Bite-sized news for you to chew over - A-League clubs in action as pre-season preparations continue, Joeys lose in Bolivia and much more
Dario Vidosic's double fired Adelaide United to a 2-1 win over Melbourne Heart as the two A-League clubs met on Tuesday. Vidosic put the visiting Reds ahead on 10 minutes at Epping Stadium in Melbourne, with Heart equalising through a Golgol Mebrahtu header shortly before the half-hour mark. Dylan Macallister passed up the chance to put the hosts in front from the spot when his penalty was saved by United goalkeeper Paul Izzo, and Vidosic made the Heart striker pay when he duly converted his own spot kick shortly after. In results as other A-League clubs continued their pre-season programmes, Perth Glory cruised past a Western Australia XI, while Sydney FC thumped New South Wales Super League club St George 5-0 and Melbourne Victory easily accounted for a Tasmania XI 4-0.
Australia's Under-16 side has slumped to a 2-0 loss to the Under-19 team of Bolivian outfit The Strongest. In the third of their tour games, the Joeys went behind from the penalty spot in the shadows of half-time before conceding again in the 85th minute. Alastair Edwards' side are in South America to prepare at altitude for the 2012 AFC Under-16 Championship in Iran in September, and have lost twice and drawn once against The Strongest.
Mark Shield has quite as Football Federation Australia's director of refereeing. The former World Cup referee has stepped away from the role to enter the corporate world in Queensland, but will assist new A-League chief Damien de Bohun in the search for his replacement. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with FFA," Shield, 38, said via statement. "The education and development of referees in Australia is something that I am very passionate about. This was a decision made for my family and my career, however I will never be too far from football."
Football Federation Australia is searching for nominations for the Australian Football Awards. Among the categories is the search for the FFA's male and female footballers of the year and Under-20 footballers of the year. There are also awards for the team of the year - open to any registered club across all age groups - and the prestigious FFA Medal and community service awards. The deadline for nominations closes on October 5, with the winners of the awards announced at a gala event in November. For more information, visit footballaustralia.com.