Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Central Coast Mariners  0 - 0


Beauchamp backing unified Wanderers

4 October 2012 08:40

Michael Beauchamp says the bond formed in the establishment of Western Sydney will ensure they are competitive in their A-League debut.

The competition new-boys begin their season with a home clash against last year's Premiers Plate winners Central Coast Mariners at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night.

It is a tricky initiation for a side that has only been assembled in the last few months and have played just a handful of games together as a full squad.

But the club's inaugural skipper Beauchamp is adamant the Wanderers will not be overawed by the challenge and believes their strong relationship will hold them in good stead.

Beauchamp said: "The unit as a whole is fantastic.

"In such a short space of time it's great to see how everyone has come together and is really tight.

"Even the (European) boys have settled into Australian life and the team really well.

"It's a credit to the boss for selecting players to fit those roles so easily.

"It seems that everyone has gelled so well. It's been a long pre-season but the whole squad can't wait for that first game against the Mariners on Saturday."

Much of Beauchamp's confidence comes from the way the side has been prepared under rookie coach Tony Popovic.

Asked about the message Popovic has been drumming into his players, Beauchamp said: "Basically not to leave anything out on the pitch.

"Even at training we've been going out there feeling after the session that we couldn't give any more.

"That's what he's asking of the whole team on and off the park, and even with the staff he's asking the same thing.

"That's just the type of person he is, he's a winner and he wants winners in his team and that's what I feel we have in our squad."


Ono fired up for Wanderers opener

1 October 2012 07:20

New Western Sydney Wanderers marquee man Shinji Ono has declared himself fit to start for his new club in their inaugural A-League match.

The veteran Japanese midfielder landed in Sydney on Monday morning local time, having signed with the fledgling A-League club on Friday to be their first-ever marquee player.

The 33-year-old, who has 56 international caps to his name and represented his country at three World Cup tournaments, was greeted by Wanderers fans at Sydney International Airport.

The Wanderers take on the Central Coast Mariners at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday in the opening week of the 2012-13 A-League season, with the former Feyenoord and Vfl Bochum man declaring himself ready to start for his new side.

But he said the final decision lies with coach Tony Popovic, with Ono having seen no competition action with previous club Shimizu S-Pulse since their J.League match against Yokohama F. Marinos on July 28.

"It feels so nice (that) a lot of people welcome to me," Ono said upon his arrival in Sydney.

"They sing a song about me … Unbelievable. I want to give my everything, my energy for the team."

A-League table

# Team MP D P
1 27 +20 57
2 27 +26 54
3 27 +3 44
4 27 +1 41
5 27 +4 35
6 27 -2 32
7 27 -10 32
8 27 -15 31
9 27 -9 27
10 27 -18 27