Melbourne Heart Squad, A-League Round 4.

Overall standings against the Mariners to date: W1/D1/L4, with the only win coming from the last time they meet, the score being 1-0 at AAMI park. Heart are coming off a long hard road trip from Perth, let’s hope they have regained their composure because this will be a hard game at home. Would be handy to have Vince Grella on the Pitch for this one this, but not yet, at least Colosimo is back in defence.

 

Melbourne Heart: 1. Clint Bolton (Gk), 2. Michael Marrone, 4. Simon Colosimo, 5. Fred (C), 6. Patrick Gerhardt, 8. Matthew Thompson, 9. Dylan Macallister, 10. Josip Tadic, 11. Richard Garcia, 15. David Williams, 16. Aziz Behich, 17. Jason Hoffman, 18. David Vrankovic, 19. Ben Garuccio, 20. Andrew Redmayne (Gk), 21. Steven Gray, 22. Nick Kalmar, 23. Mate Dugandzic

Ins: Simon Colosimo, 19. Ben Garuccio.

Outs: 14. Golgol Mebrahtu, 13. Jonatan Germano.

Quick Around the Grounds Stats: Round 3.

Perth Glory VS Melbourne Heart

NIB Stadium, Crowd Attendance: 7,548

  • Goals: Glory 2 (Heffernan, Mehmet), Heart 0
  • Goals Attempts: Glory 20, Heart 8
  • Shots on Target: Glory 8, Heart 1
  • Completed Passes: Glory 378, Heart 235
  • Saves: Glory 1, Heart 5
  • Tackles: Glory 24, Heart 24
  • Possession time: Glory 56%, Heart 44%

Melbourne Victory VS Adelaide United

Etihad Stadium, Crowd: 19,174

  • Goals: Victory 2 (Rojas, Milligan), United 1 (Vidosic)
  • Goals Attempts: Victory 12, United 8
  • Shots on Target: Victory 4, United 4
  • Completed Passes: Victory 418, United 314
  • Saves: Victory 3, United 2
  • Tackles: Victory 39, United 41
  • Possession time: Victory 52%, United 48%

Newcastle Jets VS Central Coast Mariners

Hunter Stadium, Crowd: 15,289

  • Goals: Jets 2 (Griffiths, Heskey), Mariners 1 (Ibini-Isei)
  • Goals Attempts: Jets 11, Mariners 13
  • Shots on Target: Jets 3, Mariners 8
  • Completed Passes: Jets 187, Mariners 303
  • Saves: Jets 7, Mariners 1
  • Tackles: Jets 24, Mariners 19
  • Possession time: Jets 46%, Mariners 54%

Western Sydney Wanderers VS Sydney FCC

Parramatta Stadium, Crowd: 19,126

  • Goals: Wanderers 0, Sydney 1 (Del Piero)
  • Goals Attempts: Wanderers 19, Sydney 12
  • Shots on Target: Wanderers 3, Sydney 4
  • Completed Passes: Wanderers 278, Sydney 284
  • Saves: Wanderers 3, Sydney 3
  • Tackles: Wanderers 29, Sydney 34
  • Possession time: Wanderers 50%, Sydney 50%

Wellington Phoenix VS Brisbane Roar

Westpac Stadium, Crowd: 9,182

  • Goals: Phoenix 1 (Huysegems), Roar 1 (Berisha)
  • Goals Attempts: Phoenix 11, Roar 7
  • Shots on Target: Phoenix 3, Roar 3
  • Completed Passes: Phoenix 164, Roar 547
  • Saves: Phoenix 2, Roar 2
  • Tackles: Phoenix 37, Roar 31
  • Possession time: Phoenix 36%, Roar 64%

Early days and the signs are good for the Heart

Not sure what other members and supporters were thinking when they heard the news that John van’t Schip was not going to coach Heart into the third season; but for me, I was a little upset. The Schip did what was needed for Heart – in their inaugural season they finished 8th, just missing out on the finals. Then in the second season he brought in some great talent like Fred, and changing the style of the play. We had a fantastic first half of the season, only to be frustrated with injuries in the second half, finishing in 6th spot and losing our first final to Perth 3-0.

From all reports the search for the coach to succeed Schip was a long process, with apparently hundreds of applicants from across the world. The top brass in the Heart culled the list down internally with Aloisi getting the job. It seemed that if Schip had one more year with the Heart that he would have taken them to the next step, so the question is can Aloisi continue the progress of taking Heart toward the ultimate victory? Only time will tell, but the early signs are looking good.

We’ve started with that fantastic win in the Melbourne derby match in front of a massive crowd of just over 42,000. Then with the draw against Phoenix last round, where if not for the red card, we would have most likely come out with the full points. Aloisi is starting to tick the boxes, the football coaching department looks like it has again recruited well for this season, and pre-season seemed to be good, apart from the practice games, eg losing to Perth 5-0. The team looks like a well oiled machine, which is doing just what the coaching staff are asking of it.

With the recent signing of veteran Socceroo player Vince Grella, the machine is now looking like it should be very competitive. Melbourne Heart CEO Scott Munn was reported in The Age saying that one of the reasons that Grella was convinced to play for the Heart was the derby match in round one: “The big crowd, the atmosphere, the fact that we won and the occasion was impressive”. He also went on to say that Vince “had a good relationship with our coach, John Aloisi, who played with him in the Socceroos for a long time.”

Two rounds into the A-League and signs are good for the Heart and the league in general.

To read the article in the Age where Melbourne Heart CEO Scott Munn mentions Vince Grella: http://www.theage.com.au/sport/a-league/grella-in-change-of-heart-20121016-27nq2.html#ixzz29YPWS21n

Melbourne Heart Squad, A-League Round 3.

A quick look at Melbourne Heart squad over at Perth and the Ins and Outs for the round. Let’s hope for a great win for the Heart. The tally for playing Perth at NIB Stadium so far: Heart 1, Perth 1, Draw 2. With the last game being Perth winning 3-0 in the finals last season. Lets see Heart redeem themselves this Sunday.

Don’t forget to use the official A-League Hashtag #PGvMH on twitter every chance you get.

Squad: 1. Clint Bolton (GK), 2. Michael Marrone, 5. Fred (c), 6. Patrick Gerhardt, 8. Matthew Thompson, 9. Dylan Macallister, 10. Josip Tadic, 11. Richard Garcia, 15. David Williams, 16. Aziz Behich, 17. Jason Hoffman, 18. David Vrankovic, 20. Andrew Redmayne (GK), 21. Steven Gray, 22. Nick Kalmar, 23. Mate Dugandzic

In: Nil

Out: 4. Simon Colosimo (Suspended – one week), 14. Golgol Mebrahtu (fitness – one/two weeks), Jonatan Germano (Fitness – undisclosed), 19. Ben Garuccio (international duty – Qantas Young Socceroos)

 

Quick Around the Grounds Stats: Round 2.

Melbourne Heart VS Wellington Phoenix

AAMI Park, Crowd Attendance: 10,907

  • Goals: Heart 1 (Thompson), Phoenix 1 (Ifill)
  • Goals Attempts: Heart 15, Phoenix 14
  • Shots on Target: Heart 5, Phoenix 7
  • Completed Passes: Heart 296, Phoenix 232
  • Saves: Heart 2, Phoenix 3
  • Tackles: Heart 31, Phoenix 29
  • Possession time: Heart 56%, Phoenix 44%

Adelaide United VS Western Sydney Wanderers

Hindmarsh Stadium, Crowd: 8,950

  • Goals: United 1 (Neumann), Wanderers 0
  • Goals Attempts: United 7, Wanderers 10
  • Shots on Target: United 3, Wanderers 4
  • Completed Passes: United 367, Wanderers 313
  • Saves: United 4, Wanderers 2
  • Tackles: United 25, Wanderers 38
  • Possession time: United 53%, Wanderers 47%

Sydney FC VS Newcastle Jets

Allianz Stadium, Crowd: 35,419

  • Goals: Sydney 2 (Del Piero, Powell), Jets 3 (Griffiths, Heskey, Goodwin)
  • Goals Attempts: Sydney 8, Jets 15
  • Shots on Target: Sydney 4, Jets 5
  • Completed Passes: Sydney 257, Jets 204
  • Saves: Sydney 5, Jets 1
  • Tackles: Sydney 23, Jets 22
  • Possession time: Sydney 54%, Jets 46%

Brisbane Roar VS Melbourne Victory

Suncorp Stadium, Crowd: 17,364

  • Goals: Roar 5 (Broich, Paartalu, 2 X Berisha, Nichols), Victory 0
  • Goals Attempts: Roar 19, Victory 11
  • Shots on Target: Roar 6, Victory 3
  • Completed Passes: Roar 307, Victory 364
  • Saves: Roar 3, Victory 0
  • Tackles: Roar 38, Victory 38
  • Possession time: Roar 50%, Victory 50%

Central Coast Mariners VS Perth Glory

Bluetongue Stadium, Crowd: 9,192

  • Goals: Mariners 1 (Daniel McBreen), Glory 0
  • Goals Attempts: Mariners 8, Glory 4
  • Shots on Target: Mariners 3, Glory 0
  • Completed Passes: Mariners 297, Glory 240
  • Saves: Mariners 0, Glory 2
  • Tackles: Mariners 22, Glory 37
  • Possession time: 55%, Glory 45%