ISPS Handa Prem Round Five Preview

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Find out what’s in store in the ISPS Handa Premiership this weekend with the official preview of Round Five.

In the only match on Saturday, Tasman United host Waitakere United before a packed afternoon of action on Sunday. Southern United and Hawke’s Bay United get the day going with an early kick off before Canterbury United welcome Eastern Suburbs and the Wellington Phoenix Reserves travel to Auckland City. Defending champions Team Wellington face a trip to bottom-placed Hamilton Wanderers in the live televised match.

Tasman United vs Waitakere United
Trafalgar Park, Nelson
Saturday 18 November, 1pm
#ISPSHandaPrem #TUvWU

Referee: C-K Waugh
Assistant Referees: I Trevis, M Love
Fourth Official: B O’Connell


Tasman United: 1. Corey WILSON (GK), 2. Luca PERICO, 4. Cameron LINDSAY, 5. Mark JOHNSTON, 6. Brian KALTAK, 8. Paul IFILL, 9. Maksym KOWAL, 10. Kieran SMITH, 11. Alex RIDSDALE, 12. Cory CHETTLEBURGH, 14. Robbie PEARSON, 15. Tinashe MAROWA, 17. Callan ELLIOT, 21. Abdulla AL-KALISY, 22. Yousif ALI, 23. Sam AYERS
Coach: Davor TAVICH

Waitakere United: 28. Liam ANDERSON (GK), 2. Serafino LACAGNINA, 3. Stewart MACKAY, 5. Julyan COLLETT, 9. Ryan CAIN, 10. Eder FRANCHINI PASTEN, 12. Fabian ISTEFO, 14. David PARKINSON, 15. Horace JAMES, 16. Jack SALTER, 17. Jake BUTLER, 21. Dylan WINDUST, 22. Josh DIJKSTRA (GK), 23. Dylan MANICKUM, 24. Godwin DARKWA
Coach: Chris MILICICH


After an outstanding start to the season, Tasman were brought back down to earth by the defending champions last week as Team Wellington claimed a 2-1 win. That was Tasman’s maiden defeat of the campaign and coach Davor Tavich will find out more about the make-up of his players this weekend as they look to respond to their first real setback. Waitakere counterpart Chris Milicich will also be looking for a reaction from his charges after they somehow snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in conceding a pair of stoppage-time goals to Southern. The west Aucklanders have now won just one of their four matches and Milicich will be far from happy with that return as he feels his side is capable of pushing for the title. The three points here are of great value to both sides as, if other results go their way, Tasman could go joint top with a win while Waitakere need to stay in touch with the playoff places.


Chris Milicich (Waitakere United coach): “Everyone is looking fit and I think it’s the first week that we’re going to leave some players behind who will be very unlucky to miss out. It’s not such a good thing for those players but it’s a great thing for the squad. We’ve done quite a lot of research on Tasman and they’re starting to build something they think will have long-term benefits for them. It’s certainly going to be a very tough game and that’s the way the league should be, there shouldn’t be any easy games.”


Waitakere United coach Chris Milicich

Southern United vs Hawke’s Bay United
Sunnyvale Park, Dunedin
Sunday 19 November, 11am
#ISPSHandaPrem #SUvHB

Referee: P Linney
Assistant Referees: A Verolino, J Cowie
Fourth Official: C Berg


Southern United: 1. Tom STEVENS (GK) 2. Conor O’KEEFFE, 3. Tom CONNOR, 4.  Stephen LAST, 5. Kristian GIBSON, 6. Danny LEDWITH, 7. Omar GUARDIOLA, 8. Jared GROVE, 9. Garbhan COUGHLAN, 10. Danny FURLONG, 14. Andrew RIDDEN, 16. Liam LITTLE (GK), 22. Michael HOGAN, 24. Morgan DAY, 25. Hamish COTTER
Coach: Paul O’REILLY

Hawke’s Bay United: 1. Ruben PARKER (GK), 2. Daniel MCHENERY, 3. Kohei MATSUMOTO, 4. Graham CRAVEN, 5. Bill ROBERTSON, 7. Wesley CAIN, 8. Alex PALEZEVIC, 10. Adam THURSTON, 11. Hayato WAKINO, 14. Gavin HOY, 15. James HOYLE, 16. Liam HAYES, 19. Birhanu TAYE, 21. Bjorn CHRISTENSEN, 24. Karanjit MANDAIR, 26. Mackenzie WAITE
Coach: Brett ANGELL


Hawke’s Bay became the first side to defeat Eastern Suburbs last weekend and, with Tasman also suffering a loss, Brett Angell’s men are now the only undefeated team in the competition. Their start to the season is all the more impressive when you consider the Bay’s squad underwent a major overhaul in the winter with only a handful of players returning from the previous campaign. They are also still without one of their major goal threats in Sam Mason-Smith, who remains overseas on trial. They have struggled to find the net in his absence but have compensated for this with an outstanding defensive record. Just two goals have been conceded by the Bay across their four matches – at least half as many as any other side. Southern will therefore have their work cut out to break the visitors down but will be full of confidence after a pair of late Danny Furlong goals earned their first win of the season last weekend over Waitakere.


Danny Ledwith (Southern United midfielder): “I’m a bit surprised Hawke’s Bay are the only unbeaten team left in the league but we had a tough couple of games against them last year and they’re flying, so fair play to them. Hopefully, we can stick to our game plan and play the way we’ve been playing and be a bit better in possession. Then I reckon we can sneak a result and upset a few people, absolutely.”

Brett Angell (Hawke’s Bay United coach): “They’re coming off the back of a good win as well and we have to respect the fact that, if we don’t go about our jobs correctly, what happened last week doesn’t make much difference because we’re no further down the path. But I’m confident the boys know that, don’t want to give up their unbeaten run and will be going all out to make sure that stays intact.”


Southern United midfielder Danny Ledwith

Hawke’s Bay United coach Brett Angell

Canterbury United Dragons vs Eastern Suburbs
English Park, Christchurch
Sunday 19 November, 2pm
#ISPSHandaPrem #CUvES

Referee: C Mills
Assistant Referees: I Trevis, J Henderson
Fourth Official: H McCabe


Canterbury United Dragons: 1. Coey TURIPA (GK), 2. Dan TERRIS, 3. Aaron SPAIN, 5. Tom SCHWARZ, 6. Garry OGILIVE, 7. Travis NICKLAW, 9. James PENDRIGH, 10. Futa NAKAMURA, 11. Juan CHANG URREA, 12. George KING, 14. Sean LIDDICOAT, 15. Andreas WILSON, 16. Corey MITCHELL, 17. Stephen HOYLE, 21. Seth CLARK, 22. Daniel KNIGHT (GK)
Coach: Willy GERDSEN

Eastern Suburbs: 25. Zac SPEEDY (GK), 3. Ryan ELDER, 5. Reese COX, 6. Jordan VALE, 7. Tim PAYNE, 9. Max MATA, 10. Andre DE JONG, 14. Dane SCHNELL, 16. Regont MURATI, 17. Harrison NASH, 18. Tristan PRATTLEY, 20. Derek TIEKU, 23. Charles SPRAGG, 26. Chris JAMES, 34. Kieran RICHARDS
Coach: Danny HAY


Canterbury were not in action last weekend after having their meeting with the Phoenix postponed due to the All Whites’ intercontinental playoff and the enforced rest wasn’t ideal as they are now even further behind many of the sides above them. But, on the bright side, it will have given Willy Gerdsen the chance to further assess his side’s underwhelming start to the season and use the time away from the spotlight to iron out the Dragons’ issues on the training pitch. If they are to get their campaign back on track over the coming weeks, they will have to do so without their talisman though as captain Aaron Clapham has decided to step away from the Canterbury cause due to personal reasons. His leadership skills and playmaking ability will be sorely missed, leaving the likes of Gary Ogilvie needing to step up and fill the void. After a perfect start to the season, Suburbs’ bubble was finally burst by Hawke’s Bay last weekend and the aim for Danny Hay will be to ensure that was merely a blip and not a more permanent end to their good run.


Willy Gerdsen (Canterbury United Dragons coach): “Our processes and performances have been better than the points on the table have suggested. So we’re still remaining positive and have been working on certain things but otherwise it’s business as usual. I think Eastern Suburbs are serious contenders for the top four and there are no easy games in this league but we’re looking forward to putting on a show at home.”

Danny Hay (Eastern Suburbs coach): “We were disappointed to lose on the weekend but Hawke’s Bay were well worth the points, they defended very well and then caught us on the counter attack a couple of times. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Despite losing, we probably played some of the best football we have all season, we strung some good moves together and were probably unlucky not to get on the scoresheet earlier in the game. We now have two away games and they’re both going to be really difficult so we know we have a massive challenge ahead of us.”


Canterbury United coach Willy Gerdsen

Canterbury United midfielder Seth Clarke

Eastern Suburbs coach Danny Hay

Auckland City vs Wellington Phoenix Reserves
Kiwitea Street, Auckland
Sunday 19 November, 2pm
#ISPSHandaPrem #ACvWP

Referee: A Riley
Assistant Referees: H Tutbury, L Agnew
Fourth Officials: A Wilson


Auckland City: 1. Enaut ZUBIKARAI (GK), 2. Liam GRAHAM, 3. Takuya IWATA, 6. Te Atawhai HUDSON-WIHONGI, 7. Cameron HOWIESON, 8. Albert RIERA, 9. Darren WHITE, 10. Ryan DE VRIES, 12. Kris BRIGHT, 15. Dan MORGAN, 16. Daewook KIM, 17. Reid DRAKE, 18. Danyon DRAKE (GK), 20. Emiliano TADE, 21. Harry MOSS-EDGE, 23. Marko DORDEVIC, 25. Fabrizio TAVANO, 26. Callum MCCOWATT

Wellington Phoenix Reserves: 20. Lewis ITALIANO (GK), 4. Liam MOORE, 5. Liam WOOD, 6. Liberato CACACE, 7. Adam PARKHOUSE, 8. Oliver WHYTE, 15. James MCGARRY, 17. Luke TONGUE, 18. Sarpreet SINGH, 19. Sam PHILIP, 20. Zachary DEAN, 23. Ben WAINE, 24. Logan ROGERSON, 29. Matthew CONROY
Coach: Chris GREENACRE


After a surprising set of results in the opening couple of rounds, the sharp end of the table now has a more familiar look to it with the pair of sides who have fought for the title in recent years – Auckland City and Team Wellington – occupying the top two spots. But they have both played one more match than their rivals so potentially have less breathing space than it may seem. With Auckland set to head off to the FIFA Club World Cup in a few rounds, they therefore need to keep the momentum going and will be targeting nothing less than three points at home to a Phoenix side that has struggled to find its feet under new coach Chris Greenacre. With a very young set of players and a constantly revolving squad, it’s difficult for Greenacre to build consistency and string a strong set of performances together. But individual development is his priority anyway and he will be keen to see how his charges can stack up against one of the best sides in the country. Their recent history against those expected to challenge for the title would suggest they may struggle as Wellington and Waitakere have both put five goals past them.


Ramon Tribulietx (Auckland City coach): “The Phoenix are very young but very talented and when they come up against us they are going to be very motivated. They play with no fear which makes them dangerous – they don’t really care as long as they create and attack, which is understandable when you talk about a young team. It’s a dangerous game and we need to understand how we need to play.”

Hamilton Wanderers vs Team Wellington
Porritt Stadium, Hamilton
Sunday 19 November, 4.35pm
#ISPSHandaPrem #HWvTW

Referee: A-M Keighley
Assistant Referees: S Merriman, B Norman
Fourth Officials: A Maharaj


Hamilton Wanderers: 1. Matt OLIVER (GK), 3. Joseph NOTTAGE, 4. Liam FELLOWES, 5. Samuel O’REGAN, 6. Flynn O’BRIEN, 7. Michael BUILT, 11. Jordan SHAW, 12. Raheem HUNTER-ALI, 15. Ignacio MACHUCA-MATURANA, 16. Hamish SMYLIE, 17. Xavier PRATT, 19. Armin PASAGIC, 21. Paul CLOUT, 22. Jerahl HUGHES, 23. David MASTERS (GK)
Coach: Ricki HERBERT

Team Wellington: 1. Scott BASALAJ (GK), 2. Justin GULLEY, 3. Scott HILLIAR, 4. Mario ILLICH, 5. Erik PANZER, 7. Eric MOLLOY, 8. Cole PEVERLEY, 9. Tom JACKSON, 10. Nati HAILEMARIAM, 12. Andy BEVIN, 15. Joel STEVENS, 16. Angus KILKOLLY, 17. Louis FENTON, 18. Sekou DIANE, 22. Marcel KAMPMAN (GK)
Coach: Jose FIGUEIRA


This is Hamilton’s first appearance in front of the live television cameras and coach Ricki Herbert will hope their presence brings about the change of fortunes that is now desperately required for his side. Wanderers are one of three teams yet to record a win but are the only one without even a point to their name and some serious questions will soon be asked if that run continues. A visit by the defending champions – who are already ten points better off than Hamilton – is hardly what Herbert would have hoped for to get his men off the mark and he will need every ounce of his vast experience to contain a Wellington side who look capable of earning their third successive title. As was the case last season, Wellington’s success so far has been built on their attacking prowess but they have a tendency to leak goals at the other end and Herbert will draw hope from the fact they have the worst defensive record in the top six. It was a memorable night for Team Wellington at the recent New Zealand Football Awards with the club winning Team of the Year and Jose Figueira being named Coach of the Year.


Jose Figueira (Team Wellington coach): “It’s good to see we’re starting to build a little run now with two wins and a draw in our last three games. So we’re positive in that sense but we know Sunday’s game brings another challenge. Hamilton have come off a heavy defeat and that normally signals a team that are ready to come fighting back and prove a few people wrong. So we’ve been making sure this week we’re fully focused on being at the top of our game.”


Team Wellington coach Jose Figueira

Team Wellington defender Scott Hilliar

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