2012 Premier League All-Star Squad


Patrick QUINN
(Bayswater City)

(Inglewood United)

(Bayswater City)



(Bayswater City)

(Floreat Athena)

(Inglewood United)

(Balyswater City)

(Bayswater City)

The 2012 Premier League All-Stars has been selected with the input
of non-playing representatives from the twelve Premier League clubs

The Starting Eleven

Curtis ASPDEN (Goalkeeper) - Another strong season between the posts earns Curtis Aspden footballwa.net All-Stars selection for the second time in two years. Aspden, 25, played all but three games for Sorrento in 2012, keeping nine clean sheets and displaying an unrivalled command of the 18-yard box. Early shutouts against Stirling Lions (R1) and ECU Joondalup (R4) paved the way foundations for standout performances in wins over Bayswater City (R9), Stirling (R12) and Bunbury Forum Force (R17) as well as the late season draw at Inglewood United (R19). Aspden capped a memorable season by making his State team debut against Perth Glory, plus helping Sorrento complete a historic League and Cup double.

Patrick QUINN (Right Back) - 2012 will go down as the year Patrick Quinn finally delivered what he has for so long promised. The 23-year old defender gained State junior honours while with South West Phoenix before spending a year abroad. For his State League return he joined Bayswater City where his defensive nous and drive down the right flank were key features of his club finishing top of the Premier Division for the first time. Amongst his season highlights were starring roles in defeats of Perth SC (R2), former club Bunbury Forum Force (R10, R22) and Balcatta (R20). Quinn made his senior State debut against Perth Glory and was recognised at seasons’ end with Bayswater’s Fairest and Best award.

Jack CLISBY (Centre Back) - There’s a very bright future ahead for classy Inglewood United defender Jack Clisby. Fresh from his third summer with Perth Glory Youth, Clisby set the tone for a stellar year with eye-catching displays against ECU Joondalup (R1), Balcatta (R4) and Bayswater City (R6). Cool under pressure and displaying a maturity beyond his 20 years, he performed with great consistency across the winter with contributions against Western Knights (R13), Armadale (R14), Balcatta (R16), Perth SC (R17) leading to senior State team honours. Clisby’s immense talents earned him the State League’s best player award as well as Inglewood’s Fairest and Best.

John KEARNEY (Centre Back) - There is very good reason why Irish import John Kearney is held in the highest of regard by his peers. Kearney, whose resume includes time with Waterford United, made a positive impression in the Night Series before putting in full shifts against Perth SC (R2), Floreat Athena (R7) and Stirling Lions (R11). His accurate reading of play and ability to quickly nullify attacks came to the fore over the closing rounds of the regular season against Western Knights (R15), Balcatta (R20) and Sorrento (R21). Those performances played a big part in 27-year old Kearney being selected for the State teams’ friendly series with Perth Glory.

Ryan PEARSON (Left Back) - If consistency is what you’re after then four-time footballwa.net All-Star Ryan Pearson is definitely your man. The Sorrento defender shone in his teams’ early defeat of ECU Joondalup (R4) but it was during the second half of the season that the 23-year old really hit peak form. Best on grounds in wins over Stirling Lions (R12), Western Knights (R16) and former club Armadale (R18) were interspersed with noteworthy contributions verses Joondalup (R15) and Bunbury Forum Force (R17). Pearson’s season cascaded over in the closing months, the defender collecting League and Cup winners’ medal either side of enhancing an already glowing resume with a senior State debut.

Jason MIRCO (Right Midfield) - Jason Mirco’s penetrating runs down the right were vital to Sorrento’s season of success. The hard-working midfielder was in peak form from the get-go with best on grounds against Stirling Lions (R1), the National Training Centre (R2) and ECU Joondalup (R4). Having set the bar high, 22-year old Mirco carried on with the job by starring in wins over Floreat Athena (R8), Bayswater City (R9) and Joondalup (R15) before snaring both goals in a 2-1 defeat of Armadale (R18). Not even a trip to Europe could break his momentum, the midfielder putting away the vital third goal in Sorrento’s 4-2 Grand Final triumph over Floreat Athena (F4). Mirco’s importance was recognised with his club’s Best Player award.

Cisco JORQUERA (Centre Midfield) - The on the ball skills and tireless work ethic of attacking midfielder Cisco Jorquera were integral in Bayswater’s historic Premier League win. Jorquera, 28, played a big part in Bayswater’s progression to the Night Series final then carried that form across the full length of the regular season as evidenced by best on ground displays in wins over Floreat Athena (R7), ECU Joondalup (R14) and Balcatta (R20). Scattered amongst those were other eye-catching displays against Armadale (R5), Bunbury Forum Force (R10, R22) and Perth SC (R13) to name but a few. A couple of outings for the State against Perth Glory and sixth spot on Gold Medal night show just how important a player Jorquera is.

Mark PRITCHARD (Centre Midfield) - Former Wales youth international Mark Pritchard was the inspiration behind Floreat Athena’s quest for silverware in 2012. After orchestrating early triumphs over Western Knights (R3) and Armadale (R4) Pritchard found top gear by dazzling Bunbury Forum Force (R9), Stirling Lions (R10), ECU Joondalup (R13) and Western Knights (R14). The 27-year old turned out in both State team outings with Perth Glory, starred again against Stirling (R22) and ended the season with a Grand Final day best on ground verses Sorrento (F4). Pritchard, scorer of 12 goals from the centre of the park, finished joint third on Gold Medal night.

Ryan CLARKE (Left Midfield) - Versatile Inglewood United attacker Ryan Clarke refused to allow injury to ruin his season. Clarke, 25, hit the ground running with a dazzling two-goal performance against Armadale (R3) only to go down with a knee problem. Upon returning to action he tormented the Wanneroo City (C4) and ECU Joondalup (R12) defences but then spent another month on the sidelines with a foot injury. Back to full fitness for the closing stages of the season, Clarke’s characteristically tireless efforts against Sorrento (R19), Bunbury Forum Force (R20) and Stirling Lions (R21) were justifiably rewarded with starts in both State team outings with Perth Glory.

Gustavo CATARCIONE (Forward) - There is no doubt that one of the finds of 2012 was Bayswater City striker Gustavo Catarcione. Picked up last summer from the Sunday League, Catarcione announced his top flight arrival with five Night Series goals plus another five in the opening month of the regular season, including a double in his teams’ mauling of Western Knights (R4). Further two-goal performances in big wins over Floreat Athena (R7) and Perth SC (R13) were interspersed with eye-catching contributions against Bunbury Forum Force (R10), Stirling Lions (R11) and Western Knights (R15), and a State team call-up against Perth Glory. A late season strike against Balcatta (R20) took Catarcione’s goal tally to 18 for the year.

Gustavo GIRON-MARULANDA (Forward) - Back-to-back Golden Boot winner Gustavo Giron-Marulanda deserves to be showcasing his talents on a stage higher than the State League. Another remarkable season began with five Night Series goals to which Giron-Marulanda added a further 13 finishes in the first seven rounds, a tally which takes in hat-tricks against Perth SC (R2) and Armadale (R5). The silky skilled Colombian bagged doubles against Inglewood United (R6, R18), Bunbury Forum Force (R10) and Sorrento (R11, R21) before returning from Bunbury (R22) with another three-goal haul. By year’s end Giron-Marulanda had amassed 32 goals from just 25 appearances, made his State debut against Perth Glory and been voted footballwa.net Premier Division Player of the Year for the second time inside twelve months.

The Shadow Squad

Brad EIFFE (Goalkeeper) - Floreat Athena shot-stopper Brad Eiffe will long remember his achievements of 2012. Eiffe, 28, joined Floreat early in the year and made a lasting impression in early wins over Western Knights (R3), Inglewood United (R5) and Balcatta (R6). He starred in the defeat of Perth SC (R12), kept successive clean sheets against Armadale (R15), Inglewood United (R16) and the National Training Centre (R17) before again catching the eye against Bayswater City (R19), Bunbury Forum Force (R21) and Sorrento (F2). Eiffe, who played every game this year for Floreat, was honoured at seasons’ end with the Goalkeeper of the Year.

Michael ASPIN (Right Back) - The off-season recruitment of English defender Michael Aspin was a masterstroke on Sorrento’s behalf. Aspin, who played juniors at Blackburn Rovers, linked with Sorrento at the beginning of the year and in next to no time had made the right back position his. Possessing an explosive turn of pace, the 23-year old was all too often the reason why opposing sides were caught on the counter while his pinpoint delivery into the final third led to many a chance on goal. Aspin’s contributions against ECU Joondalup (R4), Floreat Athena (R8), Bunbury Forum Force (R17) and Bayswater City (F3) rated amongst the best of his year.

Adam TONG (Centre Back) - Adam Tong’s on the ball strength and never-say-die attitude have made him one the Premier League’s most feared opponents. 29-year old Tong showed his versatility early on with a trio of Night Series goals before setting the tone for the regular season with muscular displays against Armadale (R2) and Stirling Lions (R3). He conspired to keep Bayswater City (R8) and ECU Joondalup (R9) pointless, stood firm against Inglewood United (R15), while efforts against Floreat Athena (R18) and Perth SC (R19) rated amongst his best. Tong, a former Plymouth Argyle junior, squeezed into the squad just ahead of Floreat Athena’s Spencer Harris.

Bobby WILSON (Centre Back) - Opposition players know they’ll get not a moments rest when English import Bobby Wilson takes to the park. A tough, uncompromising defender, Wilson relocated to Floreat Athena last summer and established his place in the first eleven with a solid Night Series campaign. He flexed his defensive muscle across the regular season with efforts against Sorrento (R8), Bayswater City (R19) and Sorrento (F1) rating particularly high while the threat he poses at the opposite end of the park saw the 24-year old net eight times, highlighted by a match-winning double against Western Knights (R14). Wilson got the nod ahead of Sorrento veteran Jamie Harnwell.

Clayton ARNEZ (Left Back) - Youngster Clayton Arnez is fast developing into one of the State League’s most accomplished defenders. Seasons with Perth Glory Youth and Auburn Montgomery (USA) allowed Arnez to add to his experiences and sharpen his defensive skills, all of which put the 20-year old in good stead for his third winter in Stirling Lions colours. Cool under pressure and strong on the ball, the highlights of Arnez’s year came in outings with Balcatta (R3), Western Knights (R7), Inglewood United (R9), Perth SC (R16) and Floreat Athena (R22). Arnez is bound to remain one of the first names on his clubs’ team sheet in 2013.

Alex CANIGLIA (Right Midfield) - There are very few players in the State League who can rival Inglewood United’s Alex Caniglia for creativity and pace. Caniglia, 21, shot to prominence initially at Bayswater City and following a summer with Perth Glory Youth matured into of the local scene’s most exciting young attackers. His first winter at Inglewood was best highlighted by a string of superb displays over the second half of the season against Bayswater City (R12), ECU Joondalup (R14), Mandurah City (R15) and Perth SC (R17). Caniglia, a player of genuine national league potential, got the nod just ahead of ECU Joondalup attacker Tommy Amphlett.

Antonio NAGLIERI (Centre Midfield) - Perth SC midfielder Antonio Naglieri will go down in history as one of the all-time greats of State League football. A virtuoso performance in Perth’s Night Series final win over Bayswater City (NSF) and classy displays against Sorrento (R3) and Stirling Lions (R5) provided only a glimpse of what was to come from the 29-year old. While his efforts against ECU Joondalup (R8), Western Knights (R9) and Inglewood United (R11) certainly caught the eye, Naglieri saved his best for a four-game run which took in Bunbury Forum Force (R15), Stirling (R16), Inglewood (R17) and the National Training Centre (R18). Naglieri polled joint third on Gold Medal night before claiming Perth’s Fairest and Best for a record third time.

James SAMMUT (Centre Midfield) - Inglewood United captain James Sammut was a model of consistency in the middle of the park across the entire winter. A player of tremendous skill and flair, not to mention a keen eye for goal, Sammut took centre stage in early defeats of Western Knights (R2), Armadale (R3) and Bunbury Forum Force (R8) which propelled Inglewood to the top of the table. Classy displays against ECU Joondalup (R12) and Armadale (R14) were amongst his best, while his commitment to the cause even when the chips are down shone none more brightly than against Bayswater City (R18). Sammut came in just behind team mate Jack Clisby on Gold Medal night to earn his first footballwa.net All-Stars appearances.

Daniel MICEVSKI (Left Midfield) - Whether pushing deep down either wing or operating as out-and-out striker, Daniel Micevski was a key component in Balcatta’s attacking artillery. Micevski, 28, began the year by driving his team into attack with some dazzling displays out wide before taking on goal scorer responsibilities. In the space of 15-games he found the back of the net on 17 occasions with a four-goal haul against Bunbury Forum Force (R12) the undoubted highlight. That run also included hat-tricks in wins over ECU Joondalup (R9) and National Training Centre (R16) plus a double against former club Western Knights (R11). By seasons’ end Micevski had 22 goals to his name and a State debut against Perth Glory.

Anthony LYONS (Forward) - Liverpool-born striker Anthony Lyons has very good reason to look back on his first campaign with Stirling Lions with great fondness. Lyons began the year on the wing but upon switching to centre-forward he struck a match-winning double against ECU Joondalup (R6) and bagged another a week later against Western Knights (R7). He helped himself to braces against each Bayswater City (R11) and Bunbury Forum Force (R13) either side of earning Stirling valuable points at Floreat Athena (R10) and Perth SC (R16). Closing round finishes against Armadale (R20) and Inglewood United (R21) took his season tally to 13 goals, with the promise of many more to come.

Johny MIRCO (Forward) - Playing a leading role in Sorrento’s League and Cup double was a fitting way for veteran John Mirco to bow out of State League football. Mirco opened with a hat-trick against Armadale (R1) and an eye-catching display at Floreat Athena (R3) before switching from Western Knights to Sorrento, where he scored a stunner on debut against Cockburn City (C1). He was the architect of victories over Floreat (R8, R20), ECU Joondalup (R15) and Bunbury Forum Force (R17), scoring twice against the latter. Come finals time Mirco was in red-hot form, the 34-year old scoring in the defeat of Bayswater City (F3) before netting again on Grand Final day against Floreat (F4). Mirco finished joint third on Gold Medal night.

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