While the San Francisco Giants wrapped up the 2012 World Series in the States, down in Australia the football is flowing. Emile Heskey’s magic has helped the Newcastle Jets maintain their top spot in this week’s Hyundai A-League Power Rankings, while Adelaide United bounce back in a big way to chase down the Squadron.
Let’s take a look at this week’s A-League Power Rankings on the View from Avalon.
1. Newcastle Jets
Emile Heskey may as well be on his way to being the premier scorer in the Hyundai A-League this season. His unmarked brace in the 54th and 56th minutes of play powered Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets to a 2-1 victory over the Melbourne Victory at the Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, New South Wales.
Up next for the Jets is a Nov. 3 match with the Perth Glory at nib Stadium in Perth, Western Australia.
2. Adelaide United
John Kosmina’s Adelaide United had the biggest result of the week, when they tore down a Wellington Phoenix side that played to 10 men in a 3-1 victory at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide, South Australia. Jeronimo Neumann scored a brace in the 55th and 85th minute and Cassio Oliveira added a third in the 68th minute of play.
This week, Adelaide travel to Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland to take on the Brisbane Roar on Nov. 4.
3. Sydney FC
The two top guns for Ian Crook’s Sydney FC were at work against the Perth Glory at Sydney’s Stadium Australia. Down 1-0 at halftime, goals from Alessandro Del Piero in the 59th minute and Brett Emerton in the 70th minute of play gave Sydney a 2-1 victory over a Glory team that was reduced to 10 men 57 minutes into the contest.
Sydney FC continue their season when they travel to Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford, NSW to take on the Central Coast Mariners on Nov. 3.
4. Central Coast Mariners
Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners rode on the 51st-minute heroics of Pedj Bojic to earn a 1-0 shutout win over Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park in Melbourne. The Mariners return home to host Sydney FC on Nov. 3.
5. Perth Glory
In spite of an 18th-minute goal from Travis Dodd, it all fell to pieces in the second half for Ian Ferguson’s Perth Glory as they finished a man down and a goal down, losing 2-1 at Stadium Australia. Steve Pantelidis was given his marching orders in the 57th minute of play.
The Glory will look to get back on the winning track when they host the high-flying Newcastle Jets on Nov. 3.
6. Brisbane Roar
It’s odd how Rado Vidosic’s Brisbane Roar are able to win convincingly against the usual suspects like Melbourne Victory but lose against the most unlikeliest of opponents. But that is what the Roar did last weekend at Suncorp Stadium, falling to the Western Sydney Wanderers 1-0. The Roar will look to spare themselves of more blushes this weekend when they host Adelaide United on Nov. 4.
7. Western Sydney Wanderers
History has been made for Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers, who rode on a 19th-minute goal from Mark Bridge en route to a history 1-0 upset victory of the defending A-League champions, the Brisbane Roar. The Wanderers will look to build on their performance when they return home to Parramatta Stadium in Sydney to host Melbourne Heart on Nov. 2.
8. Wellington Phoenix
Ricki Herbert’s Wellington Phoenix, in spite of a 42nd-minute goal from Stein Huysegems, were chased out of Hindmarsh Stadium by Adelaide United in their 3-1 defeat. The Nix were forced to play down a man after Ben Sigmund was sent off in the 77th minute of play.
Next weekend, the Phoenix travel to Etihad Stadium to face the struggling Melbourne Victory on Nov. 5.
9. Melbourne Heart
The city of Melbourne, Victoria seems to be getting the short end of the results in the Hyundai A-League this early on, and John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart were an example of that, as they were shut out 1-0 by the Central Coast Mariners. Next week, the Heart travel to Parramatta Stadium to take on the resurging Western Sydney Wanderers on Nov. 2.
10. Melbourne Victory
Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory return to the bottom of the heap after falling 2-1 to the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium. Archie Thompson scored a consolation goal in the 71st minute of play for a punchless Victory side searching for answers. They will look to get right on Nov. 5 against the Wellington Phoenix at Etihad Stadium.