|Compiled by WILL VALLELY
Jeremy Brockie continued his hot vein of form on Wellington Phoenix's pre-season tour of India with a hat-trick against Royal Wahingdoh Sports Club on Wednesday. Following his four-goal haul against I-League outfit Shillong Lajong on Sunday, Brockie opened the scoring in the 27th minute. The New Zealand international made it 2-0 just seconds into the second half, and completed the scoring in stoppage time, converting a penalty kick. "The goals keep coming for Brocks and they aren't tap ins either," Pheonix coach Ricki Herbert said via statement. "The timing of his runs is first-class and he has been assisted by some fine delivery."
Melbourne Victory commercial manager Jim Christo believes a breakthrough in the Asian market is crucial to the commercial progression of A-League clubs. Christo told Sports Business Insider that Melbourne Victory are developing an Asian brand to attract new partners and sponsors. "Asia is certainly a big market we would like to get into more and we are working hard and creating a platform to be able to grow our brand throughout Asia. We are hoping to do this by one, participating in the Asian Champions League and two, by working with partners and sponsors that are able to send a message to the market so we can attract more international teams," he said. On the exit of former marquee man Harry Kewell after the 2011-12 season, Christo said it did not affect the clubs commercial deals. "Our sponsorship and partnership deals were already locked in. Having Harry leave the club hasn't really affected any of our partnerships. But having him here definitely impacted the club because people were talking about the game," he said.
The Young Socceroos warmed up for the Asian Football Federation Under-19 Tournament with a comfortable 3-0 victory over a combined Hong Kong Under-21 and Under-19 team on Wednesday. The game in Mongkok Stadium, Hong Kong was sealed either side of half-time with goals from Jason Geria and Riley Woodcock. Jesse Makarounas completed the scoring in the 84th minute with a right- footed strike. Australia coach Paul Okon said via statement he was happy with the performance given the humid conditions. "We played some good football and scored some nice goals and created some further opportunities," he said. "We now start to prepare ourselves further for the tournament in Vietnam starting on Sunday and are now more aware of the conditions that we will face during those matches."
Australia women's team striker Sarah Walsh is set to retire after the Matildas' upcoming tour of the United States. Walsh has scored 31 goals in 67 games for the Matildas and said via statement that her decision to retire was based on right-knee troubles. "I never fully recovered from having micro fracture surgery on my right knee in December 2010. Since that surgery it has been an extremely hard and constant struggle trying to maintain the load [training] I need in order to be able to play at the international level," she said. "I couldn't see myself pushing through to the 2015 World Cup and felt it was the right time to step aside and let our next generation players grow into my position."