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Round 1 - Waikato v Auckland

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Waikato ready to welcome the "best ever"

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By asbpremiership.co.nz 

If the pre-match talk from the coaches is anything to go by football purists are in for a treat at Porritt Stadium on Sunday when Waikato FC host Auckland City in their opening match of the 2011/12 ASB Premiership season.

Waikato coach Declan Edge has heaped praise on their opponents in the lead-up to the fixture.

“I’ve seen Auckland City a lot last year and initially this year as well, and to me this is probably the best team that’s been assembled in New Zealand since I’ve been here, and that’s over 25 years.”

“If I’m honest we’re about four to five weeks short of where I would like to be to have a crack at them, but in saying that it’s still 11 against 11,” he continued.

Over the Bombay Hills Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx admitted he had not seen much of Waikato FC pre-season but was quick to pay tribute to what Edge was trying to achieve.

“I know he builds his teams based on a possession game and he has developed some of the most talented young players in New Zealand playing that style of football.”

Edge has assembled a young home grown squad and acknowledged he placed a high importance on player development and he urged the Waikato football family to get behind the franchise.

“I hope that the football people of Waikato like what we’re doing and they support the board and the club and their young players.”

“Most football teams in New Zealand talk about player development, until they lose.  Then it becomes about winning.”

Auckland have attempted to address that issue by shifting former co-coach Aaron McFarland into a Director of Football role with emphasis on the link between the youth team and the ASB Premiership side.

“We spent most of last season developing the style we want to play, but being at Auckland City means there is also pressure to win.  We want to win playing good football.”  Tribulietx said.

“We like to control the game, keep the ball, be patient, and dominate the opposition.”

One player familiar with the Auckland style is Adam Thomas.  The Junior All White spent last season with the O-League champions and played in all but one match of the ASB Premiership.

Thomas has committed to his hometown club this season under the tutelage of his long-time football mentor Edge.  His loyalty has been rewarded with the coach handing the captains armband to the 20-year-old without hesitation.

“Adam is a very good player and we’re trying to do in his development is give him some more responsibility.”

Thomas is one of a number of Waikato players in doubt for this weekend with injury, but will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness.  Already ruled out are Matteo Ballan, Mikey Kramer, and veteran Matt Williams.

While Edge has punted for youth in his ranks, across the pitch there is a daunting look to the Auckland squad with current and former All Whites Ivan Vicelich, Jacob Spoonley, Chad Coombes, James Pritchett and David Mulligan all in the frame to play.

Add in the flair of Manel Exposito, Andreu Mayoral and Emiliano Tade and task looks even more difficult.

Edge has tasted victory over Auckland City before, perhaps a sign the hosts fortunes may change this Sunday.  The two sides met on the opening round of last season’s ASB Premiership with Auckland triumphing 3-2 before hammering Waikato 5-1 in the return match at Kiwitea Street.

The match kicks-off at 2pm at Porritt Stadium in Hamilton.

 

Head to Head

Waikato FC

Auckland City

In:

Mark FULCHER, Tyler LISSETTE, Jesse SMITH, Daniel FRISCHKNECHT, Adam THOMAS, Anthony HAGAN, Max TOMMY, Jesse EDGE, Josh GREENE, Matt WILLIAMS, Tyler BOND, Mike THOMPSON, Ryan THOMAS, Neil MOUNCHER, Raymond HOW, Harry EDGE.

Emiliano TADE and Andreu GUERAO are in line for Auckland City FC debuts while 100-cap club favourite Chad COOMBES returns following a stint in English non-league football with Fleet Town.

Out:

Alex BARLOW, Nick BRANCH, Sam MARGETTS, Milos NIKOLIC, Mauri WASI, Ryan ZOGHBY, Alex CARR, Alexei DAVIES-CAMPBELL, Jack BEUGLEY, Nathan PALMER, Daniel PEAT, Nathan STROM, Tewi TE POU.

Stu KELLY, Adam THOMAS, Thomas SPRAGG, Riki van STEEDEN, Aaron BAWDEKAR, Patrick GEORGE, Rory KELLY, Dean LAUSEV, Ryan MARTIN, Cameron MARTIN.

Players:

Waikato FC’s hopes of a winning start to the season have received a setback with Matt WILLIAMS (illness), Mark FULCHER (unavailable) and Mikey KRAMER (injured).

There are further injury concerns with Matteo BALLAN’s right foot undergoing an x-ray earlier this week and 20-year-old skipper and former Auckland City starlet Adam THOMAS nursing a groin injury.

Chad COOMBES can overtake Grant YOUNG as the second most capped Auckland City player in the ASB Premiership. YOUNG made 100 appearance for the club - a number shared with COOMBES. Only James PRITCHETT has made more appearances - 104 in total.

Vital Stats:

Seven straight defeats twenty four goals against with only three for, paints a bleak picture for the hosts. Waikato FC coach Declan EDGE has tasted victory over Auckland City before, perhaps a sign the hosts fortunes may change this Sunday.

Auckland City won both matches (5-1 and 3-2) with Waikato FC last season scoring eight goals and conceding just three in the process. A David MULLIGAN double and a strike by Daniel KOPRIVCIC were enough to hand City a 3-2 away win over Waikato FC at Fred Jones Park last October.

 

Squad List

 Waikato FC

ASB Premiership - Round 1
Porrit Stadium, Hamilton


Auckland City

Sunday 23 October, 2011 
Kickoff: 230pm


12- Max TOMMY (GK)

1- Jacob SPOONLEY (GK)

2- Tyler LISSETTE

2- Reece LAMBERT

3- Jesse SMITH

3- Ian HOGG

5- Dave SAMSON

4- Sam CAMPBELL

7- Jason HICKS

5- Angel BERLANGA

8- Matteo BALLAN

6- Chad COOMBES

9- Daniel FRISCHKNECHT

7- James PRITCHETT

10- Adam THOMAS (c)

8- David MULLIGAN

11- Anthony HAGAN

9- Manel EXPOSITO

13- Mark JONES

10- Luis CORRALES

14- Josh GREENE

11- Daniel KOPRIVCIC

15- Jesse EDGE

12- Liam LITTLE (GK)

16- Raymond HOWE

13- Alex FENERIDIS

17- Mike THOMPSON

14- Adam DICKINSON

19- Harry EDGE

15- Ivan VICELICH (c)

21- Tyler BOYD

16- Albert RIERA

24- Ryan THOMAS

17- Adam McGEORGE

25- Neil MOUNCHER (GK)

20- Emiliano TADE

21- Andreu GUERAO

23- Stephen CARMICHAEL

24- Liam ANDERSON (GK)