NPL Finals Series: Get to know Campbelltown City

One of the most successful clubs in South Australia in recent years, Campbelltown City finally took out the Premiership in the NPL in 2018.

With a squad boasting a great mix of youth and experience, the men in Red loom as one of the dark horses of the Australian NPL Finals Series.

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Here’s all you need to know about the South Australia NPL Premiers.

How they qualified

Campbelltown City were Premiers of the South Australian NPL competition, earning them a spot in the Australian Nation Premier League Finals.

In the 22-game regular season, City won 16 games, drew three and lost three to finish five points ahead of Adelaide City, scoring a league-high 54 goals and conceding 24.

They followed up their Premiership by taking out the Grand Final just over a week ago with a 1-0 win over Adelaide City.

Star player: Luigi DiTroia

Speedy winger Luigi DiTroia has enjoyed a superb season in the NPL, providing a stack of assists as well as an impressive haul of 11 goals.

Still just 22, DiTroia is a player with real promise and provides enormous threat in the wide areas for the likes of Marc Marino and Dion Kirk, although the latter broke his leg in the recent SA NPL grand final.

The highlight of DiTroia’s season came in the win over South Adelaide in March, where he bagged a hat-trick in the space of 22 minutes.

Coach: Joe Mullen

The former Caltex Socceroo enjoyed a successful playing career in the NSL, winning three titles with Adelaide City.

And his success has transferred into his coaching, transferring Cambelltown City into one of the strongest clubs in South Australia since taking charge in 2013.

In his time at the helm, Campbeltown has won three Championships, as well as this year’s Premiership.

Mullen has also had stints at Hyundai A-League clubs Adelaide United, coaching the Reds' youth team, and at Melbourne Heart as an assistant.

Joe Mullen
Joe Mullen

Home ground: Steve Woodcock Sports Centre

The venue in Newton, was earlier this year earmarked for a $1.5m upgrade, to make it one of the premier facilities in the state.

It has a capacity of around 3,000.

Who they’re up against

Campbelltown faces a trip to the nation’s capital for their Elimination Final against ACT Premiers Canberra FC on Saturday, 15 September.

The match will be played at Deakin Stadium, kicking off at 5pm (AEST).

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This article was originally published on the National Premier Leagues website.
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