2018/19 Brisbane Roar A-League Men Season Review

The 2018/19 season was Brisbane Roar’s 14th in the A-League with the side finishing in ninth position on the league table.

Roar’s longest serving Head Coach, John Aloisi lead the team at the beginning of the season before his 96-game tenure at the helm came to an end when he departed the club in December.

Darren Davies, who’d previously served as Aloisi’s Assistant took over the side on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.

The 2018/19 campaign saw two Roar legends hang up their boots with Matt McKay and Henrique retiring at the conclusion of the season.

Roar’s recruitment that season was headlined by the additions of Adam Taggart and Stefan Mauk who arrived from Perth Glory and NEC Nijmegen respectively.

Taggart top scored for Roar with 11 goals in 18 appearances before earning a move to K League 1 heavyweights Suwon Samsung Bluewings in January.

Another attacking recruit who caught the eye was former Young Roar forward, Dylan Wenzel-Halls who rejoined the club after a spell at Western Pride and was crowned as the club’s Breakout Player of the Season after finding the back of the net five times in his maiden A-League campaign.

Wedged between Wenzel-Halls and Taggart in second position on the club’s leading scorers was French midfielder, Éric Bauthéac who struck seven times in 2018/19 including a stunning bicycle kick against Central Coast Mariners which was awarded as the league’s Goal of the Season.

Jamie Young was awarded the Gary Wilkins Medal following another standout season between the sticks.

Roar won the National Youth League Grand Final in 2018/19 with a size that contained Macklin Freke, Kai Trewin, Aaron Reardon, Mirza Muratovic, Jay Barnett, Izaack Powell, Jordan Courtney-Perkins, Lleyton Brooks, Zac Duncan and Daniel Leck.

Powell became the Roar’s youngest ever A-League Men’s player when he made his debut off the bench against Sydney FC in January aged just 16 years, 361 days.

In the Australia Cup Roar were defeated 1-0 by Melbourne City after extra time at Dolphin Stadium in the Round of 32.

Brisbane Roar 2018/2019 A-League Men Season

Position: 9th (18 Points)
Wins: 4
Losses: 17
Draws: 6
Goals Scored: 38
Goals Conceded: 71
Biggest Win: 5-3 vs. Central Coast Mariners (A) (22 February 2019, Round 20)
Highest Home attendance: 15,129 vs Wellington Phoenix (28 October 2018, Round 2)
Clean Sheets: 2 (2 from Jamie Young)
Captain: Matt McKay

Top Goal Scorers:

Adam Taggart: 11 (Finished equal 6th for the A-League’s Golden Boot)
Éric Bauthéac: 7
Dylan Wenzel-Halls: 5
Henrique: 3
Álex López: 3
Tobias Mikkelsen: 3

BRFC 18/19 A-League Men’s squad:

Goalkeepers: 1. Brendan White, 21. Jamie Young

Defenders: 2. Dane Ingha, 3. Luke DeVere, 4. Daniel Bowles, 12. Ruon Tongyik, 15. Stefan Nigro, 19. Jack Hingert, 24. Connor O’Toole, 34. Aaron Reardon, 38. Izaack Powell

Midfielders: 7. Thomas Kristensen, 8. Jacob Pepper, 10. Brett Holman, 11. Éric Bauthéac, 13. Stefan Mauk, 14. Álex López, 17. Matt McKay (C), 18. Joe Caletti, 22. Tobias Mikkelsen, 35. Jay Barnett

Forwards: 9. Adam Taggart, 16. Charles Lokolingoy, 23. Dylan Wenzel-Halls, 26. Nicholas D’Agostino, 33. Henrique, 37. Bryce Bafford, 92. Eli Babalj

Head Coach:  John Aloisi (to the 28th of December) and Darren Davis (caretaker, from the 28th of December 2018)

Award Winners:
Club’s Golden boot winner:
Adam Taggart
Players’ player of the year:
Éric Bauthéac
Player of the Year (Gary Wilkins Medal):
Jamie Young
Breakthrough Player of the year:
Dylan Wenzel-Halls

A-League Award Winners:
Éric Bauthéac:
Goal of the Year