Kicking the season off with a bang, Round One of the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s is confirmed to be live streamed.
Sydney FC open their campaign at home to Rockdale City Suns and fans of both teams will be able to enjoy the fixture live on their screens, free of charge.
Following Round One, the fifth round clash between Sydney United 58 FC and Bonnyrigg White Eagles will be streamed, with further games to be unveiled as the season progresses.
The push towards increasing broadcast content is acknowledgement of the huge interest in the competition both in New South Wales, interstate and overseas.
Coupled with the brand new NPL Live Show, airing Thursdays 6pm on the NPL New South Wales Facebook page, this marks a new era in the coverage of the competition in our state.
The PlayStation 4 NPL NSW forms an important part of the football landscape in Australia and as such the demand for regular live streaming of the competition matches is high.
Football NSW is in the process of seeking a broadcast partner for the PlayStation 4 NPL NSW and is currently speaking with interested parties on how this can be achieved to ensure maximum benefit to football.
In addition, this season Football NSW has given clubs the opportunity to apply for permission to broadcast their own home games and looks forward to the great initiative shown by clubs in this space.
Newly promoted Sydney FC will be out to upset their more favoured opponents, especially considering captain/coach of Rockdale City Suns Paul Reid is also a staff member on the Sydney FC community team.
Tune in on the NPL New South Wales Facebook page to watch Sydney FC vs Rockdale City Suns, 7:45pm Saturday 11th March:
PlayStation4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s side Rockdale City Suns kicked off the 2017 year on a high after retaining the annual Maso Cup defeating Victorian side Preston Lions FC 1-0 at Ilinden Sports Centre thanks to a Blake Ricciuto goal on balmy Sunday afternoon.
In what was a hard fought match, the Suns ran out victors 1-0 with the likes of new recruits such as Ante Covic, Harris Gaitatzis, Jordan Figon, Jonathan Grozdanovski, Brayden Sorge and Michael Loupis all making their official debuts for their new club.
The Suns proved to be successful across three out of the four competition age groups that featured over the weekend taking out the Under 19s and Over 35 titles.
Co-hosts Bankstown City FC took out the Women’s Grand Final smashing Altona Magic 6-0.
The Rockdale City Suns FC are pleased to announce the signing of former Hyundai A-League star goalkeeper Ante Covic for the 2017 PlayStation4 National Premier Leagues season.
Covic joins Rockdale after returning from Perth where he played 28 Hyundai A-League matches for the Glory last season and a memorable stint at the Western Sydney Wanderers where Ante won an AFC Asian Champions League title as we as being awarded the AFC Champions League’s Most Valuable Player.
The 41-year-old will bolster an already strengthened backline in 2017.
The club has also signed former Sydney Olympic ace Harris Gaitatzis and ex-Sutherland Sharks striker Jordan Figon for the 2017 season.
The first opportunity to see Ante and co in action will be during the upcoming Maso Cup with the tournament kicking off on Friday 27 January at Ilinden Sports Centre at 6pm.
PlayStation4 National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s club Rockdale City Suns FC announced its 2017 NPL Youth League coaches’ line-up, headlined by former Sydney FC rising star Christopher Kiki Naumoff, who’ll be kick-starting his coaching career at the Rockdale City Suns.
Naumoff joined Sydney FC’s youth team from the PS4 NPL NSW Men’s outfit Sutherland Sharks in 2011 after winning the Under 20’s Championship and being crowned the Under 20’s Premier League Player of the Year 2012.
Having had a strong pre-season under Frank Farina where he scored 5 goals, Naumoff was handed his senior debut at home to the Newcastle Jets in Round 1 of the 2013-14 season where Sydney FC won 2-0.
On 16 June 2016, Naumoff agreed to a three-year deal with Spanish Segunda División side Numancia. After a medical examination and further testing, Naumoff was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).
On the 4th of July 2016, he announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 21 for health reasons but stated his wish to stay involved in the game.
The Suns offered an official statement regarding its success in obtaining Naumoff’s services.
“KIKI is proud to share his experiences and mentor our young footballers for the 2017 season and beyond.
“He is a dedicated footballer that knows what it takes to play at the highest level and we all welcome him to our club with open arms.”
Bonnyrigg White Eagles has prevailed in their do or die PlayStation®4 NPL NSW Men’s encounter against Rockdale City outgunning the Suns 4-2 in a frenetic elimination final at Lilys Football Stadium.
It was a fitting curtain-raiser for the 2016 finals series as the White Eagles capitalized on a canny second half performance to break Rockdale hearts. Unusually tame throughout the course of the normal campaign, Brian Brown’s traditional competition heavyweights nailed their championship credentials to the wall in convincing style with three goals in the final twenty five minutes.
Asmir Kadric marked another impressive first team cameo with a sensational opening goal inside ten minutes before Rockdale replied with a smashing goal of their own, skipper Daniel Petkovski hammering home the scraps from a poorly defended Bonnyrigg corner to restore parity.
Alexander Mansueto proved the unlikely hero for the White Eagles after restoring the lead with a sweeping finish midway through the second half, and Bonnyrigg all but sealed passage into next week’s preliminary final against either Manly United or Blacktown City when Robbie Younis slammed home a third with five minutes remaining.
A match crammed with drama continued to boil over into the dying minutes, with Rockdale restoring a glimmer of hope through Alec Urosevski’s neat volley – but it was almost instantly quelled by a gorgeous curling strike from Martin Lo, who turned in a subtly brilliant ninety minutes on a mad evening in Seven Hills.
Lo’s sumptuous finish almost banishes memories of what was nearly an opening of sheer calamity for Bonnyrigg. White Eagles custodian James Chronopoulos incredibly let an innocuous Rockdale ball downfield slip through his grasp – but the horrified keeper managed to escape what would have been a comical opening goal and gaffe as the ball slowly rolled past the post.
It was perhaps this bizarre lapse of concentration from the Bonnyrigg stalwart that spurred the visitors into gear, and Brian Brown’s outfit took the lead almost immediately through Kadric.
The Bonnyrigg forward bamboozled Rockdale fullback Patrick Savor after plucking Bo Hyun Chun’s floated cross from the heavens before coolly lifting the ball over Rockdale shotstopper David Bradasevic to send travelling fans into raptures.
Perhaps incensed at the audacity of Kadric’s opener, Rockdale responded with a series of venomous forays of their own, and Chronopoulos showed a timely reminder of his class to parry a superb curling effort from Blake Ricciuto past the post.
But it would only repel the danger for mere seconds, with Petkovski thumping home an unstoppable equalizer from the resulting corner after Bonnyrigg had failed to clear their lines.
Both sides missed huge chances to seize initiative early in the second stanza. Toufic Alameddine has proven a genuine match winner for Paul Reid’s side during their campaign but the forward wasted a great opportunity to edge Rockdale ahead after a brilliant piece of trickery from Peter Makrillos on the byline, while Younis blazed an opportunity over the bar at the end following a sweet turn in the box.
Fortunately for Bonnyrigg they received a replica of Younis’ chance minutes later, and this time it was gratefully accepted by fullback Alexander Mansueto who kept his effort low and past the outstretched arms of Bradasevic.
Rockdale were unable to summon the reaction of the first half and although the offside flag thwarted the home side on several occasions, they failed to truly worry Chronopoulos despite piling numbers forward in search of an equalizer.
It left the White Eagles with acres of space to exploit and they needed no invitation to slice through the Rockdale resistance twice in the final three minutes – rendering a fine reply from Urosevski meaningless, with both Bonnyrigg goals following clinically executed transitions with Lo and Younis at the forefront.
Rockdale City Suns 2 (Petkovski 25’, Urosevski 89’)
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 4 (Kadric 8’, Mansueto 65’, Younis 88’, Lo 90’)
Saturday 20th August, 2016
Lilys Football Centre, Seven Hills
Rockdale City Suns: 17. Toufic ALAMEDDINE, 1. David BRADASEVIC, 8. Aleksandar CANAK, 12. Idriss EL HAFIANE (7. Alec UROSEVSKI 70’), 10. Peter MAKRILLOS, 4. Trent MCCLENAHAN, 2. Daniel PETKOVSKI, 15. Nicholas PETRILLO, 5. Paul REID, 6. Blake RICCIUTO, 19. Patrick SAVOR (11. Hristijan TANOSKI 78’)
Substitutes Not Used: 40. Harrison DEVENISH-MEARES, 3. Stephen HESKETH, 16. Isaac SAVOR
Yellow Cards: 19. Patrick Savor 20’6. Blake Ricciuto 63’
Red Cards: N/A
Bonnyrigg White Eagles: 1. James CHRONOPOULOS, 21. Bo Hyun CHUN, 16. Samuel GALLAWAY, 17. Gil MUN-SOO (3. David VRANKOVIC 87’), 18.Asmir KADRIC (10. Yuta KOKADO 77’), 7. Gregory KONDEK, 31. Martin LO, 2. Alexander MANSUETO, 4. Michael ROBINSON, 9. Robert YOUNIS, 6. Nikola ZONJIC
Substitutes Not Used: 5. Adam JENNER, 13. James MCKENZIE, 20. Stevan SAVICIC
Yellow Cards: 6. Nikola Zonjic 48’, 21. Bo Hyun Chun 77’, 1. James Chronopoulos 83’
Red Cards: N/A
3 – Martin Lo (BWE)
2 – Asmir Kadric (BWE)
1 – Robbie Younis (BWE)
– by PlayStation®4 NPL NSW Men’s reporter Jacob Windon