Thursday, 5 February 2004 12:00 AM
South Melbourne Captain, Vaughan Coveny, and striker, Scott Tunbridge will both play milestone games tomorrow night against Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium.
Coveny will play his 300th NSL game of which 234 have been played in South’s blue and white. Coveny began his career with the Melbourne Knights where he played two seasons before transferring for another two years to the Wollongong Wolves. After top scoring for Wollongong in the 1994/95 season, he moved to the club he has since called home. In nine years at South Melbourne, he has been the top goal scorer for four seasons and was part of the 1997/98 and 1998/99 Championships. This season, his experience and class has rewarded him with the South Melbourne captaincy, a position which he has thrived in. At an International level, Coveny has represented his native country, New Zealand, on more than 50 occasions including the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup finals. He also took part in the 1999 World Club Championships in Brazil with South Melbourne.
Reaching the 100 game milestone against Adelaide United could not have been more fitting for South’s Scott Tunbridge. The former Adelaide City striker led the goal scoring for Adelaide in his first two NSL seasons before transferring to South Melbourne this season. Tunbridge made his International debut with the Australian under 23’s in 2003 and looks set to take the next step into the Socceroos in the near future. Remarkably, after debuting in the NSL as an 18 year old, Tunbridge has reached the 100 game milestone at the young age of 21 years.
South Melbourne has even more inspiration to win tomorrow night with Parramatta Power last night drawing 2-2 with Marconi. A win in Adelaide would now place South Melbourne in second position on the table with four games remaining.
The game kicks-off tomorrow night at 8:00pm AEST at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide.