R12 Preview: West Torrens Birkalla v Adelaide City
West Torrens Birkalla v Adelaide City
PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia Round 12
When: Saturday, May 2nd. Kick-Off 3:00pm
Where: Jack Smith Park, Cnr Saratoga Drive & Morphett Road, NOVAR GARDENS
West Torrens Birkalla: 80 J. Cirillo, 4 T. Dittmar, 24 T. Kawamura, 11 R. Kitto, 7 A. Miyayama, 2 S. Nagel, 19 W. Plush, 8 T. Quaglia, 10 P. Radice, 3 K. Rowe, 12 C. Skull, 20 N. Temby, 1 J. Torresan, 5 H. Vuckic, 18 J. Watson
Adelaide City: 2 M. Acton, 7 J. Allwright, A. Babb, 11 N. Bucco, 19 B. Corbo, 9 A. Costa, 15 S. Day, 8 E. El Wali, D. Filosi, 5 M. Halliday, 16 G. Kolopelnyk, 13 N. Mauriello, 17 M. Mittiga, 6 M. Mullen, 12 M. Mullen, 20 J. O'Donnell, 3 A. Sunasky, 14 F. Suzuki, 4 S. Tobias, 1 R. Veitch
West Torrens Birkalla: W W W
Round 9: West Torrens Birkalla 3 Campbelltown City 1, Jack Smith Park
Round 10: West Torrens Birkalla 3 Adelaide Blue Eagles 1, Jack Smith Park
Round 11: Raiders 1 West Torrens Birkalla 3, Croatian Sports Centre
Adelaide City: W W W
Round 9: Adelaide City 6 Croydon Kings 1, Adelaide City Park
Round 10: Adelaide Comets 1 Adelaide City 8, Santos Stadium
Round 11: Adelaide City 4 Campbelltown City 0, Adelaide City Park
West Torrens Birkalla:
Two of the form teams face off when West Torrens Brirkalla host Adelaide City at Jack Smith Park in Round 12 of the Playstation 4 National Premier League South Australia. Tight defences, high scoring attacks, this one should have it all.
After recently finding the balance between attack and defence, Birkalla have beaten the then league leaders Adelaide Blue Eagles and found themselves in third spot. It was no surprise to find Birkalla Goalkeeper and Captain Julian Torresan being impressed with his side’s performances.
“The best thing we’ve been doing so far is we’ve been playing a lot of hard teams and we’re still playing our style of football.”
“Even though there’s times where we get pressed and put under a lot of pressure, we’re still able to come out and play our game that we want to play and I think that’s been quite a determining factor to why we’re going so well.”
Torresan was also proud to talk about how Birkalla have combined youth and experience to the best extent.
“Because it is kind of a young team this year, it’s kind of been me and Tom Dittmar playing more of a leadership role this year and trying to just keep everyone positive and have everyone working as a team and it’s working quite well. To be honest we don’t have to say too much.”
Birkalla have also had plenty of different goal scorers which Torresan believes will hold them in good stead.
“It’s very important, we’re getting different scorers on the sheet every week. It’s very important because there’s not one person any team can shut us out with, they can try to close out one player and we still have more players who can get the ball into the back of the net.”
Torresan also praised his team defence and it’s clear they’ll need it when they come up against the rampant Adelaide City.
Including their recent FFA Cup win, City have won 4 in a row and kicked 22 goals. Their main man up front Anthony Costa said the club is very happy with the direction they’re going in.
“To be honest, we’ve changed a few things in the background and I guess the main thing is our attitude, training has been fantastic and the intensity has lifted and we’ve been able to transform that into games.”
“We’ve been lucky enough to put on the goals and I guess what’s gone unnoticed is our defence which hasn’t conceded many goals either.”
Costa revealed that this spike in form came from his club facing some harsh realities in their early season struggles.
“We as a playing group had a chat with each other, Adelaide City has a pretty proud history and has always been a pretty successful club and at that point we were fighting for relegation.”
“We thought about what we wanted to be as a club so we wanted to change that around and luckily enough we’ve been able to do so.”
While Costa won’t be able to take part in this week’s action, he believes his club have enough to cover his loss.
“It’s an opportunity for one of the younger boys to get a run and hopefully they can prove themselves but I know we have got enough depth.”
“It’s their chance to show what they’re made of.”
Another part of his team that gives Costa confidence is his side’s defence which hasn’t conceded 2 goals in the last three games.
“I think it’s more of a team thing, as individuals everyone has improved their own game and I guess when everyone improves their own game the team performances improve.”
Article by Matthew Carcich - @Matt_Carcich