Heart tackle Richmond


Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John Aloisi is likely to continue to rotate a number of players…

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John Aloisi is likely to continue to rotate a number of players in the Red and White-s third pre-season friendly against Richmond SC on Friday evening.

Melbourne Heart tackles Richmond at Kevin Bartlett Reserve from 7.30pm, and Aloisi has reiterated the importance of pre-season fixtures allowing players to experience varying levels of game time.

Aloisi made five changes at half time in the side-s last pre-season friendly, in which Harry Kewell made his anticipated debut, and, importantly, allowed the Club’s new number 10 match time.

Goalkeepers Andrew Redmayne and Tando Velaphi also shared half a match each last Wednesday, with the rotation policy allowing as many squad members game time as possible.

Dylan Macallister netted a hat-trick and David Williams five goals in that match, while Aziz Behich returned for the Red and White for the first time since returning from Bursaspor, but all players in tomorrow’s squad are likely to be used where possible.

“We will be rotating a number of players throughout the match to give players match time,” Aloisi said.

“Kewell played his first 45 minutes last week, so it will be similar this time around, or he may play even longer.

“It should be a good challenge against Richmond who are an organised side, but our main focus is to concentrate on our playing style.”

Melbourne Heart’s next match will be against A-League opponent Brisbane Roar in Lismore.

Melbourne Heart squad: Andrew Redmayne, Tando Velaphi, Aziz Behich, David Vrankovic, Jeremy Walker, Sam Mitchinson, Rob Wielaert, Patrick Gerhardt, Massimo Murdocca, Iain Ramsay, Jason Hoffman, Nick Kalmar, Jonatan Germano, Dylan Macallister, Mate Dugandzic, Golgol Mebrahtu, David Williams, Harry Kewell (Plus triallists TBC)

Not Available: Stefan Mauk (Young Socceroos duties), Ben Garuccio (Young Socceroos duties), Orlando Engelaar

Match Details
Friday 16 August 2013
Richmond SC vs Melbourne Heart FC
Kevin Bartlett Reserve
Kick-Off: 7.30pm
Gates Open:
Price: $10 Adults, $5 concession/junior (under 15)
Melbourne Heart 2013-14 members: Free with proof of purchase or valid ID*

Important Information
There will be a specific gate for member entry only, located at Gate 2 at Kevin Bartlett Reserve.
Members will gain free entry on presenting a proof of purchase of a 2013-14 membership, or a valid photo ID which can be matched with a current membership number.

Public Transport
Trains departing City: Catch the Glenwaverly Line from the city, stopping at Heyington (next to Kevin Bartlett Reserve).
Trams from Swan Street Swan St Tram., exit where the GE building is in Richmond.