Australians Abroad round-up: North finds direction as Holland impresses in Austria

Kieran Jones compiles's concise Australians Abroad round-up for this week, from the UK and Europe to Asia and the Americas Indonesia   By KIERAN JONES's Australians Abroad round up begins in Asia this week, where some Australia internationals had differing fortunes on Saturday.

Jade North returned from a one-month absence and played all 90 minutes in defence for Consadole Sapporo.

North missed several games with a hamstring injury and was a welcome addition to the Consadole side, despite their 2-0 loss at the hands of Shimizu S-Pulse.

In true defender's fashion, North found a way to get booked, receiving a yellow in the 88th minute.

While North would have been relishing a return to the park, Luke DeVere is still out with a hamstring injury.

His Gyeongnam FC side won 3-0 over Ulsan Hyandai on Saturday and will now play the Pohang Steelers in the final, but DeVere is likely to miss.

In a disappointing end to Jeju's FA Cup campaign, Adrian Madaschi and his men were knocked out in a 2-1 loss to the Pohang Steelers on Saturday. Madasachi was an unused substitute in the semi-final loss.

In Austria, James Holland put in an impressive performance for Austria Wien.

Holland patrolled midfield for the full 90 minutes in his side's 2-0 win over Wiener Neustadt on Saturday.
"The Hoover", as the club's website refers to him, could be a key contributor in a defensive midfield role in the Austria Wien's Bundesliga title hopes. They sit top of the table.

There were plenty of other Australians in action throughout Europe and Asia's major leagues, including Brett Holman's 90-minute effort for Aston Villa against Newcastle on Sunday and Robbie Kruse's start for Fortuna Dusseldorf in the Bundesliga.

In transfer news before the deadline slammed shut on September 1, Nikita Rukavytsya found a new home while defender Ryan McGowan elected to stay with Hearts after late interest from Rangers.



Joel Griffiths, Rostyn Griffiths, Milan Susak, Dino Djulbic, Daniel Mullen and Jonas Salley will all be enjoying a break as the Chinese Super League has a two-week hiatus.


Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Was left on the bench as his side were held to a scoreless draw on Sunday.


Premier League

Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Scored in the 66thminute of Aston Villa’s League Cup 3-0 win over Tranmere last Tuesday and but did not play against Newcastle on Sunday. Has confirmed his commitment to the Socceroos and should be one to watch in the EPL this season.

Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Came on for the last 25 minutes of the League Cup game against Tranmere last Tuesday and played all 90 minutes in a midfield role against Newcastle in the 1-1 draw. Was constructive at times, but received a yellow card in stoppage time and probably could have done more to shut down Hatem Ben Arfa's thunderbolt. A mixed day.

Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Would be unhappy with a 3-0 loss to newly promoted West Ham. Not much he could have done about any of the goals, however.

Adam Federici (Reading) – Conceded two goals in Reading's 3-2 League Cup win over Peterborough and still looks very shaky in goal.

Brad Jones (Liverpool) – Still on the bench for Liverpool's 2-0 home loss to Arsenal on Sunday, but could get a look in if Pepe Reina continues his poor form.


Rhys Williams (Middlesborough) – The Boro captain looks set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines after scans revealed damaged ankle ligaments from last Tuesday's League Cup 2-0 win against Gillingham.

Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Left out of the side which lost 1-0 Barnsley on Saturday.

Sebastian Usai (Blackburn) – Seems to be a long way off getting a game in goal for Rovers, and is probably fourth in the pecking order.  Still yet to make a senior appearance.

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Played the whole match in midfield in Crystal Palace's 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship on Saturday.

Massimo Luongo (Ipswich) – Regular starter for Ipswich this season in midfield and played all 90 minutes again on Saturday in the 2-2 draw with Huddersfield Town, after scoring in the disappointing 2-1 loss to League One side Carlisle United in the League Cup last Tuesday.

Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) – Still cannot get a spot in the first team.

Shane Lowry (Millwall) – Received a yellow card in Millwall's 3-1 over Middlesbrough on Saturday. Played the whole game.

Paddy Kisnorbo (Leeds) – Watched from the bench again as Leeds drew 3-3 with Blackburn on Saturday. 



Nikita Rukavytsya (FSV Mainz)The former Hertha BSC speedster was transferred to new club FSV Mainz just before the end of the transfer window. Has a chance at the top flight again. Mainz lost 1-0 to Gruether Furth on Saturday and sit in 13th. 

Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Got a yellow card in the 0-0 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach. Played 90 minutes, and had a late chance but sent the shot wide.

Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Sat on the bench as his side drew 1-1 with Nurnberg.

2. Bundesliga

Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Missing in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Erzgebirge Aue through injury.


The striker made a big influence on his side's Bundesliga win game and looks set to make an impact in the top flight this season. Could make a difference in the Socceroos' upcoming September games against Lebanon and Jordan if Holger Osieck can find a way to use him wisely.


While he was not the only Australian having a rough day at the office this weekend, the young gloveman would not want to dwell too long on Vitoria Setubal's 5-0 loss to Benfica.  The latter will make a meal of many a defence this campaign, but Patterson-Sewell will be looking to immediately move on when his side faces Gil Vicente next Monday.


Apostolis Giannou (PAOK) – Was substituted at half-time in his side's 3-0 loss to Rapid Wien in the Europa League on Thursday.


Adam Sarota (Utrecht) – Spent the whole game in the midfield in the 1-1 draw with NAC Breda on Saturday.

Tommy Oar (Utrecht) – Came on in the 40th minute to play alongside Sarota in Utrecht's draw.

Michael Zullo (Utrecht) – Is sidelined due to a groin injury. He should be back to full fitness in two weeks.

Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Played the whole match in central defence in his club's 1-1 draw with RKC Waalwijk.


Mark Griffin (Dundalk) – Scored two goals in a 90 minute effort for Dundalk on Saturday in a 3-2 loss to ladder leaders Drogheda United.


Serie A

James Troisi (Atalanta) – Left unused on the bench in Atalanta's 1-1 draw with Cagliari.

Serie B

Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Came off in the 3-0 win against Cesena last Monday through injury and was not used in the 2-1 win over Croton on Sunday.


Joshua Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus) – The lanky front man could not get on the scoresheet in the 1-0 win over Kashiwa Reysol on Saturday after being subbed on in the 67th minute.

Jade North (Consadole Sapporo) – Back in to the side after an injury and played a full game in the 2-0 loss to Alex Brosque's Shimizu S-Pulse on Saturday. Yellow carded in the 88th minute.

Alex Brosque (Shimizu S-Pulse) – Did not feature Saturday's 2-0 win over Consadole Sapporo.


Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam FC) – Still out with a hamstring injury. His side won 3-0 over Ulsan Hyandai on Saturday and will now play the Pohang Steelers in the final.

Adrian Madaschi (Jeju United) – Disappointing end to Jeju's FA Cup campaign, knocked out in a 2-1 loss to the Pohang Steelers on Saturday. Madasachi was an unused substitute in the semi-final loss.


Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Was relegated to the bench for the 0-0 draw with Vitoria on Sunday after conceding five goals v Benfica the previous match.


Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow) – Unused substitute in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Kuban Krasnodar.


Ryan McGowan (Hearts) – The midfielder played 90 minutes but was yellow carded in the loss to Dundee on Saturday. The 1-0 defeat leaves Hearts in seventh.

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Was an unused substitute on Saturday against Dundee.


Eli Babalj (Red Star Belgrade) – Came on with three minutes to play in the 3-2 Europa League loss to Bordeaux on Thursday. Not quite enough time to make an impact on the big stage.


Ersan Gulum (Besiktas) – was left on the bench for 90 minutes in Besiktas' first win of the year, a 3-2 win over Bursaspor on Sunday.


Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls) – Played 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with DC United on Thursday.

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