Player Watch | Brazil Bound


Spiranovic selected in the Socceroos final squad, Manos makes his NPL debut and everyone else around the grounds.

The weekly segment which takes you through what our players are doing during the Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and Foxtel National Youth League off-season.

With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil just around the corner Matthew Spiranovic takes to the world stage having been selected in Australia-s 23 man squad for the tournament. Likely to line-up at centre back, Spira will be facing the best taking on World Champions Spain, World Cup runners-up Netherlands and one of the best Chile sides in history.

Goalkeeper Thomas Manos played his first match for new team Mount Druitt Town Rangers and had an incredible debut in Men-s NPL 2. Manos barely putting a foot wrong throughout the entire 90 minutes with his great distribution, dominance in the air and lightning reflexes proving crucial as the Rangers held second placed Parramatta to an intense 1-1 draw. A one-on-one save as well as an impressive save to the left were the highlights in a great match for the youngster.

Last week-s debutant Shayne D-Cunha backed up his great first match in the Men-s NPL 1 with another solid outing for Blacktown City. D-Cunha played the full 90 minutes on the pitch in a rounded performance that saw his side take an important 3-0 win over South Coast Wolves to continue to mount pressure on first placed Blacktown Spartans. South Coast were without the services of James Baldacchino who was out with illness.

Sydney Olympic and Brendan Hooper managed a gallant fight back after falling to a second minute goal from rivals Sydney United 58. Hooper helped inspire a turn around which saw Olympic dominate the play to record a 2-1 win. Unfortunately for Hooper a back injury saw his part in the match reduced to only 55 minutes.

Jake McGing and the Marconi Stallions got back to winning ways with McGing playing fluently throughout his 70 minutes on the pitch and overseeing the Stallions- 1-0 win away to Manly.

In the U20s Sydney United 58 pulled off an impressive 6-2 victory over rivals Sydney Olympic with no small part played by Wanderers forward Mark Cindric. Cindric set up two goals and narrowly missed out on one of his own. Cindric and United controlled the game throughout the entire match with fluent and powerful surges.

Over in Blacktown Blake Tuxford starred in goals alongside Matthew Stewart as the duo saw Blacktown City grab all three points over South Coast Wolves with a 1-0 win in the U20s. Tuxford was strong in the air making sure the Wolves were out of the game entirely from set pieces and ensuring the match ended with a clean sheet to City.

Moving to the Women-s NPL 1 and the Wanderers Illawarra Stingrays- contingent of Jordan Baker and Michelle Carney had fantastic outings despite the side-s mixed results. Sunday-s match saw the Stingrays grab a 3-1 win over the North West Sydney Koalas with Jordan Baker having a superb day being involved in all three goals. Baker found the net once and set up two further goals for her Red and Black teammate Michelle Carney.

Jessica Seaman played for the Koalas while Servet Uzunlar was unavailable.

While the Stingrays stole the show on Sunday their match a day prior against FNSW Institute unfortunately saw the girls fall to a 2-1 defeat.

The Marconi Stallions had some new player signings and they didn-t take long to gel as Helen Petinos and her girls disposed of Blacktown Spartans 2-1. Petinos played well throughout and scored the second goal from the spot.

Rachael Soutar would rather forget Sydney University-s match against Northbridge as she had to leave the field injured early in the match. Uni battled on without her taking a 2-1 lead into half time but could not hold off Northbridge who stormed home to win 3-2.


With the Hyundai A-League season completed you can still support your Wanderers as our players star for another week in the National Premier League and across the world.

Matthew Spiranovic and the Socceroos take on Croatia in their final warm-up match before the FIFA World Cup. You can catch the match live on Fox Sports from 9am on Saturday.

Our pacey forwards face off with Mark Cindric-s Sydney United 58 pitted against Sean Symons and the Rockdale City Suns on Sunday, U20s from 1:00pm and Men-s NPL 1 from 3:00pm at Sydney United Sports Centre, Edensor Park.

Over at Blacktown Football Park Brendan Hooper and Sydney Olympic aim to put a dent in Blacktown Spartans- title hopes when they face off against the table topping Spartans at 7:30pm on Saturday.

Marconi will look to build on their important win over Manly with Jake McGing and the Stallions taking on APIA Leichardt in a mid-table battle. You can watch all the action from Marconi Stadium in Bossley Park with kick-off at 7:30pm on Saturday.

James Baldacchino will take to their field this Sunday for South Coast when the Wolves host Sutherland Sharks at Win Stadium in Wollongong from 3:00pm.

In Blacktown our trio of stars play St. George with Shayne D-Cunha and the Blacktown City Men-s NPL 1 side starting their match at 3:00pm while Blake Tuxford and Matthew Stewart take to the field earlier at 1:00pm for the 20s. Both games for City being played at Lilys Football Centre in Blacktown.

Meanwhile in the Men-s NPL 2 goalkeeper Thomas Manos takes centre stage with Mt. Druitt Town Rangers as they take on Bankstown FC at Jensen Park in Regents Park from 7:30pm Saturday.

Over to the Women-s NPL 1 where our North Western Sydney Koalas duo Servet Uzunlar and Jessica Seaman take to the field against a FNSW Institute side they-re tied with for points on the ladder at 3:00pm Saturday at Valetine Sport Park, Glenwood.

The girls then back up for their second match of the round the next day, playing against a fierce Macarthur Rams side in what could be the match of the round. You can catch all the action from the crucial fixture from 3:00pm Sunday at ELS Hall Park in North Ryde.

Saturday-s final match for the Wanderers kicks-off at 3:00pm from Cromer Park, Dee Why, with Jenna Kingsley and the Blacktown Spartans travelling to second place Manly United in a match that could potentially see the Spartans lifted off the bottom of the table.

While on Sunday Helen Petinos will aim to back up a from last week-s away win when Marconi Stallions travel to Silverwater to face Rachel Soutar and Georgia Rowntree-s Sydney University. The action kicking off at Wilson-s park around 3:00pm.

Finally Illawarra Stingrays- and Red and Black girls Michelle Carney and Jordan Baker make the trek up the coast to play Northbridge FC at Northbridge Oval, Northbridge, 3:00pm Sunday.