Brisbane Roar celebrated the impending Hyundai A-League season by hosting their annual Family Fun Day at Ballymore Stadium on Sunday.
With the support of principal sponsor Brisbane Airport Corporation, the club entertained members and supporters with the Roar Rapid Fire fields, the football target wall and football speed gun with the free Brisbane Roar showbags also proving popular.
Head coach Ange Postecoglou’s encouraged fans to continue their support the Hyundai A-League Champions with inspiring words ahead of their season opener against Central Coast Mariners this Saturday at Suncorp Stadium.
“The only fans that were disappointed last season were the ones that left five minutes before the end,” Postecoglou said, referring to his side’s epic, last-minute Grand Final win back in March.
“Don’t miss a minute of it this season”.
Postecoglou also introduced his 23-man with new signings Matt Jurman, Besart Berisha, Kofi Danning, Issey Nakajima-Farran, Mohamed Adnan and Jack Hingert given a special reception by the lively, orange-clad crowd.
Prior to the Hyundai A-League presentation, the fans were welcomed by interim CEO Michael Bowers before assistant coach of Brisbane Roar Women Alicia Ferguson took to the stage to introduce the members of the Westfield W-League squad that were present.
Despite the absence of many key players, and Head Coach Jeff Hopkins, due to national team duties and playing commitments with overseas clubs in the off-season, Ferguson’s announcement of the capture of former Sydney FC striker Catherine Cannulli drew huge cheers from the Roar supporters.
Also Champions of their own competition, Brisbane Roar Women will also be looking to retain their title when they kick off their Westfield W-League campaign against Grand Final foes Sydney FC away on October 22.
Brisbane Roar squad for Hyundai A-League 2011/12 season
1. Michael THEOKLITOS
2. Matt SMITH (captain)
3. Shane STEFANUTTO
4. Matthew JURMAN
5. Ivan FRANJIC
6. Erik PAARTALU
7. Besart BERISHA
8. Massimo MURDOCCA
9. Kofi DANNING
11. Issey NAKAJIMA-FARRAN
12. Matthew MUNDY
14. Rocky VISCONTE
16. Mohamed ADNAN
17. Mitch NICHOLS
18. Luke BRATTAN
19. Jack HINGERT
20. Andrew REDMAYNE
21. James MEYER
22. Thomas BROICH
24. Nicholas FITZGERALD
25. George LAMBADARIDIS
26. Corey BROWN
The Brisbane Roar squads for the Westfield W-League and National Youth League seasons are still to be confirmed.