Sport

Holland gives Socceroos coach a selection headache

James Holland of Australia tussles for posession with Koh Myung-Jin of South Korea during the friendly match between Australia and South Korea on November 14, 2012 in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
James Holland of Australia tussles for posession with Koh Myung-Jin of South Korea during the friendly match between Australia and South Korea on November 14, 2012 in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

SOCCEROOS midfielder James Holland is hoping he and a number of other fringe players have given coach Holger Osieck a selection headache ahead of next year's crucial World Cup qualifiers.

Holland, who now plays his club football for Austria Wien, was impressive in midfield as Osieck experimented with youth in the 2-1 come-from-behind win against South Korea in Hwaseong.

Nikita Rukavytsya and Robert Cornthwaite scored their first international goals following Lee Dong-Gook's 12th minute opener after the Socceroos had been dominated early by their Asian rivals.

Exciting youngsters Tom Rogic, Aziz Behich, Eli Babalj and Mathew Leckie were all handed debuts off the bench and Holland says that has to be good for the future.

"I think all the boys took their opportunity," he said. "It's a credit to them that they all did so well.

"I think we've definitely given Holger a headache for the big games to come."

Australia's next World Cup qualifier is against Oman at home on March 26.

Topics:  football, holger osieck, soccer, socceroos



NRL, QRL and IRL in the spotlight tonight

Manager of Rugby League in Ipswich, Brendon Lindsay (right) is the guest panellist on tonight's the After the 80.

Panel discuss the latest rugby league news

Father's Day: Your photos and tributes

My daughter and her dad, the greatest at making her giggle.

Thank you to all our readers who shared a photo of their dad

Miracle 'rainbow' baby's nightmare start to life

RAY OF SUNSHINE: Baby Aaliyah Jade Burnie with parents Natasha Heilbronn and David Burnie.

Aaliyah's battle against the odds after mum's pregnancy problems

Local Partners

Love is in the air on The Bachelor, but not for Kiki

The Bachelor Australia contestant Kirralee 'Kiki' Morris.

BACHELORETTE bows out gracefully as show enters its final weeks.

A $65,000 bathroom? The Block's incredible budget blow-outs

The Block contestants Julia and Sasha spent a whopping $65,000 on their first renovated room.

TEAMS deliver most expensive en-suites in reno show's history.

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

Electronic duo Nocturnal Tapes, Lachie Mulligan on electronics and Harry Suttor on guitar and vocals, at their 2015 Dolphin Awards ceremony in Ballina.

Five-day gig guide to the best entertainment in Ipswich

Gympie Muster couch dumps down, but still a problem

TIPPING POINT: After an appalling year of couches being dumped at the end of the last Muster, festival organisers have taken litterbugs to task

EFFORTS to combat post-Muster couch dumping are proving effective

Cryptic crosswords: Top clues to solving them

Your guide to solving the cryptic crosswords in your local paper

How high? Twin 20-storey high-rises plan for "over 50s"

A development application has been lodged with the Fraser Coast Regional Council to build two skyscrapers in Hervey Bay.

Developer says Bay needs to move with the times.

City View Hotel: From a pub to a backpackers

NEW LIFE: Hamish Parker has purchsed the City View Hotel and wants to turn it into an accomodation venue.

Architect picks up a little piece of history for a steal

Pub's run-in with law

OLD LOOK: The City View Hotel in 1914.

Prohibition was an issue Ipswich's police officers took seriously

Selling City View was tough call

Former City View Hotel part-owner Wayne Patch.

Over the years there have been numerous proposals for the building

Bunnings starts demolition of historic foundry buildings

SAWTOOTH GONE: Demolition of Foundry sawtooth shed to make way for new Bunnings building.

Lane and footpath closures will take place

Australia's most expensive balcony and it hasn't been built

Viridian Noosa.

How Noosa millionares' squabble could affect body corporates