R5 Preview: West Torrens Birkalla v Port Adelaide Pirates

West Torrens Birkalla v Port Adelaide Pirates 
South Australia PlayStation4 National Premier League Round 5 

When: Monday March 9th. Kick-Off: 3:00pm 
Where: Jack Smith Park, Morphett Road, NOVAR GARDENS 


West Torrens Birkalla80 J. Cirillo14 L. D'Arrigo4 T. Dittmar11 R. Kitto17 J. Maricic7 A. Miyayama2 S. Nagel, T. Quaglia10 P. Radice3 K. Rowe, 9 S. Shoemark12 C. Skull, 20 N. Temby1 J. Torresan5 H. Vuckic16 D. Waine18 J. Watson 

Port Adelaide Pirates: 1 I. Carmody7 J. Coley, 15 A. Costalos2 L. Farquhar, 4 J. Forrester, 12 J. Giles, 6 R. Gray3 M. Mastropaolo10 J. Mavromatis9 N. Mavromatis8 K. Mc Fadyen14 S. Parkinson, 13 D. Pearce, 5 J. Skeffington, 11 H. Tanaka 


West Torrens Birkalla: L W D 

Round 2: West Adelaide 4 West Torrens Birkalla 2, Adelaide Shores Football Centre 
Round 3: West Torrens Birkalla 3 Para Hills Knights 2, Jack Smith Park 
Round 4: West Torrens Birkalla 1 MetroStars 1, Jack Smith Park 

Port Adelaide Pirates: 

Round 2: Pirates 2 Campbelltown City 5, Pirate Park 
Round 3: Pirates 1 Adelaide Comets 2, Pirate Park 
Round 4: Pirates 2 Croydon Kings 4, Pirate Park 


Round 5 of the South Australia PlayStation4 National Premier League sees West Torrens Birkalla host Port PiratesBoth sides love to score plenty of goals so don’t be surprised to see an entertaining display of football. 

West Torrens are coming off an important 3-2 victory over Para Hills Knights. in Round 3 and  draw with MetroStars on Saturday in Round 4. Scott Nagel spoke during the week about the importance of the Para Hills win. 

“It was pretty important to be honest because we came off the week before against West Adelaide with a loss and I felt the team had one of the best games we’ve had all preseason and throughout the regular season.” 
“It was pretty gutting to come home with a loss which made Para Hills a very important game, whether we could regroup, get on top again or whether we become dejected from the loss.” 

Ahead of this week, Nagel was confident his side has what it takes to get the three points.  

“This year we actually have a squad that’s got a lot of players that can put the ball in the back of the net, we got a very strong attacking side from midfield into the forward line.” 

Tom Dittmar also spoke about a damaging Birkalla front half that has scored plenty of goals. 

“We’ve got really exciting midfielders and strikers at the moment so we need to ty to get them as quick as possible and allow them to do their thing.” 

While praising his side’s team first play, he did note of one individual who has impressed 

“Paul Radice who we picked up last year has started the year off really well. Radice has the ability to run at players and beat them 9 out of 10 times.” 

Port Pirates Captain Kieran McFadgen talked during the week about his side adjusting to the PlayStation4 National Premier League.

“It’s been a jump up from last year. Last week against Comets we were up 1-0 and lost 2-1 and were probably a bit naïve at this level but we’re still finding out feet.” 

McFadgen has liked what he’s seen and has vowed his side won’t change their approach. 

“We got to go for the win, we attack quite well which is our strengths, keep it tight in defence and play out from the back when we can. 

His Senior Coach Derek Hall remained positive on his side’s chances this week. 

“The key focus is to maintain our intensity and to work on various things and the boys have been excellent this week and we’re looking forward to the double header.” 

Hall talked about his upcoming opponent in high terms said his side won’t hold back. 

“They’re a good side and we don’t fear Birkalla, we’ll go to Birkalla and attack them. They’ve been an established team in the league so we’ll go there and respect that and try to win.” 

Article by Matthew Carcich - @matt_carcich 


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