2018 Season Preview

National Premier Leagues WA

ARMADALE

State Championships: None
State Cups: None

2017 Season:
11th place

The Reds go into their 14th season in the top flight, and despite finishing in the same position (11th) last season, they were well away from the relegation zone and Head Coach John OíReilly will be looking to continue their improvement.

In 2017 their form was better on the road, with wins at ECU Joondalup, Mandurah City, Balcatta and Subiaco, and they held both top four finalists Bayswater City and Perth to draws.

They have added Dylan Da Silva (Western Knights), Kevin Castle (Mandurah) and Michael Rizidis (Olympic Kingsway), and they will be led again by skipper Nathan Costello.

He will be vital for the Alfred Skeet Reserve side, pinning a back five, which includes veteran David Annall. Itís at the other end they might struggle, Billy Quinncroft was top goalscorer with nine goals, while Kyle King chipped in with five, so they need to improve in the final third if they are to keep themselves ahead of the relegation zone.

But OíReilly will have his side well-organised and hard to break down, but if they struggle in front of goal they will struggle to get in to the top half of the table.

BALCATTA

State Championships: None
State Cups: None

2017 Season:
13th place

The Grindleford Park club have a new man at the helm in 2018, with Goran Static taking over from Salv Todaro. They avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth last season, and they need a win in the last game of the season against Mandurah to secure their survival.

It was a struggle last season and only three wins in the first eleven games put them behind the eight ball, but only two wins for the rest of the season left them hanging on, but the 2-0 win in the final game was enough to stay up.

Balcatta struggled in front of goal last season, only scoring 25 goals, which was the second lowest in the NPL, with Luccas Mello top scorer with eight, with Calum OíConnell the next best with three.

They have brought in State League Division One top goalscorer Adriano Jelenovic to solve that problem, and he has an eye for goal and Static will be hoping he can continue that in the NPLWA.

Also joining the club are Mathew Olango, Joseph Marino, Damien Stanoevski, Hayden Stevens and Kris Gate. It could be another tough test for the Red and Blacks, but if they get off to a good start a spot in the top half of the table is a possibility.

BAYSWATER CITY

State Championships: 4 (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
State Cups: 2 (2013, 2014)

2017 Season:
Champions

After a slow start to 2017, the Blue and Blacks came home like a train, and won the league title on the final day of the season. They went on to win the Top Four Finals Series, and Head Coach Chris Coyne hasnít rested on his laurels adding some quality to his side for 2018, and once again they will be the team to beat.

They lost four and drew five during the season, but won their last nine games of the season to take out the title. They were only the fourth highest scorers in the league, with Gustavo Giron-Marulanda scoring 20 goals, with Borbor Sam (8) and Luka Ninkovic (7) the next best.

They have added Arron Maplestone (Joondalup United), Gian Albano (Cockburn City), Clarke Keltie (Perth SC), Jake Sardelic (Armadale) and Adam Harris (Adelaide Blue Eagles), but they have also lost a number of players.

The inclusion of Albano is key, and his partnership with Giron-Marulanda could be a huge plus, and with experienced of Jason Mirco, Todd Howarth, Keltie and Maplestone in the middle of the park, and Trent Kay and Devon Gibson at the back, the fans at Frank Drago Reserve will see some great football Ė title favorites.

COCKBURN CITY

State Championships: 3 (1979, 1982, 1986)
Cup Winners: 3 (1983, 1984, 1985)

2017 Season:
9th Place

After a good start to 2017, the Cockerels fell away late, and missed out on the finals. Head Coach Scott Miller has put that behind him, and encouraged by a good Night Series, they go into 2018 eying an improvement.

They only scored 38 goals last season, with Gian Albano bagging 12 goals, with Daniel Robinson added five, and Harry OíBrien four. Albano has left the club but Miller has added some firepower up front, by signing Luccas Mello (Balcatta) and Tonci Skorich (Armadale), as they go in search of more goals.

Former Perth Glory midfielder Cameron Edwards leads the engine room of the Dalmatinac Park club, along with the experienced Ruben Tristao, while at the back Kieron Stallard and skipper Euen Grant will play huge roles. They have a number of talented youngster in their squad, and if they get the mix right a spot in the top half of the table is on the cards.

ECU JOONDALUP

State Championships: 1 (1999)
Cup Winners: 2 (1998, 2002)

2017 Season:
6th place

A good second half of the season for ECU Joondalup, saw them go undefeated, but they lost out on penalties in the PS4NPLWA Top Four Final Semi-Final, but they will take the momentum into this season. Gordon Smith led the goal scoring for the club, while a strong defence, including five straight clean sheets was a major contributing factor on their good run. Their Night series came to an end in the Quarter finals, and they have lost a couple of important players in Lewis Italiano and Ryan Lowry, but Coach Dale McCulloch has recruited well, bringing in Nathan Diaz, Danny Milne, Ross Millard, Jack Jones and Fraser Greenwood to fill the void. The Jacks have high expectations and will be in the mix for a top four finish.

It was a disappointing season for the Jacks in 2017, especially after a top four finish the previous season. But inconsistency and injuries hurt them and they finished sixth. Itís their 22nd season in the Premier League and they will be looking for their first title since 1999.

Head Coach Dale McCulloch has added some quality to his squad, signing Johnny Perkins, Shane Cassidy and Lukas De Lima (Stirling Lions), Adam Tong (Inglewood United), Josh Whitmore (Joondalup United), and they also have some good youngsters in the squad, but they have to get the mix right.

Scottish duo Gordon Smith and Daryl Nicol, both committed to the club again this season, and will be vital in front of goal. The club scored 56 goals last season, with the pair bagging 31 between them. If their new look side can get off to a good start a top four finish could be on the cards, but they need to tighten up at the back, after conceding the fourth most goals in the top six clubs.

Ross Millard was outstanding down the flanks last season, and with Andy Higgins returning from a year away from the game, plus the experience of former Perth Glory midfielder Steven McGarry, and a fully fit Tommy Amphlett, the Jacks could go close in 2018.

FLOREAT ATHENA

State Championships: 4 (1977, 1988, 1997, 2007)
State Cups: 5 (1987, 1988, 1989, 1997, 2009)

2017 Season:
5th Place

Floreat Athena head into the new season on a high after taking out the 2018 NPLWA Night Series Final, with a 3-1 win against Subiaco. Itís a perfect start for new Floreat Coach Howard Tweats, the Englishman took over from Glenn Grostate at the E&D Litis Stadium club, and they will be looking for their fifth Premier League title, their last was in 2007.

They missed out a spot in the Top Four Finals last season on goal difference, but two wins in their last seven games cost them. They had the second tightest defence in the league last season, but only scored 42 goals, the worst from the top six clubs. Jon Stynes was their leading goalscorer, bagging 15 goals for the season, with Dean Evans next with five.

Tweats has added Jamie Street (Stirling Lions), Calvin Whitney (Cockburn City), Keylun Pollard (ECU Joondalup) and Carlo Coelho, but he is looking to bring in a few more players. Evans and Ludovic Boi will once again be the driving force for Athena, and both were outstanding in the Night Series win, likewise Pollard, who the club have high expectations for the season.

With Jason Saldaris in excellent form between the sticks and Jesse Fuller, Dennis Galan and Chris Saldaris solid at the back, it could be their season, and they will be one of the favorites for the title.

FORRESTFIELD UNITED

State Championships: 1 (1974)
State Cups: None

2017 Season:
1st Place - Division One (Promoted)

The Hartfield Park club are growing both on and off the park, and promotion to the NPLWA has given this progressive club the opportunity to play at the top level. They earned promotion by beating Mandurah City in a tight two-game play-off. Head Coach Rod Banjac has assembled a talented young squad, and if they can get off to a good start they will cause a few surprises in 2018.

Skipper Liam Merigan was outstanding last season, along with Rhys Loxley, Scott Barker, Luke Martino and Mark Barnett, and they will all need to step up this season if the club are to be competitive. But they have added some talented players, with Thomas Southgate, Callum Roberts, Thomas Jebb, Slobodan Vulin and Callum Dobbs joining for their inaugural NPL season.

They are the new kids on the block and many will not have seen much of them, but Banjac, along with assistants Bobby Despotovski and Terry Brown, will have them playing attacking football, so itís exciting times ahead for the club.

The night series has provided them with a glimpse of what to expect in the NP, and they have stepped up in regards to our preparation for the season ahead, and the squad has embraced the extra demands required to compete at this level of competition. If they pick up early wins they could finish in the top half of the table, but time will tell.

INGLEWOOD UNITED

State Championships: 1 (1996)
State Cups: 2 (1977, 1999)

2017 Season:
Runners-Up

Inglewood United were pipped at the post again for the league title, but Andy Keogh will be hoping itís third time lucky in 2018. They only lost three games last season, but they drew seven, and in the end that cost them the title. Alex Salmon was the club and the Leagueís top goalscorer, the English striker bagging 29 goals, while Chok Dau and Kenny Keogh scoring nine each.

They were also tight at the back conceding only 33 goals, the third best in the league, with David Cyrus and Scott Blackmore outstanding. Keogh has added some quality to his squad this season, signing Steve Burton (Bayswater City), Ellis Healing (Cefn Druids, Wales), Jamie Murphy (Bayswater City), Scott Robertson (Broadmeadow Magic, New South Wales) and Miki Vujacic (Stirling Lions) and they will be there or thereabout come season ends.

They have kept most of last seasonís squad, with Jason Barrera and Brian Woodall in the middle of the park, while up top Ashley Rosindale, Keogh and Salmon will be dangerous. They are many pundits favorite for the title, but have they got the depth to press in 2018. Only time will tell but they will want to put last seasonís disappointment behind them and are hungry for success this time around.

JOONDALUP UNITED

State Championships: None
State Cups: None

2017 Season:
10th Place

In their first season in the NPLWA Joondalup United finished a creditable 10th place, but after a number of their experienced players moving on at the end of the season, itís made the squad look light.

Coach Nick Jennings has acted swiftly to fill the void adding Danny OíShea and Fraser Garnaut (ECU Joondalup), Elliot Tattersall (Perth SC), Johny Chalmers (Western Knights), Adam Buckley and Jake Benson-Cooper (Quinns FC), Callum Stocks, while he has promoted Luke Green and Sam Wynne from within the club.

They need to improve at the back, after conceding 60 goals, the second worse in the league, but scoring wasnít a problem, with Richard Howles the top scorer with 16 goals, with Arran Maplestone chipping in with 10 and Alex Wild 5, but the first two have moved on itís a concern where the goals will come from.

Former Scunthorpe United and Brighton midfielder Matthew Sparrow will be skipper in 2018, and his leadership will be vital for the young side, along with keeper James Bosdet. Rowdy Yates, Wild Ross Edwards and Jay Marston, all have big roles to play. Many have United for the drop, but they have a fighting spirit at the club, but they will need to show that each week if theyíre not too be involved in a relegation fight.

PERTH

State Championships: 21 (1960, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1981, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016)
State Cups: 11 (1960, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1981, 1990, 1993, 2001, 2005)

2017 Season:
3rd Place

Beaten in the Top Four Finals last season, Perth SC go into their 70th anniversary season full of optimism, and they looked good in the Night Series. They had the best defence in the league last season, conceding only 30 goals, and a lot of that came down to keeper Francis Soale and central defender Adrian Madaschi, both were colossuses last season. They were also good going the other way, scoring 60 goals the second best in the league, with Gustavo Catarcione leading the way with 19 goals, and he was assisted by Niccolo Sabatini (14) and Frank Furfaro (7)

They will be looking for their 22nd Premier League title, and they will hoping to keep Dorrien Gardens as a fortress, after only losing once their last season. Head Coach Ramon Falzon has added striker Richard Howles from Joondalup United and has also elevated two of the club young players with Kristian Santich and Malek Kuc both joining the first team squad this season.

Perth will again relay on the talented Andreas Theodosiades in the middle of the point, while the hard working Harley Orr shone last season. Others who impressed last season were Alex Silla, Aleks Jovic, Rocco Pizzata and Kieran Colwell, but all need to continue to improve if they are to challenge the top four, but once again Perth will be in the mix for the title.

PERTH GLORY

State Championships: None
State Cups: None

2017 Season:
12th Place

The Glory youngsters are coming off a hard fought Foxtel Y-League, and they ended the season well, and were unbeaten in their last four games, winning three including Conference winners Melbourne City. Head Coach John Gibson will be hoping they can continue that good form into the new NPL season, and improve on last seasonís 12th place. They struggled in front of goal last season only scoring 28 goals, the third worse in the league.

They won four games in 2017, away at Armadale in the first round, but they had to wait till round six for the next, a 2-1 win at Mandurah. There other wins were against Cockburn City home and away and Mandurah again. Itís a new look squad in 2018, but Luke Bodnar, Jack Leech, Ollie Annis and Bayley Montgomery-Brown are in the second seasonís and will need to step up if they are to stay clear of the relegation zone.

The squad is bristling with talent, with Daniel Stynes, Riley Warland, Yagoub Mustafa, Callum Timmins and Walter Scott all having A-League experience this season. But they must continue to match the physicality of the league, and if they can do that, and take their chances when they come around they will surprise a few teams this season.

SORRENTO

State Championships: 4 (2001, 2006, 2008, 2012)
State Cups: 3 (2011, 2012, 2015)

2017 Season:
4th Place

Itís a successful season for The Gulls, a spot in the Top Four Finals, the State League Cup Final and becoming the first WA State League side to reach the last 16 of the Westfield FFA Cup. But knowing Coach Jamie Harnwell he would have been a little disappointed they couldnít bring any silverware home to Perth Doyle Reserve.

Harnwell has acted quickly by added some good players for this season, bringing in Cameron Teece (Stirling), Godwin Darkwa Ė (Waitakere United, New Zealand), Jordan Roberts Ė (Reno 1868 in the USL, USA), keeper Anastasis Farsaleas (Dianella White Eagles), while Salter also returns from New Zealand. Sean Canham was the clubs top goalscorer last season,bagging 15 goals, but the big striker will miss most of this season after a serious injury. Salter finished with seven goals and Reece Vittiglia six, but they will have to find a new route to goal in 2018.

The Gulls are full of experience, but do they have the depth. Former Motherwell defender Steven McDonald, pinning a tight defence with Daryl Platten and Shaun Kilkelly, in front of experienced keeper James Morgan, while Scott Witschge, Teece and Reece Vittiglia will be their avenues to goal. Once again Harnwell and Steve Neville will have the Gulls pushing for the finals.

STIRLING LIONS

State Championships: 6 (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1994, 1995)
State Cups: 6 (1980, 1992, 1996, 2006, 2007, 2010)

2017 Season:
7th Place

There is a new man at the helm at Macedonia Park, with Keegan Ashley stepping up to replace Rob Milevski who stood down at the end of last season. It was a disappointing season for the Lions, slipping away to finish seventh and Ashley has been working hard to improve the squad.

Itís their 16th season in the top flight of WA Football, and skipper Darren OíRiordan will again be vital for the side at the back. Ashley has added some experience, bringing in Scottish duo Liam Henderson (former Hearts and Falkirk defender) and Dean Cummings (former Livingstone midfielder.

He has also added David Filippou, Robert Petkov, Dhour Chol, Abu Delleh and Mathew Cherrie, and he also has David Micevski back, the former Perth Glory midfielder missed most of last season due to injury, and they have a good mix of youth and experience.

Daniel Micevski was the top scorer with seven, while Alex Tanevski and Moses Kalau adding six each, but they only scored 40 goals, which was the worst in the top half of the table, and Ashley will be looking for a huge improvement in that area of the park. They need to improve their away form, only winning twice on the road last season, but have they got the depth for a top four finish - only time will tell.

SUBIACO AFC

State Championships: None
State Cups: None

2017 Season:
8th Place

Subiaco were the big improvers last season, and Ian McMurray had his side playing good football, and they ended the season in eighth spot, which is their highest ever position in the NPLWA. It will be their fifth season in the NPLWA and most seasonís they are the favorites for relegation, but not this one.

A good Night Series campaign bodes well for the season, and the Coach has added a few new faces to the squad, bringing in Jackson Dongray, Albert Luwi, Fanuel Dawit, Cherno Bah and Daniel Pearce.

They struggled in front of goal last season, with Jordan Candlish top scorer with only seven goals, with David Perich and McMurray adding five apiece, they will have to improve on this if they are to climb the table.

Perich struggled with injury in pre-season, but he was strong in the Night Series Final loss to Floreat and he will be vital in the middle of the park alongside Alex Randell and Ross Jarman. Skipper Ryan Montgomery was in fine form last season, while Alex Castiello and Steve Purton were solid at the back, if their young players can shine, it looks bright for 2018.

The Rosalie Park side will surprise many this season, but they wonít be flying under the radar like last so if they can keep their form up, a spot in the top half of the table is on the cards.

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NPL-WA table NPL-WA table   NPL-WA table NPL-WA table
Bayswater City Bayswater City 1 Perth Perth
ECU Joondalup Floreat Athena 2 Bayswater City Bayswater City
Perth Inglewood United 3 Floreat Athena Floreat Athena
Inglewood United Perth 4 Sorrento Sorrento
Sorrento Sorrento 5 Cockburn City Inglewood United
Floreat Athena ECU Joondalup 6 Inglewood United Cockburn City
Cockburn City Forrestfield United 7 Subiaco AFC ECU Joondalup
Subiaco AFC Subiaco AFC 8 ECU Joondalup Joondalup United
Stirling Lions Cockburn City 9 Stirling Lions Stirling Lions
Forrestfield United Armadale 10 Joondalup United Subiaco AFC
Armadale Stirling Lions 11 Forrestfield United Perth Glory
Perth Glory Joondalup United 12 Perth Glory Forrestfield United
Joondalup United Perth Glory 13 Armadale Armadale
Balcatta Balcatta 14 Balcatta Balcatta
         
State Cup Winners State Cup Winners   State Cup Winners State Cup Winners
Inglewood United Floreat Athena   Bayswater City Floreat Athena
         
Cup Runners-Up Cup Runners-Up   Cup Runners-Up Cup Runners-Up
Perth ECU Joondalup   Joondalup United Inglewood United
         
Top Four Cup Winners Top Four Cup Winners   Top Four Cup Winners Top Four Cup Winners
Bayswater City Floreat Athena   Bayswater City Perth
         
Gold Medal Winner Gold Medal Winner   Gold Medal Winner Gold Medal Winner
Daryl Nicol (ECU Joondalup) Rhys Loxley (Forrestfield United)   Dean Evans (Floreat Athena) Dean Evans (Floreat Athena)
         

State League Division One

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State League Division One table State League Division One table   State League Division One table State League Division One table
Dianella White Eagles Fremantle City 1 Gwelup Croatia Mandurah City
Gwelup Croatia Gwelup Croatia 2 Fremantle City Western Knights
UWA-Nedlands FC Dianella White Eagles 3 Dianella White Eagles UWA-Nedlands FC
Western Knights Morley-Windmills 4 Morley-Windmills South West Phoenix
Morley-Windmills Ashfield 5 Western Knights Gwelup Croatia
South West Phoenix Western Knights 6 UWA-Nedlands FC Fremantle City
Fremantle City Mandurah City 7 Rockingham City Morley-Windmills
Mandurah City UWA-Nedlands FC 8 Mandurah City Dianella White Eagles
Ashfield Joondalup City 9 Ashfield Rockingham City
Rockingham City Rockinham City 10 South West Phoenix Joondalup City
Joondalup City South West Phoenix 11 Joondalup City Ashfield
         

State League Division Two

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State League Division Two table State League Division Two table   State League Division Two table State League Division Two table
Wanneroo City Kingsway Olympic 1 Wanneroo City Wanneroo City
Kingsway Olympic Wanneroo City 2 Kingsway Olympic Kingsway Olympic
Quinns FC Canning City 3 Gosnells City Gosnells City
Murdoch University Melville Kelmscott Roos 4 Quinns FC Curtin University
Gosnells City Balga 5 Balga Balga
Kelmscott Roos Murdoch University Melville 6 Murdoch University Melville Kelmscott Roos
Balga Gosnells City 7 Kelmscott Roos Murdoch University Melville
Canning City Curtin University 8 Swan United Shamrock Rovers
Swan United Shamrock Rovers Perth 9 Canning City Swan United
Curtin University Swan United 10 Curtin University Quinns FC
Shamrock Rovers Perth Quinns FC 11 Shamrock Rovers Perth Canning City
         
Promotion/Relgation Play-off Winners
(9th, 10th Div1, 2nd, 3rd Div 2)
Promotion/Relgation Play-off Winners
(9th, 10th Div1, 2nd, 3rd Div 2)
  Promotion/Relgation Play-off Winners
(9th, 10th Div1, 2nd, 3rd Div 2)
Promotion/Relgation Play-off Winners
(9th, 10th Div1, 2nd, 3rd Div 2)
Ashfield Wanneroo City   Ashfield Joondalup City

Amateur League Premier Division

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Amateur League Premier Division table Amateur League Premier Division table   Amateur League Premier Division table Amateur League Premier Division table
Kingsley North Perth United 1 Kingsley Wembley Downs
Wembley Downs Kingsley 2 North Perth United North Perth United
North Perth United Wembley Downs 3 Leeming Strikers Kingsley
Leeming Strikers UWA-Nedlands FC Amateurs 4 Kwinana United UWA-Nedlands FC Amateurs
Kwinana United Leeming Strikers 5 UWA-Nedlands FC Amateurs Subiaco AFC Amateurs
Belmont Villa Belmont Villa 6 Jaguar FC Hamersley Rovers
Hamersley Rovers Ellenbrook United 7 Ellenbrook United Kwinana United
Southern Spirit Kwinana United 8 Subiaco AFC Amateurs Leeming Strikers
Subiaco AFC Amateurs Hamersley Rovers 9 Wembley Downs Ellenbrook United
Ellenbrook United Southern Spirit 10 Belmont Villa Jaguar FC
UWA-Nedlands FC Amateurs Subiaco AFC Amateurs 11 Hamersley Rovers Belmont Villa
Jaguar FC Jaguar FC 12 Southern Spirit Southern Spirit
         
Amateur Cup Winners Amateur Cup Winners   Amateur Cup Winners Amateur Cup Winners
North Perth United Kingsley   North Perth United North Perth United
       
Cup Runners-Up Cup Runners-Up   Cup Runners-Up Cup Runners-Up
Wembley Downs Wembley Downs   Ellenbrook United Kingsley

Amateur League First Division

Final Table Prediction

 1 Joondalup United Amateurs
 2 Stirling Panthers
 3 Port Kennedy
 4 Gosnells City Amateurs
 5 Maddington White City
 6 Warnbro Strikers 
 7 South Perth United
 8 Quinns FC Amateurs
 9 Perth Royals
10 Ballajura AFC
11 Queens Park 

Amateur League Second Division

Final Table Prediction

 1 Carramar FC
 2 East Perth
 3 Emerald FC
 4 Floreat Athena Amateurs
 5 Peel United 
 6 Perth Hills United
 7 Forrestfield United Amateurs
 8 Brooklands FC
 9 North Beach 
10 Maccabi
11 Cracovia White Eagles
12 Curtin University Amateurs

Amateur League Third Division

Final Table Prediction

 1 Fraser Park
 2 Noranda City
 3 Subiaco AFC Amateurs "B"
 4 Canning City Amateurs
 5 Kingsway Olympic Amateurs
 6 La Fiamma
 7 Westnam United
 8 Forrestfield United Amateurs "B"
 9 Stirling Lions Amateurs
10 Kalamunda United
11 Lynwood United 
12 Caversham Athletic

Amateur League Fourth Division

Final Table Prediction

 1 Fremantle City Amateurs
 2 Baldavis
 3 Swan Valley
 4 Woodvale
 5 Yanchep United
 6 Bassendean Caledonian
 7 Murdoch University Melville Amateurs
 8 Mandurah City Amateurs
 9 Kingsley "B"
10 Joondalup United Amateurs "B"
11 UWA-Nedlands FC Amateurs "B"
12 Armadale Amateurs

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