Hyundai A-League Round 9 Preview

Who's in, Who's out of this weekend's Round 9 matches?

The Hyundai A-League heats up this weekend with the F3 Derby at Bluetongue Stadium and Blockbuster at Telstra Dome kicking off Round 9.

And the football family welcome home Adelaide United, the first Australian team to reach the Final of the Asian Football Confederation Champions League. The team plays Perth Glory in the Hyundai A-League at home this Sunday.

Weekend Matches

Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets Friday 24 October Bluetongue Stadium Local kick off 8.00pm AEDT Referee. Matthew Breeze

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 2 and Sky Sport 1. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is Coast FM (Gosford) 96.3FM and 1233 ABC Newcastle . To purchase tickets visit

Central Coast Squad: 1. Matthew NASH (gk), 4. Pedj BOJIC, 5. Bradley PORTER, 6. David D'APUZZO, 7. John HUTCHINSON, 9. Nik MRDJA, 10. Adrian CACERES, 11. Dylan MACALLISTER, 13. Paul O'GRADY, 17. Matthew OSMAN, 18. Alex WILKINSON, 19. Matt SIMON, 20. Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 22. Sasho PETROVSKI, 23. Mile JEDINAK.

In: Matthew Nash (Promoted), David D'Apuzzo (Promoted), Nik Mrdja (Promoted).

Out: Andrew Clark (Shoulder - Indefinite), Nigel Boogaard (Concussion - Indefinite), Mark Bosnich (End of Guest Player Contract)

Others Unavailable: Dean Heffernan (Leg - Indefinite), Ahmad Elrich (Knee - Season), Andrew Redmayne (international duty)

Newcastle Jets Squad: 1. Ante COVIC (gk), 2. Adam GRIFFITHS, 3. Jade NORTH (c), 6. Jesper HAKANSSON, 7. Kaz PATAFTA, 8. Matt THOMPSON, 9. Joel GRIFFITHS, 10. Jin-Hyung SONG, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 13. Adam D-APUZZO, 17. Antun KOVACIC, 20. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 23. Edmundo ZURA, 25. Daniel PIORKOWSKI, 26. Mark MILLIGAN. *one to be omitted

In: Mark Milligan (new signing), Kaz Patafta (promoted), Daniel Piorkowski (promoted), Antun Kovacic (promoted).

Out: James Holland (International Duty), Ben Kantarovski (International Duty), Marko Jesic (International Duty).

Others Unavailable: Shaun Ontong (ankle - indefinite), Jason Hoffman (knee - season), Jason Naidovski (international duty)

Stats, Facts & Milestones Newcastle Jets defender MATT THOMPSON is set to become the first player to make 80 appearances in the Hyundai A-League. Currently on 79 all-time appearances, Thompson is ahead of Iain Fyfe (Sydney, 77 appearances), Travis Dodd (Adelaide United, 75 appearances), Clint Bolton (Sydney FC, 75 appearances) and Sasho Petrovski (Central Coast, 73 appearances).

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD in all official competitions All matches (played 15): Central Coast Mariners wins 3, Newcastle Jets wins 6 (6 draws). In Gosford (played 7): Central Coast Mariners wins 2, Newcastle Jets wins 1 (4 draws)

Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC Saturday 25 October 2008 Telstra Dome Local kick off 7.00pm AEDT Referee. Ben Williams

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 2 and Sky Sport 3. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is SEN (Melbourne) 1116AM . To purchase tickets visit

Melbourne Victory Squad 1.Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2.Kevin MUSCAT (Captain), 3.Michael THWAITE, 7.Matthew KEMP, 8.Grant BREBNER, 9.Danny ALLSOPP, 12.Rodrigo VARGAS, 14.Billy CELESKI, 15.Tom PONDELJAK, 16.Carlos HERNANDEZ, 17.Jose Luis LOPEZ, 18. Leigh BROXHAM, 19.Evan BERGER, 20.Mitchell LANGERAK (gk), 22. Nick WARD.

In: Jose Luis Lopez (return from international duty)

Out: Archie Thompson (suspended - 2 matches).

Others Unavailable: Ney Fabiano (suspended - 4 matches), Nathan Elasi (International Duty - 4 weeks), Sebastian Ryall (International Duty - 4 weeks).

Sydney FC Squad: 1. Clint BOLTON (gk), 5. Mitchell PRENTICE, 7. Rob MIDDLEBY, 8. Stuart MUSIALIK, 10. Steve CORICA (c), 11. Brendon SANTALAB, 12. Shannon COLE, 15. Terry MCFLYNN, 18. Adam CASEY, 19. Mark BRIDGE, 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 21. Adam BIDDLE, 23. John ALOISI, 28. Bobby PETTA, 29. Beau BUSCH, 31. Anthony GOLEC. *one to be omitted

In: Clint Bolton, Adam Biddle (promoted), Beau Busch (injury replacement), Anthony Golec (promoted).

Out: Iain Fyfe (suspended - 2 matches), Tony Popovic (hamstring).

Others Unavailable: Alex Brosque (hamstring - 1 week), Simon Colosimo (groin - 6 weeks), Mike Enfield (knee - indefinite), Jacob Timpano (ankle - 4 weeks), Nik Tsattalios (international duty)

Stats, Facts & Milestones In terms of longest time in days, Sydney's inability to defeat Melbourne since 3-Dec-05 is one of the longest periods without a victory between two foundation Hyundai A-League teams. This Saturday's match will be 1057 days since Sydney last defeated Melbourne. Only Perth Glory, who have not defeated Queensland Roar since 10-Sep-05 have currently gone a longer time without defeating a fellow foundation club.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 10): Melbourne Victory wins 4, Sydney FC wins 1 (5 draws). In Melbourne (played 4): Melbourne Victory wins 2, Sydney FC wins 0 (2 draws).

Wellington Phoenix v Queensland Roar Sunday 26 October 2008 Westpac Stadium Local kick off 5.00pm (3.00pm AEDT) Referee. Peter O-Leary

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 3 and Sky Sport 1. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is Radio Network (Wellington) 1035AM . To purchase tickets visit

Wellington Squad: 1.Mark PASTON (gk), 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Jon McKAIN, 5. Karl DODD, 6. Tim BROWN, 7. Leo BERTOS, 8. Vaughan COVENY, 9.Shane SMELTZ, 10. Michael FERRANTE, 11. DANIEL, 15. Adam KWASNIK, 18. Ben SIGMUND, 20. Glen MOSS (gk), 21. Leilei GAO, 22. Andrew DURANTE (captain).

In: Nil

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Richard Johnson (illness - 1 week), Vince Lia (knee - season)

Queensland Squad: 1. Liam REDDY (gk), 2. Andrew PACKER, 3. Josh McCLOUGHAN, 4.Craig MOORE, 6. David DODD, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 9. Sergio VAN DIJK, 10. Charlie MILLER, 11. REINALDO, 15. Matt McKAY, 18. Danny TIATTO, 20. Griffin McMASTER (gk), 23. Tim SMITS, 24. Matt MUNDY.

In: David Dodd (promoted), 9. Sergio Van Dijk (return from injury), Matt Mundy (short-term contract)

Out: Tahj Minniecon (international duty), Ben Griffin (injured), Hyuk-Su Seo (injured)

Others Unavailable: Luke Devere (international duty), Mitch Nichols (international duty), Isaka Cernak (international duty), Tommy Oar (international duty), Robbie Kruse (injured).

Stats, Facts & Milestones Wellington are aiming for their longest undefeated streak in the Hyundai A-League: four games. The Phoenix have twice previously gone for three matches without a loss, only to become unstuck at their fourth attempt both times.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 4): Wellington Phoenix wins 0, Queensland Roar wins 2 (2 draws). In Wellington (played 2): Wellington Phoenix wins 0, Queensland Roar wins 0 (2 draws)

Adelaide United v Perth Glory Sunday 26 October 2008 Hindmarsh Stadium Local kick-off 4.30pm (5.00pm AEDT) Referee. Strebre Delovski

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 3 and delayed coverage on Sky Sport 3. Hyundai A-League club radio broadcast partner is FRESH FM (Adelaide) and 6PR (Perth). To purchase tickets visit

Adelaide United Squad: 20.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 3.ALEMAO, 4.Angelo COSTANZO, 5.Michael VALKANIS, 6.CASSIO, 7.Lucas PANTELIS, 8.Kristian SARKIES, 10.CRISTIANO, 13.Travis DODD (capt.), 14.Scott JAMIESON, 15.Jonas SALLEY, 16.Daniel MULLEN, 18.Fabian BARBIERO, 19.Sasa OGNENOVSKI, 21.Jason SPAGNUOLO, 22.DIEGO, 24.Paul REID, 25.Robert YOUNIS, 30.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk) * five to be omitted

In: Eugene Galekovic (return from injury), Diego (returns from injury), Michael Valkanis(promoted), Lucas Pantelis (promoted), Kristian Sarkies (promoted), Daniel Mullen (promoted), Robert Younis (promoted).

Out: Paul Agostino (groin - 4 weeks).

Others Unavailable: Daniel Beltrame (knee - season), Isyan Erdogan (hamstring - indefinite)

Perth Squad: 30.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 2.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 4.Jamie COYNE (c), 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 7.Nick RIZZO, 9.Adrian TRINIDAD, 10.AMARAL, 11.Scott BULLOCH, 13.Nikita RUKAVYTSYA, , 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17.James DOWNEY, 18.Hayden FOXE, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20.Frank JURIC (gk), 22.Wayne SRHOJ *one to be omitted

In: Dino Djublic (return from suspension)

Out: Nil

Others Unavailable: Eugene Dadi (groin - 1 week), Josip Magdic (ankle - season), James Robinson (abdomen - 8 weeks).

Stats, Facts & Milestones Adelaide defender SASA OGNENOVSKI is set to play his 100th match at national league level. Ognenovski's national league career has so far taken him from Melbourne Knights (2000-2002, 51 appearances), to Greek team Panahaiki (2002, 2 appearances), to Queensland Roar (2006-2008, 38 appearances) and Adelaide United (2008-, 8 appearances so far).

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS in all official competitions All matches (played 10): Adelaide United wins 5, Perth Glory wins 2 (3 draws). In Adelaide (played 5): Adelaide United wins 3, Perth Glory wins 1 (1 draw)


ADAM D'APUZZO (Newcastle Jets) turns 22 on Monday 20-Oct RODRIGO VARGAS (Melbourne Victory) turns 30 on Monday 20-Oct ARCHIE THOMPSON (Melbourne Victory) turns 30 on Thursday 23-Oct ROBERT CORNTHWAITE (Adelaide United) turns 23 on Friday 24-Oct KRISTIAN SARKIES (Adelaide United) turns 22 on Saturday 25-Oct KAZ PATAFTA (Newcastle Jets) turns 20 on Saturday 25-Oct DANIEL MULLEN (Adelaide United) turns 19 on Sunday 26-Oct.


2005/06 The first F3 derby to end in a result sees Newcastle defeat the Mariners, the Jets- overall dominance in the derby continuing to this day with a total of six wins compared to Central Coast-s three (there have been six draws).

2006/07 Two second-half goals by Archie Thompson over-rides Steve Corica-s first half goal as Melbourne Victory defeats Sydney FC 2-1 at the Sydney Football Stadium.

2007/08 Sydney FC-s Nik Tsattalios becomes the youngest player to start in a Hyundai A-League match, aged 17 years 233 days for Sydney-s match against Adelaide United (Newcastle-s Ben Kantarovski has since become the league-s youngest starter, aged 16 years 208 days in Round 1 this season).

Note. - Squads subject to change - Match date and kick-off times are subject to change without notice.