After a strong start to the season, Campbelltown City, the current NPL champions suddenly find themselves not only in a dog fight to make the top six finals, but are still in real danger of facing the drop with it being so close between 5th and 11th on the ladder. The Croydon Kings will be in no mood to do them any favours and the focus is on what lies ahead and beyond following 4 impressive wins on the trot, including two recent wins against first and second placed sides in Comets and Adelaide City.
Form counts for little when Croydon plays Campbelltown and whilst in recent years the Kings have had some impressive wins at the Newton venue, occasionally if not switched on, they have been known to cop the odd belting as well. Put simply, you have to earn your wins here.
Coach Mark Brazzale know his opposite number (Joe Mullen) well and both have respect for each other. Brazza hasn’t had much luck in the past couple seasons when it comes to player availability, mainly due to untimely injuries and the odd suspension. But recently he has had a wealth of talent to choose from and with the likes of Pat Caraccia, Michael Doyle, Jesse Francesca and Alhassan Toure recently his bench options, these players could easily start and fit in the system the Kings have set up if needed. A great headache to have and we trust these players will be patient and realise they could still play a big part of something big as the season reaches its climax.
With Visconte, Farrell, D’Alfonso, Radice and Skeffington mastering the middle of the park, the Kings have warmed to the rise in form of Shaun McGreevy in attack, often a lone warrior in the 4-2-3-1 system. Add the fact that we have possibly the best keeper in the league in Nick Munro, and the second best defence stats wise with Klimek, Jarrod Brazzale, Bility and Panagaris holding firm, the task facing Campbelltown is huge.
But let’s make no mistake – Joe Mullen will know how to lift his team given the high stakes and have plenty of class players of their own and Croydon will need to bring their top game and 90 minute effort if they are to walk away with maximum points.
Do yourself a favour – make the trip and spur the Kings on. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – our support, home or away is deemed valuable and can often give that 1% extra mental edge in games which are often so tight. It’s our duty! And why wouldn’t you want as many memories as possible in a season that has so much promise and could well end up with a triumphant scenario?
The “Hey Polonia” song has rarely been sung with such gusto after our home win against Adelaide City, so let’s make it a habit and cheer our boys to victory!
The Ladies teams are at home to Comets on Sunday, whilst the Polonia Amateurs have the week off.
Pic – Labor MP Peter Malinauskas about to toss the coin in last week’s game with Steve Pepper and Angelo Colangelo – turned out to be a favourable outcome!