2017/18 BRFC A-League Men Season Review

The 2017/18 season was Brisbane Roar’s thirteenth campaign in the top flight with the side finishing in sixth position before being defeated 2-0 by Melbourne City in the Elimination Final.

Roar’s longest serving Head Coach John Aloisi lead the side to ten wins in what was his third season at the helm in Brisbane.

Following an outstanding season between the posts, Jamie Young was awarded the Gary Wilkins Medal as Roar’s A-League Men’s Player of the Season for the first time.

The custodian played 24 matches season, leading the league for save percentage and regularly pulling off Save of the Week.

Young, who was also crowned as the A-League 2017/18 Goalkeeper of the Year award, also earned the plaudits of his peers, named Player’s Player.

Italian forward, Massimo Maccarone arrived as the club’s marquee and netted nine goals in his maiden A-League campaign saw him take out the side’s Golden Boot award.

The side also welcomed attacking duo Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Eric Bautheac who both arrived in Brisbane with significant experience in France’s Ligue 1.

Joining them in the arrivals lounge were former Championship winning pair Ivan Franjic and Henrique who both returned to the club.

Club stalwarts Thomas Broich and Michael Theo departed the club ahead of the 2017/18 season while exciting attackers Brandon Borrello and Jamie Maclaren both earned moves to Europe.

20-year-old defender Connor O’Toole earned him the honour of Breakthrough Player of the Year.

Roar were defeated in the Australia Cup Round of 32 by Melbourne Victory and AFC Champions League Qualifying Play-off round by Filipino outfit, Ceres-Negros.

Brisbane Roar 2017/18 A-League Men Season
Position: 6th
Wins: 10
Losses: 12
Draws: 5
Goals scored: 33
Goals Conceded: 39

Captain: Matt McKay

Top Goalscorers:
Massimo Maccarone: 9 goals
Brett Holman: 5 goals
Avraam Papadopoulos: 4 goals
Henrique: 3 goals
Thomas Kristensen: 2 goals
Matt McKay: 2 goals
Éric Bauthéac: 2 goals
Nicholas D’Agostino: 2 goals
Ivan Franjic: 2 goals

BRFC 2017/18 A-League Men’s squad:

Goalkeepers: 21. Jamie Young, 31. Brendan White

Defenders: 3. Luke DeVere, 4. Daniel Bowles, 5. Corey Brown, 6. Avraam Papadopoulos, 13. Jade North, 19. Jack Hingert, 24. Connor O’Toole, 77. Ivan Franjic

Midfielders: 7. Thomas Kristensen, 8. Jacob Pepper, 10. Brett Holman, 16. Mitchell Oxborrow, 17. Matt McKay, 18. Joe Caletti, 22. Éric Bauthéac, 28. Emilio Martinez, 35. Jay Barnett, 37. Bryce Bafford

Forwards: 9. Massimo Maccarone, 11. Corey Gameiro, 12. Dane Ingham, 14. Fahid Ben Khalfallah, 20. Shannon Brady, 26. Nicholas D’Agostino, 33. Henrique

Head Coach: John Aloisi

Award Winners:
Gary Wilkins Medal: Jamie Young
Players Player: Jamie Young
Breakthrough Player of the Year: Connor O’Toole
A-League Goalkeeper of the Year: Jamie Young