SOLID CITY-ZENS: Mildura Senior Men’s captain Jacob Rodi and Senior Women’s captain Tiana Mosello ahead of the opening round of the S-League season on Sunday. Photo: KIERAN MANGAN
By MITCH RODD
IT could be a season of a red and black rampage in the S-League in 2018.
Mildura City look to be the powerhouse club across all eight grades of competition, as the Football Federation Sunraysia (FFS) regular season kicks off on Sunday.
Their Senior Women’s side have been a force to be reckoned with in recent years, having won the last two titles. The Senior Men’s side has been laden with talent in recent years, and have been the main contender to the Irymple Knights’ throne.
Both senior sides have started the year with silverware after claiming their respective Rudi Horvat Cups on Sunday. The men’s side conceded an early goal to Nichols Point but went on to win 2-1, while the women’s side had a 4-1 victory over Irymple Knights.
City had a team in every grade, including both sides at Under 12 level.
In the 2017 S-League season, City striker Brandon Pollifrone won the Golden Boot with 27 goals, ahead of Knights star Chris Romeo on 23. Ekin Arisoy was fourth on the table with 11.
The addition of Three Colours attacker Domenic Ghidinelli will add even more potency to their attack, while fellow Colours convert Lukas Pedder will add strength as a central holding midfielder.
City captain Jacob Rodi said the duo would be welcome additions for the year ahead.
“Both are quality players and they fill two areas of need we felt we had,” he said.
“Dom definitely gives us a lot more options going forward, there won’t be a reliance on Brandon.
“Every year we play to win, but we’ll have to see how we go and give it a crack. Irymple are a quality team and that’s why they’ve been on top for the last few years.”
A lack of numbers mean Mildura United will only field a Reserve Men’s side, leaving just four clubs in the senior competition.
“One less team in the competition isn’t great, you want to see as many teams competing as possible, but with four teams there now you get a few more games against each side and more opportunities to make up some wins if you drop points,” Rodi said.
Senior Women’s captain Tiana Mosello said her squad was keen to continue their success in recent years.
“We’re hoping to make it three in a row,” she said.
“It looks like everyone is fit and ready to go.
“We had a couple of younger ones from the Under 14’s play last weekend, and Gabby Martins, a central midfielder from America, but otherwise we’re pretty much the same team as last year.
“It’s a great place to be around at the moment.”