David Dome: Largest ever regular season crowd expected for Phoenix return
The Mike Hosking Breakfast
The Wellington Phoenix are expecting a record-breaking crowd for their first home game on New Zealand soil in over 400 days.The Phoenix host Western United in the capital on Saturday afternoon, after spending the majority of their A-League campaign in Australia.Club general manager David Dome told Mike Hoksing they are expecting their biggest ever crowd for a regular-season game."Super excited... probably over 20,000 [fans], and if we go past 20 and a half thousand, it'll be the biggest A-League crowd of the season," Dome says."Pent-up demand, the team's playing well - we haven't always got the results but we're in and around the top six which is the finals. We get a result tomorrow and we're right back."Meanwhile, in even better news for the club, coach Ufuk Talay is set to re-sign with the club beyond the current season.The Phoenix are officially announcing a contract extension on Friday afternoon, but Dome says they are going through the final details."We're working on it now... but he's [Talay] dead keen to stay and we're dead keen to have him."He gives us consistency but he's not just that he's a great coach, he's a terrific man manager - gets the best out of the players."
This week on the Kiwi Football Fix, Wellington Phoenix GM David Dome beams in from Wollongong to give us the latest on the Trans-Tasman bubble, and when the club might finally be able to play at home again. Plus, Fox Sports commentator Adam Peacock joins the show to offer an Australian perspective on the Nix and their playoff chances this season.
David Dome: Wellington Phoenix hoping to play home matches in NZ once bubble opens
The Mike Hosking Breakfast
The Wellington Phoenix hope to play two A-League football matches at home after the announcement of a quarantine-free travel bubble from April 19, but plan to stay based in Wollongong until the end of the season.The club has four games after mid-May that are yet to be scheduled.General manager David Dome says the local community at their Australian base has shown a lot of support, particularly corporates."Although the club will continue to base itself out of Wollongong in New South Wales until the end of the season, this decision now opens up the possibility to play up to two matches in New Zealand during the 2020/21 A-League season," the club said in a statement."The club has previously stated that returning home is a goal. It's important for the fans, our corporate partners and of course players and staff members - some of whom will have been separated from their families for over six months."In anticipation of such an announcement being made, the club has been working on a plan to have the team and support staff return. This includes travel logistics, liaising with ticket providers and investigating accommodation arrangements for all the teams involved.LISTEN ABOVE
Nathan Brown, David Dome and Matt Walsh on what the travel bubble means for their sport
Sportstalk with D'Arcy Waldegrave
The trans-Tasman bubble has finally arrived and will come into effect from April 19, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.The news is a huge boost for New Zealand sport, with several teams competing in trans-Tasman competitions and having to base themselves in Australia.Here's all you need to know about what the trans-Tasman bubble means for New Zealand sport.LeagueWarriors CEO Cameron George said today's trans-Tasman bubble announcement was a positive step towards the club returning home later in the NRL season.George confirmed a month ago the Warriors had decided to extend their stay in Australia until June 21 while continuing to monitor developments."Today's announcement of a travel bubble is cause for excitement but it doesn't immediately affect our plans," he said."Our position is that we will stay in Australia until after playing Newcastle on June 19. We had discussions with the NRL and our players and staff about our plan to ensure we have some stability for the first 15 rounds of the season."Our desire hasn't changed. We want to be back home as soon as it's feasible so we can have our team playing in front of our families, members, fans and our supportive sponsors."When it's safe to do so, we look forward to sharing the biggest homecoming party with everyone at Mount Smart Stadium but we need to be absolutely sure we will be able to travel to and from Australia with confidence to ensure our place in the competition isn't jeopardised."As we have done throughout we will keep monitoring the situation and will seek the best possible advice."As it stands, the Warriors' first home game at Mount Smart Stadium will be their 16th-round match against St George Illawarra on Friday, July 2.The Warriors plan to travel to Auckland on June 21 following the clash against the Knights.There is then a break in the NRL schedule for State of Origin's standalone second match at Suncorp Stadium on June 27, giving the Warriors time to relocate to Auckland.RugbyWhile the travel bubble doesn't have any effect on the schedule and format of Super Rugby Aotearoa, the six-week crossover tournament between New Zealand and Australian clubs is set to go ahead.Super Rugby Trans-Tasman will feature an additional 26 games over six straight weeks, kicking off on May 14, with a final scheduled for June.All teams will play two home games and two away games, as well as a potential 'Super Round', where all matches played in round three will be played at one location over one weekend.The trans-Tasman bubble will also likely make All Blacks tests with the Wallabies significantly easier, providing both a financial boost for rugby governing bodies as well as making fan travel possible.In a statement, NZ Rugby said today's announcement "gives us even greater confidence to push forward" with plans for the trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition as it "provides certainty to our teams, fans and stakeholders".Tomer Hemed of the Phoenix in possession. Photo / PhotosportFootballThe Wellington Phoenix, who haven't played an A-League match in New Zealand for over a year, will continue to base themselves out of Wollongong in the New South Wales.However, the Phoenix are open to holding two A-League games in New Zealand following the announcement."Although the club will continue to base itself out of Wollongong in New South Wales until the end of the season, this decision now opens up the possibility to play up to two matches in New Zealand during the 2020/21 A-League season," the club said in a statement."The club has previously stated that returning home is a goal. It's important for the fans, our corporate partners and of course players and staff members - some of whom will have been separated from their families for over six months."In anticipation of such an announcement being made, the club has been working on a plan to have the team and support staff return. This includes travel logistics, liaising with ticket providers and inve...
David Dome: Wellington Phoenix to be based in Australia for next season
The Mike Hosking Breakfast
The Wellington Phoenix will be based in Australia for at least the start of the 2020/21 A-League football season.Due to travel restrictions brought on by Covid-19, the club's players and coaching staff will assemble from Monday in New South Wales (most likely Wollongong), to begin preparations for the new campaign, starting on December 27. That'll give the Phoenix eight weeks to get up to speed ahead of their first game, with the playing schedule to be released next month.The majority of Wellington's squad are currently based in New Zealand and Australia with attacker Ulises Davila travelling from his home in Mexico and goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic returning from holiday in Germany. Quarantine will be required for Davila, Marinovic and some of the Australians who need to cross state borders, but the New Zealand based players and staff can enter New South Wales without quarantining."The logistics of bringing them all back together and flying them from wherever they are into Australia has been challenging," said General Manager David Dome."We're right in the middle of that now and hope to be assembled in Australia next week."The Phoenix spent 80 days away from home to complete the Covid-interrupted 2019/20 season, and with the possibility of another six months in Australia, the club is doing what it can to replicate home surroundings. Most notably, some players will have their families or partners with them and the team won't stay in hotel accommodation.With just 11 players confirmed on the Phoenix roster, news of signings and re-signings are expected in the coming days with Dome hinting at least two international players will be added to the squad to replace departed imports Gary Hooper, Steven Taylor and midfielder Matti Steinmann. Others to have left include Australian utility Brandon Wilson and Kiwis Libby Cacace, Callan Elliot and Callum McCowatt.It's believed off-contract Australian defenders Walter Scott and Liam McGing have been released, but there's less clarity over the return of veteran centre-back Luke Devere. All Whites utility Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi has reportedly inked a contract extension while Sam Sutton will almost certainly earn his first professional deal. Fellow Academy graduate, goalkeeper Zac Jones may also be offered a full-time contract.Others linked with the club include All Whites James McGarry and Clayton Lewis and Australian youth international Joshua Laws."It's not as if we haven't been signing players," said Dome."We've made a lot of signings; we just had to tidy up a few things. We had to get to a stage where we knew what we were doing and where we were going to be based so everyone knew what was expected of them.""Now we're getting closer to that we can go back to the players, (tell them) what it's going to be, announce them and get them on a plane," said Dome.While resigned to starting the season in Australia, the Phoenix will look at the possibility of playing home games in New Zealand if a trans-Tasman bubble opens. That would be dependent on changes being made by the New Zealand government around the two-week quarantine process and the costs of relocating the side back to New Zealand.
David Dome updates Phoenix situation, team will not fly to Australia tomorrow
Jason Pine Mornings
Wellington Phoenix general manager David Dome updates Radio Sport's Jason Pine on the current situation with the club as they face a 14-day isolation when they travel to Australia for the remainder of the A-League season.The organisation is tossing up whether or not they will comply with the A-League's option, wanting a guarantee that the team will have a place to train should they head over the ditch.
We’ve got a big show for your Tuesday with plenty to talk about! We head across the dutch and check in with Wellington Phoenix General Manager David Dome, and then it’s all the way out west for a chat with Perth Glory goalkeeper Liam Reddy. There’s Top Bins too and plenty more! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy