Aussies Abroad: an opening day goal for the Wizard of Oz

Some of our Caltex Socceroos were back in action overnight, as the likes of the English Championship and Scottish Premiership got back underway.

There was an opening-day goal, a competitive debut, and late heartbreak for some of our overseas Aussies.

Here’s what went down.


Full-back James Meredith played a full 90 minutes for Millwall as they had settled for a share of the points at The Den overnight. The 2-2 draw came after the Lions had lead 2-0 right up until the 87th minute.

Massimo Luongo’s QPR side went down 1-0 away to Preston, while Bailey Wright didn’t make the bench for Bristol City who drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest.


Perennial champions Celtic got the ball rolling on the opening matchday of the Scottish league, and it was Aussie Tom Rogic who scored first.

His headed goal was the opener in their 3-1 win, and it was a performance which Hoops coach Brendan Rodgers was pleased with.

“He was excellent. He’s been building up over the last two or three weeks or so and he just finds space naturally and he created and scored a goal,” said Rodgers, speaking post-match.

“I thought we looked very good in that final third of the pitch… he (Rogic) was one of a number of very good players.”

Staying in Scotland and it was a winning debut for Aussie defender Ben Garuccio, as his Hearts side ran out 4-1 winners over Hamilton.

He helped set up the goal which put his side 3-1 ahead. Fellow Aussie Oliver Bozanic was an unused substitute, and Ryan Edwards wasn’t on the team sheet.

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22-year-old defender Jesse Curran played a full game for Dundee as they went down 2-1 to St. Mirren.


Tomi Juric didn’t make the team sheet as he continues his road to recovery but in his absence, his FC Luzern side won 4-2.


Aussie defender Milos Degenek was a rock at the back for Red Star Belgrade, as they beat Vozdovac 2-1.