The Kings travelled to Santos Stadium to take on Comets for the last time this season. The game was a “dead rubber” after Sturt and Birks were too far behind to escape relegation. Coach Mark Brazzale had advised both the club and his players just before the game that this would be his last in charge of the team. More on this later. The club also celebrated goalkeeper Nick Munro’s 200th senior NPL game- a fantastic achievement from a young keeper… here’s to another 200 Big Mummy!
A large Croydon crowd turned up to watch the Kings last fame of the 2018 season- one we will be more than happy to forget! The back 3 were changed for this game, giving young Keiran Stokes a chance to get some game time. The horrible weather and pitch conditions wasn’t making it easy on both teams- a very quiet start to the game.
A 20 yard strike from Captain Luke Klimek was well saved by the Comets keeper. Not long after, Vice Captain Rocky Visconte stepped up to take a free kick 20+ yards out. A fantastic effort just went over the bar. on the stroke of 34mins, a set piece for the Comets was nodded home. The Kings concede yet another set piece goal this season- something that wouldn’t impress coaches Brazzale and Costanzo. More bad news for Croydon with the Comets scoring a 2nd just 4 mins later. A free Comets forward at the drop of the ball that was crossed into the box. A loose ball not dealt with by the young Kings defence. 2-0 Comets at half time.
Not much happened in the 2nd half. Nick Munro was called into action with a cracking save from a Comets header. Brazzale made all 3 changes with Mercurio, Panagaris and Stokes all making way for Martinello, Ambes and Costanzo. Not long after, a frustrated brain fade by gun midfielder Patty Caraccia saw him earn his 2nd yellow card for booting the ball away after the whistle. A silly decision by the highly talented mid. Guy Miller was without a doubt our best player on the day- non stop running, quality passing and challenges from the young midfielder.
As the final whistle went, the attention turned to the Kings bench and the outgoing coach, Mark Brazzale. The Croydon fans and reserves & 18′s, along with Comets players, form a guard of honour as the Luke Klimek and Rocky Visconte chaired Braz off. An emotional moment for the whole Brazzale family, who have been so influential throughout the club for the past 7 years. Mark has been a magnificent coach and has led us to 2 championships and a Cup title. We will celebrate Mark and his achievements at presentation night on Sat 18th August.
Players, coaches and fans all gathered back at Polonia Reserve for a brilliant bbq and plenty of drinks! A top night had bay all… especially with the news that CROYDON KINGS WILL PLAY AT POLONIA RESERVE IN 2019! We were advised that we will have 1 more season at our historic home ground before moving! Fantastic news for all- giving us time to confirm the new location ASAP! Keep your eye on the inbox for news as it comes in!
Thank you all for your support in the 2018 season… a difficult one but next year is a new year! A new start. A new coach. Lets all get behind the club and get down to Polonia Reserve as many times as you can in season 2019 before its gone for good!