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2017/18 Hyundai A-League – Round 4 Match Preview – Newcastle United Jets FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers

2017/2018 Hyundai A-League
Season 13 Round 4
Newcastle United Jets FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers FC

When: Sunday 29th October, 2017
Where: Hunter Stadium, 294 Turton Road, New Lambton, NSW
Kickoff: 5pm AEDST (gates open 2pm, W-League kickoff 230pm)
Tickets: Ticketmaster Link

Watch: LIVE on FoxSports 1 and FoxSports 1HD
Listen: ABC Newcastle 1233 or ABC Grandstand Radio online/app
Tweet: @SquadronNewy @JetstreamNewy #NTUA #NEWvWSW


Overall – 15 matches between the two teams.
Jets Wins – 3, Wanderers Wins – 8, Drawn – 4

In Newcastle – 7 matches.
Jets Wins – 0, Wanderers Wins – 5, Drawn – 2
In Sydney – 8 matches
Jets Wins – 3, Wanderers Wins – 3, Drawn – 2

Average Home A-League Crowd – 14645
Average Away A-League Crowd – 11099

Goals in Fixture
Jets – 14, Wanderers – 24
In Newcastle – 
Jets – 4, Wanderers – 13

1st Goals in Fixture
Jets – 4, Wanderers – 11

Cards in Fixture
Jets – 31 (29 yellow, 2 red), Wanderers 22 (22 yellow, 0 red)

Recent Form (A-League)
Jets – WDW (7 point from last 9)
Wanderers – WDD (5 points from last 9)

Leading Scorers
Jets – Roy O’Donovan (5)
Wanderers – Oriol Riera (3)

Last Result – 
Newcastle Jets 0 – Western Sydney Wanderers 3 (Cornthwaite 40, Sotirio 42′, Corthwaite 50′) at McDonald Jones Stadium, A-League, Round 25, Season 2016/17

Starting line-ups from Last Meeting in Season 2016/17 Round 25

Newcastle Jets Western Sydney Wanderers
Jack Duncan Vedran Janjetovic
Daniel Mullen Scott Neville
Nigel Boogaard Robert Cornthwaite
Lachlan Jackson Jonathan Aspropotamitis
Jason Hoffman Jack Clisby
Mateo Poljak Terry Antonis
Steven Ugarkovic Kearyn Baccus
Wayne Brown Nicolas Martinez
Andrew Hoole Jumpei Kusukami
Andrew Nabbout Jaushua Sotirio
Morten Nordstrand Lachlan Scott


Biggest Win

Jets 2 (Jaliens 37’, Taggart 64’) – Wanderers 0, Round 21, Season 2013/14 at Pirtek Stadium, 02/03/2014.

Heaviest Defeat

Jets 0 – Wanderers 3 (Bridge 6’, 33’, Visconte 80’), Round 27, Season 2012/13 at Hunter Stadium, 29/03/2013 & Jets 0 – Wanderers 3 (Corthwaite 40′, Sotirio 42′, Corthwaite 50′), Round 25, Season 2016/17 at Hunter Stadium, 1/4/2017.

Leading Scorers in fixture –

Jets – Adam Taggart (3)
Wanderers – Mark Bridge (5)


Number Name Appearances Starts Substitute Appearances Subbed off Minutes Played Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red – Second Bookable Straight Red
1 Jack Duncan 3 3 0 0 270 0 0 0 0 0
3 Jason Hoffman 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Nigel Boogaard 3 3 0 0 270 0 0 0 0 0
5 Ben Kantarovski 3 3 0 2 263 1 0 1 0 0
6 Steven Ugarkovic 3 3 0 0 270 0 0 1 0 0
7 Dimitri Petratos 3 3 0 0 270 2 0 0 0 0
8 Ronald Vargas 3 3 0 3 197 0 1 0 0 0
9 Roy O’Donovan 3 3 0 0 270 5 1 2 0 0
10 Wayne Brown 3 0 3 0 73 0 0 1 0 0
12 Mario Shabow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Ivan Vujica 3 3 0 1 261 0 1 1 0 0
15 Andrew Nabbout 3 3 0 3 236 0 3 1 0 0
16 Nick Cowburn 2 0 2 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
17 Daniel Georgievski 3 3 0 0 270 0 0 2 0 0
18 John Koutroumbis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Kosta Petratos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Glen Moss 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Lachlan Jackson 1 0 1 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
23 Devante Clut 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Joe Champness 3 0 3 0 34 1 0 1 0 0
44 Nikolai Topor-Stanley 3 3 0 0 270 0 0 0 0 0


Coaches Head to Head – 0 matches
Ernie Merrick – 0 wins, Hayden Foxe – 0 wins, 0 drawnNewcastle Jets A-League Coaching Records –

  • Ernie Merrick – 0 matches (0 wins, 0 drawn, 0 losses = N/A% win ratio)
  • Mark Jones – 3 matches (0 wins, 1 drawn, 2 losses = 0% win ratio)
  • Scott Miller – 3 matches (0 win, 0 drawn, 3 losses = 0% win ratio)
  • Phil Stubbins – 3 matches (1 win, 2 drawn, 0 losses = 33% win ratio)
  • Gary Van Egmond – 4 matches (1 win, 0 drawn and 3 losses = 25% win ratio)
  • Richard Money – No Matches
  • Branko Culina – No Matches
  • Nick Theodorakopoulos – No Matches
  • Craig Deans – No Matches
  • Clayton Zane – 2 matches (1 win, 1 drawn, 0 losses = 50% win ratio)



  • In the 15 times these two teams have met, the crowd has never been below 9000 – home and away.
  • Both teams are undefeated so far this season.
  • The Jets have conceded just one second half goal this season.
  • The Jets have claimed 1 point in the last 6 times these two teams have met.
  • The Jets A-League record at home in a Sunday 5:00pm kick off is 40 matches, 16 wins, 9 draws and 15 losses.


Key Stats from Previous Round

  • Roy O’Donovan became the first player since Edson Montano to score in 3 consecutive games.
  • Roy’s 5 shots on target this season have all resulted in goals.
  • This win was the Jets’ 100th in the A-League.
  • This was the 11th consecutive game the Jets have failed to keep a clean sheet.
  • The Jets scored the 1st goal in a match for the first time in 9 competitive matches.



  • Jaushua Sotirio has scored in his last 3 games against the Jets.
  • A Wanderers defender scored in each of the 3 fixtures between these teams last season.
  • Roy O’Donovan can become the first player since Adam Taggart to score in 4 consecutive matches.
  • Nigel Boogaard will equal the most A-League appearances as captain, with 44.
  • Nick Cowburn could make his 50th appearance for the Jets this weekend.


Newcastle Jets

  • The Jets have kept just 1 clean sheet in this fixture.
  • The Jets have scored in just one match of the last 5 times these two teams have met.

Jetstream Announce “The Championship Chronicles” Series

The Jetstream is excited to officially announce the upcoming release of “The Championship Chronicles”, a special series of podcasts to commemorate 10 years since the Newcastle Jets won the A-League.

This series, 3 years in the making, has been produced to allow the fans recall the best season as a supporter of the Newcastle Jets. It will also recognise those involved on and off the field for their contribution to creating lasting memories for everyone in attendance at Energy Australia Stadium that year.
With the first episode due to hit your ears November 22nd, David Keating (@jeterpool) will take a chronological look over the entire season – from recruitment to the Pre-Season Cup campaign, the whole A-League season and, of course, the finals series.

Over 9 episodes, you will hear from 24 former players, coaches, media and administrators involved with that successful campaign – including Gary van Egmond, Joel Griffiths, Jade North, Ante Covic, Adam Griffiths, Remo Nogorotto, Stuart Musialik, Matt Thompson, Andrew Durante, Mark Bridge, Tarek Elrich Adam D’Apuzzo, James Holland, Noel Spencer, Paul Kohler, Steve Eagleton, Jason Hoffman, Jobe Wheelhouse, John Tsatsimis and Aaron Kearney. All talking points, goals, victories, defeats, highs and lows are discussed – and includes some stories and insights you haven’t heard before!
The episodes are titled:

Episode 1 – Continuing The Momentum (Released 22nd November 2017)
The Jets have finished the 2006/07 season with a heart breaking loss to Adelaide and are facing the task of replacing key players who have departed. We review the process of recruiting new additions, the pre-season cup and the first 4 rounds of the A-League.

Episode 2 – Starting to Build (Released 6th December 2017)
The Jets are undefeated in the A-League and we cover the team’s results in the A-League between Round 5 and Round 10.

Episode 3 – Coming Back to Earth (Released 20th December 2017)
The Jets are cruising in the A-League, sitting comfortably in the Top 4. However, during the month of November the team began to falter, as we cover the matches between Round 11 and 16.

Episode 4 – Flying Towards the Finals (Released 10th January 2018)
There are 4 games for the Jets to cement their spot in the Grand Final prior to the end of the A-League season. We cover the Jets end of the regular season between Round 17 and 21, including the unique situation in Round 21 where all Top 4 teams were on the same points, playing teams outside finals contention.

Episode 5 – The Rivalry Resumes (Released 24th January 2018)
The Jets and Mariners face off in the Semi Final after finishing 2nd and 1st place respectively. We cover the home and away legs in this fixture, with the winner progressing to the Grand Final.

Episode 6 – The Greatest Match of the Season (Released 8th February 2018)
After Queensland Roar defeated Sydney, they travelled to Newcastle to face the Jets in the Preliminary Final. This episode focusses on one of the greatest matches in Newcastle football history as the Jets progress to the Grand Final and, at the same time, qualify for the Asian Champions League.

Episode 7 – The Ultimate F3 Derby (Released 15th February 2018)
The Jets will face the Mariners at the Sydney Football Stadium in the Grand Final. This episode covers the lead up to the match, including training, the memories of the players of what they remember around town, the trip down the F3 and untold stories as the team prepared for the match. Also – we pay tribute to the giant TIFO unveiled by the Squadron and learn how it came to be.

Episode 8 – We Got It! We Won It! It’s Ours! (Released 24th February 2018)
The Jets kick off the Grand Final and the one of the biggest match in Newcastle football’s storied history begins. We cover the match, the (spoilers!) celebrations and the team’s trip back up the F3 to celebrate the fans in Adamstown.

Episode 9 – Season Reflection (Released 1st March 2018)
In the final episode, we cover the after-math of the Grand Final, hear some additional stories from the players and hear what that season meant to all players in the squad.

The Jetstream is a podcast run by a group of fans simply for their love of the team. We would love your support to help spread the word to all Jets fans to allow them the opportunity to hear from their favourite players and experience, again, the emotional rollercoaster that was Season 2007/2008.

If you’re interested in listening to this series, you can subscribe to the Jetstream. You can find The Jetstream in all podcast apps, through iTunes and stitcher. I encourage you to give us an iTunes review if you enjoy this series.

Want to get in touch with the pod? You can contact us via:
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• Twitter – @jetstreamnewy or me follow directly @jeterpool
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* Picture sourced from Newcastle Herald.

Striking It Fine – The Jets Number 9s!

In the days following another Jets defeat in the FFA Cup Round of 32, the post mortem of the performance was undertaken in the media, on forums and through social channels. One point I didn’t see discussed was, as it currently stands, that Newcastle are now 620 minutes without scoring a goal in competitive matches. While Dimi Petratos came within mere millimetres and his brother Kosta came within Jordan Elsey’s head of breaking that drough , Ernie Merrick correctly pointed out in the Newcastle Herald the need to recruit more goals into the team.

This got me thinking about the Jets history of recruiting strikers, in particular those who have been allocated the shirt synonymous with the primary job of putting the ball in the back of the net – the number 9. With Roy O’Donovan the latest incumbent to this position, withthe opportunity to become just the 3rd Jets player to reach double figures ahead of him, lets take a look over the players to have worn ‘9’ for the Jets and their relative performances while wearing that shirt.

2005 – 2006 Ante Milicic
The former Socceroo was a massive signing for the Jets in the first year of the A-League. Forever written into the club’s history as the first scorer in the A-League, Milicic scored 7 goals in 20 appearances in his only season before heading to Queensland Roar.

2006 – 2007 Vaughan Coveny
A mid-season recruit the previous year, the New Zealand international scored 5 goals in 21 appearances wearing 9 that season. Coveny wasn’t retained at the end of that season and headed to new franchise Wellington Phoenix, following the demise of New Zealand Knights.

2007 – 2009 Joel Griffiths
After wearing 18 in his first season back in Australia, Griffiths scored 21 goals in 39 appearances, including a 14 goal season that brought the A-League title to Newcastle. It can’t be disputed that Griffiths is the Jets’ iconic number 9 and this period is by far the most successful of any wearing the shirt.

2009-2010 – Sasho Petrovski
During his time wearing the 9, Petrovski’s performances were underwhelming – scoring just 2 goals in 19 appearances (6 of which were starts). Despite this, the following season Petrovski would score 6 goals in 291 minutes of play for the Jets the following season to back up his ACL heroics.

2010-2011 Shuo Zhang
Branko Culina recruited the former Chinese international from Persik Kediri to add more fire power up front. And like the Jets that season, Shuo struggled and he scored his solitary goal in 8 appearances against Gold Coast United.

2011-2012 Michael Bridges
The Englishman was the next to wear the Jets 9, and like the two before him, struggled to find the net – scoring 2 goals in 17 appearances. It must be mentioned that Bridges appearances during this season were limited to just 4 starts and 13 from the bench in 614 minutes of play. He’d later vacate the shirt that was would be taken by his compatriot.

2012-2014 Emile Heskey
Arguably the highest profile player to wear a Jets shirt, let alone the number 9, Heskey was an immediate success for the Jets – scoring 5 goals in his first 6 appearances. During his first campaign netted 9 times in 23 matches before struggling with injury in his second, when he scored once in 19 appearances as young striker Adam Taggart had a break out season.

2014-2015 Joel Griffiths
After returning in the previous January to much fanfare, Griffiths would make 15 appearances and score 3 goals before being unceremoniously dumped from the team as part of a mid-season clear-out by then-owner Nathan Tinkler and coach Phil Stubbins.

2015-2016 Milos Trifunovic
New coach Scott Miller recruited Trifunovic to his new Jets team. Many Jets fans were torn on Serbian, but his record certainly holds up as the “Ice-man” netted 9 goals in 22 appearances, including 4 penalties. His goals per game ratio is one every 2.44 – the same as Joel Griffiths and Adam Taggart.

2016-2017 Aleksandr Kokko
Kokko was recruited by Miller prior to his departure from the club, and after sustaining an injury in the first half of his first A-League appearance, the Finn struggled to gain any momentum in his Jets career. His only goal in 13 appearances came against the Mariners, though he left legacy with fans after continuing to play with a broken draw sustained in the F3 Derby.

2017-currentRoy O’Donovan
The Irishman has been recruited to provide more mobility and aggression in the Jets front line. He showed at the Central Coast Mariners he can find the back of the net – often in spectacular fashion. It’s form he will need to replicate, with the help of those around him, for the Jets to break their finals hoodoo this year.

Looking over the 13 seasons, the “Number 9” has been worn 216 times, for an output of 61 goals (or a goal every 3.54 games). This means the player with the symbolic responsibility to put the ball in the net is scoring just over 7 goals per season (27 game season).I acknowledge there are many circumstances that impact these numbers and a striker’s effectiveness and I’m not suggesting this will reflect the contribution of O’Donovan on the Jets this season. But it is clear that a great output from the Jets marksman is needed if the club are to again play finals football.