Wollongong Wolves v Sutherland Sharks - NPL NSW

Wollongong Wolves v Sutherland Sharks - NPL NSW

Wollongong Wolves v Sutherland Sharks - NPL NSW

KICKOFF ROUND 19 Saturday 20 JULY 2019 6pm WIN STADIUM NSW MEN’S

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4 #NPLNSW PHOTO GALLERY Welcome back to Win Stadium for our clash with Sutherland Sharks FC. At the moment, I am in Russia. I was invited back by FC Dynamo Moscow to be a part of their celebration to open their new stadium. Although it is not ideal to miss tonight’s game, it is important that I maintain relationships with Europe. Those relationships may one day be beneficial to our club. My assistant, Yuzo Tashiro has been at my side all season and we won’t lose anything by having Yuzo take the team tonight.

I hope you all enjoyed our NAIDOC week and the commemorative jersey two Sunday’s ago.

Although it wasn’t our best performance, it was a good 3 points taken against Hakoah, particularly given APIA and Blacktown had a 1-1 draw. Those results increased our lead to 7 points with 4 games to go. We are obviously in a strong position in the league however we aren’t over the line yet. I will be looking for the boys to improve on our performance against Hakoah. Despite their position on the table, Sutherland have been strong and have caused teams problems – especially of late. They have strengthened their squad, particularly with the arrival of Charles Lokolingoy up front.

However, we will be focused on our own performance. As I have said in the past, winning is a habit and we won’t take our foot off the pedal heading into the final rounds and the finals series. We are injury free and healthy. The boys continue to work hard in training. Now we must execute on the pitch and be clinical in defence, attack and in the box. We have some crucial matches on the horizon and I wouldlovefortheboystowrapupthechampionship prior to our last home match against Marconi on 11 August so we can all celebrate together come 4.45pm that day.

I hope you enjoy todays match.

Everyone is welcome back to the Fraternity Club after the game. Come back for a meal and a drink with the players and the fans.

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6 #NPLNSW MATCH PREVIEW From Seymour Shaw Park in Miranda, the Sutherland Sharks venture to WIN Stadium for tonight’s clash with the Wollongong Wolves in Round 19 of NPL NSW Mens 1 competition. This will be the 30th league meeting between the sides with ninety goals being scored in total since 1987, at an average of 3.1 goals per game ratio. Will this encounter follow this trend? With a host of gifted strikers in the midst, this could be most likely. THEOPPOSITIONTODAY-SUTHERLANDSHARKS For the 2019 season, Terry Palapanis has signed on as coach after previously being at St.George and Mounties.

He has brought with two Spanish players Juan Carlos Heras Romero, a striker with 22 goals in 2018 together with Raul Beneit Romero with eleven goalsinaddition,bothwhoalsowereattheprevious clubs mentioned for Palapanis. In addition Mateo Poljak and Marc Warren have signed after departing Marconi Stallions with Jeremy Cox returning to the club from Sydney FC, plus Anthony Bouzanis from Hakoah Sydney City East and Tarik Erkan from St.George. Caoimin Fowler, a former Wolves’ player with seven matches made his debut for his new club after returning from overseas in Round 2. Midway through the season Sydney FC’s Liam McGing, Jerry Skodatis and Charles Lokolingoy, plus Western Sydney’s NPL Mens 2 player Alexander Lopez has also been added.

Sutherland Sharks won one of the club’s honours in 2012 when the team was victorious in the Waratah Cup final. Against APIA Leichhardt at Cromer Park, Dee Why on 8th July, the Sharks won 4-1 with the club’s goal scorers being Chris Price, Matt Bailey, Blake Powell and Panni Nikas. Also in the team that day were Nathan Denham, George Souris, Yianni Fragogiannis, Paul Cotte, Matthew Gordon, Hussein Salameh, Hayden Morton, and Nick Stavroulakis. Simon Jaeger, Todd Halloran, Nikas and Nick Tsattalios replaced Denham, Salameh, Bailey and Powell.

In the 2018 season the club finished on twenty-three points attaining seven victories and two draws with thirteen losses.

Thirty goals were achieved with thirty-nine being conceded. In Rounds 1-11 the team scored and conceded 17 goals but in Rounds 12-22 13 goals were scored and 22 were conceded. The upshot is that the team scored less and conceded more in the second half of the season. The highest winning margin was three goals, which eventuated in 3-0 victories in Rounds 4 and 6. The highest losing margin was four goals in the 2-6 result in Round 18. The best sequence without loss was three games, Rounds 2-4, win, draw and win. Seven nil scores was the highest in the league and Adrian Vranic was the top scorer with ten goals with ten other players plus an own goal contributing the scoring.

The goal per game average was 1.34 and the conceded goals ratio was 1.77. Vranic’s strike rate was 0.45. Players, who were selected in the ‘Team Of The Week’, were Jacob Tratt with seven appearances, Vranic (3), Nick Olsen (2), with one each for Joshua Da Silva and Nick Littler. Tratt was also named in ‘Team Of The Year’ Since 2014, the Sharks have finished the seasons in 6th, 10th, 7th, and 10th and in 2018 in 10th position. THE MATCH –UP The top scorer for each club is Thomas James (WW) and Jeremy Cox (SS) with nineteen and eight goals respectively with the Wolves scoring forty-five goals with Sharks achieving twenty-five.

The scorer of the team’s previous goal is Jerry Skodatis (SS) and Lachlan Scott (WW).

Sutherland has fourteen wins to the Wolves eleven in their match-ups since the 2006 season while Sutherland has kept the Wolves scoreless in eight matches while the converse is four. During this season, the Sharks have four games with a nil score to the Wolves one. Sutherland’s best winning sequenceversustheWolves isfivefrom2009-2011, 5-1, 3-0, 2-0, 3-0 and 2-1 while the Wolves’ best was two on three occurrences, in 1987 , 2015-2016 and 2017, 4-0, 1-0, 3-0, , 3-1 , 3-0 and 3-0 respectively. In the previous round Sutherland was defeated 3-0 by Marconi and the Wolves defeated Hakoah Sydney City East 1-0.

The position on the table is first for the Wolves on forty-two points for an unprecedented eighteen weeks, while Sutherland have twenty-one points and occupy ninth place. The result sequence in the previous five games is Sharks - draw, win, draw, win and loss, Wolves - loss, win, win, win and win. V

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7 NPLNSW.COM.AU MATCH PREVIEW PLAYERS TO WATCH The Spanish player Raul Beneit Romero is player who has been impressive in his career at the Sharks this season. He is skilful player who has scored a total of four goals, one of which was against the Wolves in Round 8, and will be eager to add more to his tally.

The Wolves high scoring duo of Thomas James and Lachlan Scott, with twenty-nine goal haul between them so far this campaign, will be out to cause consternation for the Sharks’ custodian and backline. Both players are quick off the blocks with swift acceleration and will take on players with skill and precision and are potent when in range of the goal.

  • BLAST FROM THE PAST The second meeting of the teams eventuated in Round 22 in 1987. The Wolves’ personnel were - Warwick Young, David Skeen, Jock Morlando, Scott Dickson, Mike Hollifield,BrianCokely,RobertGiraldi,JeffAinsworth (Capt.), Pat Brodnik and Rade Stefanovski, with the coach being John Fleming. The Sharks team listing was Craig Burchmore, Robert O’Shea, Peter Terry, Brett Nelson, Robbie Seller, John O’Shea, Steve Meades, Wayne Parsons, Darryl Sharpe, Craig Hill and Tony Caban. It was a dour Wolves performance with the team holding a slight advantage in the first half with only Giraldi and Stefanovski making forays with Stefanovski’s crosses adding to Sutherland’s consternation. However, Sutherland’s defence, the O’Shea brothers, dealt with them adequately to keep the opposition scoreless. Burchmore came out to deny Giraldi with a shout for a penalty kick being ignored by the referee to cause further frustration for the home team. As the minutes ticked by it seemed the deadlock would not be broken. In the final few minutes, a Stefanovski corner this hit success. Dickson met the ball with a header that was projected to Morlando six metres out. The central defender struck his shot sweetly to lodge inside the net. The Wolves narrow victory kept them one point ahead on the point’s table in the top position. SCORES AND SCORERS FROM THE PREVIOUS FIVE LEAGUE MEETINGS 1.
  • 2017. Sutherland Sharks 0 defeated by Wolves 3 (Yuzo Tashiro x2, own goal) 2.
  • 2017. Wolves 3 (Peter Simonoski x2, Yuzo Tashiro) defeated Sutherland Sharks 0 3.
  • 2018. Sutherland Sharks 3 (Adrian Vranic 2, Nick Olsen) defeated Wolves 0 4.
  • 2018. Wolves 2 (Jordan Nikolovski, Nick Montgomery) defeated Sutherland Sharks 1 (Adrian Vranic) 5.
  • 2019. Sutherland Sharks 2 (Juan Romero, Raul Romero) drew with Wolves 2 (Nikola Djordjevic, Taylor McDonald) TWO WOLVES’ PAST PLAYERS OF NOTE - BILL GJAKOVSKI and SEAN ROBERTSON.

The youngster Bill Gjakovski played in the 1994/95 and 1995/96 seasons and the central defender made two starting appearances in his first season and another fifteen, plus seven off the bench in his later time. He was a very mobile player with ability to hold the ball up with good distribution and aerial

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8 #NPLNSW MATCH PREVIEW ability. He positioned himself well when facing opposition attacks and his passing was direct. Sean Robertson played two seasons at the club from 2011 to 2012 with a four-goal tally. He made his debut in Round 13 played immediately after Round 16 playing a further five games with one from the bench in that season with Rounds 13 and 17 being postponed and played later.

He scored three goals with his initial one being versus Rockdale City Suns in Round 18, he met a John Martinoski cross at the right side of the far post. His thirty-eighth minute header was projected past the custodian. He stated at Crehan Park – ‘I was happy and I was hoping to get a goal in my first match. The coach said to get out there and work hard. It was a good win.’ Against Marconi, Robertson had collected a weak clearance. He subsequently expertly curled his shot inside the far post from the edge of the penalty area in the in the sixty-fifth minute. Robertson was severely injured in the Round 14 away Rockdale City Suns match in the fifty-eight minute, going down following an overlapping run.

He was on the sideline receiving treatment after being stretchered off for the continuation of the match, waiting for the ambulance to arrive. He had a suspected broken leg, which was later confirmed. Unfortunately, this was his final match for the club. He made a total of thirteen appearances, seven starts and six as a replacement in his second season. Robertson had quick acceleration, was extremely mobile with good aerial ability and possessed a strong shot. TWO SUTHERLAND PAST PLAYERS OF NOTE - ADAM GRIFFITHS and MARK MILLIGAN Griffiths played for the Sharks in 1998 making six appearances with the achievement of one goal following on from his junior years at Sydney United and at Sutherland Sharks.

He was a defender who made his Sharks debut versus St. George and his goal was in the forty-seventh minute in the Round 15 Canterbury-Marrickville fixture played at Seymour Shaw Park, Miranda. He went on to play overseas and in the A-League with Newcastle Jets, Adelaide United and Sydney FC. As a central defender, he was strong in the tackle with good heading ability and his passing was exact and he had a long clearance kick.

Milligan, the midfielder at this stage of his career, played a number of games in 2006 for the Miranda based club scoring in his debut and his team’s first victory of the season. He combined with Danial Cummins on sixteen minutes before producing a powerful drive that eluded the APIA custodian for his team’s second strike. Milligan showed his added worth to the side when he set up his team’s third team. Milligan went on to play for Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets, Shanghai Shenghua, Melbourne Victory, Baniyas Sc, Melbourne Victory return, Al Ahli and Hibernians (Scotland) before signing for Southend United in 2019.

He has been part of the National team from 2006 with seventy-three appearances with six goals and has been the captain, as a measure of his standing. Milligan was a good ball winner, being a reliable and consistent performer with a high work rate being composed on the ball.

SELECTED REPRESENTATIVE OF BOTH CLUBS - JASON TRIFIRO The skilful midfield player, Trifiro, turned out for the Wolves in 2010, for only a single season. He totalled twenty-one starts with one further appearance from the bench. The midfielder scored two goals in successive matches in rounds 17 and 18 versus Blacktown City and Manly United respectively. Tynan Diaz had worked his way to the goal line before cutting back for Trifiro, who surged forward in the second minute to strike the ball past the Blacktown custodian Matt Ryan. Diaz had made run a run down the right before scooping the ball to Andres Gomez.

He in turn passed to Trifiro with his shot entering the Manly domain with nary a touch by the goalkeeper. In this season Trifiro also scored the quickest in tandem with another player by goaling in the second minute in Round 17.

Earlier, Trifiro had plied his trade at Sutherland Sharks for the 2007 season. Against the Wolves in Round 1, the midfielder nearly got onto the score sheet with a shot that was narrowly wide. Trifiro went on to play in the A-League with Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City. He also played at Parramatta FC, Nunawading City, Blacktown Spartans, South Melbourne, Northcote City, and previously before the Wolves at APIA Leichhardt and Marconi Stallions. By Malcolm Rowney (Players’ comments were from interviews collected for use in the writer’s match reports at the time.)

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13 NPLNSW.COM.AU WOLF DEN As many supporters coming to the Wollongong Wolves matches at WIN Stadium will attest, the support of the active Wolf Den, consisting of a number of die hard supporters positioned at the northern end of the western grandstand, are present in full voice to enhance the atmosphere and support the team enthusiastically. Their volume increases when a goal is scored and that is pretty often during this 2019 season’s exceptional run. The Wolf Den harks back to the National Soccer League days and was reformed as it were to coincide with the Wollongong Wolves prospective A-League bid during 2018, being in force later at the Wolves v Central Coast Mariners friendly match late in the season in October 2018. The Wolf Den ranges from fifteen to twenty members at any given match and was re-instituted by Matt Dawson, Joel McAlear, Cameron De Jong and Tris Carey, not necessarily in that order. Members of the Wolf Den instigated a tribute banner, with great artwork by Hugo Vasquez, to the late Wolves great defender, David Cervinski, prior to kick-off in the Round 13 APIA Leichhardt home match and this gesture was much appreciated by supporters at the ground. If anyone wants to join this active support group, see one of the persons mentioned. You should know where to find them. By Malcolm Rowney (Much appreciation to Joel McAlear for his time in supplying information)
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16 #NPLNSW CONGRATULATIONS PART 3 Following on from the first two parts of the ‘Congratulations’ article, previously published in 2018 and in an earlier 2019 program, these additional following players fully deserved the accolade that was bestowed upon them following theirtremendousperformancesduringtheparticular seasons. The statistics for each player concerns only the season in which they achieved the Wollongong Wolves ‘Player Of The Year’. However, no one player gives entirely flawless performances at each appearance and that is indeed the human condition, but the consistency of higher performances stood out in every player. A striker from 1986 scored seven goals and made twenty-one appearances. The player concerned was Robert Giraldi. Being the club’s top scorer in this season, Giraldi scored his first goal in the season against Inter-Monaro at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan in Round 4. His goal in the 57th minute was the second of his team’s three in the 3-1 victory and in the Round 15 return match, Giraldi achieved a brace in the 2-0 winning result. He was a quick striker who was potent in the six yard area but could score from further out as well as good strikers do. He had quick footwork and possessed a good touch and was able to hold off defenders. A central defender who played in all but of every league game of the 2018 twenty-two round season was Michael Robinson. This was Robinson’s final season as a player at this Mens 1 level and his performances in defence during the season set the standard. His first game was in the Blacktown Round 1 game and against the much-vaunted attacking line-up, Robinson kept the defence in check to keep them scoreless. His final game was away to Marconi on the 12th August. In this match he showed resilience going neck and neck for some time with an attacker to ultimately to win out and come away in possession. In the Round 19 draw with APIA, the leagues top striker was kept in check by Robinson and his co-defenders with the central defender on his mettle to be the last man to tackle an offensive opponent and immediately got the better of another one. Robinson stated post match – ‘we defended very well land even had a chance to put the game to bed. At eighty-eight minutes or so we were in the lead. Very disappointing...they threw everything at us and did not have any clear chances. We had more than them and they had a lot of possession but did nothing with it... We kept him (Jordan Murray) pretty quiet today... We will going, it is a bunch of awesome lads to be on the park with.’ Against Bonnyrigg White Eagles in Round 7, a long pass found his striker but this attacker could not make it count. Robinson post match comments were - ‘we could have won that, had enough chances to win three games, they would not go in and the ‘keeper made some good saves. They got a wonder goal that we could do much about. I tried something at the end to try and create something... We’ve been creating chances and things haven’t fallen for us. We havebeengooddefensivelyandtheboyshavebeen clicking. I thought we played really well’. Robinson was selected in the Mens 1 ‘Team Of The Week’ for his performances against Rockdale City Suns and APIA Leichhardt in Rounds 2 and 11 respectively. He was a reliable and consummate defender with pinpoint long passes, timely interventions, headed interceptions and composure in tight situations. He was the consummate defender. In the 1989/90 season, central defender Ray Vlietstra shone in the first season of summer football making a total of twenty-one appearances in a twenty-six game season. His first game in this season was at Brandon Park for the Round 1 fixture versus Adelaide City with his final match of the season being in Round 22. He was solid in the tackle, adept in the air made timely interceptions and positioned himself defensively with good anticipation. It was in the 1982 season that a second central defender won the honour in successive seasons. It was Arno Bertogna who amassed twenty-nine appearances with one goal to his credit. This was scored in the thirteenth minute in the 2-2 draw in Round 10 with St.George. Bertogna ‘s season game was in Round 30 with his initial start being in Round 1. He was strong in defence being as adept in the air as on the ground. He read the play well and was a good shielder of the ball, was difficult to dispossess and passed effectively.
17 NPLNSW.COM.AU In the 2008 season, the performances of central defender Danial Cummins took the attention of all. He achieved twenty-one starting league appearances, one replacement role in the Cup and two finals appearances. He was captain for the Round 3 APIA Leichhardt clash. In the Grand Final Cummins closed down a Sutherland Sharks attacker in the early stages to keep him from scoring. In the Sydney United re-scheduled Round 17 encounter, an opposition striker went down when Cummins was near him and immediately called for a penalty, which was ignored. Following this victory, he stated in a post match interview - ‘We’ve played (with Ben Blake) together long enough and it makes it a lot easier when you understand each other.. We know what each will do and we cover for each other... It was another clean sheet for us’...on the penalty appeal- ‘His first touch was not good and I did not touch him.’ Cummins possessed good positioning and strength on the ball and in the tackle. He made effective long passes and worked well in his defensive pairings. He was able to delay the ball playing attackers and ready to pounce to thwart and block shots on goal. Four custodians in the history of the Wolves have garnered the accolade and Warwick Young was one of the first to achieve the top honour. It was in the 1988 season when he made twenty-eight appearances, playing all league matches to assist the team on their way to success. In Round 1 he kept St. George to one goal in the 3-1 victory and he achieved eight clean sheets later in the season against Preston Makedonia, Footscray JUST, Sydney Olympic, Sunshine George Cross, South Melbourne, Adelaide City, Melbourne Knights, and APIA Leichhardt. Young’s final season game was in the Preliminary Final loss to Marconi. Young had safe hands and moved in quick time and positioned himself to good effect. His kicking was strong and his reactions benefitted the team. A left sided wing/back, Alvin Ceccoli, with twenty-seven matches and seven to goals to his credit, earned his compliment in the 1997/98 season. One his goals were in the rout of Canberra Cosmos when his shot went through the legs of the custodian. The wing/back goaled again in the return Canberra match. Anthony Surjan’s corner kick found his unattended feet, with his ensuing strong shot zooming into the goal on twenty-six minutes. Ceccoli added another against Marconi with a powerful drive from twelve metres out from goal. Ceccoli was able to loft the ball into space and provided enticing crosses for the strikers. He was quick on the break and his close ball skills were sound. He defended with discipline and attacked with conviction. He had a strong left foot scoring his fair share of goals. An Englishman played for the team in the 1984 season at the back and John Fleming deserved the plaudits. He made twenty-one appearances in all. Fleming’s initial appearance was in Round 6 versus Sydney United at Dapto Showground on 10th April, with his season final game in Round 26 against Newcastle Rosebud United. In the return Sydney United match Fleming was named in reports for his sterling defence. He also set up a goal when Ray Vlietstra headed in his well-intentioned cross against St. George away. In the Newcastle match, Fleming saved two likely goals by clearing off the line at Adamstown Oval in Round 28. Fleming was an accomplished tackler being strong on the ball and able to shield the ball efficiently. He possessed good heading ability and could pass with conviction into space and at the feet of his teammates. By Malcolm Rowney (Players comments were originally collected by the writer in his post match interviews for use in match reports at the time.) CONGRATULATIONS PART 3
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23 NPLNSW.COM.AU It is always an achievement for a player to score his initial league goal for the club and many go on to score many more, while others may only hit a few or indeed stay on the solitary one. ‘It takes two’ goals for players to move on from their initial league goal obviously and following are the players who have scored a total of two goals in their time at the Wolves to be championed and brought to mind. The most famous of all players to score two was an Englishman who had a guest stint in 1988.

The former Birmingham City, Nottingham Forrest, Manchester City, Sampdoria, Atalanta, Glasgow Rangers player achieved his first in Round 16 Adelaide City match at Brandon Park. On the 23rd May, Trevor Francis scored in the seventh minute and a week later he scored the winner on eightynine minutes versus Melbourne Knights at Olympic Park Melbourne.

In 2010, a midfielder had charged into the Sydney United half in Round 4, eluding a defender in transit. He produced a scintillating shot that zoomed into the goal in the ninety-second minute earning a share of the points for his team. It was in round 18 before Tayfun Buyyukopru’s second was achieved. From twenty metres out from the Manly United goal, his effort was placed inside the far post eluding the diving custodian after eighteen minutes had elapsed. A striker from South Australia in the 1998/99 season scored his two goals at Brandon Park. The first was in the Round 14 Sydney Olympic game and again two rounds later versus Carlton.

The goals occurred in the seventy-third minute and eighty-first minutes of the games respectively. Substitute Michael Brooks, on for Paul Reid, connected with a David Huxley cross to hammer home for his initial goal and with Esala Masi provided an audacious back heel to Brooks, who coolly slotted the ball wide of the custodian into the goal.

In 2015, a midfielder scored his first goal and the last of four with the opposition being Sydney United. He scored in the fifty-second minute. Brendan Griffin provided a pass for David Stojic who was one on one with the custodian. He directed the ball towards the goal. The custodian got a slight touch, but not enough to deviate the ball from its successful outcome. Against Bonnyrigg White Eagles in Round 18, Stojic turned the ball in on forty-nine minutes for a consolation. Inthe1984season,astrikerscoredhistwogoalswith the winner being his first in the Round 9 Newcastle United game at Wollongong Showground.

It was a Peter Begg’s glancing header from an Alex Bundalo pinpoint cross that helped earned the points. Round 16 was his next goal achievement at Towradgi Park versus Brisbane Lions, when he converted a penalty kick after Kotamanidis was held back with ten minutes to go.

This player’s first goal emanated from the penalty spot against Bonnyrigg White Eagles in his first match first the club in Round 1, 2010. The player concerned was brought down by a defender’s desperate lunge. He got to his feet and sent the goalkeeper the opposite way to convert his spot kick in the twenty-second minute. It was in Round 6 that Andrew Paine entered the score sheet for the second time. Two minutes short of the hour, Andrew Keep was brought down as he burst into the box chasing a down a defender’s header that did not go where he had intended it go. Paine seemingly being the designated penalty taker took the spot kick.

The custodian initially kept out Paine’s attempt. However, the ball was coolly played with power, into the top of the net by Paine in the follow through. In the final season of the National Football League (2003/04), three players scored a two-goal tally each. One player was an attacking midfielder who went on to coach the team and he scored in Round 9 against Parramatta Power and in the Round 16 South Melbourne match. He came to the Wolves from Sydney United. A Stuart Young feign confused the Power defenders allowing Nahuel Arrarte to scamper through and rocket his shot past the custodian a minute short of the half hour.

Twelve minutes in at Bob Jane Stadium, Arrarte skilfully bent his free kick past the defensive wall into the goal. A late season addition to the team who came from Melbourne Knights scored his two goals from five appearances, (a not too bad a return) in the Round 22 Parramatta Power encounter and in Round 26 Newcastle United final round. Stuart Young had eluded two Power defenders before crossing to Nick Sabljak, who then projected the ball into the goal in the forty-second minute. Versus Newcastle, Sabljak goaled on eighty-three minutes after providing corner kicks that lead for the first two goals.

He took advantage of an easy chance when he connected with a Tanju Balabanel ball following Adam Hughes winning the ball to start off the IT TAKES TWO

24 #NPLNSW IT TAKES TWO enterprising movement. The Marconi Round 2 was the occasion when this young player came from Newcastle United, scored his initial goal in the followed by his next in Round 21 Sydney Olympic fixture. In the Newcastle game he scored in the seventy-third minute. John Majuroski’s other goal occurred at Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah. Majuroski pushed the ball home from a Steven DeGiovianniello pass. A Trinidad and Tobago striker turned out for one season in 2015 and garnered his second goal in the Round 12 Sydney Olympic game. It was the quickest goal of the season coming in the third minute.

David Stojic had created a chance when his shot bounced off the custodian. The ball fell to where Bradley Welch was standing and he whacked the ball in from close vicinity. For his first goal, a short Stojic corner kick went directly to Peter Simonoski to catch the opposition oblivious to the ploy. Simonoski crossed in and Welch managed to jump in, to side glance the ball home.

From Western Australia ventured a striker who played for the Wolves in the 2001/02 season. It was in Round 20 when he goaled for the first time at the club. Playing at the Sydney United Sports Centre, a cleared Sydney United ball found Alvin Ceccoli and his angled shot found Greg Sharland instead of the goal. He succeeded in converting his opportunity by slotting the ball home in the thirty-third minute. It was in Round 24 for his next and final goal. Against Melbourne Knights, substitute Sharland seized upon an errant corner kick clearance to produce an easy attempt on goal that brought up the equaliser on eighty-three minutes.

Another player with only a solitary season at the Wolves was a midfielder who was on the books in 2007. With Penrith-Nepean United being the opposition in Round 6, he goaled in the 2-1 victory. In the Round 10 Bankstown City, Ivan Vojdovic achieved his second when Dustin Wells provided a pass from the opposite side of the field after he in turn had received the ball from Daniel Aliffi. Vojdovic arrived to slot the ball home. A very skilful midfielder turned out in the red and white for two seasons and he scored a goal in each. In Round 18 of the 2011 season, an eightyfirst minute goal was the team’s third and winner.

Lisandro Berbis had pushed an incisive pass through to Andrew Paine. Following receipt of the ball, Paine then squared it to Andres Gomez, who hit the ball into the unoccupied goal for his team’s first victory of the season. In Round 18 at Crehan Park, Gomez achieved his team’s third of four goals. On the right side of the goal, Gomez, after receiving a pass, He shot, with his powerful effort taking an acute deviation off a defender into the net past the unfortunate Rockdale City Suns custodian. This former Marconi striker came to the Wolves after a stint in Belgium with Sint-Tridense VV. His second Wolves’ goal was in the 2002/03 home Round 8 Northern Spirit scoring in the thirty-fifth minute.

The striker netted the opening goal after Naum Sekulovski had his shot fly off the cross bar and then rebounding to Liam Austin’s feet. He proceeded to move the ball on to Zeljko Babic, who, from three metres out, slotted the ball into the unoccupied goal for an easy second goal.

A player’s brace produced his goals in the 2012 with each goal emanating within two minute of each other. Against Rockdale City Suns in Round 3, the initial goal was achieved when he dashed in to slot the ball home on eighty-eight minutes. His brace was achieved when Fabian Iacovelli, set up by Mark Picciolini propelled the ball into Rockdale’s domain. A former Sydney Olympic defender played for the Wolves for a single season and returned to Olympic for the subsequent season. It is in the 1995/96 that the defender hit two goals. His second goal came in the Round 14 Canberra Cosmos fixture at Brandon Park.

Matt Horsley and Martin Bourke were instrumental in the lead-up before with his touch of

25 NPLNSW.COM.AU IT TAKES TWO the player placed the ball beyond the custodian’s reach from close vicinity. With his earlier effort versus Brisbane Strikers in Round 9 Angelo Petratos came on as a substitute to head a George Jolevski cross into the goal after Martin Bourke had started the ball rolling. A left footed midfield player back in Australia following a brief stint with Millwall in England came to the Wolvers for the 2008 season. He scored in the Round 19 Bankstown City away match. From the left side of the box he produced powerfully hit effort that zoomed into goal with seven minutes left on the clock.

Ilija Prenzoski had provided the assist. Ten minutes following the start of the 2009 Round 12 Bankstown City encounter, Lachlan Cahill added his second strike. Englishman James Vaughan curled a cross in, with Cahill’s diving header at the far post bringing up the desired outcome in wet and muddy conditions.

Coming to the Wolves from West Adelaide a midfielder landed for the 1993/94 season to score his two goals in the first of his three seasons. Two games in succession in Rounds 20 and 21 versus Heidelberg United and Melbourne Knights were the order of his achievements. Vaughan Coveny was fouled in his position narrowly outside the penalty area. Scott Ollerenshaw and Mineo Bonetig stood overtheballwiththeformerWestadplayer. Boththe first two players touched before the midfielder fired home a rocket into the right corner of the Knights goal. Earlier at Olympic Village, a through ball from Mineo Bonetig spreadeagled the Heidelberg defence allowing Pedro Ricoy to short circuit the offside trap to, with composure, shoot successfully beyond the custodian’s reach.

A midfield player with a high work rate was on the books in the 2002/03 season. In Round 16 against Brisbane Strikers, he goaled nine minutes into the game. The Strikers custodian had cleared a header from the midfielder only for the ball to rebound off a defender for a corner kick, which was consequently taken by Dino Mennillo. However, at his second attempt, Shane Lyons duly brought up the goal to have the final say. His next goaloccurredwhenAlexCastrohadchestedtheball down outside the box to Lyons. He, in succession powered the ball home in the twenty-sixth minute. A Queenslander was signed during the 2014 season and his goals occurred in Rounds 15 and 22, both at the home ground.

He scored the team’s fourth goal on sixty-five minutes, connected with a Mitchell Del Turco cross, sweeping the ball into the APIA Leichhardt goal in the final league match of the season. With ten minutes remaining versus Rockdale City Suns at WIN Stadium, Lachlan Reus scored after Ricky Zucco had provided a penetrating pass. Reus stormed in from the right to rifle the ball home. He stated following proceedings – ‘I’m very excited (about his goal) and very happy with the whole team performance. I appreciate everyone’s support in the end I’ve scored my first goal. Our victory was awesome and we knew we had to work our backsides off.

They have been at the top all season and we have been fighting A New Zealand international striker came to the Wolves for the 1992/93 season and scored his goals against South Melbourne in Round 13 and in Round 15 versus Newcastle Breakers. With good preliminary play from Matt Horsley and Mike Smith. Smith had sent two Breakers defenders the wrong way, allowing Horsley to go the goal line, before sending the ball back and the Kiwi scored with a well-taken effort in the forty-seventh minute. At Brandon Park on the 1st December, Tony Laus scored for the Wolves again in the 2-1 South Melbourne loss.

A midfielder scored his couple of goals in two different seasons with the initial one in 2011 and again in 2012. Against APIA Leichhardt at Lambert Park in Round 2, he goaled with a long range shot on eighty-six minutes to reinstate his team’s twogoal buffer. In the next season, it was in Round 5 versus Blacktown Spartans that the second of this player’s duo of league goals. Right defender Jack Keating had made a ground breaking run down the opposite wing, before moving the ball on to Chris Nathaniel. He, in turn passed to Cameron Littler, who was in a position with a clear view on goal. Littler shot, with his effort zooming into the goal for his second league strike.

Littler made twenty-nine league appearances consisting of twelves starts and seventeen from the bench with a three cup starts and two as a replacement. He had scored a further two cup goals, this time a brace versus Hawkesbury in 2011.

These twenty-two players have all scored their second Wolves’ goal and it is certainly is a case of ‘it takes two’. By Malcolm Rowney

26 #NPLNSW HIGH Against the current Men’s clubs there have been games with a ‘high’ incidence of goals scored from eleven to two, and these have the been the highest in meetings since the 2004/05 NSW Premier League. Three of these such scores emanated in 2009, which was probably the least successful season in the club’s history and two came in 2006, a year in which there many young players with a smattering of experienced older heads.

Some of the goal scorers feature a couple of times, some with different clubs. In addition, some matches have boasted the same number of goals in more than one occasion.

The NSW Mens clubs are listed in club alphabetical order, not in the number of score tally classification. 1. APIA It was in 2009 when eleven goals were scored in a 6-5scoreline,onethatiscertainlyveryunique.APIA, in the end won the match after the score seesawed many times throughout the match. In the Round 22 encounter on the 9th August, at Leichhardt Oval, APIA scored after three minutes had elapsed with Robert Younis goaling. He doubled the score a quarter of an hour later before Wollongong’s James Monie reduced the arrears. His teammate Steve Hayes got the equalizer before Ilija Prenzoski put his team ahead.

Apia’s Michael Hawrysiuk and Younis again added to APIA’s tally for 4-3. Hawrysiuk brought up his brace and Younis scored his fourth to round out the six. Jamie McMaster scored his only Wolves’ club goal and Prenzoski achieved his brace to conclude the scoring.

2. BLACKTOWN CITY Sevengoalsweretheorderofthedayin2006when Blacktown played at home at Fairfax Community Stadium scoring six goals to the Wolves one, on 8th April. The match was in progress for thirty minutes before a goal emanated and in the final thirty minutes the floodgates opened. Blacktown hit the lead through Milorad Simonovic and Daniel Watkins added the second just on half time. Paul Karbon scored on the hour before Luke Roodenburg joined the scorers twenty minutes later. Ten minutes before Roodenburg’s goal, the Wolves’ Kurt Saterdag pulled one back before Michael Brown put in the sixth.

3. HAKOAH SYDNEY CITY EAST It was 2016, the first meeting between the sides and five goals came about on 13th March at WIN Stadium. It was a 3-2 positive result for the Wolves. Chris Price, the Wolves captain, scored a fine goal in the first minute. However, the home could not rest on their laurels as Neil Jablonski restored parity two minutes later. His teammate Kevin Lopes followed suit in the 72nd minute, before Nicolas Bernal equalized, then Peter Simonoski got the winner with seven minutes remaining. 4. MANLY UNITED In two distinct games there were seven goals conjured up with different score lines, 5-2 in 2010 and 6-1 in 2014.

The 2010 Round 18 encounter began with The Wolves’ Tayfun Buyyukopru scoring in the 18th minute. However, Manly replied a minute later through Scott Balderson. Adam Foti added to Manly’s tally but Jason Trifiro goaled straight after for the Wolves. Luke Casserly hit a Manly goal in quick succession before Robbie Cattanach and Andrew Mailernailedthe5-2victory.In2014,thetableswere reversed with the Wolves winning with six being scored and Manly adding one. It was in Round 8. The Wolves’ Sam Matthews started the ball rolling, followed Ricky Zucco who chimed in. Manly replied with Brendan Cholakian’s spot kick before Jordan Murray scored two in a row, which was followed up by Peter Simonoski and Matthew Bailey.

5. MARCONI Eight goals were scored in this match in 2006. It was in Round 5 at Marconi Stadium on 18th March and a 5-3 result with Marconi the victors. Daniel Aliffi

HIGH and Adam Casey with a brace were Wollongong’s scorers while Marconi’s five were hit by Tony Faria with a hat trick, with one each to John Buonavoglia and Vuko Tomasevic. 6. MT DRUITT TOWN RANGERS The tally of goals in this 2019 encounter was five, with the Wolves achieving four through Lachlan Scott with two, and Thomas James and Darcy Madden. Mirjan Pavlovic for the Mt Druitt Town Rangers. The Rangers took the early lead scoring in the eighteenth minute. The Wolves restored parity when Madden headed home in the fifty-second minute and five minutes later James slotted the ball into the goal.

Scott added a brace with his goals emanating in the seventy-second and eighty-fifth. 7. ROCKDALE CITY SUNS Five was the highest number of goals scored between these two clubs. It was 4-1 result in 2011. The Wolves’ Sean Robertson began the scoring with John Martinoski following suit. Andres Gomes netted the team’s third before Shay Spitz pulled one back for the Suns. Sasho Petrovski scored the fifth goal of the match for his team to come out as the victors.

8. SYDNEY OLYMPIC Another 2009 match, with a score line with seven goals hit this time, five by Olympic and two by the Wolves in the Round 4 match at Belmore Sports Ground.Wollongongwenttoanearlylead,courtesy of Ilija Prenzoski in the first minute followed by teammate James Lawrence with his only club goal. Nine minutes later, Olympic got one back through Tolgay Ozbey and he added another to bring up his brace. Matthew Mayora goaled the equalizer and then added his second strike. Adam Biddle got the fifth for his team to take home the spoils. 9. SYDNEY FC So far there have been are only six Mens 1 confrontations between the two clubs and two matches tallied seven goals in the mix, with the Wolves chalking up six, initially to Sydney FC’s one in the second meeting in 2017.

Brendan Griffin began the scoring proceedings at WIN Stadium on the 13th AugustandSydney’sAndreaAgamemnonosbulged the back of the net in reply. Later, Patrick Antelmi continued the onslaught when he converted from the spot. More goals followed as Steve Hayes struck pay dirt, and Griffin and Antelmi brought up their braces. The 2019 Round 4 match at Lambert Park saw a further seven goals with Sydney FC hitting three and the Wolves responding with four. Lachlan Scott got the ball rolling with the first goal in the eighteenth minute, before Nick Littler got into the act, eight minutes later. Thomas James goaled on the half hour before ten minutes later to push his team three in front.

Jordan Swibel pulled one back for Sydney before half time. James achieved his brace fifteen minutes after the resumption of play before Marco Tilio and Jerry Skodatis attained two further Sydney goals.

10. SYDNEY UNITED 58 Nine goals was the highest tally. It was a 6-3 score that occurred in 2012 with the Wolves winning the match. These goals occurred in Round 15 at Crehan Park on 14th July. The Wolves went to the lead in the eighth minute through Ricky Zucco and was followed by Samuel Jacob, Peter Simonoski and Michael Robinson. This put the team in a favorable position, out to a four-goal advantage. Sydney United restored some respect when Elsid Barkhousir got onto the score sheet near half time. This was followed by teammate Mirjan Pavlovic ‘s strike before Zucco added another. United’s Daniel Barac replied three minutes later.

However, Zucco was not to be silenced and he brought up his hat trick for the last say in the scoring department.

11. SUTHERLAND SHARKS Another game with six goals being hit was the 5-1 result in 2009. This game was played at Slacky Flat Oval, Bulli Showground on 29th March. It took until sixteen minutes in, before a goal was struck and Sutherland’s Panni Nikas did the deed. Ben Spruce, Jim Bakis and Matthew Hall followed suit to reinforce the Sharks handy position at 3-0. Matthew Hall and Chris Price added two more before Steve Hayes scored a consolation goal for the Wolves. The Wolves versus all the current National Premier League NSW Mens 1 have thrown up games with the ‘high’ preponderance of goals and have produced a high and low depending on which team won.

By Malcolm Rowney

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