ECU Joondalup youngster Ben Hinshelwood in action against Balcatta

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19.1.2018

HUGE GAME FOR GLORY IN BRISBANE

After four consecutive defeats in the Hyundai A-League, tonight’s game at Suncorp Stadium against Brisbane Roar is vital and a must win, and the injury hit Glory squad will have to be at their best to bring home the three points.

Kenny Lowe’s side have good memories from their last visit to the venue, when Andy Keogh and Diego Castro cancelled out Massimo Maccarone's first-half opener to give the Glory a 2-1 win, their last three points in the competition. But despite their recent poor form Lowe said they is a focused and upbeat e mood among the Glory squad heading into the game and he is quietly confident that his charges can produce a similarly impressive performance.

"We stayed over east after the Victory game and have been here in Brisbane since Sunday," Lowe explained. "That's given us a bit of extra time on the training ground and has also obviously meant a little less travel for the lads. Again we've had some injury issues, but we'll play the cards that we've been dealt as we've been doing all season and just get on with it. The intensity level in training has been good, the mood in the group is upbeat and we're all focused on securing three points on Thursday."

Glory will be without Alex Grant, Adam Taggart and Mitch Nichols all with hamstring injuries, while central midfielder Andreu will also miss out with a calf problem. There is also doubt about Diego Castro and Xavi Torres, with both picking up knocks against Victory last week, but both are expecting to play. Lowe has added Joel Chianese and Joseph Mills to the squad, after both recovered from their respective groin and neck injuries, Jake Brimmer has been recalled, while youngsters Callum Timmins and Henry Hore have also flown over as cover.

Roar are currently sitting two places and three points below Glory on the Hyundai A-League ladder and Lowe feels that their season to date has, mirrored there’s. "They (Brisbane) have been in a pretty similar predicament to ourselves," he said. "They've had a disjointed year due to the fact that they've had a lot of injury problems, much like ourselves. But they still have plenty of quality in their ranks and I'm expecting another tough game, just like the last time we came here."

Roar Coach John Aloisi has told his players to treat Thursday’s game as a Final. “We now have 11 finals and [Thursday night] is the first one. Brisbane Roar have usually done well in finals,” he said. “They [the players] are desperate to win – they want to win. The players are as disappointed as anyone that we haven’t been winning the football games that we should be. They’ll give everything…they’re the ones driving that finals mentality this week.

“It’s like a final for them as well. They’re coming here after four losses and there are quite a few players out. They’re in quite a similar position to the one we’ve been in without so many players out this season. It’s an important game for both clubs and I’m sure they’ll be up for it as we will.” Having had a long injury toll for most of the 2017/18 Season, Roar do get some key players back for the game. Ex Socceroos playmaker Brett Holman is set for his first appearance since Round 8, while Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Corey Gameiro and former Glory midfielder Mitch Oxborrow are all included in the squad.

Brisbane Roar FC Squad: GK Jamie YOUNG, RGK Brendan WHITE, 3 Luke DEVERE, 4 Daniel BOWLES, 5 Corey BROWN, 6 Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 7 Thomas KRISTENSEN, 9 Massimo MACCARONE, 10 Brett HOLMAN, 11 Corey GAMEIRO, 14 Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 16 Mitchell OXBORROW, 17 Matt MCKAY (c), 19 Jack HINGERT, 22 Eric BAUTHEAC, 24 Connor O’TOOLE, 36 Daniel LECK, 77 Ivan FRANJIC - *two to be omitted* - Ins: BOWLES (promoted), BROWN (promoted), HOLMAN (returns from injury), GAMEIRO (returns from injury), OXBORROW (promoted) - Outs: 8.Jacob PEPPER (omitted), 20.Shannon BRADY (omitted), 27.Adam SAWYER (omitted)

Perth Glory Squad: GK Liam REDDY, RGK Nick FEELY, 3 Marc WARREN, 4 Shane LOWRY, 7 Joel CHIANESE, 8 Xavi TORRES, 9 Andy KEOGH (c), 14 Chris HAROLD, 16 Joseph MILLS, 17 Diego CASTRO, 20 Jake BRIMMER, 23 Scott NEVILLE, 24 Callum TIMMINS, 26 Jacob ITALIANO, 29 Jeremy WALKER, 36 Henry HORE, 37 Walter SCOTT - *one to be omitted* - Ins: CHIANESE (returns from injury), MILLS (returns from injury), BRIMMER (promoted), TIMMINS (promoted), HORE (promoted).

18.1.2018

PERTH SC REDEVELOPMENT OF DORRIEN GARDENS ALMOST COMPLETE

A new era begins at Dorriens Gardens next month, with Perth SC opening their brand new synthetic turf pitches. Perth SC President Gary Marocchi says that the club will now have a first class all weather training and playing surface that can be used seven days per week and 52 weeks of the year. He said, "Our junior teams from Under 6's to Under 12's will be able to play their competitive matches at Dorrien Gardens on Sunday mornings. The pitches will be made available to outside groups such as schools to use during the week. As we are a city based club, accessibility for training pitches is limited, hence, for Dorrien Gardens to be able to have greater usage, gives the club an opportunity to grow its numbers and create a social atmosphere at Perth SC."

Marocchi doesn't expect there to be a rush of synthetic turf pitches in WA any time soon, which has occurred over east. "Sydney and Melbourne clubs are going down that path due to the shortage of water. Maintenance of synthetic pitches is minimal compared to natural grass pitches, and the cost of running is lower. Councils in the eastern states have made decisions to go down that path. I am not sure if WA councils feel the same way."

Perth SC would like to thank to WA government and City of Vincent for their contributions in ensuring the Perth SC can maintain its tradition as one of the leading clubs in WA. Anyone wishing to play in the 5-a-side social competition which will be played on the brand new pitches, please visit the Perth SC website.

17.1.2018

ROSINDALE UPBEAT ABOUT NEW SEASON (courtesy inglewoodunitedfc.com.au)

Attacker Ash Rosindale is happy with the shape Inglewood United are taking ahead of their 2018 Night Series campaign. Inglewood will have home ground advantage when they face Floreat Athena in the opening round of the traditional pre-season tournament on Saturday 27 January (7.30pm).

"We are shaping up nicely for the Night Series," Rosindale commented. "This is my third season with Inglewood and I feel we will be fitter and better organised than in previous years. We've also got the benefit of the core group of players being together for another year and that will help develop our understanding on the pitch."

"There have been a few changes but overall the squad is similar to the one that finished last season. There may be a few more players come in between now and the start of the season, depending on where the coaches feel we need to add. But at the moment we are very happy with the squad we have and where it is at."

"Andy (Keogh) and his coaching team have done a great job of planning and organising our pre-season. We worked hard prior to Christmas purely on fitness to get a solid base into us. Now we are moving into more technical and tactical work, and we've had a few friendlies to help get us match fit and become more familiar playing alongside each other."

"The attitude of the lads has been fantastic. Everyone has been putting their best foot forward to impress the coaches and we are all raring to go for the Night Series. We had a great team spirit last year and there is a really positive vibe within the group again this year, which makes being at Inglewood United very enjoyable."

17.1.2018

GLORY TO LAUNCH REVIEW INTO INJURY TOLL

Perth Glory will undertake a sweeping review of their injury-hit season that has plunged to a new low ahead of tomorrow night's clash at Brisbane Roar. The club will bring in outside experts for an end-of-season analysis of training, strength and conditioning and sports science programs to try to discover reasons behind the toll.

Glory has had a litany of soft-tissue injuries and other problems, with up to nine players out at any one time. Coach Kenny Lowe has lost striker Adam Taggart for the Brisbane game, with midfielder Diego Castro and fellow Spaniard Xavi Torres also in doubt. He is already without midfielder Andreu (calf), defender Alex Grant and forward Mitch Nichols (both hamstring).

Glory chief executive Peter Filopoulos said there would be broad scrutiny of the season. "We are not going to leave a stone unturned trying to identify improvements and in trying to work out exactly what has gone wrong," Filopoulos said. "We are already reviewing and we will review what we have been doing from pre-season right forward.

"We will have someone look at what we are doing and how we do it in the hope we can find something we are unaware of. But the fact is we have a very experienced sports science team, a very experienced medical team and a very experienced fitness and conditioning team. We improve on what we do every year but we have not fundamentally changed the program to such an extent to explain these injuries."

Glory already have extra watering on their training area at UWA Sports Park to soften the ground and have considered switching to another facility. Filopoulos said they would look at how to get their overseas signings into training earlier and an improved pre-season after only facing one A-League opponent, Sydney FC, in a friendly last September. "We might have to sacrifice some budgets and maybe get some more pre-season games," he said.

14.1.2018

AMERICAN STRIKER SINCLAIR SET FOR NPL (courtesy of Forrestfield United SC)

Forrestfield United’s American striker Hasani Sinclair can’t wait to get back to Perth to start the clubs debut in the NPL-WA. The 26-year-old has had a break back home, but he has been waiting for his visa, but now it’s been approved, he can’t wait to get back to the club as they prepare to take on the big boys in WA football.

“The off season was great for me, it’s always good to get a chance to get some rest and get hundred per cent healthy for the season ahead,” Sinclair explained. ‘I am excited to compete at the NPL level and I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels this way on the team. Forrestfield is only going to continue improve with the new additions to the squad, as Rod (Banjac) has a good eye for players.”

Sinclair played a major role in FUSC’s play-off win against Mandurah and he said it was the highlight of the season for him. “Beating Mandurah in the playoff to get promoted into NPL was amazing for me and the club, and being able to score two and help the team get promoted was huge for me,” he said. “Winning that game was great for the whole club and I thought we deserved to win also. We celebrated a big achievement and we were very happy with the accomplishment of being promoted to NPL.”

Sinclair has played for two club, Forrestfield and Stirling Lions. He also represented USA in a youth national team tournament in Sydney in 2008. In USA he was on U15-u20 national teams and played second tier football and D1 college soccer at Penn State. FUSC Head Coach Rod Banjac said Sinclair injuries hampered him in 2017, but he will be pivotal in the NPL.

“Last season he was far from his best due to niggling injuries but still finished as our top goal scorer. He is a class player with skill, speed, fantastic aerial power and certainly knows how to put them away. He also has a fantastic personality which makes him very popular within the squad, and he is a pleasure to coach, being so humble and down earth. Can’t speak highly enough of him and can’t wait for him to join us,” he said.

“I expect him to make a huge impact this year as now we have a much better balanced squad with a lot of energy which will not only take the attention off him but will also provide him with many opportunities to do what he does best, and that is to score goals. I am constantly in touch with him and although frustrated, he’s fully fit, focused and very much looking forward to teaming up with the boys.”

The hard work and preparation for the NPL started for the club after that win at Mandurah, and Sinclair said even though he’s been away he has kept his fitness levels up. “Unfortunately I will miss some of the pre-season but I have been training while I’ve been America, so I won’t be behind the ball when I arrive,” he said. “But from what I have recently heard pre-season is going well for the boys and I can’t to get back and hit the ground running.”

14.1.2018

HINSHELWOOD WORKING HARD TO FULFIL HIS DREAMS (courtesy of ECU Joondalup SC)

ECU Joondalup teenage striker Ben Hinshelwood is back at the Campus after a successful trial with English Premier League club Burnley. The 15-year-old impressed the Clarets Coaching staff and has been invited back next season and he working as hard as ever to fulfil his dreams of playing professional football. “I had an amazing two weeks trialing with Burnley FC at the start of October last year, and I mainly trained with the Academy U18's and U16's,” he explained.

“My training days usually started at 8.15am and I often didn't get back to the hotel until 6pm. I spent 57 hours in total at the club, which involved games, training, match analysis, gym work and school work. The Burnley Training Centre opened in August last year it was fantastic with 11 outside pitches, indoor full size pitch and gym. The coaches and players were great and very welcoming towards me.”

Hinshelwood burst on to the NPL scene last season, and after starting in the under 15's he made his way to the senior first team and made his debut late in the season and almost scored. “I had an unbelievable and great time last season starting off with U15s under Willie and Jessie who were excellent,” he explained. “After the first few U15 games of last season I was asked to play for the U18's and did quite well. When I reached playing the limit of times I was allowed to play for both teams I was then permanently moved up to the U18's.

“I loved the challenge of the increased speed and physicality of training and playing with the U18's. Then halfway through the season Mark Scanlon took me in to his U20's squad, which was another level again. At roughly the same time I also captained the 16's Football West team that went over to play in a tournament in Shanghai last July which, which was a great experience. Towards the end of the season I made my debut for the first team at home against Balcatta, which was truly unexpected but amazing. Unfortunately I didn't manage to score but came close.”

The talented striker will return to Burnley later on this year, and he said the work he’s done at ECU has given him the best opportunity to succeed in the UK. “I’m very grateful for getting the opportunity to have gone over to Burnley. Last season at ECU prepared me well for the intense training sessions and higher paced and physical games I experienced in the UK,” Hinshelwood explained. “I want to thank Dale, Steve, Toughie and Mark for the opportunities I've been given since being promoted to the ECU senior teams.

“Since my return from the trials in October Burnley have asked me to go back again in July this year to be further assessed, so the hard work continues. I’ve started this year's pre-season with the senior team at the beginning of November. It's been very intense and hard work particularly on the hotter days but I've enjoyed it though. I've been working hard on my strength and fitness and finishing and can't wait for the new season to start playing for ECU Reserves under Mark.”

Hinshelwood has had glimpse of playing at an EPL club and he said it was a great experience and he’s hoping there is more to come. “It was a great over there and it was a roller coaster ride, and I enjoyed every minute of it,” he said. “I travelled with U16s team down to West Bromwich Albion for a friendly. Unfortunately Burnley lost but it was fantastic to play against amazing players including several English internationalists,” he said.

“The following day I played in a trialist game in my own age group, which included eight other players from different parts of England and overseas. I played the full game scoring twice and our team won. I also played a 16's game against a visiting team from Sweden. I managed to score again and Burnley won, which was great.”

13.1.2018

CLISBY SAYS THE WANDERERS ARE STARTING TO BELIEVE AGAIN

After an unbeaten start to the new year, Jack Clisby says Western Sydney Wanderers are starting to believe again. The team's mid-week draw with Adelaide United came after wins over Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar. Not only have those results lifted them up the A-League ladder, but Clisby says they have instilled some much-needed confidence in the team as they look to leave last year's horror run behind them.

"It was demoralising for everyone involved, but since then we've really stuck together and decided let's not give up on this," Clisby said. "The boys are starting to come around and believe in each other again. The confidence has definitely built up - week by week it's been getting a lot better and hopefully we can keep going that way."

It's taken time for the players to adjust to Josep Gombau's drastic change of style, but Clisby says the players are finally getting to grips with it. "It was a change from what everyone was used to; players were confused and not sure how to pick it up," he said. "But Gombau is a great coach and the belief is growing."

"He shows faith in us and gives us lots of encouragement to express ourselves on the field, which I think we're starting to do. We're starting to play some nice, attacking football and I believe we're quite exciting to watch now as well. We take a lot more risks going forward in our pressing, which is obviously still a learning curve, but I think we're getting better each week."

Clisby scored his maiden A-League goal against Adelaide, but the defender ended the match feeling deflated after Western Sydney conceded a late equaliser. It was a lesson in taking their opportunities, which is something they will hope to improve on against Wellington Phoenix tonight as Western Sydney look to build on their momentum.

"That's what happens when we don't take our chances - it always comes back to bite you in football," Clisby said. "But we're in good spirits despite the draw and seven points from nine to start the new year is beginning to look very positive for us as a club. Once you start building some momentum you can go on a good run."

"It looked like it wasn't going to be a good season, but now we're turning that around and slowly creeping up the ladder. I think if we can get all three points in Wellington, we're in a good position to kick on." A win away at last-placed Wellington will cement Western Sydney's spot in the A-League's top six.

12.1.2018

LOWE ISSUES FINALS GUARANTEE

Coach Kenny Lowe has vowed to steer Perth Glory into the 2017/18 A-League finals series. Glory have slipped to seventh on the A-League ladder after losing three straight games, which has them sitting two points adrift of sixth-placed Western Sydney Wanderers and five points behind fourth-placed Adelaide United.

Worryingly, Glory have conceded 11 goals and scored none during their three-match losing run, and face a major battle to end that rot away to Melbourne Victory tomorrow night. During their mid-week home loss to Melbourne City, Glory fans started to voice their displeasure about how the team is performing.

Lowe says the club's fans have every right to be vocal - even if it means they are criticising him. But he's urging them to stick by him and the team, saying the club's fortunes will soon turn given their horror injury crisis is easing. "We've played finals every year I've been here.," Lowe said.

"We'll do the same again this year - we'll play finals. There's (36 more) points to play for. We've got players coming back. We've got more home games than away games (to come) ... We're in a good position if we can get the best eleven on the park, get everyone fit and firing ... we'll fly up the league."

Lowe gave his players a big spray during training on this morning. Shane Lowry (groin), Marc Warren (ankle) and Mitch Nichols (hamstring) could return against Melbourne. And with Adam Taggart, Diego Castro and Andy Keogh already back on the park, Lowe is optimistic about what lies ahead.

12.1.2018

VELAPHI RELEASED BY SHONAN

One-time Australian youth international goalkeeper Tando Velaphi has been released by newly promoted Japanese club Shonan Bellmare. The 30-year old shot-stopper spent much of Shonan's triumphant 2017 J2.League campaign as second choice to Yota Akimoto and leaves the club having made just made five appearances across two seasons.

"I am thankful to all the supporters, players and staff of Shonan Bellmare," Velaphi told the club website. "I have had a wonderful experience at this club and I had a good time in Shonan's two years. I hope the 2018 season will be the best season for Shonan Bellmare."

Perth-born Velaphi's next move remains unclear, but he has plenty of A-League experience with over 100 outings for Perth Glory, Melbourne Victory, Melbourne City and the now defunct Queensland Roar. Velaphi has represented Australia at Under-20 and Under-23 levels.




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