News | Sports
19 Oct 2017 16:31
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Olympic Games
  • Ski Report
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports

    Milestone man Lowe dreams of Glory success

    Perth Glory will be aiming to become the first team in A-League history to win the title from outside the top two, but first they need to topple Melbourne City.


    Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe is urging his team to dream of title success, saying his own journey to 100 A-League games is proof that anything can happen.

    No team in A-League history have won the title from outside the top two and Perth will have a tough time trying to buck that trend after finishing the regular season fifth - thrusting them in to an away elimination final against Melbourne City on Sunday.

    The game will mark Lowe's 100th game in charge of the Glory - a feat no one expected him to reach when he took over as caretaker coach from the sacked Alistair Edwards in December 2013.

    "Everyone's got a dream, especially in this game," Lowe said.

    "I've had a 100-game dream.

    "No one in a million years would have said I'd be doing this when I was doing the NTC (Nation Training Centre coaching).

    "But hey, anything can happen."

    Lowe posted just four wins, four draws, and nine losses before surprisingly being appointed the club's full-time coach.

    The 55-year-old has thrived since then and played a key role in rebuilding the squad, in the wake of the salary cap scandal in 2015.

    "If someone had said that (I'd reach 100 games) off the back end of that very first season, I would have laughed at them," Lowe said.

    "I think the club has been very brave to take someone like me on.

    "Hopefully I'll repay them."

    Lowe believes his talent-laden squad have the potential to defy expectations by making a charge at this season's title.

    And with an experienced group - boasting the likes of Andy Keogh, Diego Castro, Rhys Williams, Josh Risdon and Rostyn Griffiths - Lowe says they could play a crucial role in helping them pull off an upset win in enemy territory.

    But Lowe knows Melbourne City also possess plenty of hardened match-winners, including Socceroos great Tim Cahill.

    "Everyone can say 'We're going to break history, we're going to change it'. But at the end of the day it's only words," Lowe said.

    "It's about actions. If we want to do that, we've got to put some action behind those words to create history."

    Lowe doesn't expect a repeat of last week's crazy 5-4 win over City at nib Stadium.

    Glory needed to win that game by four goals or more to secure a home final and threw caution to the wind after opening up a 4-1 lead.

    Rhys Williams missed that game with a hip injury but trained this week and is expected to be fit to return to the starting XI.

    Lowe says the intensity at training had lifted.

    "It's quite vibrant, quite feisty. Two or three fights. Everyone's very focused," Lowe said.


    NZN




    © 2017 NZN, NZCity


     Other Sports News
     19 Oct: All Blacks' Sopoaga to start in Bledisloe
     19 Oct: Ben Simmons makes stunning NBA debut for Philadelphia 76ers in tight loss to Washington Wizards
     19 Oct: Muscat backs Deng to fill Victory AL void
     19 Oct: Tough mid-season for Warriors in new draw
     19 Oct: All Blacks great Thorn backs Wallabies
     19 Oct: Brennan confirmed as NRL Gold Coast coach
     19 Oct: Sydney derbies all the go in 2018 NRL draw
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    All Blacks' Sopoaga to start in Bledisloe More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Rising housing costs outpace income gains More...



     Today's News

    International:
    Giant robot battle: Who knew a duel between chainsaw-armed mech suits could be so boring? 16:27

    Rugby:
    All Blacks' Sopoaga to start in Bledisloe 16:27

    Accident and Emergency:
    Kiwi soldier killed in exercise farewelled 16:17

    Basketball:
    Ben Simmons makes stunning NBA debut for Philadelphia 76ers in tight loss to Washington Wizards 16:07

    Entertainment:
    Ed Sheeran has cancelled some of his upcoming shows in Asia after a doctor confirmed he has fractured both arms 16:03

    Entertainment:
    Cheryl Tweedy "feels differently about everything" since she welcomed her son into the world 15:33

    Soccer:
    Muscat backs Deng to fill Victory AL void 15:27

    Entertainment:
    Tina Turner didn't want to come out of retirement - but felt she had to as she wanted to give her fans "hope" 15:03

    Rugby League:
    Tough mid-season for Warriors in new draw 14:57

    Entertainment:
    Blac Chyna is suing the entire Kardashian family 14:33


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd