Troisi to hit 100 game milestone


Melbourne Victory’s James Troisi is set to make his 100th Hyundai A-League appearance in Round 21 against Newcastle Jets at GMHBA Stadium.

After 99 games, 27 goals and one A-League Championship, Troisi will become Victory’s 13th 100-game player if he features on Saturday night.

Victory’s number ten is currently enjoying his fourth season with the club and has created 30 chances for his teammates since Round One – more than any other A-League player.

Here are some of Troisi’s Melbourne Victory highlights, so far:

First of many

After signing a one-year loan deal, Troisi made his Victory debut at Etihad Stadium in Round One of the 2013-2014 season. Troisi featured for 83 minutes in the 10th Melbourne Derby, which ended 0-0.

In his second A-League game, Troisi opened his Victory account. A 90th minute equaliser against Adelaide inspired Troisi to score four goals in five games – including a brace against Wellington Phoenix

That season, he won Victory’s Golden Boot with 12 goals in 29 games.

Returning to Victory

Troisi returned to Melbourne in August 2016 on a one-year contract and signed an extension the following season.

In his first season back, Troisi scored six goals in 26 appearances. One of those six, came in a 4-2 win over Newcastle Jets in Geelong – Victory’s opponents and venue this Saturday.

During his second spell with the club, Troisi has featured in 70 games and found the net on 15 occasions.

The 30-year-old scored the goal of the week in Round 20 of last season, with a thunderous strike against Brisbane Roar.

A standout performance

Troisi played a pivotal role in Victory’s run of form, leading to the Grand Final in Newcastle.

His performance and leadership against Sydney in the semi-final enhanced Victory’s chances of progression, before Terry Antonis’ heroic winner in extra time.

Troisi’s close-range finish in the 47th minute gave Victory the lead – thanks to a clever pass by Besart Berisha.

One night in Newcastle

This one goes without saying.

Victory’s number ten played a full 90 minutes in the 2018 A-League Grand Final in Newcastle.

Troisi came inches from making it 2-0 in the 85th minute, when his effort struck the outside of the post.

In the end, Kosta Barbarouses’ early opener was enough to secure Victory’s fourth A-League title and Troisi’s first.