NCH SPORT. Soccer – Broadmeadow Magic V Jets Youth at Wanderers Oval, Broadmeadow. Pic shows Magic’s Daniel Casciaroli and Jets’ Koh Satake. Sunday 19th May 2013. NCH. Newcastle. PIC by MAX MASON-HUBERS MMHDANIEL Casciaroli knows not to expect a friendly reception when he returns to Darling Street Oval tomorrow in Broadmeadow colours.
But the 24-year-old, who spent five seasons at Hamilton, wouldn’t miss it for the world.
“I’m not sure what I’m going to receive but I’ve got a lot of good friends there as well, so it shouldn’t be too bad,” Casciaroli said.
“There will probably be a few people who won’t be saying hello.
“But these are the games you want to play. It’s just always a good game, Magic against Olympic. They are the best games of the season.”
Top-of-the-table Magic take on traditional rivals Olympic in the Northern NSW State League match of round eight, and Casciaroli’s clash with his former club will be a highlight.
The defensive midfielder missed two months of Hamilton’s minor premiership-winning campaign last season because of a trip to Italy, then struggled to break back into the starting line-up.
The electrician moved to Magic, where he had one season as a teenager, to play under Robert Virgili and Bobby Naumov and try to fill the sizeable void left by injured club champion John Bennis.
“I’ve had Bobby Naumov and Chilla before as coaches and I just like the way they go about things and the project they had and I wanted to get on board,” he said.
“And the club is obviously second to none in the region with everything they’ve got.
“I’m really enjoying this year. We’ve got a really good team and everyone gets along well.
“And if we keep going like we are going, we will be on top of the table at the end of the year, I’m sure.”
Virgili said Casciaroli had “had stepped up to another level” in filling the big shoes of Bennis over the first four rounds of the season.
A calf injury sidelined Casciaroli for two games but Virgili said the key man was slowly returning to his best.
“In a week or two I think he will back to where he was and that’s important for us,” Virgili said.
“Everything revolves around him, and it’s a role that suits him.
“We need him to run things in midfield, and when he gets over his injury he’ll be stamping his authority there again.”
Magic’s injury problems have shifted to their defence recently and they will be without Luke Virgili, Jon Griffiths and Ben Higgins tomorrow.
While Broadmeadow are fresh from a 2-0 win over the Jets Youth, Hamilton are backing up from a 3-2 loss to Edgeworth in which Matt Swan left the field with a hamstring injury after 20 minutes.
Olympic coach Michael Bolch said Swan was out and Ben Koina would take his place tomorrow.
Bolch said his side needed to improve in all areas and adjust quickly to changes he was trying to make in their playing style.
“We were second to the ball too much last week,” Bolch said. “We did well with the ball when we had it, but we lacked a bit of penetration in the front third.
“We’ve changed things around a little bit and are trying not to play as direct as we have been.
“But we turned over a little bit of ball and we really didn’t have a great deal in that top third. It will take us a couple of weeks to get it right.”