis, but it could be time to give media more from the budget to lift the game in WA. Footballwa.net do our best to promote the NPLWA, State League and we've started with coverage of the Amateur Premier League last season, while radio shows 'Let's Talk Football' and 'The World Football Programme' have brought football to the airways, while live steaming was added last season by Let's Talk Football, Perth Glory and Forrestfield United Facebook pages, while the 'The Far Post' have added great podcasts to the media coverage, but can we all do more?

Has the cost of fees for junior players also had a detrimental effort on crowds in the game? In the past junior players would come to the game to watch the senior players, bring their parents and it would boost the crowd, but now in this digital age, they have other things to take their attention, like computers and play stations, and unfortunately these are more appealing than watching football. Do clubs fully understand why kids play football? Many JNPL clubs put the emphasis on competition and winning but not all young players play for these reasons. A greater focus needs to be put on development and enjoyment, and by doing this the clubs will engage with families and build their club into a community. Kids and families need to be part of the club community and vice versa, and without this some clubs are going to disappear in the next 10 years.

Have clubs lost focus on their junior players as senior players milk the money? All NPL clubs fail to recognise what they really are, and too many clubs are striving to be professional in what is and always will be an amateur league. Because of this they do not recognise and engage with their local community, families and business. In our opinion the JNPL trial fiasco has led to a lack of loyalty by clubs towards young players. The players are given 10-months to prove themselves at a club, after which he/she is cast aside in the clubs’ search for "someone better” because of this. So, kids and parents jump from one club to another and do not develop a sense of "belonging" to a single club.

This article will continue next week in part three.



Perth Glory play their first home game of the season when they host Western Sydney Wanderers at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday evening. (7.00pm) Bobby Despotovski’s side are coming off two draws on the road against Brisbane Roar and last week they came from 1-4 down to secure a point late in a 4-4 draw.

Wanderers head west looking for their first point of the season after defeats against Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar, but Despotovski said his squad is confident they can get the job done and avenge last season's final-round defeat at the hands of the red-and-blacks. "We'll have to be at our best to get the win," he told the Glory website. "We've been working on a couple of things that myself and [Assistant Coach] Jessine [Bonzas] noticed when we watched the [Canberra] game back. We've also had a look at what Western Sydney do well and what they're not so good at and will be looking targeting them in certain ways.

"I'm expecting a big crowd and a good game at Dorrien, which is our home and somewhere the girls love playing at. I'm pretty happy with where we're at. It was disappointing conceding a goal in the 88th minute at Brisbane, but would we have taken a point before the game, probably we would. Then against Canberra we found ourselves 4-1 down with eight minutes to go, so to come back and push all the way showed great character. They were two tough trips with the girls having to change 'planes etc, so I think they deserve praise for those two results."

In team news, Glory will be without Sarah Carroll, who was sent off last week, while new recruit Jacynta Galabadaarachchi’s debut for the club will also be delayed after the teenage winger suffered an ankle ligament injury in training. In more positive news youngsters Leticia McKenna and Jenna Onions are both pressing for starts after coming off the bench and impressing against Canberra, while midfielder Alyssa Mautz will be looking to hit the target for a third time in as many games since starting her second spell at the club, while skipper Sam Kerr is also set to feature after her midweek exertions with the Matildas.



Perth Glory will be looking to build on last week's 2-1 win against Brisbane Roar, when they make the trip to the Lakeside Stadium to meet Melbourne Victory on Saturday morning in week two of the Foxtel Y-League. Youth Coach Richard Garcia said his sides first up win in Conference A was pleasing. An own goal from Roar defender Jordan Courtney-Perkins and an Abias Bukuru strike was enough for the youngsters and Garcia, in his first game in charge of the side, said there is more to come from the group. "It was a decent performance from the guys, they were all very excited to get into their first game and it's good to get a win, but there are improvements to be made for sure," he told the Glory website. "They are still young boys and learning the game, but it's a solid start and performance for the first game of the season." Garcia praised his side, who across the board put in a good shift to get the job done and start their Conference on a positive note.

"All four of the attacking players (two strikers and wing backs) were exceptional, but the whole team deserve credit and played really well. I thought the guys in midfield did really well and controlled the game and steadied the ship for us," he explained. "While the guys at the back defended well, despite a little lapse of concentration late, but they are some of the improvement we need to make, but to be fair it was a hot today and both sides were quite tied late." The coach said it's a new experience for most the players, and it's a huge challenge travelling to a game, but he is confident they can put in a good performance. "It's a new challenge for the group with so many players in their first season in the NYL, but we head east full of confidence," he said. "We learnt a lot as a group last week, some positives and some negatives, but we got the result, and I thought we played some good football, and we will be looking for more of the same on Saturday. They (Victory) lost their opening game in Adelaide, so they will be determined to bounce back this week, but we hope to come home with a positive result."

Ethan Brooks was a constant threat against the Roar last week in his first Foxtel Y-League game, and the 18-year-old said it was good to start the season with three points. "I think we played really well for our first game, pressing them high up the field and causing turnovers for our forwards to capitalise on,” the former ECU Joondalup winger said. "We've prepared ourselves over the course of the year, and Richie really helped us in terms of physical conditioning this pre-season so we’re able to cope with the league. But obviously there are a lot of areas both offensively and defensively we can improve so that hopefully away to Victory we can pick up the win." Brooks said the quality of play and intensity is a lot higher than the NPLWA, but the players are relishing the challenge, and are all looking forward to Saturday's game in Melbourne. "It's vital to start your away games with a good performance, and we'll be doing all we can to win on the road," he said. "I think as long as we can stay focused and stick to the game plan that Richie has set up for us, we are more than capable of beating any team in the league."


UNITED IN A HEALTHY APPROACH (courtesy footballwest.com.au)

Inglewood United are the latest club to win a $750 football equipment package after embracing the Smarter Than Smoking Kicking Off Healthy Clubs program.

The Football West and Healthway initiative rewards clubs who have incorporated healthier practices. These may include offering healthier canteen choices, providing children with water and fruit or making it easier for youngsters to play football.

Inglewood have looked to make football more accessible for youngsters, therefore encouraging them to adapt a healthy lifestyle. “The objective is to increase participation of ALDI Miniroos and Junior aged players by significantly reducing the fees associated with registering to this club … and in some instances the fees have been reduced by 45%,” a club spokeswoman said.

“The club considers (this) will directly result in an increase of the number of players and families that will become involved with this club and sport for the coming season. The more players at the club and the more families will support notions of healthier lifestyles, increased fitness and healthier mindsets.”

She added: “A recent event to celebrate the end of the season for the MiniRoos players was very successful. The day was publicised as a family day and players were encouraged to attend with their entire family, extended family and friends.”

“The players were provided with lunch. The club provided a carnival atmosphere with bubble soccer, multiple blow up jumpy castles, blow up soccer pitch, archery and more. The carnival atmosphere directly provided a happy and exciting backdrop for the families to socialise, relax and enjoy a day outdoors with their children and other families.”

Up to three clubs each month can win a $750 Evolution Sports equipment package through the Kicking Off Healthy Clubs program. Clubs who have won previously include Westnam United, Wanneroo City, Rockingham United, Cockburn City, Denmark and Westside FC.



Alex Castiello has become the latest signing for Balcatta for the 2019 season, after he signed for the Grindleford Reserve club from Subiaco. The talented defender had several clubs chasing his services but after talking to Head coach Goran Stajic it was an easy decision to join. "I’m very excited for the season ahead and really want to make an impact at the club,” he said. “There is a lot of young talented players at Balcatta, so it will be good to step into a more senior role.” The 24-year-old said his time at Subiaco was great and thanked the club and wished them all the best next season. “Subiaco was a great tenure I have a lot of really close friends from my time there and I wish them all the best in the future,” Castiello said. “It was a sad way to go out, but I think the club has the potential to bounce next season.”

Balcatta head coach Goran Stajic said the signing of the defender, and the inclusions of Callum Stocks, Adam and Michael Zimarino has strengthened the squad at the club. "Alex will not only compliment the playing squad’s depth but will ultimately help the club strive for silverware next season,” he told the clubs website.

“The plan is to sign quality players to the already strong squad that we currently have, so we can continue creating good habits and the style of play I believe can win the league. It’s not easy for us to sign the right profile player, but I can categorically state that it’s easy for players to come to Balcatta because the club attracts good people. The most important thing is trying to be calculated and measured in our recruitment for the future of the club.”



Former Perth Glory defender Aryn Williams is on the verge of playing international football, and it's not for the Green and Gold of Australia. The 25-year-old is playing in the Indian I-League and is eligible to play for both Australia and India, and it's been reported he could be named in the Blue Tigers?? squad for their up-coming games. Born and raised in Perth, Williams is eligible to play for four countries in Australia, England, Wales and India through his parents’ heritage. His father was born in Kent, while his mother’s family hails from Mumbai. His older brother Rhys is a Socceroo, capped 14 times for the green and gold, who also made 10 appearances for the Welsh Under-21s. His twin brother Ryan, currently on the books of English Championship club Rotherham United, has played for both the Young Socceroos and Olyroos in the past. Williams is playing in his second season at Neroca and he said his agent has been in contact with the Indian FA and it’s a possibility he will be called up. "It’s definitely a dream I’m striving towards and hopefully within the next couple of months I will be able to acquire my Indian passport and represent the Indian national team,” he said. “My agent has been in brief contact with staff from the national team. Nothing is set in stone but hopefully I can get an opportunity to prove myself worth enough to play for the Indian national team.”

Williams came through the junior ranks at ECU Joondalup in Perth before spending three years with the academy of English Premier League club Burnley. He returned to Australia in 2014 and has had spells in the A-League at Glory, and in the NPL with Floreat Athena, Preston Lions ad Hume City. But last year he headed back overseas to join newly promoted Neroca. After starring as a defensive midfielder, Williams has returned to the Imphal-based club for a second campaign. “I’m really enjoying it to be honest,” he said. “When I left at the end of last season, I was already looking forward to coming back to India. It was an easy decision to come back. “I know the back-room staff really well and most of the players stayed on from last season so when they offered me a new deal, I was very happy to take it. It’s a tough league and sometimes difficult conditions. One week it’s 15 degrees in the middle of the mountains in the North East of India and the next week you’re playing beach-side in Goa at 35 degrees, so it’s difficult in that aspect. The league is definitely improving and quality foreign players are coming over for this season so it’s turning out to be an exciting season ahead.”

Neroca won the I-League’s second division in 2017 to secure promotion, and then finished second on the table in the top-flight last season. Williams explains that Imphal, the capital centre of the state of Manipur and with a population of over 400,000, is dominated by football and not cricket. “Neroca is great, it’s like a big family and they’ve made me and my partner, Kate, so welcome here,” he said. “The people are so friendly, and the fans are brilliant as well. Imphal is a quiet city but I have enjoyed it so far and it’s a great place for sight-seeing, with waterfalls and temples. “It’s football-mad but a lot of people participate in Olympic style sports events as well. Football is definitely the number one sport here in the North East and when our stadium is full to the max with our fans it’s a great thing to see.” This campaign the Orange Brigade have made a slow start to the I-League and are currently bottom after a draw and a loss after two rounds. Despite that, Williams and the club are aiming high, with the league winner getting a spot in the AFC Champions League qualifiers. “Our goal this season is to finish as high as possible and we’ve given ourselves a top four finish goal and I think that is pretty realistic to be honest,” the defender said. “Hopefully we can do one better than last season and finish on top of the table.”



A nasty ankle injury on the Perth Glory training ground looked like it had ended Jamel Reiners A-League career, and he left the club by mutual consent. But the 20-year-old is working hard to get back into the game and has been training with Chris Coyne's Bayswater City in the NPLWA to get his fitness back, but he spoke to SBS - The World Game - about the injury and how he is determined to get back playing again in the A-League or overseas. Reiners who debuted for the Glory three years ago at the age of just 17, was viewed by many as of one of Australia’s brightest young products. The South African-born winger came through Football West’s National Training Centre and the FFA Centre of Excellence in Canberra and played 10 times for the Joeys. The winger tore all the ligaments in his left ankle, broke bones and dislocated his ankle, when he collided with a football mannequin while at Glory's training ground.

“I was in training, and I happened to get involved in a tackle and there was a mannequin involved as well right on the side of the pitch,” Reiners said. “We were playing a small-sided game, I struck the ball and got pressure from one side, which was to be expected. But as I ran off past the past, because I came with a bit of speed, but I looked to my left thinking I would run past the post. But I’ve ran into a mannequin that was right next to the goalpost planted there. My right ankle planted at the base of this metal mannequin and basically, I couldn’t stop myself. I hopped over with my left foot, my right foot planted at the base and it just snapped. I needed major ankle reconstruction surgery. I tore all my ligaments in my ankle, I broke both bones, I dislocated my ankle as well. It was a whole ugly scene to be fair. I was out for … rehab took me roughly 10 months, which was earlier than they expected. The doctors thought I would be out for at least a year. I started training, still with a little bit of pain but I was managing it.”

Reiners admits the mental fight to get back on the pitch was the hardest thing as he contemplated giving football away completely. “Mentally that was the biggest challenge,” he said. “I’ve had injuries before in my life but that was a different challenge. I’m steadfast in my faith and I pray every day, but honestly there were days when … I don’t know, I didn’t think I would maybe play again because of the horror of thinking about it and the actual pain, rehab sometimes as well.” At the same as he was recovering from the freak injury the striker, then only 19, was dealing with the sudden death of his father. “In the midst of it I was going through a lot,” Reiners said. “The injury only made things worse. It came at a pretty bad time, mentally I’d be a fool to say it didn’t take a lot out of me. I must focus on playing. There’s no other way to really explain it, you must go through it to understand what it’s like. Being so young and losing my father as well, at that age, and he was the one who always backed me through everything. He let me know the real of it as well, having that role model to always have your back but also let you know when you need to push harder. Just being a good positive influence on my football career and my life in general. For me that was something that was a lot bigger than football, and you could say my career was at a standstill at that point.”

Reiners managed to work his way back on to the training pitch after a long absence but departed Glory mid-way through last season after contract negotiations broke down. The forward, who made 17 A-League appearances for his hometown side, has been without a club since. “Perth were really good, they offered to help with my rehab. I was just on an insurance contract at that time,” he said. “I was in contract negotiations before I got injured as well, so that sort of threw a massive spanner in the works. After the rehab I had done I had to do football rehab, just training a lot without any pain and me running, say full speed almost, took nine months. I was ready by the start of mid-November and I then training until the end of December and in January they were telling me I needed to train with the first-team. They said they could offer me a lesser contract, a scholarship contract, but I wasn’t happy with that, so I left. From my point of view, I was doing what I needed to do to get back in the squad and try and negotiate a new contract as well. But, in their eyes, they see once you’re wounded, especially an injury like that. In essence, it was their fault too, I could have sued them, but I didn’t decide to go down that route. It’s a work-safety injury as well. It wasn’t a tackle. I guess had to roll with the punches and decided I’m a young player, I’ve got a lot of other things I’ve got to worry about first.”

After a long period out of the professional ranks, Reiners is ready for another shot. He has spent time training with NPL WA club Bayswater City this year and his ankle has fully recovered. “I’ve been in training, I’ve been training myself as well and I’m doing everything right,” Reiners said. “I’m just waiting for my chance. I’m fully recovered. To be fair, I feel stronger. I’ve got a few screws in there but I feel great. I feel like I’ve definitely come out the other side stronger person mentally. If I can withstand that, and get over that hump, then I’m untouchable.” Reiners said he is open to A-League offers or playing overseas if the opportunity arises. Still only 20, he is adamant he has a lot left to give in his footballing career. “The best step for me at the moment is I’m looking to get back into the A-League,” he said. “At the same time, I’m not one to say no to going overseas as well. At the moment it’s best for me to start playing again, whether that’s locally in one of the NPL’s. I’ve got a lot more to give on the pitch. It puts things into perspective. You realise you might only get one chance in life. If I’m lucky enough to get that chance again, I’m hungrier than ever.”



Josh Risdon will be the only A-League player on the park for the Socceroos on Saturday but he is still harbouring ambitions of playing overseas. The defender has plied his trade domestically since 2010 and is a certain selection in coach Graham Arnold's starting line-up to play South Korea in a Brisbane this weekend.

Risdon admits the move from Perth Glory last year worked in his favour. And the 26-year old said his inclusion in the Socceroos squad meant the A-League remained a viable pathway to the green and gold, but that he maintained aspirations to join his national teammates abroad.

"I was looking to go overseas (when leaving Perth Glory) but nothing eventuated and at the time I'd fallen out of the national team," said Risdon, who joined Western Sydney Wanderers in May after seven seasons and 153 appearances for Glory.

"It was a goal of mine to go to Wanderers, be a part of national team and a World Cup then get a move overseas after that. It was a move that paid off and hopefully after another good season with Wanderers and the national team something might happen at the end of the season."



Perth marquee signing Diego Castro has failed another fitness test and will not line up against Adelaide United this afternoon. The Spaniard will miss his fourth consecutive A-League game after limping out of Glory’s pre-season friendly win over Rockingham City with a hamstring injury six weeks ago.

Glory had been expecting him to be fit for the start of the season and while coach Tony Popovic would love to have him available, he will not bring him back too quickly. “If it was up to him he would probably want to play now,” Popovic said.

“He’s not quite right for that, but it’s great to see him out on the field running, working hard. We know that he’s getting closer and closer. We feel he hasn’t got to the level where he’s joining in regularly with the team. We are not going to rush him.”

Popovic is expected to make one change from the team that defeated Brisbane Roar last weekend, with defender Scott Neville likely to come in for the suspended Tomi Mrcela. Veteran Dino Djulbic has also been brought into the extended squad.

Glory have not had a happy time at Coopers Stadium, with the home side losing just one of their past nine meetings in seven years. But Popovic believes his unbeaten team has the momentum to break the hoodoo against the Reds, who are also unbeaten.

“They are enjoying the start they have had, but they want more of it,” Popovic said. “If they want more of it they have got to keep working ... find those details that can help us to keep getting the results. The players come in every day, they work hard, they want to get better. They thrive on that.”



At AAMI Park in 2016, then Central Coast Mariners defender Storm Roux snapped his fibula, dislocated his shoulder and damaged ankle ligaments so badly that he needed surgery to repair them. The injuries read like the fallout from a car accident, but Roux sustained them without being touched by another player.

The right-back lunged to block a shot on goal, but as he fell to the ground his studs became stuck in the turf, meaning the New Zealand international's weight fell completely on his right leg and shoulder. Teammates and opposition players frantically called for medical help and tried to calm Roux as he lay on the ground.

"As soon as I went over I heard the snap," Roux recalls. "I went to grab the leg and I felt my shoulder was out of place so I just lay there thinking, 'How could this happen?' … The hardest part was getting surgery on both my ankle and shoulder pretty much at the same time and not being able to move and laying in bed for more than a month."

Roux was back to full fitness by round one the next season, although A-League off-season dragged because of the intense rehabilitation Roux had to do. "It's quite lonely in the off-season going in by yourself for rehab and then others come back in after you and they're training already and you're still on the sidelines," he said.

"Once I got back into full training and started that first game in late 2017 I never really thought about it again and it didn't affect me for games, it didn't even cross my mind. It was pretty unreal that you can get those injuries with not even being touched."

"I had a surgery to get the plates out because every time I got knocked on it that was quite sensitive but now I feel good. It was a couple of years ago now, it's all forgotten and I took that year after it happened to find my feet again and now I am hopefully over it."

Roux, 25, joined Victory from the Mariners in June of this year and has slotted in well at right back, scoring one goal and assisting another. This afternoon, when he lines up against his former side at AAMI Park, he looms as a crucial player given Victory have looked best this season when utilising the width Roux provides.

Although he parted ways with the Mariners by mutual consent, Roux admits his time in Gosford was sometimes a struggle. "There were a lot of challenges," he said. "I can't quite put my finger on one but the resources were a big factor. It was hard for a coach to come in and not have the resources that other clubs do and be able to get players other clubs can get."

"At the end of the day, you can try play as good football as you want, try get the structure right and all that but it is hard when over the four years - not saying the players were bad at the Mariners - but you don't have that standout guys other clubs sign that can really change the game."

Roux says he is excited about facing his former side. "Us as a team we have our groove and we've found our grit," Roux said. "That desperation is there so if we put it all together we can beat the Mariners. They've looked pretty good despite last week's loss, so we are wary of them. Every team that comes to AAMI Park to play us lifts their level."



Perth Glory moved to the top of the Hyundai A-League table after a 2-0 win against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium in Sunday afternoon's Remembrance round. Skipper Andy Keogh bagged his fourth goal of the season to set Tony Popovic's side on their way, before Chris Ikonomidis fired home on 90 minutes after good work from Fabio Ferreira to seal the win. "We have to be happy, coming here's not easy and they'd had a fantastic week having lifted the FFA Cup and then backed that up by with a great performance against Central Coast," Popovic said post-match. "But from the outset, I thought we were well and truly in the game, had some good opportunities and overall, got the result we deserved. We had a game plan to come and impose ourselves... and today it worked out. I'm delighted for the group that we got just rewards for an outstanding performance away from home and kept our first clean sheet against a very good opponent."

Glory made one change to the side that beat Brisbane Roar last week with Dino Djulbic coming in for the suspended Tomislav Mrcela, although many thought Scott Neville would come into the side, but he injured his ankle at training on Saturday and will sidelined for up to a month. It was a sombre start to proceedings with the ode to remembrance and the last post played as the whole country remembered the fallen who gave their lives to defend our country in the first word war - 'Lest we forget'

This was the game of the round and it was the Glory who opened the brighter and they went close to the lead on 12 minutes. Keogh received the ball in the middle of the park and the skipper's clever turn took him clear of his marker and he sent Joel Chianese racing into the box, he cut inside his marker, but his shot was touched onto the bar superbly by the alert Paul Izzo. Then six minutes later Glory almost handed the lead to the home side. Glory keeper Liam Reddy delayed his kick and Ben Halloran closed him down, and Reddy just managed to get a foot to the ball and he brought the midfielder down in the process. The home fans were shouting for a penalty, but VAR gave the Glory custodian the benefit of the doubt.

Glory went close again on 26 minutes, Ivan Franjic and Chianese combined down the right, and the wingers cross picked out Keogh, who didn't make contact well and his volley flashed wide. The Reds started to get into the game and had plenty of possession, but they were struggling to create any clear-cut chances, but on 41 minutes it looked like they had a penalty. Vince Lia's shot hit the arm of Shane Lowry and referee Chris Beath said it had accorded outside the box, but on the tv replays it looked if it had been inside. But after being advised by the VAR to have a look at the replays the referee, after speaking to both skippers, decided to stick to his original decision, it looked like Glory got away with one there.

The home side were on the front foot early in the second half and they went close to the opener on 54 minutes. The lively Craig Goodwin raced past Djulbic on the left and his cross found Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, whose header flashed wide of the upright. It was a real arm-wrestle with both sides probing for the opener, but it was Glory who found it on 73 minutes. Neil Kilkenny's corner was headed goal wards by Alex Grant, but Izzo produced another great safe, but the rebound fell to Keogh and the Irishman made no mistake from close-range and raced off to celebrate with the small pocket of Glory supporters. It was almost 2-0 sixty seconds later, Chianese sending Keogh clear into the box, but Izzo stood tall to save.

Adelaide pressed forward looking to restore parity, and it looked like Halloran was going to do so when he burst into the box on 77 minutes, but Lowry got back with a superb block. There was some desperate defending by the back three as Adelaide pressed, but Glory were picking them off on the counter attack and on 90 minutes they added a second to seal victory. Former Adelaide winger Ferreira was sent clear by Ikonomidis and he raced into the box before unselfishly squared the ball to Ikonomidis, who had continued his run, and he fired home into an empty net. They almost added a third in stoppage time, but Izzo, who had a superb game, produced a stunning save to deny Ferreira, and a reaction save from a deflected shot.

Adelaide United: GK Paul IZZO, 3 Scott GALLOWAY (2 Michael MARRONE 79'), 4 Ryan STRAIN, 6 Vince LIA (7 Ryan KITTO, 76'), 8 Isaías SÁNCHEZ (c), 11 Craig GOODWIN, 22 Michael JAKOBSEN, 23 Jordan ELSEY, 26 Ben HALLORAN, 31 Mirko BOLAND (10 Ken ILSØ 67'), 33 Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS - Subs not used: RGK Isaac RICHARDS, 16 Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS

Perth Glory: GK Liam REDDY, 2 Alex GRANT, 3 Jason DAVIDSON, 4 Shane LOWRY, 5 Ivan FRANJIC, 6 Dino DJULBIC, 7 Joel CHIANESE (22 Fabio FERREIRA 78'), 9 Andy KEOGH, 19 Chris IKONOMIDIS, 27 JUANDE (15 Brandon WILSON, 64'), 88 Neil KILKENNY - Subs not used: RGK Tando VELAPHI, 14 Chris HAROLD, 25 Walter SCOTT - Referee: Chris Beath



Perth Glory coach Tony Popovic has an almost fanatical attention to detail. And Alex Grant says that intensity has infused the side ahead of Sunday’s A-League clash with Adelaide United. Both clubs are unbeaten with Glory second on two wins and a draw while Adelaide are two points back in third with two draws and a win.

Grant said Glory were ready to stand up physically after picking up a few pointers in their pre-season 2-2 draw in Adelaide. “We are going to have to roll our sleeves up and give it to them,” defender Grant said. “We are expecting a physical, aggressive game, a quick-tempo game.”

Grant said the side had total faith in Popovic’s style, playing from the back with three central defenders and two wing-backs. “His attention to detail is unbelievable,” Grant said. “It’s those little details that can win you titles at the end of the day. We’ve put our trust in him and you listen to what he says. There’s a purpose to everything he does.”



Perth Glory have begun the 2018-19 Foxtel Y-League season on a high after a 2-1 win against Brisbane Roar at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday morning. An own goal from Roar defender Jordan Courtney-Perkins gave the hosts the lead before Abias Bukuru doubled their advantage before the break. Roar pulled one back late through second half substitute Emlyn Wellsmore, but it was too little too late. Glory midfielder Henry Hore said it was a great first up performance. “It was good performance from the boys and it’s always good to start the season with a win,” he said. “We had a good first half and deservedly led, but they got a bit of momentum after half time and scored late but it’s good to start off with a ‘W’.”

The home side made the perfect start and were ahead on 18 minutes. Hore sent the lively Ethan Brooks down the right, and his low cross was turned home by Courtney-Perkins, under pressure from Glory striker Jaidon Seldon. Brooks was a constant threat and he went close to doubling the lead five minutes later. Trent Ostler sending the winger in on goal, but he fired over the top. The visitors went close themselves moments later Mirza Muratovic raced into the box, but his shot was well saved by Jackson Lee.

Both sides had chances as the game opened up. Muratovic was in again on the half hour, but a great last-ditch tackle from Cameron Murray cleared the danger. Ostler then went close at the other end, but his curling shot was pushed around the post by Macklin Freke. But on the stroke of half time Glory doubled their lead. Quick feet by Seldon gave him space in the box and he fed Bukuru who made no mistake from close-range.

Roar opened the second half well and should have pulled one back on 50 minutes. Good work down the right by Lleyton Brooks ended with a cross to the back post to Daniel Leck, but with the goal at his mercy he failed to hit the target. Moments later skipper Stefan Nigro shot was well held by Lee. Glory almost pinched a third on the hour, but half-time substitute Jaydon Leader’s shot was saved low by Freke. Glory were defending well with Daniel Walsh, Murray and skipper Zayd Farah all outstanding, and they almost added a third with six minutes remaining.

Some great lead up play involved several players ended with Jack Leech, who’s shot flashed over the top. Roar found a lifeline in the final minute, Wellsmore was given far too much room on the edge of the box and his shot flew past Lee. Roar went within inches of the equaliser in stoppage time, when Isack Powell crossed to the unmarked Cristian Aloisi, son of the A-League assistant coach Ross, but the youngsters first time shot flashed inches wide of the far post.

Perth Glory: GK Jackson LEE, 2 Daniel WALSH (14 Nicholas McDONALD 90’+1), 3 Cameron MURRAY, 4 Zayd FARAH (C), 5 Henry HORE, 6 Jack LEECH, 7 Ethan BROOKS, 8 Abias BUKURU (17 Jordan Abrahams 75’), 9 Jaidon SELDON, 10 Sasa NJEGIC (16 Jaydon LEADER 46’), 11 Trent OSTLER - Subs not used: RGK Nicholas SPECA

Brisbane Roar: GK Macklin FREKE, 3 Kai TREWIN, 4 Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, 5 Isaack POWELL, 7 Lleyton BROOKS (19 Cristian ALOISI 80’), 8 Oliver DUNCAN (16 Eduardo CASTENEDA 39’), 9 Mirza MURATOVIC, 10 Bryce BAFFORD (2 Emlyn WELLSMORE 85’), 11 Daniel LECK, 14 Jay BARNETT, 15 Stefan NIGRO (C) - Subs not used: RGK Lachlan HUNTER - Referee: Adrien Liechti



With dwindling crowds and interest in the local game at an all-time low, many are saying has the NPLWA lost its appeal and identity among the locals? The Footballwa.net team have a look at some of the problems we believe are hindering the game in WA in a three-part article. Part One - It must be said first up the hard work from every club on and off the park to get their club running well will never change. Every club have those people who watch through thick and thin, but it's becoming a concern that the attendance in the NPLWA have fallen off dramatically over the past three seasons and the trend doesn't look like turning around anytime soon.

There seems to be many reasons behind this, and everyone has their opinion, but what do we need to turn this around? The major one which is mentioned on forums is no coverage of the game in the media, and that is a worrying one, but let’s have a look at it from the TV and newspapers perspective. With crowds between 60 to 200 at most games in the league, why would these organisations give a sport that can only pull those figures any publicity. Look in Sydney and Victoria, where crowds reach 1,000 up to 4,000 and those sorts of figures mean the local NPL has a far greater coverage than we do in the West. They have mainstream newspapers covering games in the sports section and live TV streaming and radio is available on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Before you jump up and down and say why isn't Football West doing anything about this, all clubs must first look at what they can do also. The Community newspapers are something we should use more to get our game out there to the local community. Every club have a media officer, who use the club’s social media platforms to get information out, and they could write a report on their game and send it to their local community paper, but not many clubs do this. I know Football West send all the NPL reports their own reporters do each week out to community papers, but we need more about the club’s inner workings, something a club media person could bring. Mentioning results from all teams at the club, plus the talented young players coming through the ranks and other club news to get the information out to people who have wandered away from their club and the game in recent seasons.

This article will continue next week in part two.

If you have any additional information on Western Australian soccer that we have left out, or if you would like to get in contact, email Jacob at jacob@footballwa.net

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