WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 03: Besart Berisha and Leroy George of Melbourne Victory celebrate after scoring a goal during the round nine A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and the Melbourne Victory at Westpac Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Elias Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Round 9 A-League Team of the Week

Goalkeeper: Dean Bouzanis

The late inclusion, Bouzanis made several clutch saves to help Melbourne City to their first win since Round 4 over a rampant Newcastle Jets side.

Right back: Jake McGing

The young defender looks to be making a name for himself in the A-League. McGing caused headaches for the Perth defence with dangerous runs and threatening balls.

Centre back: Alex Grant

His side didn’t get the win but it wasn’t without trying. Grant was one of the standouts for the round and his side would have conceded more if not for his valiant efforts in defence.

Centre back: Rhys Williams

One of several A-League players whose early season form may well see them in Socceroos contention. Williams and his defence let in a couple of first-half headers from Kaluderovic but stood firm for the rest of the match to help Victory secure a vital three points.

Left back: Ryan Kitto

The winger slots into defence this week after a fine performance where he caused all kinds of problems for the ladder-leaders. Unfortunately his side could not get the win but Kitto should be proud of his performance.

Right midfield: James Troisi

The midfielder has had a lean start to his A-League campaign but looked to finally be getting back to his best with a superb showing in Wellington. Troisi scored the winner after latching onto the end of a pinpoint Berisha pass.

Centre midfield: Danny De Silva

A move back home to Australia has done Danny De Silva a world of good. His early season form may be putting him in contention for a plane ticket to Russia, something he would have never imagined if he stayed wasting away in Europe.

Centre midfield: Josh Brilliante

Another player well in the frame for national selection, Brilliante was again solid in midfield for the the champions. Played a big part in the winning goal.

Left midfield: Leroy George

In a year of strong imports, George may well be leading the pack. The silky forward built on his impressive early season form with yet more bamboozling skill and intelligent runs. Missed a sitter but his contribution was more than enough to earn a spot in this week’s team.

Striker: Besart Berisha

Victory’s main man was involved in all three of his side’s goals. His first goal was from a real poacher’s effort. He had a big hand in the own goal and provided assistant for Troisi’s winner.

Striker: Andrija Kaluderovic

The Serbian put Wellington two goals up at the half hour mark and constantly got himself into dangerous spots. His team couldn’t get the win but Phoenix’s second half implosion can hardly be blamed on him.

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