R1 Preview: Adelaide City v Croydon Kings
Adelaide City v Croydon Kings
PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia – Round 1
When: Saturday, February 28th, kick-off 2:00pm
Where: Adelaide City Park - Corner Fosters & Hilltop Drive, OAKDEN
Adelaide City: L. Farquhar, D. Filosi, L. Ostbye, M. Kamara, A. Babb, T. Love, A. Orphanou, R. Veitch(GK), M. Acton, M. Halliday(C), G. Kolopelnyk, J. Mori, A.Sunasky, B.Moore, S.Lacey, P.Blefari
Croydon Kings: 1. N. Munro(GK), 2. J. Panagaris, 3. A. Francesca, 4. M. Doyle, 5. J. Skeffington, 6. N. Farrell, 7. S. Mcgreevy, 8. R. Visconte, 9. E. Kamsoba, 10. L. Klimek(C), 12. F. Marafioti, 14. S. Pepper, 15. D. Gazettas, 16. J. Francesca, 17. M. Sumaoro, 18. J. Brazzale, 21. C. Burns
Adelaide City welcomes Croydon Kings to Adelaide City Park in the opening round of the PlayStation 4 National Premier League South Australia this Saturday.
The clash is a repeat of last year’s knock-out finals match, in which City came up trumps on penalties (3-1).
However, City captain Matthew Halliday is not dwelling on last season and is ready to move on.
“We’re really looking forward to the start of the season,” Halliday said,” I think a lot of the boys are excited and want to put last year’s performances behind us and start off fresh.”
“We’re just looking for a new start and (are) really excited.”
Pre-season has run smoothly this year with only a handful of players picking up small, niggling injuries.
But City is still expected to have a strong squad this Saturday, which will include new arrivals Mamadi Kamara (Raiders) and Nikola Mileusnic (White City) among others.
“They are great assets to our team now,” Halliday said.
“Nikola (Mileusnic) and (Mamadi) Kamara are both very quick players and very dynamic and very explosive in what they do, and I think they will add another key element to our team and will probably help us win a lot of the games throughout the year.”
For Halliday, finals contention is a must this year with the City captain setting his sights on the trophy.
“We made the Cup final, but we didn’t come away with anything last year,” he said.
“We want to win; we are celebrating 70 years at City this year, so we really want to win the trophy this year.
“So that’s our main goal.”
Croydon captain, Luke Klimek, on the other hand admits that he and his team mates have not made any long term goals for this season, but Croydon “want to be competing for finals and the top spots, and winning titles, that’s definitely an aim of ours”.
Like his opposite, Klimek is excited and looking forward to start the season, after a hard preparation this year.
Apart from Michael Doyle, who has been injured for a while, the Kings have not had any serious injuries and are expected to bring a strong squad to Adelaide City Park, which will include Marcellina Player of the Year, Elvis Kamsoba, who arrived from the Raiders in the off-season, along with James Skeffington from Port Adelaide Pirates.
“They fit perfectly into our team and they’re great additions for us, and I’m sure they’ll show that on the park during the season,” Klimek said.
In regards to City, Klimek believes that the last clash will not play a major part on the players’ minds, but he’s sure it will be a ”motivator for us, after obviously getting knocked out last year to get a bit revenge”.
Written by Christopher Munker