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PREVIEW: Season opener v. Hume City

by Andrew Fisher

Melbourne Knights kick off its 2017 PS4 NPL campaign with a tough away fixture to Hume City tomorrow night.

ABD Stadium hasn’t always been the best hunting ground for the Knights, having registered just the 1 win & 1 draw from their past 4 visits, with Hume taking out the most recent fixture 3-0.

Overall Hume City narrowly edge the Knights in the last 10 fixtures with 5 wins to 4, while 1 fixture was played out as a draw.

Personnel-wise, Hume City is barely recognisable from last season with only 5 players retained, having brought in a remarkable 12 new faces into the club. Former Bentleigh skipper Wayne Wallace & Green Gully FFA Cup hero Liam Boland headline the new arrivals, along with seasoned state league campaigners Bryan Bran, Kris Kioussis and ex-Knight James McGarry.

The exodus at Hume City paved the way for Andrew Marth to snap up Tom Cahill, Danny Dixon & Kym Harris who now call Knights Stadium home, and will provide an intriguing side battle as they return to ABD Stadium for the first time tomorrow.

Jake Barker-Daish and Elvis Kamsoba impressed in pre-season and are also in-line for a debut in a Knights shirt, while former youth captain Tomi Fadjevic returns to the club to bolster the defensive stocks. Deadline day signing Patrick Gerhart is expected to be available within the next 2 weeks.

FACTS & STATS:

Who: Hume City V MELBOURNE KNIGHTS.

Where: ABD Stadium, Broadmeadows.

When: Seniors- 5:30pm, Under 20 – 2:45pm.

Past 10 Games:  Knights Wins: 4, Hume Wins: 5, Draws: 1

Former Players: James McGarry (67 Games, 11 Goals)

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