Get ready for Hud­son bingo

Sunday Star-Times - - Sport - AN­DREW VOERMAN

OPINION: Get your mark­ers at the ready – it’s time for an­other round of Hud­son bingo.

We won’t find out who the All Whites coach has picked un­til next week­end, of­fi­cially, which means there is plenty of time to get your guesses in or­der.

The big­gest bomb­shell has al­ready been dropped, and that’s the re­turn of Rory Fal­lon and Jeremy Brockie, two ex­pe­ri­enced strik­ers who have not been seen in a while.

They both ap­peared to be well out of the reck­on­ing, es­pe­cially af­ter they missed the trip to Ja­pan last month, but Anthony Hud­son seems to have gone back to them for the World Cup qual­i­fiers against Peru, con­tin­u­ing his streak of of­fer­ing some sort of sur­prise with ev­ery squad an­nounce­ment.

You wouldn’t have had them on your bingo card at the start of the week, that’s for cer­tain, but it sure sounds like they’re in, and that means there is likely to be bad news for a few in­cum­bents.

Chris Wood and Kosta Bar­barouses will be in the for­ward ranks, so some­thing’s go­ing to give. Myer Be­van will prob­a­bly be un­lucky, as the most re­cent ad­di­tion to the mix, and he could feel hard done by.

Will Monty Pat­ter­son and Shane Smeltz both make it? A bet­ting man would say yes, but to get them both in will mean mak­ing a call or two else­where, and it is in mid­field that the tea leaves are the hard­est to read.

Lock in Michael McGlinchey, Marco Ro­jas, Ryan Thomas and Bill Tuiloma, and then get to spec­u­lat­ing, with Moses Dyer, Clay­ton Lewis, James Musa, Matt Ri­den­ton and Alex Rufer the five names in the mix.

Musa, like Be­van, could suf­fer from only re­turn­ing to the fold in Septem­ber, while Ri­den­ton has prob­a­bly left his run too late.

Dyer was in­volved last time out, against Ja­pan, hav­ing pushed past Rufer, who was in the 23 for the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup in June, but there is a de­cent chance nei­ther will be this time.

Lewis is now firmly en­sconced in a pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment in Eng­land, and given how he shone the last time he played, back in June, he should re­turn to the fold, no ques­tions asked.

One of those five names will be in for sure. But if two or three make it, some­thing funky is hap­pen­ing else­where.

Per­haps in de­fence, where Hud­son has tended to carry more bod­ies than he has re­ally needed, and where a cut is prob­a­bly com­ing re­gard­less.

The man most likely to re­ceive bad news is Tom Doyle, who couldn’t even get a start at left wing­back against Ja­pan last month when Deklan Wynne was in­jured.

Kip Colvey got the nod in­stead, mak­ing the most of his ver­sa­til­ity, and Dane Ing­ham, an­other Hud­son favourite, was over on the right. Storm Roux missed that trip with a back in­jury, but has started ev­ery game for his club since, and should be back, as should Wynne.

The five cen­tre backs – Win­ston Reid, Tommy Smith, Michael Box­all, An­drew Du­rante and Themi Tz­i­mopou­los – pick them­selves, as long as they’re all fit.

Ste­fan Mari­novic will be there as the No 1 keeper, and he will prob­a­bly be joined by Glen Moss and Max Cro­combe.


Anthony Hud­son has al­ways of­fered a sur­prise with his squad an­nounce­ments.

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