2006 Premier League All-Star Squad

(Western Knights)

(Western Knights)

Danny HILL



Branimir MIKULIC
(Floreat Athena)

(Stirling Lions)


(Western Knights)


(Stirling Lions)

"The selection of this squad is based primarily on those performances I witnessed during the 2006 W.A. State League season. Non-playing representatives of all twelve Premier League clubs were also consulted in the compilation of this squad." - Brett Klucznik

The Starting Eleven

Tommi TOMICH (Goalkeeper) - What better way for Tommi Tomich to end another distinguished local season than by returning to national league ranks. The Premier League’s benchmark goalkeeper for several years, Tomich this season registered an impressive ten clean sheets and jointly conceded the fewest goals of any top flight custodian. Highlighting his winter were noteworthy performances against Cockburn City (R5), Stirling Lions (R8), Inglewood United (R16), Perth S.C. (R18) and Sorrento (R19). Once his duties with Western Knights were complete the 26-year old jumped at a short-term contract with Perth Glory and through a string of splendid A-League performances has stamped a strong claim for a permanent deal.
David ANNALL (Right Back) - For a third successive year David Annall commands his place in footballwa.net All-Stars. One of the state's most accomplished defenders, the 25-year old began this season at right back before migrating to a central defensive role following the loss through injury of Evan Wallace. Although a pillar of strength in early clashes with Wanneroo City (R2) and Armadale (R10), Annall stepped it up a notch with domineering performances in late season meetings with Cockburn City (R17), Perth S.C. (R18), Sorrento (R19) and Stirling Lions (R20). Annall picked up his second club Fairest and Best award upon completion of his seventh season with Western Knights.
Danny HILL (Centre Back) - English-born defender Danny Hill is held in the highest of regard by his peers. Recognition of Hill as an effective and influential defender is grounded in the 31-year olds aerial dominance, accurate reading of play and desire to get the job done with a minimum of fuss. A key figure in Sorrento’s championship season, Hill was particularly effective in outings with Armadale (R8), Wanneroo City (R11), Inglewood United (R14), Cockburn City (R15) and Floreat Athena (R16). Tidy use of the ball allows Hill to efficiently link with those in midfield, while the handful of goals he netted this year highlight the danger he poses inside the opposition 18-yard box.
Darryl PLATTEN (Centre Back) - The signing of Darryl Platten two years ago was an absolute masterstroke on Armadale's behalf. The 20-year old defender, a State youth representative, enhanced what was an already glowing reputation by playing a key role in his clubs’ difficult season. The foundations for a fine year were laid early, however, it was his efforts against Floreat Athena (R13), Wanneroo City (R15), Swan U.C (R16) and Sorrento (R20) were rated as amongst the best of Platten’s fledgling career, and instrumental in Armadale avoiding relegation. A player with true national league potential, Platten finished joint third on Gold Medal night having polled in eleven of twenty-two games.
Scott MILLER (Left Back) - Australia international Scott Miller brought the curtain down on an illustrious playing career by lifting the Premier League championship with Sorrento. A veteran of 275 national league games, 34-year old Miller featured prominently on the left side of defence and, on occasions, as sweeper. Miller, one of the local scenes most respected figures, was most impressive in outings with Armadale (R8) and Inglewood United (R14) and played a pivotal role in the defeat of Floreat Athena (R21) that ultimately secured the title. Thankfully, retirement does not mean Miller will be lost to football as next season he’ll draw upon his vast knowledge of the game as coach of Cockburn City.
Branimir MIKULIC (Right Midfield) - Dual Golden Boot winner Branimir Mikulic has every right to consider 2006 the best season of his career so far. Whether operating in a creative role on the right, in central midfield or as an out and out striker, the powerfully built 27-year old was never far from the action for Floreat Athena. Mikulic’s winter was peppered with memorable displays such as those against Sorrento (R9), Stirling Lions (R10 and R22), Bayswater City (R14), Wanneroo City (R16) and Cockburn City (R19) which took him to joint third on Gold Medal night. Mikulic’s presence inside the 18-yard box and predatory instincts returned a dozen goals and many more assists for fourth placed Floreat.
Rob MILLER (Midfield) - The inclusion of quality imports such as Rob Miller will only raise the standard of West Australian football. Fresh from a spell with English side Bedford Town, the effervescent 32-year old cemented his spot in Stirling Lions’ first eleven through a tireless work ethic and strong leadership from the centre of the park. Early highlights included outings against Cockburn City (R4), Sorrento (R6) and Bayswater City (R7) while his contributions against Swan I.C. (R14), Perth S.C. (R17) and Sorrento (R18) played a big part in his club climbing the table. After helping Stirling to Cup final victory and winning their Fairest and Best award, Miller returned to England to play for Hitchin Town.
Glen THOMAS (Midfield) - Glen Thomas’ red-hot form over the opening months of 2006 took him to within a hair’s breadth of the Gold Medal. The talented 26-year olds creativity, vision and first-class distribution were a key component in Sorrento’s fourteen game unbeaten start to the regular season. During that run Thomas was one of the Gulls star performers with best on ground displays against Perth S.C. (R4), Bayswater City (R5), Western Knights (R7), Floreat Athena (R9), Wanneroo City (R12) and Swan I.C. (R13). But a four-week trip overseas broke his momentum and Thomas was pipped for the prestigious individual award by Paul Cooke by just two votes.
Paul COOKE (Left Midfield) - It was a dream come true for Western Knights’ Paul Cooke when his name was read from the podium as recipient of the 2006 Gold Medal. Whether playing on the left or right flank, the exciting 27-year old repeatedly tormented opposing defences through his lightning pace, sublime ball control and first-class delivery into the area. Top notch performances against E.C.U. Joondalup (R1), Cockburn City (R5), Stirling Lions (R8), Bayswater City (R9), Inglewood United (R16) and Sorrento (R19) enabled Cooke to write his name in the history books and consign once and for all his previous injury problems to the past.
Simon HARLAND (Forward) - Sorrento made sure the final season of club great Simon Harland was a memorable one. A striker with experience in England, Singapore and Australia, Harland spearheaded the Gulls attack with twelve goals but his ability to create opportunities by bringing others into the game is his greatest asset. Best on ground displays against Inglewood United (R14), Perth S.C. (R16) and E.C.U. Joondalup (R22) highlighted his ninth season at Sorrento which also included eye-catching performances against Stirling Lions (R6), Wanneroo City (R12) and Bayswater City (R17). Joint fourth in the Gold Medal, Harland won his second successive club Best Player award and was voted the footballwa.net Player of the Year by the West Australian football community.
David DUGDALE (Forward) - Stirling Lions unearthed a rare gem when they signed David Dugdale. The Liverpool-born striker headed to Macedonia Park mid-season and immediately set about tormenting defences with his pace and knack of making the most of his opportunities. Dugdale scored on debut against E.C.U. Joondalup and, requiring only the faintest sniff of goal, went on to bag hat-tricks against Wanneroo City (R13), Inglewood United (R15) and Bayswater City (R19). The 23-year old complemented these with two-goal hauls in wins over Swan I.C.(R14), Armadale (R21) and Floreat Athena (R22). In just twelve outings Dugdale netted an astonishing nineteen goals to take out the Golden Boot award.

The Shadow Squad

Nick STONE (Goalkeeper) - If Nick Stone had not been between the posts then Armadale’ year would have panned out a whole lot differently. Stone, a former Bournemouth youth player, was a beacon of hope as Armadale avoided relegation by the narrowest of margins. The 27-year olds marshalled to terrific effect a young defence while his razor sharp reflexes and agility frustrated many an opponent . His contributions were never more important than against Western Knights (R10), E.C.U. Joondalup (R14), Wanneroo City (R15), Swan I.C. (R16), Inglewood United (R17) and Sorrento (R20) which enabled Armadale to bring together just enough points to retain their place in next year’s top flight.
Michael ICANOVSKI (Right Back) - Michael Icanovski is the sort of player who gives everything right up to the final whistle. A never say die approach to defending in combination with his tough tackling and neat distribution have made the 26-year old a popular figure at Perth S.C. Best suited to a role on the right of defence, Icanovski turned in a workmanlike performance in the draw with Stirling Lions (R5) and also contributed significantly against Cockburn City (R14), Western Knights (R18) and in the final day defeat of Wanneroo City (R22). Icanovski made the squad at the expense of Inglewood United’s Danny Kovacevic.
Jason GODFEY (Centre Back) - A summer move to Cockburn City enabled Jason Godfrey to deliver all he’s promised since gaining Australian Schoolboys selection as a teenager. Standout performances in wins over Bayswater City (R1), Perth S.C. (R2) and Armadale (R6) provided the basis for what was to come. A best on ground effort against Sorrento (R15) saw Godfrey take things up a notch and figure prominently against Stirling Lions (R16), Western Knights (R17), Wanneroo City (R21) and Swan I.C. (R22). 23-year old Godfrey had his efforts recognised with Cockburn’s Fairest and Best trophy and joint third placing on Gold Medal night. Godfrey pipped Bayswater City’s Paul Natale for a spot in the squad.
Ivan ZUVELA (Centre Back) - Another locally developed player who deserves to be showcasing his wares on a higher stage is Western Knights’ Ivan Zuvela. The classy 24-year old produced a string of excellent performances upon his return from a season sharpening his considerable skills with Victorian side Melbourne Knights. He rated highly in games against Swan I.C. (R3), the back-to-back defeats of Floreat Athena (R11 and 12) and Perth S.C. (R18) before turning in a masterful display in the final round defeat of Armadale (R22). It’s rare for Zuvela to emerge from a tackle without the ball being in his possession, while his driving runs through midfield as a pleasure to watch.
John MIGAS (Left Back) - There’s a big role for versatile youngster John Migas to play in Floreat Athena’s future. He provided Floreat a solid foundation when part of the back four through his ball-winning abilities and calming influence, while a desire to push down the left gave the side another avenue to goal. A starring role in the early thumping of Wanneroo City (R4) paved the way for future eye catching displays against Sorrento (R9), Western Knights (R11) and Bayswater City (14). Given the opportunity Migas, Floreat’s 2006 Fairest and Best player, would thrive in a full-time environment such as that offered by the A-League.
Matt DANSKIN (Right Midfield) - 21-year old Matt Danskin is another local product who deserves to be playing at a higher level. Blessed with terrific pace, ball control and superb delivery into the area, Danskin would walk into the starting line-up of any Premier League club. The skilful midfielder consistently produced the goods in his second season at Perth S.C. with his efforts against Western Knights (R6) and Floreat Athena (R20) rating particularly highly. And it’s not just going forward that he shines with Danskin quick to get back and play his role in putting an end to opposition forays. Danskin beat Miki Vujacic (Swan I.C.) for a berth.
Dom DE FELICE (Midfield) - The tireless efforts of Dom De Felice are all too often overlooked when the plaudits are being given out at Cockburn City. A neat and tidy player who doesn’t complicate his game, De Felice’s excellent reading of play allows him to negate the opposition’s midfield creativity and, having won possession, quickly spirit his side into attack. A mid-season purple patch resulted in brilliant performances by the 24-year old against E.C.U. Joondalup (R8) and Swan I.C. (R10) along with the back-to-back defeats of Inglewood United (R11 and R12). De Felice ended the season with a memorable best on ground display Swan (R22) which assured Cockburn of third on the final table.
Josip MAGDIC (Midfield) - The midfield command of Josip Magdic was behind Floreat Athena’s flying start to 2006. Possessing a tremendous workrate, great technique and a strong desire to attack, Madgic is the sort of player who can turn a game in the blink of an eye. His return season after a year in Croatia was nothing less than spectacular and included eye-catching displays against Armadale (R1), Bayswater City (R2), E.C.U. Joondalup (R3), Wanneroo City (R4) and Western Knights (R12). Shortly after that game Magdic joined Perth Glory but has been limited to only scattered appearances in the national competition. Madgic beat Perth S.C. midfielder Scott Bulloch for a place in the squad.
Jordan RHODES (Left Midfield) - There is little doubt that Jordan Rhodes was one of the seasons’ top performers. After spending time at Charlton Athletic and Mandurah City he embarked on a sensational top flight debut for Stirling Lions. Rhodes adapted quickly to life in the Premier League with starring roles against Wanneroo City (R1), Western Knights (R8), Floreat Athena (R10), E.C.U. Joondalup (R11), Cockburn City (R16) and Armadale (R21). Rhodes’ marauding runs down the left, expertise at dead ball situations and eye for goal were all key ingredients in Stirling winning the Cup final and claiming second in the Premier League.
David FOSTER (Forward) - Since moving to Swan I.C. three years ago David Foster has become the Premier League’s hottest property. The much sought after 23-year old cast aside a slow start to 2006 with eye-catching displays against Wanneroo City (R7), Inglewood United (R9) and Cockburn City (R10). He played a starring role in the defeat of traditional rival Perth S.C. (R12), stood out at Western Knights (R15) and put the icing on a memorable season with a hat-trick in the come-from-behind defeat of Bayswater City (R20). Foster won his second club Fairest and Best award for a season in which his final goal tally stood at twenty-two.
Barry WOOD (Forward) - A bagful of goals was always on the cards for Barry Wood following his transfer to Dorrien Gardens. An interrupted pre-season was a far from ideal start to his time at Perth S.C. and although he wasn’t scoring regularly Wood was still heavily involved in the creation process as his performances against Bayswater City (R3) and Armadale (R7) indicate. Once the big Scot strapped on his scoring boots there was no stopping him and twelve goals in ten outings - which included three against Inglewood United (R13) and four over Floreat Athena (R20) - took his season tally to nineteen goals. Wood knocked former Western Knights team mate Stuart Montgomery out of the squad.

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