Tag: Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar secure the A League’s Premiers’ Plate in style

For some weeks, it’s felt as if the A League regular season closing script has all but been written. The only details left to fill in has been the who, the what and the when, and at the weekend we got our answer: it was Luke Brattan with a wonder goal in the dying minutes of Brisbane Roar’s game against Melbourne Victory to ensure the Queenslanders topped the table and secured the Premiers’ Plate. While the title has been the Roar’s to lose for several months now – and a late season wobble briefly gave other teams hope they’d...

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From College Football To A-League Glory

What have Chichester City, Swindon Supermarine, the Brisbane Roar  and a rural agricultural college in the Gloucestershire countryside got in common? It’s a fairly obscure bit of trivia, which helps chart the footballing career of defender Matt Smith, who went from the County League title with Chichester to winning the A-League Grand Final with the Brisbane Roar, via a state league title with Palm Beach, a league title with Swindon Supermarine, a BUSA title with Hartpury College and the 2007 World Uni Championships. Not a bad career trajectory for a young man who just four years ago was at Cirencester Town, playing in front of crowds of around 150 as the Centurions battled to stay in the Southern Premier League (they stayed up by default thanks to Hayes & Yeading merging.) On Sunday he was part of the Roar side who fought back from 2-0 down with two goals in the final minutes of extra time, before beating Central Coast Mariners on penalties to lift the club’s first Grand Final victory, the crowd at the Suncorp Stadium was a 52,000 sell out. But speak to the down-to-earth 28-year-old and he will credit much of his success to the years he spent studying in the UK and the influence of the staff at a little known college, which is quietly gaining a reputation for its football academy. Smith studied for...

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