Gold Coast Tour Diary – Days Four and Five


Days Four and Five

Day Four (Friday) was, of course, dominated by the opening game of the Surf City Cup against Brisbane Roar at the nearby Croatian Sports Centre.

Following a light session in the morning and a pre-match meal, the squad headed to the ground to find plenty of fans already sampling the hospitality and the atmosphere building.

Enormous credit has to go to tournament organiser Adem Poric, his team and all the volunteers at Gold Coast Knights who worked tirelessly to produce a superb event which was a pleasure to be involved in.

Unfortunately the result did not go Glory’s way on the night, despite Tony Popovic’s side dominating for long periods and carving out the better chances.

Glory v Roar - Chris Harold on the ball

Roar took the lead just after the hour-mark when Jai Ingham rifled home Dauntae Mariner’s cross from the left and although they applied concerted pressure throughout the latter stages, Glory were ultimately unable to find a way through.

But there were nevertheless plenty of positives to take out of the game, notably precious game-time for no fewer than 20 members of the travelling party including new recruits Osama Malik and Soo-beom Kim who both started.

Click HERE for the full match report and reaction.

Glory v Roar - Kim solo

A late dinner was followed by a later than normal breakfast on Saturday before the players participated in a yoga session held overlooking the sweeping fairways and shimmering lakes of the magnificent Royal Pines Resort golf course.

The focus now switches to Tuesday’s clash with Newcastle and a number of the travelling group are expected to be in attendance when the Jets face Brisbane in the second game of the Surf City Cup on Sunday.