A 2017-18 tarot reading for every A-League club – Part 1

Evan Morgan Grahame Columnist

By Evan Morgan Grahame, Evan Morgan Grahame is a Roar Expert


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    Season previews always involve some sort of tentative hoist into the veiled unknown.

    So many safe assumptions made in theory crumble under the harsh terms of reality; I could make an argument, one supported by tactical evidence from last season, and buttressed by sensible forward projections, that Perth’s 2017-18 season will be a trying one.

    But, in lieu of the arid dryness of that avenue, why not indulge in a little soothsaying instead?

    As we pluck cards from the deck, each instilled with a heady prophecy, we’ll wave away the fog of fate, allowing the faint outline of what’s in store to emerge.

    Adelaide United: The Devil
    A symbol of wretched inversion, expressed best by the inverted pentagram, the Devil is a card most associated with a self-inflicted sense of chaos.

    Looming over the man and woman, the Devil mockingly holds up a hand of false wisdom, which is really a disguised intention to wreak havoc and dysfunction. Mistakenly positioned as an external corrupter, the Devil in fact spawns from within, impairing progress, killing creativity, spreading hopelessness.

    Adelaide’s title defence, as hopeless as any in the A-League’s history, was a calamitous cavalcade, where a sudden exodus of talent in the pre-season, and a vicious cycle of bad results and lost confidence, sent them spiralling from champions and premiers to the second-worst team in the division.

    Eventually, after enough demoralising defeats, the Reds gave in, allowing the darkness to envelop them.

    The lesson taught by the Devil illuminates the power of self-reliance; only Adelaide can take themselves back into the top six this season, and looking inwardly, not pointing outwardly, is the only way to do it.

    Brisbane Roar – Justice
    Sitting, unmoved, Justice holds the celestial scales which balance the laws of the universe. He has a sword raised to deliver punishment to those who deserve it, and to anoint those who have earned it. Justice does so without ceremony; the logic of the scales are clear, and weighing down one side will cause an unavoidable imbalance.

    Brisbane are preparing for the upcoming season apparently wilfully ignorant of all of this; they have lost the joint-leading scorer, and have replaced him with a 37-year-old marquee. They bade farewell to a club legend at the end of last season.

    Having instated a three-at-the-back system over the pre-season, the Roar have been beaten 5-1 by the Victory in an FFA Cup tie, and 4-0 by the Wanderers in a friendly.

    Their transfer business has been, generally, lacklustre. The team has been insulated from the instability caused by the club ownership over the last few years, making a finals appearance in each of the last five seasons, including three finishes in the league’s top three.

    But it does seem as though Brisbane is due for a down year, and perhaps Justice, looking on dispassionately, will deliver a blow to right the karmic scales.

    John Aloisi speaks to his players on the sideline

    AAP Image/David Crosling

    Central Coast Mariners: The Magician
    The Magician wields divine powers of transformation, turning nothingness into somethingness. The symbol of infinity represents the limitlessness of his power, but this power does not come from within him; it is, in fact, only channelled through him.

    The sources of power are outside of him, and just as he relies on these sources, so they too rely on him as a conduit; they are disparate, impotent and haywire without him.

    Paul Okon appears to be growing something, coaxing out timid seedlings, from the barren plain that the Mariners have been trudging through for so long. His team finished third-bottom last season, but was extremely young, and offered up more than enough evidence to suggest progress is being made.

    Crucial to the Magician’s potency is his clarity of thought; he must know not just what to do, but how and why to do it. Okon’s team is, in many ways, unknowable; Daniel de Silva is searching for a career revival, Andrew Hoole is overflowing with volatile potential, and Connor Pain only showed tantalising flashes of his value to the team last season.

    Okon’s abilities – themselves largely untested – as a manager will be strained, but if he can conjure something this season in Gosford, a wondrous piece of genuine magic it will surely be.

    Melbourne City: The Tower
    The Tower looks like a scene of catastrophe, but really the card represents the necessary destruction of old, crumbling pillars we lean so lazily on. Destruction can be a catalyst for creation, and the Tower’s golden crown, toppled by a divine lightning bolt, is being removed from cold stone so it can better, more effectively, sit on human heads.

    Melbourne City, having won the FFA Cup last season – beating Sydney FC in the final no less, a team that had looked utterly imperious, and which continued to look that way in the league – rested on their laurels, the richest club in the country, with the nation’s greatest ever Socceroo drawing crowds around the league.

    They seemed encased in stone as the season wound its way toward the finals, unable to reinvigorate as a team, slipping to uninterested defeats and draws, eventually being beaten 2-0 by Perth in the post-season.

    In what may be Tim Cahill’s final season as a player, City must take the opportunity to rebuild up their tower, having learnt the lessons of last season; a new tower, sitting on the rubble of the old one, will stand taller and prouder.

    Melbourne Victory: The Chariot
    With the two sphinxes bridled and sitting as well-trained steeds in front, the Chariot symbolises the powerful torque you can achieve with properly controlled emotions, and a laser focus on the destination.

    The Victory, one of the league’s most successful and consistent clubs, tend to accrue this demeanour, and last season it seemed possible they could have caught leaders Sydney, wheels spinning furiously, horses galloping, a snorting pursuer. They were, in the end, pipped to the premiership, and lost to Sydney on penalties in the grand final, a cruel finish.

    A James Troisi transfer saga for the ages threw the off-season into relative turmoil, and Marco Rojas and Fahid Ben Khalfallah both left; the horses were braying, throwing off their yoke and reigns, ready to bolt.

    Then Troisi was suddenly re-signed, and Mark Milligan was brought in, and the mounts were calm again, pointing in the right direction, with Kevin Muscat steely-eyed and focused in the driver’s seat, reins in hand.

    Momentum, increasing with every stride, carries the Chariot steadfastly toward its objective.

    Part 2 tomorrow…

    Evan Morgan Grahame
    Evan Morgan Grahame

    Evan Morgan Grahame is a Melbourne-based journalist. Gleaning what he could from his brief career as a painter, the canvas of the football pitch is now his subject of contemplation, with the beautiful game sketching new, intriguing compositions every week. He has been one of The Roar's Expert columnists since 2016. Follow him on Twitter @Evan_M_G.

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    • August 22nd 2017 @ 6:14am
      Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 6:14am | ! Report

      Brisbane…. “making a finals appearance in each of the last five seasons, including three finishes in the league’s top three” … I will just point out that in pre-season of every one of those five seasons, Brisbane have been written off (as you have done here).

      P.S. and Roar have made finals for the past 7 seasons, but heck – dont let research get in the way of what was otherwise a brilliant little article.

      P.P.S. see you in the finals ?

      • Columnist

        August 22nd 2017 @ 8:24am
        Evan Morgan Grahame said | August 22nd 2017 @ 8:24am | ! Report

        I hope they have a good season Waz, but don’t blame me, blame the cards ?. Of course, you’re right about the finals appearances, but the stat stopped at 2012 because that’s when the Bakries took full ownership.

        • August 22nd 2017 @ 9:05am
          Lionheart said | August 22nd 2017 @ 9:05am | ! Report

          Yes, you label Victory ‘one of the league’s most successful and consistent clubs’. Check the record, you will see that Roar is also ‘one of the league’s most successful and consistent clubs’, talking results on field, not off-field.

        • August 22nd 2017 @ 9:58am
          Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 9:58am | ! Report

          Evan, don’t get me wrong, I loved the read and didn’t take anything too seriously. It’s an annual event to write Roar off which has proven wrong every year, maybe this year?

          The logic is not sound though; Roar have one of the best goalkeepers in the league, in Avraam the best CB partnering DeVere, Kristensen is one of the best DMs, Mackay remains outstanding, Holman found form at the end of last season and has started out pre-season well, Kalfhalla is class, and Maccarone was playing Serie A 4 months ago and will be way better than half the defenders the A league offers up. Then there’s the depth – Brown will be the standout player again this year, Young is the best #2 keeper in the league, if Maccarone struggles hello D’Aggers, Skapetis (who will be the signing of this year and may well take out the golden boot) and Gameiro, then you have Caletti and zingham both destined for great things and there’s several youth players who no one outside of brisbane have heard of as good as Calletti & Co …. so the squads better than ever.

          The media don’t help, ask why Roar don’t grow crowds and part of the answer is the negative press we endure every year. And our own fans can be as bad, it’s easy to see which ones had left the stadium 0-2 v Mariners. Some are too easy to write us off.

          • August 22nd 2017 @ 10:15am
            Midfielder said | August 22nd 2017 @ 10:15am | ! Report


            Heard the Roar is ordering new blankets for the Old Mans team keep em warm in their wheel chairs… Orange ones I hear …

            • August 22nd 2017 @ 10:59am
              Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 10:59am | ! Report

              Next you’ll be complaining people don’t comment on the Football and instead make unintelligent negative comments. It’s a case of “do as I say, not as I do” then presumably?

          • August 22nd 2017 @ 10:58am
            Realfootball said | August 22nd 2017 @ 10:58am | ! Report

            Good Lord, you really work on those rose coloured glasses, don’t you, Waz?

            This post reads like a Roar supporter stoner fantasy.

            We’ll see who is right, but I’m predicting you’re in for a hard reality check. I’m picking 8th for Brisbane this year, and on the subject of Macaroni, I’m tipping 10 goals tops. Brian Deane Mark II.

            My money is on Alois and his unattractive coaching staff being first for the door this season.

            • August 22nd 2017 @ 11:01am
              Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 11:01am | ! Report

              10 goals tops?

              You mean 3 less than Maclaren got lol??

              And you’ve no idea who Skapetis is right??

              • August 22nd 2017 @ 11:09am
                Realfootball said | August 22nd 2017 @ 11:09am | ! Report

                This your standard line now – react to contrary views by being offensive. There are times when you sound so like the former Fussball that I do wonder.

                I know exactly who Skapetis is. I know exactly who is in our squad, their backgrounds and ages.

                Man oh man, do you need to get a life.

              • August 22nd 2017 @ 11:20am
                Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 11:20am | ! Report


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              • August 22nd 2017 @ 11:28am
                Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 11:28am | ! Report

                (Sorry, wasn’t meant to post twice??)

            • August 22nd 2017 @ 3:11pm
              steve said | August 22nd 2017 @ 3:11pm | ! Report

              10 is being a bit generous for Maccarone. He was a 1 goal ins every six games last season. Will be lucky to see him get 5 goals.

              • August 22nd 2017 @ 3:28pm
                Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 3:28pm | ! Report

                Steve, that presumes that the defences in Serie A are the same standard as those in the HAL though?

              • August 22nd 2017 @ 4:07pm
                steve said | August 22nd 2017 @ 4:07pm | ! Report

                Maybe you are right there Waz, who knows, just purely looking at the stats I’m not sure any Roar fan should be looking at a McLaren or Berisha return from him in goals scored. Maybe he will bang in a goal a game or close to it, I guess we will find out. That’s ais, as a Roar supporter, I’m not at all feeling confident of a finals appearance this season, and signing a 38 year old ” marquee ‘ at the tail end of his career doesn’t fill me with confidence.

          • August 22nd 2017 @ 2:10pm
            Melange said | August 22nd 2017 @ 2:10pm | ! Report

            Nothing wrong with having some oldies in your squad as long as they’re good enough (thank the lord that CCM have got rid of the cousins). The key is balance and how the kids around them go – Brillante and O’Neill were two of the most important players for Sydney – a side which was teetering on the ‘old’ side of the ledger.

            Unfortunately Waz I don’t think Roar have the balance. Caletti needs to displace one of your oldies in midfield. On the face of it there is an over reliance on oldies in the forwards if we concede Khalfallah is on the wane and Maccarone is a definite starter, your next choices are young unknowns and a gamble in Gameiro (one of the unluckiest players to lace on a boot.)

            Theo is proven but I think you may be a little over enthusiastic in your judgement of Young. Any time he’s playing theres a chance of a few flapping at air moments or worse, throwing the ball back towards his own goals! Not enough composure from the evidence I’ve seen.

            • August 22nd 2017 @ 3:35pm
              Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 3:35pm | ! Report

              Let’s start at the back:

              Young is a good keeper but he has those moments you describe, the bigger problem is that it then seems to get in his head and it affects the rest of his game. In the match v Victory he made a very basic mistake for the first goal which was just the latest in a series of them. Because he can’t eradicate them it makes him #2. But still a good #2.

              Caletti I agree with but he is only 18 and he don’t get the same space as he did last season so Aloisi needs to manage his game time. Start him against CCM, Glory, Jets, AU, Nix and bring him off the bench for the rest.

              In terms of balance – Roar are short in that 23-29 age group. You’re either 32+ or you’re 22 and under … its a deliberate choice but this old-age thing is a misnomer, Roar had an average age way younger than Victiry in the Cup because we played teenagers (3 of them) while they benched their kids again. The question is not too old/too young but are they good enough?

      • August 22nd 2017 @ 4:09pm
        j,binnie said | August 22nd 2017 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

        Waz – You cite one of the main reasons that keep Roar fans coming back,no even growing, year after year ,and that is the team’s abilIty to “hang in there” year after year and finish high up the HAL.
        I agree with your sentiments and it says a lot for the players involved over those years, for in fact the coaching position has altered dramatically (4 or 5 changes I can think of) over the 7 years you mention adding just a little bit of “mystery” again to the question “What is a successful coach”???
        Another angle to be considered is the measure against the standard of the HAL, for in all that success, Roar have seldom,if ever,made any advance when playing in the next level up,the Asian Cup.
        IMO the standard in the HAL is changing and we have 4 or 5 clubs starting to show they are in the comp for the long haul, Victory being the obvious trend setter closely followed by Sydney FC and, (when they get their home ground sorted ) WSW..
        Do Roar want to keep pace with these clubs or are they quite content to waddle along behind them hoping to come up with a score or two to keep the fans happy.
        We are in the entertainment game whether we like it or not, and to be “top of the bill” in entertainment you have to have some stars in “the show”.
        In football the only guide we have to that “stardom” is the new signings that are arriving at the club and to date Roar have fallen behind others in procuring “stars”.This present close season is perhaps the worst so far and I think it is this inaction,or poor action,that is causing unrest in the minds of some regular fans like yourself. Cheers jb.

        • August 22nd 2017 @ 7:48pm
          Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 7:48pm | ! Report

          jb. I agree that the breakaway is starting to occur – the investment in infrastructure is crucial as will be the future division of revenues which is likely to favour sides at the top if the league each year over those at the bottom.

          Will Roar hang in there?

          Not if crowds don’t grow, 14k is respectable but in a one team city it’s not enough to keep up with the big 4 and if a second team divides support then both teams don’t be able to keep up and Brisbane will become to the A league what Bristol is to the EPL.

          Have a look at kingsman’s message today, some very interesting facts n figures in there.

          • August 22nd 2017 @ 9:32pm
            j,binnie said | August 22nd 2017 @ 9:32pm | ! Report

            Waz- Had actually read the article you mention before I wrote my reply to you and,as you say there are some interesting things said in his discourse on what is going to happen,but you will perhaps forgive an old cynic when I say “yes ,we’ve heard all that before so will wait and see”. What was noticeable,though he did not expand upon it,was his admission as to his embarrassment when he kept getting tweets during the Cup game. As you have also spelled out that was an embarrassing performance but unfortunately that was as far as he went.
            He does not mention what we are discussing here,the subject matter being do Roar want to be a “big club” in the HAL ,or just another also -ran ,content with a minor placing or would he like to see not only a championship being won here but an advancement when the team plays in Asia.
            What I am using as a measure to that ambition is the club’s recruitment policy for lets be honest there has been very little to show for 5 years activity in the new procurement market,while our main opposition in the HAL appear to be constantly on the outlook for international quality and that to me is a significant difference of which, unfortunately, the chairman makes no mention. cheers jb.

            • August 22nd 2017 @ 9:42pm
              Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 9:42pm | ! Report

              Well I think the answer to the question “do they want to be a big club” is yes they do; the bigger question is do they have the means to invest to get there and, more crucially imo, do they have/can they get the management capability to take them there?

              • August 23rd 2017 @ 7:21am
                j,binnie said | August 23rd 2017 @ 7:21am | ! Report

                Waz – Three good questions,and the longer this “lack of quality signings trend” goes on,,the answers to the latter two remains in limbo. Cheers jb.

              • August 23rd 2017 @ 7:59pm
                Waz said | August 23rd 2017 @ 7:59pm | ! Report

                Maccarone is the gamble – if he has the quality/fitness then Roar won’t be short of goals. Skapetis I think will go really well, he won’t be long in the A league.

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      August 22nd 2017 @ 9:23am
      Ben Sewell said | August 22nd 2017 @ 9:23am | ! Report

      Absolutely would not surprise me if the Roar took home the wooden spoon this season. Jamie Maclaren covered so many holes for us these past 2 seasons. With him gone, I just don’t see where the goals are coming from. On a side note thoroughly looking forward to seeing Daniel De Silva at CCM this season. Expecting a big season from him.

      • August 22nd 2017 @ 10:57am
        Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 10:57am | ! Report

        Yeah but, nah. Maccers got 13 goals in open play plus 7 penalties (and no assists/few secondary assists) so the loss shouldn’t be treated lightly but at the same time don’t blow it out of proportion. Berisha was a huge loss, Maccers way less.

        • August 22nd 2017 @ 3:39pm
          Fadida said | August 22nd 2017 @ 3:39pm | ! Report

          What, so we aren’t counting penalties now? I’m betting Bersiha got at least 5 penalties per season to top up his tallies.

          • August 22nd 2017 @ 4:11pm
            Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 4:11pm | ! Report

            Penalties are different types of goals though. We had 7 last season, I don’t think we had 7 in the previous 3 seasons. We can replace a penalty taker easier than the 13 goals from open play.

            If Maccarone (or Skapetis) get 10 goals including 7 pens we’re in bother. If either get ten from open play we’ll be fine.

            Then the other factor is Maclaren was a classic goal poacher, a finisher, not a creator hence 40 goals in two seasons and only about 2 assists. For a possession based team that was problematic and – not a problem of his making – Broich/Borrello on either side were not goalscorers hence Roar had a goalsciring problem last year – we absolutely dominated teams at times and ended up drawing the game still so this season goals have to come from more places.

            And the contrast between Berisha and Maclaren doesn’t hold, they’re different types of players. Look at the number of primary/secondary assists Berisha gets involved in, the amount of times he receives the ball and holds it up. always wondered if Bes and maccers could play in the same team as Keogh/Maccers did?

            • August 22nd 2017 @ 7:29pm
              Bob said | August 22nd 2017 @ 7:29pm | ! Report

              Berisha >>>> Macalaren who’s not even getting off teh pine in Germany

              • Roar Pro

                August 22nd 2017 @ 7:42pm
                Ben Sewell said | August 22nd 2017 @ 7:42pm | ! Report

                Jesus give the man some time. Bundesliga 2. is a solid 3 games into the season..

    • August 22nd 2017 @ 10:17am
      Midfielder said | August 22nd 2017 @ 10:17am | ! Report


      Thanks for a non negative article…


      Mariners sailing under the radar … me thinks it will be a very much improved year.

      • August 22nd 2017 @ 11:03am
        Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 11:03am | ! Report

        “Thanks for a non negative article…” lol the hypocrisy of the comment right after you made a negative, non-football comment ????

        • August 22nd 2017 @ 11:12am
          Realfootball said | August 22nd 2017 @ 11:12am | ! Report

          Do you have anything else to do, Waz? You are all over any forum relating to Brisbane like an annoying rash.

          No wonder the posters on the Roar Supporters Forum view you with such a conspicuous lack of enthusiasm.

          Talk about a man searching for a pulpit.

          • August 22nd 2017 @ 11:22am
            Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 11:22am | ! Report

            Just ignore my posts then pal.


            Don’t try and censor me.

        • August 22nd 2017 @ 11:12am
          Lionheart said | August 22nd 2017 @ 11:12am | ! Report

          there’s lots of fans jealous of our achievements Waz, never mind them
          (just baiting you midfielder – love to see a CCM v Roar gf)

          • August 22nd 2017 @ 11:23am
            Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 11:23am | ! Report

            Slight correction: Roar v CCM GF ?

    • August 22nd 2017 @ 11:10am
      Lionheart said | August 22nd 2017 @ 11:10am | ! Report

      Will Troisi and Milligan last the season? They both seem to have moved to MV as second choice, or should I say they both were sought after by overseas clubs but fell at the last hurdle. Will they be targeted in the mid-season transfer window? With them, MV are going to be a terrific side, hard to beat and probably the ones to challenge Sydney.
      I’m having doubts about Aloisi but I got to say that Roar must be due for some luck, after several seasons of bad injuries. I don’t understand the tarot justice thing, nor the tower or chariot, but I get the devil and magician things.

      • August 22nd 2017 @ 6:22pm
        Footoverhand said | August 22nd 2017 @ 6:22pm | ! Report

        I must admit Milligan is class, he only missed out on playing in the EPL because of Australia’s average ranking over 3 years, missed out by half a point.

        • August 22nd 2017 @ 10:40pm
          Bazmace said | August 22nd 2017 @ 10:40pm | ! Report

          Think he was heading for Bolton in the championship

          • August 22nd 2017 @ 10:55pm
            Footoverhand said | August 22nd 2017 @ 10:55pm | ! Report

            Brighton Hove Albion

    • August 22nd 2017 @ 1:27pm
      Footoverhand said | August 22nd 2017 @ 1:27pm | ! Report

      Adelaide – Should be largely unknown, with a new coach in Kurz coming in with a pretty good reputation. Time will tell how he adjusts to the league, as well as new signings.
      The loss of McGree will be hard, but the players who carry over from last year did quite well especially in the last third of the season.
      Izzo should be a good replacement for Eugene, he really started to come good at CCM last year and if he steps it up another year could be one of the best GK in the competition.
      If I had to make a prediction, I would say they will make finals, but where exactly is anyone’s guess.

      Roar – Results wise not having the best of pre-seasons, but everything behind the scenes has been the most stable it’s been for years, for once there hasn’t been a peep of drama coming out of Brisbane.
      They have some exciting young players on their roster and I can see them taking another step up. There have been questions over the signings and their age, time will tell if they still have the legs, but Macaron comes out of the Serie A so he should be quality, but has big boots to fill in Maclaren.
      I think it comes down to Mackay, Holman Macron and to a lesser degree Caleti, they will be very important players this season, especially after the loss of Broich, Maclaren and Borello.
      Another team which is hard to predict, will probably make finals, but could just miss out if certain players don’t gel or come out all systems go.

      CCM – Should be interesting watching them, Okon has his team, seems to have recruited well and there is some young talent for sure. The overseas players are a step up on who were there before and provide a better balance and provide some real grit.
      The loss of Izzo is a big one and I’m not certain they have a suitable replacement, time will tell. Hool has been on fire in pre-season, but he has been before, but hasn’t realised his potential in the season propper.
      This is Okons’ season to really make a statement and I think CCM will make finals, or fall short once again, but should be a lot better than last season.

      City – have a new coach who is saying all the right things, have recruited to address deficiencies yet still lack a bit of creativity still from the loss of Mooy, maybe the home coming of Mauk can be that force.
      They have some talented younger players, though it’s time players like Fitzgerald, Kamau and Bratten need to find another gear. They have a lot of potential, but fell short last year, with players like Arzani and Genreaou waiting in the wings, Warren Joyce renowned for youth development might be more willing to give them a shot.
      They have looked good in pre-season and I think they will do at least as well as last year, but could go a step closer to their goal.

      Victory – With Muscat, the player and coach every opposition loves to hate, only he isn’t the mug we all wish him to be and it will be interesting to see if they can go further in the ACL than they have before under his stewardship.
      They have a good core of players and so far have recruited well, but still need a lot more signings which will be key in depth.
      The biggest hurdle is how they cope with the ACL and how far they go, or how serious they approach it.
      It all depends on their remaining signings, but the main 11 look strong again.
      It’s another hard one to predict as they are a bit light on and hinges on how they go in the ACL. I still think they’ll make finals, but there are too many variables that once again it’s hard to pick, maybe they’ll do a WSW and surprise us all.

      • August 22nd 2017 @ 1:33pm
        Waz said | August 22nd 2017 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

        I like Izzo, if he kicks on he’ll be one of the top keepers next season

        • August 22nd 2017 @ 2:26pm
          Footoverhand said | August 22nd 2017 @ 2:26pm | ! Report

          Agree, he could be special.
          I liked the look of Italiano at the Nix last year as well, largely inexperienced but he could be the difference for them if he improves on last season.
          Though Cisak at Sydney FC will be interesting to watch, coming from the lower tier of England, but he comes with an expectation and large boots to fill.
          Eugene at City, has quality but could be on the decline, will he still pull off the big saves we know he is capable of?
          Laurence Thomas made some good saves last year, will the ACL drive him to be better?
          Your GK in Avraam, you give him big wraps, so now I have big expectations! 🙂

          There’s one thing I know, I think this year is going to go up another notch, it has a good feeling about it from the new coaches, to the types of signings made.

      • August 22nd 2017 @ 2:59pm
        Midfielder said | August 22nd 2017 @ 2:59pm | ! Report


        IMO and in this order … MV, SFC, MC & WSW have build very strong squads and on paper will make the final 4…

        Marines & Jest greatly improved this year as well…

        Not sure the QLD retirement home will go

        • August 22nd 2017 @ 3:48pm
          Footoverhand said | August 22nd 2017 @ 3:48pm | ! Report

          Pretty much agree, but with MV and SFC in the ACL, it will be interesting to see how they go. Both teams don’t have the best records in it, but their sides are playing better than before, it will be interesting seasons for them. Most teams in the ACL need good depth and still suffer a bit in the regular season.
          Adelaide could go either way, but Kurz is a pretty good coach so they could be up there.
          I’m really interested in watching CCM, I like their Dutch signings, they could surprise some people and it would be great to see DeSilva performing at his best, their striker is an unknown to me and the loss of Izzo is a big one for them.
          The Nix and Perth look like they might be fighting over the wooden spoon for me, but with the Nix loosing so many players for internationals and Finkler didn’t perform last year, also the loss of their RB, they look to have it in the bag.

          • August 22nd 2017 @ 5:03pm
            Lionheart said | August 22nd 2017 @ 5:03pm | ! Report

            The Nix look to have a few good signings and new coaches – I know they’re not part of this article, but I’m really looking forward to see them play.

            • August 22nd 2017 @ 6:13pm
              Footoverhand said | August 22nd 2017 @ 6:13pm | ! Report

              I think Andrija KALUDJEROVIC did well at the Roar didn’t he? He could be a great signing.
              Paracki seems interesting, what do you think of him?
              Galloway seems a good signing and they brought in a few defenders, so they are probably more ballanced, especially in depth.
              I must admit the new coach Kalizic seems to have good pedigree and we all know Rado was the brains behind Ange’s Roar!
              Maybe I was a bit hard on them, it will be interesting to watch them as well for sure.

    • August 22nd 2017 @ 7:27pm
      Bob said | August 22nd 2017 @ 7:27pm | ! Report

      The wheels will come off Vucks chariot this season – 6th place again. They’ve left it too late to sign the remaining 4-5 players

      • August 24th 2017 @ 7:00am
        Waz said | August 24th 2017 @ 7:00am | ! Report

        I think one of the wheels came off the chariot last night ? that can happen when you’ve only got 16 first team players a little over a month out from an ACL season.