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THIS WEEK ON THE WORLD FOOTBALL PROGRAMME

This Saturday on The World Football Programme on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM at 10am, Penny Tanner will be hosting with on Evans and John O'Connell. Guests will be Floreat Athena coach Glen Grostate, Cockburn City's Andy Thorburn, Mandurah City coach Doug Hesketh, Football West's Jonathon Cook and NTC coach Jessine Bonzas. The agenda includes cup finals and local news, league wraps and state representation, Perth Glory, Hall of Fame, Socceroos and Matildas Join the conversation Saturday from 10am on talk back via 9494 2100 or text in your comments to 0408 921 832.

22.7.2016

COOL RIDGE CUP FINAL PREVIEW

On Saturday all the roads will lead to Dorrien Gardens as the Final of the Cool Ridge Cup final takes centre stage of WA Football, with Cockburn City taking on Floreat Athena (3.00pm) Cockburn City will be looking for their first Cup success under their identity, although Spearwood Dalmatinac won the cup three times in the 80’s. They went close in 2007, but were beaten in the Final by Stirling Lions 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out. This season in the Fourth Round they beat Mandurah City 3-1 at home, and in the Fifth Round shocked League Champions Bayswater City 2-0 again at home. In the Sixth Round they beat Division One side Gosnells City 5-1 at home, before getting some revenge for the 2007 cup final loss beat Stirling 2-1 in the Semi-Final at Macedonia Park.

Cockburn skipper Euen Grant said Saturday’s opponents are a very good team, but they are looking forward to the challenge. “Floreat are a dangerous team we will need to be switched on for the 90 minutes, “he said “We’ve only played them once this season, and we fought out a 1-1 draw at their place, and that was a tight game, and I'm expecting the same again this weekend.” Grant, who played for Falkirk and Airdrie United in Scotland between 2010 and 2012, before heading down under, said they go into the game with a plan and they believe it will bring them success. “Floreat have threats all over the pitch, so we can’t just focus on one or two players,” he said. “We have to keep our shape and stick to Scott (Miller) game plan and hopefully we’ll come out on top.”

It’s a massive few weeks for the Cockerels with the FFA Cup tie against Melbourne City on the horizon, but Grant said they will be looking to make history on Saturday and bring home the first Cup for Cockburn City. “No doubt it's a massive few weeks for the club with two big league games in between the cup games. The lads are buzzing in training and are looking forward to the games ahead,” he explained. “We do have a chance to make a bit history by becoming the first Cockburn team to win a cup, we’ll just enjoy the occasion and fingers crossed we get the result we want at the end of the day.” Cockburn will be missing Ryan Barker who is overseas, but apart from that they are at full strength.

Floreat Athena didn’t enter the competition until the Fifth Round when they beat UWA-Nedlands 5-1 at home, before coming from behind in the Sixth Round to beat Armadale 6-3 at home. Then in the Semi-Final they travelled to Inglewood United and came home with an impressive 9-2 win. They have won the Cup on five occasions, the latest a 3-1 win against Inglewood United in 2009, and skipper Ludovic Boi said they are determined to add another one on Saturday. “This game will be massive for both clubs wanting to bring some silverware, but all the boys are up for the game, it's huge for us and the club,” he said. “We want to bring that cup home to Floreat Athena and hopefully we will be able to play some good football and get the job done.”

Boi said Cockburn are a well organised side and have dangerous players that can hurt you if you let them. “We've only played Cockburn once this year in the season so it will be interesting to see how both team have improved. They are well organised and will be tough to break down. But that's the magic of the cup, it's anyone's game on the day so I think we will let them worry about us,” he said. “It's a team effort and we will need to be at our best to make their job hard. We know where there strengths and weakness and it about being able to use that to our advantage. I'm sure they have done their homework and will have a game plan as well as both team goes all out.”

Boi, who joined Floreat after stints with Perth Glory and Stirling Lions, said the club are really motivated with two massive cup games coming up, but they must take it one game at a time. “The Melbourne City game will be in our heads until the big day comes but we can't let that take the focus off the final which is just as big,” he explained. “It's not every day we get to play full time professionals and test ourselves against them, but I know it’s a cliché, but we’ll take it one game at a time and focus on what's now and not what's ahead.” In team news Dean Evans is cup-tied and will miss the game, but Blair Govan and Chris Saldaris return from suspension. Bobby Wilson is in doubt and will have a late fitness test.

22.7.2016

COOL RIDGE RESERVES CUP FINAL REVIEW

This year’s Cool Ridge Reserves Cup final sees current league leaders Bayswater City taking on ECU Joondalup at Dorrien Gardens. (12.45pm) In the First round ECU travelled to Mandurah City and came home with a 3-0 win, before beating Balcatta 5-2 in the Second Round. In the Quarter-Finals they scored late to beat Perth Glory 1-0, before edging out Stirling Lions 5-3 on penalties at Macedonia Park in the Semi-Final.

ECU Joondalup Coach Howard Tweets said Bayswater are playing well and the table doesn’t lie. “By right and with merit Bayswater sit top of the 20's league currently and will arrive at the final with confidence,” he said. “Having played out a 1-1 draw earlier this season the nature of the game was a rather flat lack luster affair from both sides and I don't think either myself or Chris (Barbas) learned a great deal from the game. Being lower on the ladder will in many eyes promote Bayswater as favourites for success which will suit us not having to live up to that expectation.”

When asked what his final words will be to his chargers before the game, Tweets said he will give the players confidence and tell them to go out and shine. “The instruction will contain a message around play with no inhibitions, give all you can in passion, energy and intensity,” he explained. “A final is a stage, with family, friends and supporters present, and importantly the prying eyes Managers and Coaches, so as a young player now is the time to shine, deliver a performance they are proud of and show all mentioned that they as a player have arrived.” Striker James Owen is in fine form, bagging six goals at Perth three weeks ago, while Ollie Annis and keeper Todd Hoyle will need to be at their best if they are to win.

Bayswater didn’t enter the competition until the Second Round when they went to Second Division side Kelmscott Roos and won convincingly 11-1. In the Quarter-Final they beat Sorrento 3-1, before beating Floreat Athena in the Semi-Final by the same score. Coach Chris Barbas said Saturday’s opponents will be up for the game. “No doubt the ECU team doesn’t reflect their current standing on the ladder,” he said. “They will be at full strength, well organised and pumped with adrenalin, that’s why we will be giving them the upmost respect come the day.”

Barbas, who coached Floreat Athena first team to the Cup Semi-Final in 2012, was asked what his final words will be to his chargers before the game, and he said just go out and enjoy it. “Like always I tell the player before every game, and it won’t change on Saturday,” he said. “It will be just a reminder to the team about our game plan and go out and play as a team and enjoy the game day.” Although Barbas will be looking for a complete team effort, skipper Alex Wild will have a huge role to play for City, while top goalscorer Luka Ninkovic will have to be watched closely by ECU.

22.7.2016

COOL RIDGE UNDER 18’S CUP FINAL REVIEW

This season’s Cool Ridge Under18’s Cup Final sees Inglewood United taking on Cockburn City at Dorrien Gardens on Saturday. (10.00am) Inglewood opened their campaign with a hard fought 2-0 win against Perth SC in the First Round, before beating Stirling Lions 4-1 in the Second Round. In the Quarter-Final they travelled to Balcatta and came home with a 2-0 win, setting up a Semi-Final clash with Floreat Athena were they prevailed 3-1.

Inglewood Coach Richard Abrams said they have played Cockburn three times this season and haven’t won, but said he is confident they can change that on Saturday. “We go into the game having two draws and a defeat against them, so we are very keen to even things up,” he said. “They are well organized and play the game in the right spirit so I am expecting a good contest. Our road to the final has been very tough having faced Perth, Stirling, Balcatta and Floreat all NPL clubs, however we have scored 11 goals in the process and conceded only two so despite our league positioning we have good cup form this term.”

Abrams, who coached Perth SC under 18’s to cup success in the past, said the cup run has been a great learning curve for his players, but they have come out on top and he believes his player will be ready for the challenge. “We have a very young side and the fact that not one single player has ever featured in a cup final makes it extra special too,” he said. “My assistant Daniel Stoitis and I have featured in many finals as both a player and Coach so we will be passing on all our experiences to the lads and hope we can help guide them to a winner’s medal.”

We also asked Abrams what he would say to his side as they leave the dressing room for the game, and he said they need to relax and play their normal game. “The players have had lots of kind words and advice from many people all week, but we will be asking the lads to relax, enjoy the game and request they put their best foot forward,” he explained. “On our day we know what we can do and we will be treating the game with the respect the cup deserves. Playing at Dorrien Gardens, for me the best ground in the NPL will make the day even more special. We will prepare the lads throughout the week on the track and hope come 10.00am they don’t get too nervous and put on a good solid display.”

The leadership of skipper Samuel Brennan will be vital on the day, while top goalscorer Nic Challot will again be important for Inglewood. Abrams was reluctant to name individuals but midfielder’s Kieran Patterson and Tyler Garner, defender Nelson Tshongo and striker Brian Mashingaidze will also need to be at their best if Inglewood are to win the under 18’s cup for the first time.

Cockburn thrashed Kelmscott Roos 6-1 in the First Round, before coming out on top against Bayswater City 5-4 on penalties in the Second Round after the game ended 4-4 in normal time. In the Quarter-Finals they edged out Sorrento 3-2, and then thrashed Subiaco 7-2 in the Semi-Final. Cockburn Coach John Loreto knows the hard work the players have put in to their Cup run and said they head into the game full of confidence. “It’s always great for the players and club to win the cup grand final for all the hard work they have put in they deserve it,” he said. “The players are confident that they can achieve a positive outcome on Grand Final day.”

When asked what he would say to his players prior to kick off Loreto said it would be just plain and simple. “Take the opportunity playing in a Grand Final, most of all enjoy the moment work hard and you should reap the rewards, “he said. "It will take a team effort to win on Saturday, and all players will need to step up and play well to win the game.” The Cockerels youngsters have been led by Hudson Bliss this season and his influence, plus leading goalscorer Riley Van Dieken will be vital if they are to take out the Final. It should be a great encounter, get down to watch the youngsters in action – Kick off is 10.00am

20.7.2016

VALE VAN HOEK (courtesy footballwest.com.au)

Ashfield stalwart and friend of football John Van Hoek passed away peacefully in the company of family on Wednesday morning. The former Ashfield president was one of the club’s most dedicated servants, a fact recognised with the naming of the John M Van Hoek grandstand at the club in 2013. Van Hoek was born in Holland and grew up in Den Bosch before moving to Melbourne in 1954. He moved to Ashfield in 1966 and in 1976 he coached the newly formed Ashfield Dynamo club. In the following decades Van Hoek made a ceaseless contribution to the club and the sport in the decades that followed.

20.7.2016

OLDHAM PICK UP BURGESS

English League One side Oldham Athletic have taken centre-back Cameron Burgess on loan from Fulham for the rest of the year. Burgess, 20, played a big part in a similar half-season spell at Cheltenham Town last season when he helped the Robins win promotion from the National League to League Two.

An Australia youth international, Burgess is looking forward to playing in England’s third tier. "I want to get experience and in playing in such a good division, progress working with my new team-mates and manager," Burgess said. "As a squad, we want to take a game at a time and do as well as we can."

"I would consider Cheltenham to be better than any other teams in the Conference - no disrespect to other sides in that league - and we showed that. The step up will be a challenge, but it's something I am really looking forward to."

20.7.2016

MURRAY JOINS HALL OF FAME CELEBRATIONS

Australian football broadcasting icon Les Murray will be a Special Guest Speaker at the Football Hall of Fame WA's 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner/Induction Night at Crown Perth on November 26. Hall of Fame chairman Louis Prospero said it was a considerable coup to have Murray attend what promises to be a night to remember. "Les was the best-known face of the game for many years and he is respected and admired throughout Australia. We are delighted that he has agreed to grace what is a milestone event in our efforts to preserve the history of the game in WA," said Prospero.

Murray said: "It is with great honour that I attend the 2016 Football Hall of Fame Western Australia celebrations. From afar I have long watched with admiration the great work being done by the football community of Western Australia. "Much has been achieved ever since the Western Australian Soccer Football Association was formed in 1896. Many of our greatest Socceroos came out of the West. The creation of Perth Glory in 1995 was one of the benchmark, pioneering events in our country's football history. "I look forward very much to catching up with my many friends in the West."

Known throughout Australia as Mr Football, Murray has been the face and voice of the game for several decades in his role as host of The World Game, and many other footballing events, on SBS. After 34 years with the Sydney-based TV channel, he retired from full-time duties in 2014 but still makes occasional appearances to voice his expertise on football matters. He joined SBS Television in 1980, and his many roles have included being the anchor and executive producer of the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, the FA Cup Final, Australia's National Soccer League (NSL) and covered all of the Socceroos' World Cup campaigns between 1986 and 2006. Along with his late friend and cohort, the former Socceroos captain Johnny Warren, Les is credited with causing the immense rise in awareness and popularity of football in Australia in the past two decades. It was Les who coined the label 'the world game' in the mid-1980s to describe his beloved sport, a phrase that has since become not only a term of common usage, but a brand in itself.

In 2006 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. He is a member of Football Federation Australia's Hall of Fame. He is a former chairman of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Sports Group and is a director of the Johnny Warren Football Foundation. In 2009 Les received the Australian Sports Commission's Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to sports journalism. Les's authority and rich experience in sports journalism, broadcasting and business, make him a much sought-after figure, opinion-maker, writer, raconteur and skilled speaker. He has spoken at the United Nations and at many international forums. He is a former a member of FIFA's Ethics Committee. *To book tickets to the 20th Anniversary event (cost $180 each) email admin@footballhalloffamewa.com.au

19.7.2016

BIRIGHITTI COMPLETES SWANSEA MOVE

Perth-born Mark Birighitti has completed his dream transfer to English Premier League side Swansea City, but don't expect the talented goalkeeper to have his head turned by the big time. 25-year old Birighitti yesterday finalised a two-year deal with Swansea, with the option of an extra twelve months, following a stand-out season with A-League club Newcastle Jets.

But amid the excitement of hopefully testing himself against the likes of Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and new Manchester United superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Birighitti is steeling himself for the more immediate task of trying to dislodge current Swans number one Lukasz Fabianski. "It's been a long wait dealing with a few offers, so to come to this stage signing for Swansea City it's a dream come true," Birighitti said.

"It's going to be a huge test but I always play my best when there's a challenge in front of me. As a young footballer growing up, you dream of playing for the Socceroos. But going to the Premier League, it's a huge honour. Fabianski is a great goalkeeper who's got a wealth of experience. He played with Arsenal and recently he was enormous for Poland in the Euros. It'll be great to go and work with him and pick his brain and work with one of the best in England."

"But, of course, it'll be my job to put pressure on him and be better than him each day at training. The good thing about English football is there are so many games. Not only the Premier League, but there's the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup. My main aim is to perform well day in, day out at training and prove to the coaches and everyone at the football club why I should be there ... so when I get the opportunity to play for the first team I take it with both hands."

Birighitti, capped once by Australia in 2013, played his juniors days at Perth SC and ECU Joondalup. In 2007 he moved into the A-League with Adelaide United, where much of his five seasons was spent as understudy to Eugene Galekovic. A 2012 switch to Newcastle brought regular first team football with Birghitti making 78 appearances across four campaigns.

But it's not all been plain sailing. A potential move to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in early 2014 fell through at the eleventh hour, and eighteen months ago he had an unsuccessful loan spell with Italian side AS Varese. That move could turn out to be the making of Birighitti, who met the man who has played no small part in his move to Swansea.

"During my time in Italy, the sporting director at the time was Gabriele Ambrosetti, who is now an assistant at Swansea," Birighitti said. "He's a great person, very well respected and me and him get along very, very well. I'm looking forward to linking up with him and the head coach Francesco Guidolin and the rest of the players."

Birighitti was recalled to the Socceroos squad in May this year after a two-year absence and sat on the bench for the games against England and Greece. "While I was with the Socceroos squad in England and back in Australia, I spoke to a few of the players who have played in England, like Mile (Jedinak), Fedders (Adam Federici) and Timmy Cahill, asking what to expect if I went," he explained.

"They gave me a lot of good advice and there's a lot of Australians over in the UK who I can always catch up with them. There are also my agents Frank Trimboli and (former Socceroo) Vince Grella. Since I was first introduced to them a year-and-a-half ago they've been absolutely fantastic. It can be frustrating at times because they don't really say too much, and the whole Swansea thing I've only known about it for two or three weeks. They're fantastic people who want the best for their players."

Birighitti also praised the coaching team at Newcastle who helped him achieve his dream - and the family who instilled in him an unbending work ethic, even if it meant climbing out of bed before dawn for practice as a 10-year old. "My dad (Carlo) has done so much for me," he said. "He was my first ever coach, dragging me out of bed, taking me to training at six o'clock in the morning. He's such an inspiration, and my mum (Fran) and sister and brother-in-law. They make sure nothing gets in the way of me excelling in my football career."

"There's also the team at the Jets who came in last year. Scotty Miller, the coach, Jean-Paul de Marigny and Jess Vanstratten, the Jets goalkeeping coach and the one that will always be there for me. I probably wouldn't be in this position if it wasn't for him. He's been enormous in my career in this past year. Coming back from Italy he has helped me grow as a player and person - he's given me so much belief. I just can't thank him enough."

18.7.2016

GRIFFITHS AND TOMBIDES JOIN GLORY ON FILIPINO TOUR

Rostyn Griffiths and Taylor Tombides have joined Perth Glory on trial during the club's tour of the Philippines. Glory's 30-man travelling party flew out of Perth today for a three-game tour against a series of local sides including the Filipino national team.

Griffiths, 28, left Dutch club Roda JC in April after one season, having previously parted company with Glory the season prior to try his luck in Europe. Tombides, who played juniors with West Ham United and Hull City, is a free agent after an unsuccessful trial at Southend United.

18.7.2016

MAKAROUNAS: GAME TIME WOULD BE A PASS MARK

Adelaide United new signing Jesse Makarounas says regular game time with the Reds would warrant a personal pass mark at the end of next season. Adelaide kicked off their pre-season preparations a fortnight ago with 22-year old Makarounas training for the second time this week.

Makarounas looks to reinvigorate his career after stagnating last season failing to live up to expectations set upon him three years ago when he signed for Melbourne Victory. The midfielder is now looking forward to a new chapter playing at Coopers Stadium and hoped the experience he gained from playing in the Asian Champions League would help Adelaide.

"That's the downside of being successful, but you get to play in a different competition in a season and the Champions League is a great competition," Makarounas said. "You play against some good clubs, there were really good players I saw last season and all the boys are really looking forward to those extra games."

Makarounas was also keen on defending the title Adelaide achieved last season and drew a correlation to the difficult task his former club had in their last campaign defending their 2015 trophy. "I'm here to learn, you never stop learning as a footballer," he said. "My aim is to become a better player and to improve every day."

"There's some great people in my position in this team I can learn from and I'll definitely be speaking to them to develop myself as a footballer. Last year I was a part of a team that was the hunted and it makes every game of the year so much harder because it puts a target on your back. It's going to be a very hard season for us and I'm looking forward to the challenge."

Makarounas also considered the season would be a personal success if he received regular game time from coach Guillermo Amor. "I just want to play every game, I wouldn't have come here if I didn't want to play every game," he said. "It's not just about myself personally, it's about the team and playing whichever position I can contribute to the team and help the team win is a pass mark for me."

16.7.2016

ALL SQUARE AT A WET MACEDONIA PARK

The rain came but it couldn’t spoil an entertaining game as Stirling Lions and Inglewood United played out a 0-0 draw at Macedonia Park. The score line did no justice to a game that had tightly contested battles, fought in tough conditions, and Lions Coach Rob Milevski said a draw was a fair result given the circumstances. “Obviously the weather made it very tough to play any sort of style of football, in the second half it was tough even to just move the ball on the floor,” he said. “We were a little bit unlucky not to snatch it in the end but I think a draw was probably a fair result.”

Inglewood had the wind at their backs in the first half and dominated the early stages, and Adam Tong almost broke the deadlock on 11 minutes, his long range effort was superbly saved by John Perkins. The visitors then lost influential striker Brian Woodall seven minutes later, but it didn’t stop United from pressing. Kenny Keogh shot was well saved by Perkins, before the Lions custodian denied the same player again moments later.

After the break the Lions had the wind, but it was United who went close to the opener on the hour. Ashley Rosindale’s free kick was flicked goalwards by Tim Robertson, but it flashed wide of the target. The Lions almost hit the front on 77 minutes, when substitute Jamie Gibson controlled the ball on his chest, and volleyed goalwards, but to the relief of keeper Alex Dunn the ball dropped over the top of the crossbar.

The Lions were ending the game well and in stoppage time they had the perfect opportunity to win it. Teeboy Kamara was sent clear and with Dunn narrowing the angle, the lively striker squared the ball to David Micevski, and with the goal at his mercy the former Inglewood midfielder blazed over, and the points were shared. “I won’t say we were the better team but I thought we had the better chances over the 90 minutes,” Inglewood Coach Taki Nicolaidis said post-game. “David’s shot at the end; normally in those situations he’d bury that.”

16.7.2016

ARMADALE STUN CHAMPIONS

Armadale produced the biggest shock of the round by defeating last season’s Champions Bayswater City 1-0 at a wet and windy ‘Super Saturday’ at Alfred Skeet Reserve. An early strike from Michael Domfeh was the difference between the two sides as the home side withstood a barrage of pressure in the second-half to snap a run of five consecutive defeats.

Reds coach Paul Price was delighted with his team’s performance, especially with them having a number of players missing. “Today we had three players in the back four playing out of position and they put on a fantastic display of defence,” he said post-match. “It was always going to be a battle to defend in the second-half as we were against the wind but the boys played fantastically well,”

The home side were on the front foot early and were rewarded with the opener on four minutes. Anthony Skorich cut the ball back to an unmarked Domfeh on the edge of the penalty area, and he finished past Bayswater keeper Devon Spence. The Army Boys were in full voice, but Bayswater hit back Jamie Coyne’s cross found David Heagney ten minutes later, whose header rattled the crossbar.

Both sides had good chances as the game opened up. First Coyne picked out former Reds striker Alex Salmon, who shot whistled wide of the target, before Domfeh was sent clear again, but Spence raced out of his area to clear, but it only went to Ismael Bangura whose effort rolled agonizingly wide of the post. Then on the stroke of half time Armadale’s keeper Alec Radonich produced a great save to deny Jason Mirco, and send his side into the break with the lead.

It was backs to the wall for the home side as Bayswater pressed after the break, and Radonich was again called upon, after Paul McCarthy played in Heagney, but his shot was well saved by the Armadale custodian. Heagney turned provider with six minutes remaining, when he crossed to Salmon whose header was cleared off the line by an Armadale defender, and the Army faithful let him know all about it. Despite a late flurry of set-pieces from Bayswater, Armadale managed to survive and win three valuable points.

16.7.2016

PERTH YOUNGSTERS TAKE OUT THE FERRARI CUP

Perth SC have come from behind to beat Italian rivals Balcatta 4-1, to take out the Ferrari Cup at Dorrien Gardens. Jon Corness gave the visitors the lead at the break, but a dominate second half from Ramon Falzon’s side gave them the points against his former club. Tom King, Gustavo Catarcione, Dino Topcagic and Alex Jovic wrapped up the win and move Perth up to second on the table.

Falzon was delighted with his young side’s second half. “It was a great reaction from our players. It was good to get an early goal because it gave us that morale boost to keep pushing “Our mindset wasn’t right in the first half, we were second to the ball and made too many mistakes, which we can’t have in the remaining games this season,” he said. “It’s really exciting (to work with a young squad). The players want to be here, they want to work hard and they have the right intentions and character. But it’s too soon to speak about the season as a whole. It’s too tight. We still need to focus game by game because the standings that count are at the end of the season, not now.”

The inclement weather in the Perth CBD made football difficult early, but the mood was lifted on the half hour when Balcatta hit the front. Corness found space in the middle of the park and wasn’t closed down and the defenders long-range shot flew past Francis Soale and into the top corner of the net. Perth went close to levelling on the stroke of half time, when Clint Davies spilled a shot, and Jovic was quickest to react but fired into the side netting.

But five minutes into the second half Perth did level, a stunning long-range free kick from King gave Davies no chance. Then six minutes later the home side hit the front, Catarcione broke down the left and cut inside his marker and finished with aplomb past Davies, to score against his former club. It was 3-1 just after the hour Jovic found space down the right and crossed to Topcagic to fire home low through a crowd of players. The icing was put on the cake in stoppage time, Catarcione feeding Jovic to complete a great turn around by Perth.

16.7.2016

SUBIACO TAKE OUT THE GLORY

Subiaco made it back to back wins for the first time this season after a hard fought 2-0 win against Perth Glory at a wet Rosalie Park. Subiaco veteran striker Ian McMurray was on target in the first half, before Michael Lawson doubled the lead in the second. Subiaco coach Mick Brazil was thrilled with his team’s hard working performance. “We challenged [our players] to back it up after last week – we worked all week on not conceding silly goals and I think I’m right in saying that’s our first clean sheet of the year,” he said. “We changed the full-backs a couple of weeks ago. We brought in young James Oliver and on the other side Dylan Andrews – both of them are 17-18, so it’s really pleasing.”

The Glory opened brightly and created a number of half chances, but against the run of play the home side hit the front on 16 minutes. A ball into the box picked out veteran striker McMurray who pinched a yard of space, and finished over Nick Feely. It was a bitter blow for the Glory, but they almost hit back five minutes later. Joe Knowles’ cross found Nikola Talimdzioski, whose header beat Subiaco custodian Ryan Montgomery, but the post came to the keepers rescue.

Glory continued to press after the break and Montgomery had to be alert to save Knowles’ long-range shot seven minutes in, this after great approach work from Calvin Whitney. Knowles then found space and raced at the Subiaco defence, but again his shot clipped the top of the crossbar and over the top. Then on the hour the Glory went close again. Knowles was brought down on the edge of the penalty area, and Talimdzioski’s resulting free kick crashed off the crossbar and away to safety.

Glory keeper Nick Feely then handled outside the penalty area on 72 minutes, and was given a yellow card from referee Stuart Muldoon. But Subiaco made him pay, scoring their second from the resulting Lawson’s free kick, which took a wicked deflection of the Glory wall. To the Glory’s credit they continued to take the game to the home side and Scott Robinson thought he had scored four minutes from time, but his effort was cleared off the line by some desperate Subiaco defending.

16.7.2016

SWEATHER WINS OUT IN DRAW AT ECU

The weather came out on top after the match between ECU Joondalup and Floreat Athena was abandoned just after the hour after rain made the pitch unplayable. The score at the time was 2-2, and the result will stand after more than half the game was played. Goals from Gordon Smith and Tommy Amphlett put the home side in charge, but Ludovic Boi reduced the margin before half time. Early in the second half Lewis McMahon levelled, but the weather had the final word.

“Credit to the boys, they are in a really good groove and are playing well – it was just a disappointing end to a game like that,” ECU Coach Dale McCulloch said post-match. “We have signed a few new players who have come in and gelled really well. They are making the other players work a little harder, so it just picks up the quality all round. We have good work rate, good work ethic, good characters and good players.”

The home side made the perfect start and were ahead after only four minutes, after Gordon Smith was brought down in the box and referee Adam Fielding pointed to the spot. The Scottish striker picked himself up to score the resulting penalty. Floreat lifted and went close to the equaliser on 28 minutes, but Lewis Italiano pulled off a stunning save to deny McMahon. That save was vital as in their next attack ECU doubled their lead, Amphlett racing clear and finishing clinically past Jason Saldaris.

Floreat got themselves a lifeline in first half stoppage time, when Boi found space in a goalmouth scramble to fire past Italiano. Floreat were level in the second minute of the second half, with McMahon celebrated his return from five games suspension and fired home from the penalty spot. Heavy rain continued to fall and flooded the pitch and sixteen minutes later the referee abandoned the match due to unplayable pitch conditions.

16.7.2016

RAIN HALTS PLAY AT SORRENTO

Sorrento and Cockburn City will replay their Round 17 game after the match was abandoned in the 25th minute due to unplayable pitch conditions. The weather was noticeably poor before the game was underway with light but steady rain hitting the pitch, but it was not yet enough to make a difference.

There was a goal in the game, Cockburn scoring after a through ball by Angel Andres found Aiden De Luz who fired home from the edge of the penalty area. Sorrento had an opportunity to equalize with a chip coming from Alex Morgan but Cockburn goalkeeper Luke Radonich stood his ground to keep his team in front. The match will be replayed at a date to be confirmed.

16.7.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND FOURTEEN - REVIEW

The heavy rain on Saturday also effected the games in the All Flags State League Division One, but not for league leaders Mandurah City who beat Shamrock Rovers 4-1 at Kelly’s Hot Water Stadium. Jordan Rhodes was the hero bagging a hat-trick, with Oscar Thompson scoring the other, while keeper Brad Eiffe saved a second half penalty. “I think we were the best team today and played some great football in challenging conditions for a decent crowd,” Mandurah Coach Doug Hesketh said. “Mick and I were delighted with the squad today, we still think there is room to improve, but fair play the lads adapt really well. Today we thought you could sense they meant business and were focused and wanted the points, so it was a great result and a terrific effort again by the squad.” Mandurah were ahead after good work from Jack Eades and Matt Stares sent Rhodes clear of the off side trap to finish well in the bottom corner. They went close again before half time but Oriol Fernandez hit the post. Mandurah continued to dominate and added second when Rhodes corner curled into the net. Shamrock pulled on back moments later and Eiffe then saved a penalty, but Mandurah lifted and Rhodes completed his hat trick with a stunning long-range free kick. The final nail in the coffin for Rovers came late, Michal Flemming’s cross was headed home powerfully by Thompson.

Western Knights moved up to third on the table after come-from-behind 2-1 win against local rivals UWA Nedlands at Nash Field. Alex Kretowicz gave UWA the lead on the half hour. The striker blocked Knights keeper Sam Stone’s clearance, and it fell to Andrew Xydas, who squared it back to Kretowicz who finished well. The Knights levelled on 70 minutes, Paul Lloyd’s cross was headed home by Kevin Ashwood. The winner came ten minutes from time, Lloyd playing in Adriano Jelenkovic who made no mistake. “We said before the game we needed to bounce back after not performing last week,” Lloyd said. “We ground out the win in bad conditions and need to go on another run and keep ourselves in the mix.”

In other games Rockingham City travelled to Walter Padbury Reserve and came away with a 2-0 win against Gosnells City. The visitors hit the front on 20 minutes, Alex Grayson long-range shot flew into the top corner of the net. The points were made safe 15 minutes from time Brian Gwataringa crossed for Gersh Rowland to volley home from 10 meters. “I thought we dominated the game from start to finish and could have scored a couple more,” Rockingham Coach Rob Crerar said. “I have been delighted with the attitude and application of the squad the last 3-4 weeks.” All the other games were abandoned before half time and will be rescheduled. Ashfield were leading Forrestfield United 1-0 at Ashfield Reserve with Jamie Burns’ penalty after 13 minutes after a handball by Wilbert Tshabangu. Joondalup and Dianella White Eagles were 0-0 when their game at Forrest Park was called off, likewise at Burrendah Reserve where Canning City and South West Phoenix was 0-0 when the game was called off on the quarter hour.

16.7.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND FOURTEEN - REVIEW

Rain also hit the All Flags State League Division Two games, and in the top of the table clash Fremantle City travelled to the Iluka Sports Complex and came home with a 1-0 win, this after the game was called off just after the hour. Fremantle started very well, the wet conditions were difficult but not unplayable, and with the strong wind at their backs. They scored the winner when Ben West received the ball out wide, his cross picked out the unmarked Ben Reynolds who beat his marker fired under the on-coming keeper. The pitch was fine at the start of the second half just slippery, and with the wind against them Fremantle held firm, and apart from some crosses into the box keeper Justin Scavarci didn't have a shot to save during the game. Ben Reynolds should have made it two on the hour after he was sent clear one on one with the keeper but he fired wide. Five minutes later the rain got harder and with large puddles forming, the players couldn't run through them. The referee spoke with his linesmen and both coaches before calling the game on safety grounds. “If we were behind I certainly wouldn't have wanted it called off,” Fremantle Coach Steve Plucknet said. “It's not the way Fremantle want to win a game, it's a hollow victory, and we wish Marco and Joondalup the best for the remainder of the season.”

Balga jumped to second on the table after a hard fought 2-1 win against Morley Windmills at Wotton Reserve. The home side hit the front after ten minutes, Juma Awaka brought down Kyle King and Yves Mwila scored from the resulting penalty. Morley were on top but on the half hour Balga levelled. A quick counter attack by Vladimir Naumovski saw him race clear, his initial shot was saved and the rebound came off a Windmills defender who was on the ground at the time, back to Naumovski who made no mistake. Balga won it with a goal before half time. Naumovski long-range free kick went over the wall and into the top corner of the net. At half time the rain won out and the referee abandoned the game. Kingsway Olympic moved to fourth with a 3-0 win against Swan United at the Swan Italian Club. Byron De Villiers opened the scoring within the first ten minutes, latching onto a cross from Lee Thomas. They doubled their advantage just after half time, Thomas’ cross wasn’t dealt with and Mark Donnelly finished against his former club from the edge of the penalty area. The points were wrapped up late, with Brett Cutting sending Ryan Frisina clear and he finished clinically.

In other games Curtin University beat Ellenbrook United 4-0 at Edinburgh Oval. Daniel Young scored the opener turning home Dilip Thapa’s cross. Eddie Tikoft added a second, dinking the ball over the on-coming keeper. Thapa made it 3-0, after a good run and shot from 20 meters. It was 4-0 when Oliver Robertson converted in a goal mouth scrabble. The game was then abandoned after 70 minutes but the result stands. Kelmscott Roos travelled to Wanneroo Reserve and came home with a 3-1 win against Wanneroo City. Linden Pywell scored the opener firing home a deflected shot. Owen Curtis scored the second, his shot from the edge of the box took a deflection and wrong footed the keeper. Wanneroo pulled one back through Luke Palmateer, but before half time the Roos added a third. A great run down the right by Simon Williams ended with a ball across the box to Sully Rogers to score. The game was abandoned just after half time. “It was great result for us Saturday, both because Wanneroo were ahead of us on the table,” Kelmscott’s Owen Curtis said. “The squad put in one of our most solid performances of the year, all be it only for 45 minutes of game play.” In the final game Melville City beat Quinns FC 1-0 at the John Connell Reserve.

16.7.2016

BIRIGHITTI ON BRINK OF SWANSEA DEAL

West Australian goalkeeper Mark Birighitti is on the brink of signing with English Premier League outfit Swansea City. Birighitti, a former Perth SC junuor, flew to London on Wednesday to sign a two-year deal at Liberty Stadium where he will challenge Poland international Lukasz Fabianksi for the number one shirt. 25-year old Birighitti is coming off an outstanding summer with Newcastle Jets which saw him named in the A-League Team of the Season.

16.7.2016

GLORY TO PLAY IRAQ

Perth Glory will play Iraq in a friendly next month in an ideal test of their revamped squad leading into the 2016/17 A-League season. Football Federation Australia has granted Glory approval for the one-off hit-out, which will take place on 25 August.

The fixture - likely to be played in Cockburn - will also double as a warm-up match for Iraq, who are due to face the Socceroos in a World Cup qualifier at Perth Oval on 1 September. The game involving Glory will be closed to the public under conditions agreed to by the State Government to avoid any negative impact on the showpiece event.

15.7.2016

PS4 NPL-WA ROUND SEVENTEEN - PREVIEW

It’s week 17 of the PS4 NPLWA and the Footballwa Match of the Week takes us to Macedonia Park where Stirling Lions hosts Inglewood United. The Lions were beaten for the first time in four week’s at Joondalup last week, while Inglewood conceded a late equaliser at Cockburn, and both sides will be looking to bounce back on Saturday. United’s Jason Colli said last week was one that got away. “Yes it defiantly one we let slip and considering we got our noses in front again towards the end of the game,” he said. “It was disappointing, but we move on as we have another game this week and will be looking for the three points at Stirling.” The Lions gave Inglewood a touch up at home earlier in the season, but Inglewood have been good on the road this season, and Colli said Saturday’s game will be another tough encounter. “It's going to be a tough game against Stirling as they are good going forward,” he explained. “But we know if we play at our best we will come away with the points.” United head into the game without skipper David Cyrus who is suspended.

Stirling midfielder David Micevski said last week’s game was a tough battle and it was disappointed to concede late to lose. “Obviously we were all disappointed to lose in injury time especially after we dug deep to come back from 2 nil down in tough conditions,” he said. “But credit to ECU though, they are a strong side and will be tough to beat for any team.” The Lions have struggled at home this season losing four of their eight games, and Micevski said they will be looking to improve that on Saturday, but it will be a huge game. “This week’s game against Inglewood will be another tough test as they are on top of the table for a reason,” he explained. “We know that three points will get us back in the mix to win the league and as we've shown throughout the season on our day we can beat anyone in the league, so were looking forward to the challenge.” Lions’ defender Shane Cassidy misses the game due to suspension.

Bayswater City slipped up again last week, dropping a point after letting a two goal lead slip against Sorrento, and this week they head to Alfred Skeet Reserve to take on Armadale on ‘Super Saturday’ It’s a huge day of football at the club with all PS4NPLWA seniors and juniors playing during the day and the ‘Super Saturday’ is a great initiative from the Armadale club. Back to the game the Reds were washed out at Perth Glory last week, and dropped to the bottom of the table and need to start to pick up points sooner rather than later. Bayswater do likewise at the other end of the table and defender Sam Mitchinson said to let the lead slip last week was frustrating. “First half we played some really attractive football and unfortunately we couldn't hold the lead,” he said. “Sorrento are always a difficult opposition and credit to them they kept on playing, but we will take the positives from the game into this weekend.” Mitchinson said it’s never easy heading to Armadale and Saturday will be no different. “We are looking forward to the trip to Armadale. We have been training hard this week and I'm sure Alex Salmon will be hungry for goals against his former club,” he explained. “We know it's a must win game and we will be doing our best to put into practice our game plan.” Bayswater have a few players carrying knocks but they all should be fit for the trip, while Armadale go into the game with the same squad as last week.

It’s fifth v sixth when ECU Joondalup and Floreat meet at the ECU Football Stadium. ECU made it six games without defeat with a win against Stirling last week, while Floreat suffered defeat against Perth SC on Sunday. Floreat keeper Jason Saldaris said they didn’t take their chances in the first half. “It was a very disappointing result for the club on the weekend, but we are taking it as a bit of an eye opener with a tough month of football to play ahead,” he said. “I believe the 3-1 loss was not a true reflection of the game, we had twice as many chances unfortunately we did not take them as well as Perth SC did, and were missing a number of strikers that hurt us a little going forward.” Saldaris said it’s another tough test up at Joondalup but they are determined to bounce back. “Saturday’s game is a must win for us to get some momentum heading into the Cup Final against Cockburn next week,” he said. “We’re looking forward to the challenge and we will look to bounce back. “ Jon Stynes returns to the squad after work commitments and Lewis McMahon and Clayton Arnez are back from suspension and Shaun Timmins is line to make his debut for the club, but they will be without the suspended Chris Saldaris and Blair Govan, while ECU will give a late fitness test to Jon Higgins and Kevin Moon.

Subiaco AFC won for only the second time this season with a 2-1 win against Balcatta, while the Glory’s game at home to Armadale was washed out. Subiaco keeper Ryan Montgomery said last week’s game was well deserved. “We were all delighted with the win last week and it was a good performance,” he said. “It was probably the first game all season that we put two decent half’s together this season and we got the reward.” Montgomery believes the win at Balcatta will give them momentum going into Saturday game against a good Glory outfit. “This week is another tough assignment against a good Glory side,” he said. “But if we show the same character as we did last week there's no reason why we can give them a run for their money. We're a very young side and as long as we keep fighting and learning there's no reason why we can't stay up.” In team news James Casserly is struggling with injury, but should be available.

Both Sorrento and Cockburn City at Sorrento fought back for draws last week, and they meet each other this week at Percy Doyle Reserve. Cockburn hit back with a late goal to draw at home to Inglewood, while Sorrento went one better, scoring two late goals to draw at Bayswater. Gulls striker Alex Morgan scored the equaliser last week and said it was a great performance in tough playing conditions. “Last week was really good effort from the boys to come away with something against a really good team in horrendous conditions,” he said. “It was one of our better performances of the year, and we hope it continues on Saturday against Cockburn.” Morgan said a win on Saturday is vital to keep in touch of the teams above them. “It’s a huge game for us this week, especially if we want to be pushing for the top 4 and I guess they're in the same boat as us,” he explained. “Both sides have been a bit up and down in form but we need to start winning games, but we go into the game full of confidence.” Both sides have pretty healthy squads, and Blake Adams returns for Cockburn from suspension.

The final game of the weekend is the annual Ferrari Cup clash against Italian rivals Perth SC and Balcatta at Dorrien Gardens. Balcatta slipped up against Subiaco last week, while Perth stunned Floreat, but the derby is always a tight encounter. Former Balcatta striker Gustavo Catarcione has been on fire in front of goal for Perth this season, and he bagged two in the win at Floreat, a win he said was important. “It was a great result for us on Sunday, playing against an experience team like Floreat just give us a bit more confident especially for the young boys,” he explained. “The three points also moved us closer to the top two, so it was a very important three points.” Catarcione said his former club will be looking to bounce back after their shock loss last week. “The game against Balcatta it's going to be a very hard game, especially after their loss to Subiaco at home,” he said. “They will be coming out firing up to get the results and we just need to keep with our game plane to get three more points, nothing will change from Floreat game in terms of intensive, we need to be hard to beat.” Perth skipper Clarke Keltie should return after injury, while Nick Ambrogio and Tom King also return to the squad. Balcatta will be with striker Cameron Teece due to suspension, while Coach Marc Anthony will be watching from the stands after also being suspended.

15.7.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE, ROUND FOURTEEN - PREVIEW

It’s week 14 of the All Flags State League Division One and the Footballwa.net Match of the week is the clash between Ashfield and Forrestfield United at Ashfield Reserve. Ashfield beat local rivals Shamrock Rovers last week, while Forrestfield lost back-to-back games with a 1-2 defeat against Joondalup United. Ashfield striker Alex Stamatiadis said Saturday’s game is another big test for the side, but they are ready for the challenge. “It’s another hard game this week, our last battle with them was an epic one, and this game will surely be a crowd pleaser,” he said. “This year we have not taken chances in games, which has really hurt us so this week our focus is getting the job done and breaking down there counter attack. Credit to Forry they are a good young side on the up and are a real title contender, so it should be a cracker, just hope the pitch has improved from last week when the Glory game was abandoned.”

Joondalup United will be looking to keep the pressure on Mandurah City at the top of the table, when they entertain Dianella White Eagles at Forrest Park. The Eagles game last week against Canning was called off, while Joondalup beat Forrestfield in wet and windy conditions. United coach Nick Jennings said it was a well-deserved win. “I thought the boys executed our game plan superbly and controlled the game from the first minute. Obviously Forrestfield were hit with several injuries and suffered a sending off on half time, but I feel we would have beaten anybody on the day,” he said. “The whole team were superb and played some great football in difficult conditions, and we fully deserved taking all 3 points.” Jennings believes Saturday’s game will be a tight contest and said they are not underestimating Dianella. “This will be a very difficult game against a team battling for survival, who've signed a number of new players,” he explained. “We will have to be at our best to meet this challenge and I'll be making sure the boys are fired up, we certainly won't be underestimating them.” In team news keeper James Bosdet and Josh Whitmore are suspended and United have brought in under 18’s striker Luke Doyle, who has scored 25 goals this season. Dianella will be without the suspended Luca Borsato.

Canning City will be looking to continue their good form when they host South West Phoenix at Burrendah Reserve. The Phoenix held off a fast finishing Gosnells City last week, while Canning, who beat the in-form Forrestfield two weeks ago, were washed out at Dianella. Canning Coach Paul Oliver said it was a shame the game was called off as the players were up for a big one. “It was disappointing the way last Saturday panned out,” he said. “We trained well through the week after a good win against Forrestfield the week before and we had prepared for the game in depth so it certainly wasn't ideal, but the conditions were poor.” Oliver said Saturday’s opponents have a good side and is expecting it be another tight battle. “The Phoenix are a decent footballing side, and will be looking to put some breathing space between us before we play our catch up match,” he said. “We can't worry too much about what's going on around us as we have to rely on our own results. Paul McCue and I are confident every week as we know what we are capable of if on the day we play the way we know we can. We haven't been able to name an unchanged side all season and this week won't be any different. Peter Cartright is available again as is Simon Correia. We have no fresh injury concerns at this stage but still a number of lads on the sidelines.”

In other games its top v bottom when Mandurah City hosts Shamrock Rovers at the Kelly’s Hot Water Stadium. Shamrock were beaten 3-1 at home in the local derby against Ashfield, while Mandurah beat the in-form Western Knights. “We were really pleased with the player’s reaction last week they were tremendous,” Mandurah Coach Doug Hesketh said. “Going into the game this week, we will need to have the same attitude and nothing less. Mick and I have been delighted with the squad’s attitude and application over the season so far they have been brilliant. We just need to keep applying ourselves week in week out and try and play good football.” Western Knights will be looking to bounce back from the Mandurah defeat when they host UWA Nedlands at Nash Field. UWA were held at home to Rockingham, but a win on Saturday will push them closer to a top five spot. Rockingham City make the trip to ‘Walter Padbury Reserve to take on Gosnells City. Gosnells were beaten at the Phoenix last week, while Rockingham fought back for a draw at UWA, and Coach Rob Crerar they deserved something from the game. “It was a difficult game last week as UWA are a very quick and mobile side, but I thought we controlled the game until a defensive error let them in,” he said. “Then after that we worked hard to get back into the game and I feel we deserved our equaliser.” Crerar said they have had two close games against Saturday’s opponents already and is expecting another one on Saturday. “We have had two good games already this year in the NS and early on in the league where we lost a late goal and dropped two points,” he explained. “They (Gosnells) play great football and with the individuals they possess we need to be on our toes from the first whistle.” In team news Rockingham lose Reece Frank and Grant Dickie to injury, and Monty Grigo to suspension, but have Travis Williams and Brian Gwataringa both pushing for selection.

15.7.2016

ALL FLAGS STATE LEAGUE DIVISION TWO, ROUND FOURTEEN - PREVIEW

The Footballwa.net Match of the Week in the All Flags State League Division Two is the top of the able clash between league leaders Fremantle City and Joondalup City at the Iluka Sports Complex. Fremantle maintain their lead at the top with a comfortable win against Wanneroo City, while Joondalup edged out Quinns FC in a local derby. Fremantle Coach Steve Plucknett said the game was a lot closer than the scoreline suggested. “We were pleased to get the points against a good Wanneroo side,” he said. “The weather conditions were tricky but the boys stuck to their tasks, which helped keep our good run going.” Plucknett said Saturday is their biggest game of the season to date, but it’s one his players are looking forward too. “This week’s trip to Joondalup will be a massive test for us it's never an easy place to pick up points,” he said. “Marco has his side playing really well and they are unbeaten at home. They were strong when they beat us earlier in the year at our place so we know that we will have to lift our game if we want to get anything out of it.” In team news for Fremantle, Daniel Glennon returns to the squad, but Liam Fariss faces a late fitness test.

Joondalup Coach Marco Schisano said last week’s win was tough and the conditions were a huge factor. “I was very pleased to take the three points last week against Quinns. We went into the match with a lot of players being unavailable and we also lost two more through injury before halftime,” he explained. “So to come back from 1-0 down against a howling wind was massive for us. Quinns are not the same team they had early in the season and I am confident they will prove difficult to beat for anyone.” Schisano said Fremantle are top for a reason, and he is expecting another tight game against them. “Fremantle have been on top for most of the season and deservedly so. They are scoring for fun whilst not conceding many goals either, they don’t have many weaknesses,” he said. “Steve has attracted players with a lot of experience and quality who would be comfortable playing in higher divisions. We are the only team to beat Fremantle this season and we will need to be at our best to take the three points again. I am confident it will be as tight as our last encounter and hopefully the result will be the same. It is obviously an important match which will bring the best out of both sets of players and we are all looking forward to Saturday.” In team news Joondalup have a number of players under an injury cloud, and Schisano said he will have make changes again this week. “Unfortunately we have had a terrible run with injuries lately as well as having a number of players away but luckily we have great depth from the reserves and under 18s which has enabled us to stay in touch with the leaders,” he said. “We will have to monitor the fitness of a few players during the week before we finalise our squad but I am sure whoever walks on the park on Saturday will give it 110%.”

In other games Curtin University host Ellenbrook United at Edinburgh Oval. Curtin will be looking to bounce back from defeat at Kingsway last week, while Ellenbrook will continue to search for their first win of the season, after losing to Morley Windmills last week. Wanneroo City, who were beaten at Fremantle last week, entertains Kelmscott Roos, whose game against Swan was called off at Wanneroo Reserve, with only one point separating the two sides on the table, while Morley Windmills have home ground advantage when they host Balga at Wotton Reserve. Morley won at Ellenbrook last week, while Balga draw at home to Melville. This week Melville City hosts Quinns at Len Shearer Reserve. Melville drew at Balga last week, while Quinns were beaten at Joondalup. Melville’s Matt Donlevy said it was a good point at Balga. “It was a good point for us, and it was very much a game of two halves,” he said. “We controlled the first, and could have had a couple more, however Balga were the better side in the second half.” Donlevy said Saturday’s opponents have improved since the last time they meet. “Quinns have definitely been on the up since we played them early in the season,” he said. “They always provide a physical encounter, but we're playing well and we're confident of getting something from the game.” In team news for Melville Logan McIsaac is suspended, however Harry Hosking and Daniel Agduelo return and will be putting their hand up for selection.

In the final game Swan United will be looking to get back in the winner’s circle when they host Kingsway Olympic at the Swan Italian Club. It’s been a lean time for the black and whites, their last win came in round eight, and Coach Matt Debarro said they need to start to take their chances. “Yes it has been disappointing for us unfortunately, but we only ourselves to blame,” he said. “We have missed easy opportunities to score goals early but also given away very easy goals as well, hard to win games when you do this but looking to turn it around this weekend.” Kingsway beat Curtin last weekend, and Debarro said it will be a tough game. “No doubt Saturday will be a tough game, we managed to edge them out last time and will look to do it again,” he said. “They are a good side but so are we and we need to ensure we are ruthless in front of goal and solid in defence.” Swan will again be without Cory Hugo, Jono Schirripa, and Rory Hollingham and Jordan Rosseto are out, while Dom Ando is in doubt.




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