Billy Celeski

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Victory ready for Heart

Ange Postecoglou

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory at full strength for the season opening derby against Melbourne Heart.

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Victory kicking off with new look

Lawrence Thomas.

Michael Lynch Lawrence Thomas will start between the posts for Victory in the season opener against Heart.

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Victory ready for a shake-up

Oh yeah: Archie Thompson celebrates after scoring a goal against Iraq.

Michael Lynch Returning trio of internationals may not be the only changes for Victory.

For Victory, bizarre goal yields win

Melbourne Victory's Marco Rojas is congratulated by team-mates after scoring a goal against Adelaide United.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory fans leave happy after their team scores its first win of season.

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Victory shuffle gives Postecoglou reason to smile

Relief: Victory coach Ange Postecoglou with Mark Milligan.

Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou finally has a reason to leave a game in a good mood this season.

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Predicting a winner is far from easy

Returning: Jonathan Bru.

Michael Lynch Putting together three or four wins in a row in the A-League is a major achievement.

Time with young guns has been invaluable

Ange Postecoglou.

Ange Postecoglou In time, you appreciate experiences good and bad in a different way.

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Flying high: Newcastle star Emile Heskey proved a class above the Melbourne Victory defence last night.

James Gardiner, Newcastle Former England striker Emile Heskey scores a brace to lead Jets to victory.

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Nix a timely test for Victory

Marco Rojas playing for Phoenix and Victory's Billy Celeski during the Januray 2011 game.

Michael Lynch It doesn't seem to matter how competitive Wellington is, it always seems to struggle against Melbourne Victory.

Victory plans to keep teen

It's mine: Andrew Nabbout in control against the Wanderers.

Michael Lynch Teenage scoring sensation Andrew Nabbout to get a full-time professional contract.

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Victory takes the Glory

Marcos Flores

Michael Lynch It's not yet a juggernaut, but it is beginning to take on all the characteristics of a bandwagon.

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Pair set for derby start

Nathan Coe

Guy Hand Melbourne Victory is confident midfielders Milligan and Celeski will be fit for the derby.

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Fortune favours the brave

Party time: Matthew Foschini and Archie Thompson get around goalscorer Marco Rojas on Friday night. Victory won an entertaining match 3-2 against Newcastle.

Michael Lynch When you have a four-pronged strike force that can threaten like Melbourne Victory, the best form of defence is attack.

The run home

Craig Foster At the mid-point of the A-League season, here is the report card on how things have gone.

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Flores hits right note

Stepping up: Wellington Phoenix's Benjamin Totori leads Melbourne Victory's Marcos Flores in the race for the ball at AAMI Park.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory always beats Wellington Phoenix. It did so thrice last season.

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Broxham's versatility pays off

Leigh Broxham (right) clashes with Melbourne Heart's Wayne Srhoj.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's diminutive utility player has a new nickname around the club - JT.

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Heart beating for Socceroo

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - JUNE 01:  Lucas Neill of Australia in action during the Australian Socceroos Training Session at Parken Stadium on June 1, 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart is confident it will capture the signature of Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill after it talks to the veteran defender and his agent in Sydney on Friday.

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Victory ace eyes glory

Victory coach Ange Postecoglou with Mark Milligan.

Michael Lynch When Melbourne Victory crashed 3-2 at home to Perth Glory on March 23, coach Ange Postecoglou bristled when it was put to him in the post-match press conference that his team badly missed the...

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Players' graduation to top flight demonstrates quality of Victorian league

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Michael Lynch There are plenty of diamonds to be found in the state-based rough.

Victory, with a little bit of luck

Archie Thompson of the Victory celebrates

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory is one game away from the grand final with victory over Perth.