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Norwegian international Elise Thorsnes, who has been played as a defender all season by Canberra United coach Heather Garriock, scored a hat-trick in the Canberra heat yesterday on the way to a 6-1 thrashing of Adelaide United. See also our photo of the day


Eric Bautheac is to return to Brisbane Roar's line-up tonight v Sydney FC, a match described by Marco Monteverde as a "daunting date". Bautheac has been out with a hamstring injury sustained in a match v Wellington Phoenix. 

Graham Arnold is happy with the performance on the weekend that saw Sydney FC end its seven-game winning streak with a 2-2 draw v Adelaide United. He says they dominated possession but "execution" let them down. He says it will be different tonight against Brisbane Roar. 

Arnold says the team is "focussed" and are ready to hand Brisbane Roar a lesson. 

With 11 players off-contract at Sydney FC, Arnold expects zero departures but some new additions to the squad. How does that add-up?

Warren Joyce wants to put a lid on the hype around 19-year-old Daniel Arzani, but team mate Ross McCormack is happy to admit Melbourne City only won the match v Wellington Phoenix because young Daniel "put two on a plate" for McCormack to score. 

Arzani himself says he's fit, ready and able to start and play a full 90 minutes. 

Carl Valeri (pictured) says he's happy to have midfield competition at Melbourne Victory, as Kevin Muscat bolsters the squad ahead of the Asian Champions League campaign. 

Socceroos coach

Jonathan Howcroft says Graham Arnold is the "stand-out candidate" for the Socceroos coaching role and should be given the job. He also says that the coach of every national team should be the same nationality as the team he coaches. "Allowing a free market to operate outside the field of play is contrary to the idea of country vs country." An interesting piece. 

Howcroft has also just added himself to Robbie Slater's Christmas�� card list. ��

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