Australia 1995/96


Final 1995-96 Season A-League Table
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Team                    Pld      W       D       L      GF      GA      Pts
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Marconi-Fairfield       33      17       9       7      58      35      60
Melbourne Knights       33      17       8       8      50      28      59
UTS Olympic             33      17       8       8      55      41      59
Brisbane Strikers       33      17       6      10      54      35      57
Adelaide City           33      15       9       9      65      40      54
Sydney United           33      14      12       7      47      33      54
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West Adelaide           33      16       5      12      49      43      53
South Melbourne         33      14       4      15      50      56      46
Canberra Cosmos         33       8      11      14      48      61      35
Morwell Falcons         33       9       8      16      35      65      35
Wollongong City         33       5       5      23      31      63      20
Newcastle Breakers      33       4       5      24      35      77      17
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1995-96 Top Scorers after 33 rounds

Top Scorers (>=11 goals)
~~~~~~~~~~
31 - Damien Mori        (Adelaide City)
19 - Frank Farina       (Brisbane Strikers)
   - Kris Trajanovski   (UTS Olympic)
16 - Jim Tsekinis       (West Adelaide)
14 - Andrew Harper      (Marconi-Fairfield)
13 - Rod Brown          (Brisbane Strikers)
   - Francis Awaritefe  (Marconi-Fairfield)
11 - Bradley Hassell    (Adelaide City)
   - Paul Wade          (Canberra Cosmos)


Playoffs

The top six teams of the regular season meet in matches as shown in home
and away legs. Matches marked '1', '2' and '3' are single elimination
games, winner of Match 3 is crowned Champion of the 1995-96 season.

Marconi v Melb Knights------------Knights---------------------3_____Champion
                      \____Marconi______________              /
                                                \2_Marconi___/
                                                 /
Ad City v UTS Olympic  --Adelaide_              /
                                  \1_Adelaide__/
Sydney Utd v Brisbane  --Sydney___/



(played 5/5/96)
Melbourne Knights       1       -       Marconi-Fairfield       0
(Adrian Cervinski 62)

MK : Juric, DeAmicis, D Cervinski, Z Markovski, Simunic, Lapsansky,
     Spiteri (J Markovski 81), Tiatto (sent off 56), Kovacevic,
     A Cervinski (O Pondeljak 84), T Pondeljak (Buljubasic 74)

MF : Catlin, van Egmond, deMarigny (Stanton 30), Bingley, Casserly (Holst 78),
     Harper, Hristodoulou, Maloney, Awaritefe, Souris, Renaud (Zoric 59)

(played 11/5/96)
Marconi-Fairfield       2       -       Melbourne Knights       2
(Eric Hristodoulou 50)                  (Tom Pondeljak 22)
(Brad Maloney 62)                       (David Cervinski 35)

MF : Catlin, van Egmond (Holst 46), Souris, Stanton, Casserly, Maloney,
     Zoric, Hristodoulou, Renaud (Angelucci 73), Awaritefe (Bingley 46),
     Harper

MK : Juric, Buljubasic (Vojtek 58), D Cervinski, Simunic, De Amicis,
     T Pondeljak, Lapsansky, Z Markovski, Kovacevic (Nastevski 75),
     Spiteri, A Cervinski (O Pondeljak 68)

[Melbourne Knights progress to grandfinal (match '3') Marconi will face the
 winner of the playoff between the 4 other teams in the hunt for the title.]


(played 5/5/96)
Adelaide City           2       -       UTS Olympic             0
(Bradley Hassell 6, 48)

AC : Petkovic, Yates, Ivanovic, Tobin, Mori, Hassell, Costanzo, Armour,
     Mennillo, Brazzale (Perin 73), Foster

UO : Gibson, Barrett, Ciantar, Tsekenis, Taliadoros (Poimer 65), Trajanovski,
     Tome (Augerinos 75), Ardone (Zelic 81), Meredith, Baillie, Edwards

(played 12/5/96)
UTS Olympic             0       -       Adelaide City           1
                                        (Dino Mennillo 70)

UO : Gibson, Barrett, Ciantar, Baillie, Meredith (Tome 37), Ardone,
     Trajanovski, Tsekenis, Taliadoros, Poimer (Ironside 61),
     Edwards (Augerinos 74)

AC : Petkovic, Yates, Tobin, Ivanovic, Armour, Costanzo, Foster, Mori,
     Mennillo (Iandorio 87), Brazzale (Perin 74), Hassell (Salapasidis 75)

[UTS Olympic are eliminated from the playoffs and Adelaide meet the winner
 of the Sydney United - Brisbane Strikers tie.]


(played 5/5/96)
Sydney United           2       -       Brisbane Strikers       0
(David Zdrilic 13)
(Ante Moric 59)

SU : Perosh, Trajkovski, Kupresak, Popovic, M Babic, Enes, Moric, Markovac,
     Milicic (S Babic 58), Zdrilic, Lamond (Gibson 88)

BS : Bolton, Williams, Hunter, Jackson, Phillips (Wright 64), Farina,
     Brown (Battistin 83), Polak, T Cranney, S Cranney, Gwynne

(played 11/5/96)
Brisbane Strikers       1       -       Sydney United           2
(Frank Farina 44)                       (Manis Lamond 83)
                                        (Ante Moric 87)

BS : Bolton, Williams, Hunter, Jackson, Phillips, Farina (sent off 45),
     Polak, Brown, Wright (Battistin 45), T Cranney, Gwynne (Hews 83)

SU : Perosh, Trajkovski, Kupresak, Popovic, M Babic, Enes (Gibson 81),
     Moric, Markovac, Milicic (S Babic 70), Zdrilic, Lamond


(played 15/5/96)
Adelaide City           1       -       Sydney United           0
(Bradley Armour 44)

AC : Petkovic, Yates, Ivanovic, Tobin, Mori, Costanzo, Armour, Mennillo,
     Brazzale, Foster, Perin (Salapasidis 72)

SU : Perosh, Trajkovski, Kupresak, Popovic, Markovac, Milicic, Gibson,
     Patikas (S Babic 68), Zdrilic, Lamond (Rudan 77), Bilokapic

[A badly cleared cross fell to Brad Armour and he promptly tucked away
 the only goal of the game to eliminate Sydney United and assure Adelaide
 of a game against Marconi.]


(played 19/5/96)
Marconi-Fairfield       4       -       Adelaide City           1
(Brendan Renaud 3)                      (Alex Tobin 43 pk)
(Brad Maloney 4, 79)
(Francis Awaritefe 31)

MF : Catlin, Bingley, Longo, Souris, Stanton, Renaud, Maloney,
     Hristodoulou (van Egmond 59), Zoric, Harper, Awaritefe

AC : Petkovic, Yates, Tobin, Ivanovic, Perin, Costanzo, Foster,
     Brazzale (Mullen 56), Mennillo, Mori, Salapasidis

[A goalfest by Marconi put them into the grand final against the Melbourne
 Knights with Adelaide getting their sole goal from Alex Tobin as he converted
 the kick given by Eugene Brazzale when Craig Foster was fouled by
 Dominic Longo.]


(played 26/5/96)
Melbourne Knights       2       -       Marconi-Fairfield       1
(Andrew Marth 58)                       (Andrew Harper 78)
(Adrian Cervinski 74)

MK : Knezevic, D Cervinski, Z Markovski, Lapsansky, Kovacevic (Buljubasic 45),
     Simunic, A Cervinski (YC 74), DeAmicis (YC 48), T Pondeljak (J Bacak 71),
     Marth, J Markovski (Nastevski 85)

MF : Catlin, Renaud, Hristodoulou, Zoric, Souris (YC 24), Bingley, Longo,
     Harper (YC 65), Maloney, Stanton, van Egmond (Angelucci 65)

Referee : Eddie Lennie                  Crowd : 14,256

The match kicked off at 3pm at Olympic Park in Melbourne under good conditions,
the only concern being a slightly bumpy pitch. Marconi had the early running
with Vlado Zoric managing to keep Andrew Marth quiet and Brendan Renaud doing
likewise to the extremely promising youngster Tomislav Pondeljak. This
still left a potent attack including Adrian Cervinski and John Markovski.
While the bulk of posession and field position went the way of the Knights
Marconi was no less productive in terms of play with Andrew Harper and
Matthew Bingley keeping the Knights defence busy. However the young
goalkeeper was not seriously threatened although he did look fragile
early  in the match in the manner he dealt with crosses. One punch-out
landing at the feet of Eric Hristodoulou just outside the penalty area
was returned with a viciously dipping shot which dipped a little too late.

Marconi's most promising attacks were usually sniffed out by Joe Simunic
in particular before the Knights goal was threatened although on at
least one occasion the bumpy surface caused Matthew Bingley to trip when
Marconi were looking like opening the scoring. At the other end Souris and
Longo were doing an equally good job of policing the Marconi goal. The Knights
best chance came when a dribble past the defenders by John Markovski saw a
cross fired across the goal but no Knights in the centre to take advantage
of this.

So the half ended at 0-0 with little between the sides though the Knights
had demonstrated some degree of superiority. When the sides returned only
one change was made to the lineup with the ineffectual Ante Kovacevic
coming off for Vinko Buljubasic.

Whatever the Knights were told at half time seemed to have quite an effect
as they managed to string together some fine moves in an attempt to break
the deadlock. Early in the second half David Cervinski fed a beautiful ball
through to Marth just before Catlin could clean up the ball but Marth
wastefully put the shot beyond the post from barely 3 metres out.

While the chances were well constructed the first goal was somewhat scrappy.
The ball went wide to the substitute Buljubasic who then fed the ball
back into the middle which took a deflection off a defender. Andrew Marth
stretched out to get a foot to the ball which was enough to put Catlin off
and made him fumble the ball. Marth who was lying on the ground poked the
ball in with his left foot to score the opening goal after 58 minutes.

It didn't take long for the rest of the Knights to try their luck and
an intelligent lob was cleaned up by Catlin moments later before Marconi
even had a change to regroup. David Cervinski and Tom Pondeljak both made
almost length of the pitch runs before Marconi managed to get a free kick
from in front and just outside the penalty area. The shot was taken by
Brad Maloney and the crowd cheered mockingly when the ball went over the
6 man wall and kept right on going up, up and up.

There was nothing for it but to effect a change and Marconi coach Manfred
Schaefer hoped that the substitution of Gary van Egmond for John
Angelucci whould reap similar rewards as the change made by his counterpart,
Ian Dobson, at halftime. By this time the Knights attackers Markovski and
Pondeljak were showing signs of strain and were clearly not playing at
full strength. Dobson decided to remove Pondeljak, who seemed to be cramping
up, in favour of Joe Bacak. Sure enough there was no more than 5 minutes
passed when the speedy Joe Bacak crossed the ball after a header on from
a throw in, the goal did not eventuate as the free Cervinski wasn't tall
enough to capitalise. However the ensuing play did not leave the Marconi
half and eventually a corner was won and was taken by Lapsansky. An attempted
shot from Bacak was partially blocked and the ball ran wide to the right of
the Marconi goal where Adrian Cervinski was present to tuck the ball into
the net for goal number 2.

Marconi kept it interesting when they received a corner themsleves only
shortly afterwards. The corner was taken and landed neatly on Andrew
Harper's head and Wilson Knezevic had left his line leaving only a man
at the post who could do no more than head the ball into the roof of the
net. So back to 2-1 and Marconi showing that perhaps the game was still
within reach with about 12 minutes remaining.

Chances were made by both Marconi and Melbourne in the last 10 minutes with
Angelucci and Cervinski having the better chances for their respective teams
but in the end the final whistle best both teams to any further scoring and
with the whistle came the rapturous celebrations of the Knights fans who
flooded the pitch in enthusiastic but good-natured celebrations. The match
presentations were delayed somewhat but went ahead eventually and Andrew
Marth was voted player of the match.


Australia League Cup 1995/96

Thanks to Thomas Esamie.

Round 1 - first leg

03/01/96
West Adelaide           1       -       Canberra Cosmos         1
10/01/96
Adelaide City           1       -       Morwell Falcons         0
14/01/96
South Melbourne         4       -       Melbourne Knights       2
UTS Olympic             2       -       Wollongong City         3
Marconi-Fairfield       1       -       Sydney United           1
12/01/96
Newcastle Breakers      1       -       Brisbane Strikers       0

Round 1 - second leg (all played 20/01/96)
Morwell Falcons         0       -       Adelaide City           2
Canberra Cosmos         1       -       West Adelaide           0
Melbourne Knights       1       -       South Melbourne         0
Wollongong City         0       -       UTS Olympic             3
Sydney United           0       -       Marconi-Fairfield       2
Brisbane Strikers       1       -       Newcastle Breakers      1

QUARTER FINALS
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Adelaide City                   -       bye                             (A)

Canberra Cosmos                 -       bye                             (B)

23/01/96
South Melbourne         3       -       Marconi-Fairfield       2

23/01/96
Newcastle  Breakers     3       -       UTS Olympic             1


SEMI-FINALS (25/01/96)
~~~~~~~~~~

Newcastle Breakers      3       -       Adelaide City           1

South Melbourne         3       -       Canberra Cosmos         1


FINAL (27/01/96)
~~~~

South Melbourne         3       -       Newcastle Breakers      1
(Vaughan Coveny 22, 74)                 (Steve Hickman 49)
(Steve Panopoulos 35 pk)

SM : M Petkovic, Blatsis (Anthopoulos 70), Kuzmanovic, Panopoulos, Coveny,
     Trimboli, Damianos (Nikolic 77), Petersen, JP Knezevic, Baser,
     Allsopp (Lewis 70)

NB : Carter, Hickman, Halpin (Zane 80), Moore (sent off 90), James, Bennett,
     Thomas, Pryce, Sprod (sent off 90), Stewart, Ritchie (Maier 51)


State Leagues 1995

Queensland

 1.Brisbane City          22 16  4  2  53-22  52 
 2.Rochedale Rovers       22 15  3  4  52-17  48 
 3.Taringa Rovers         22 13  3  6  35-25  42 
 4.Brisbane Lions         22 11  8  3  38-19  41 
 5.Coalstars              22 11  2  9  31-26  35 
 6.Wynnum District        22 10  4  8  30-24  34 
 7.North Star             22 10  3  9  38-42  33 
 8.Grange Thistle         22  7  3 12  29-39  24 
 9.Eastern Suburbs        22  5  5 12  23-47  20 
10.Pine Rivers United     22  3 10  9  23-35  19 
11.North Brisbane         22  3  4 15  23-39  13 
12.Willowburn             22  2  3 17  21-61   9 

Playoffs

[Sep 3]
Brisbane Lions    3-1 Coalstars		
NB: Coalstars eliminated
Rochedale Rovers  2-2 Taringa Rovers      [aet]
[Sep 6, replay]
Rochedale Rovers  bt  Taringa Rovers

[Sep 10]
Rochedale Rovers  4-1 Brisbane City	
Taringa Rovers	  0-0 Brisbane Lions      [aet]
[Sep 13, replay]
Brisbane Lions    bt  Taringa Rovers
NB: Taringa Rovers eliminated

[Sep 17]
Brisbane City     4-3 Brisbane Lions      [aet]
NB: Brisbane Lions eliminated

Grand Final [Sep 24]
Rochedale Rovers  2-1 Brisbane City	
NB: Rochedale Rovers champions


Victoria

 1.Port Melbourne Sharks  26 22  3  1  60-13  69 
 2.Altona Magic           26 14  5  7  36-29  47 
 3.Sunshine Georgies      26 12 10  4  43-27  46 
 4.Bulleen Lions          26 11  9  6  31-22  42 
 5.Albion Redsox          26 11  6  9  31-32  39 
 6.Green Gully Cavaliers  26 10  8  8  31-26  38 
 7.North Geelong Warriors 26  9  7 10  31-32  34 
 8.Fawkner Blues          26  9  5 12  25-35  32 
 9.Box Hill Inter         26  7  8 11  25-30  29 
10.Springvale City Vales  26  7  7 12  31-47  28 
11.St Albans Saints       26  6  7 13  28-37  25 
12.Preston Lions          26  6  7 13  28-37  25 
13.Doncaster Rovers       26  4 10 12  21-43  22 
14.Werribee City Bees     26  5  6 15  25-44  21 

Playoffs

[Aug 27]
Bulleen Lions     1-1 Albion Redsox       [aet, 5-4pen]
NB: Albion Redsox eliminated
Altona Magic      2-0 Sunshine Georgies

[Sep 3]
Sunshine Georgies 1-5 Bulleen Lions
NB: Sunshine Georgies eliminated
Port Melbourne    0-1 Altona Magic        [aet]

[Sep 10]
Port Melbourne    0-0 Bulleen Lions       [aet, 4-5pen]
NB: Port Melbourne Sharks eliminated

[Sep 17]
Altona Magic      3-2 Bulleen Lions
NB: Altona Magic champions


1994/95.

1996/97.

list of champions.

list of cup winners.

list of final tables.

list of regional champions.

list of regional cup winners.


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Author: Thomas Esamie (algor@zeta.org.au)
Last updated: 2 Feb 2003

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