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The NPL Victoria Pod

Lachie Flannigan, Nick D'Urbano & Josh Parish

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Join Lachie Flannigan, Josh Parish & Nick D'Urbano and a rotating panel of Victorian football players, coaches and experts for your weekly review of all things NPL!
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School is back in session. Join a rotating collection of some of Australian football’s finest brain thinkers in Joey Lynch, Nick Stoll, Nick D'Urbano, and Josh Parish -- as well as some special guests along the way -- for The National Curriculum. Every week, the TNC crew will look back at the week that was in Australian football and bring you the best analysis and opinion in Australian football. No cow is too sacred, no topic too taboo, or figure too untouchable to be spared the wrath of Goo ...
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In a weekend with some marquee match-ups, it was South Melbourne and Heidelberg who claimed major wins. The relegation battle took a turn, as Brunswick Juventus finally lifted themselves off the foot of the table. Meanwhile, Box Hil and Essendon Royals continued to pick up points, whilst Alamein solidified their status as league barometers. Tune in…
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Guess who's back? Back again! The NPL Victoria Pod is back to jump into a blockbuster Round of 32 Australia Cup draw and review all the action from an action packed weekend. Bergers continue South's Olympic Village hoodoo, St Albans are back in business and Avondale come away with a big, big win at home. Plus, how Lachie turned the NPL Victoria Pod…
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The silly season (transfers baby!) is nearly upon us and to celebrate - the boys are back with a suitably silly instalment of the pod. On the agenda this week: The transfer window is coming up - and some massive changes (both personnel and otherwise) loom - what can we expect? Esteban Quintas delivers one of the funniest moments of the season as a …
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Radio Dub is back as the big stories keep coming in NPLW Victoria! After another weekend with a cascade of goals, will the good vibes keep the good times going? The Royals beat Bulleen for a second time this season, whilst South Melbourne look to be on the up - so who is the real deal? But things are not looking so rosy for the bottom three. Can an…
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The business end of the season is fast approaching and 2024's dose of Victorian footballing drama is showing no signs of slowing down. The top flight gave the concept of "Fergie time" a run for its money with a slew of last minute goals - headlined by another late equaliser for Melbourne Knights against Avondale. Where there wasn't late goals there…
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With Taryn Heddo officially joining the pod as a permanent member, another week of NPLW action is the target of an in-depth review. Both Bulleen and South Melbourne came out on top in seven goal-thrillers, serving up plenty of entertainment in the process. Meanwhile, Essendon Royals claimed another huge scalp, handing Preston their second straight …
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As we race towards the business end of the season, Nick and Lachie suit up for a fresh instalment of the pod! On the agenda today: - Who is Ramon Falzon, Green Gully's new coach? - Did VPL2 serve up the ultimate game in Victorian football history? - Heidelberg's unbeaten run ends at the hands of Oakleigh - An NPL Victoria heritage listed item meets…
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Taryn Heddo joins the pod for another week to dissect another week of NPLW action! Tune in for the lowdown on Box Hill’s incredible comeback against South Melbourne, as well as Bulleen’s seemingly unstoppable run of form. There has been plenty of change on and off the pitch at Heidelberg, whilst FV Emerging are back in the thick of the action. At t…
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Winter is coming and no place felt the cold, rainy embrace of the coming season harder than Victorian football over the weekend - for better AND worse! Josh, Nick and Lachie have dried to themselves off enough to review a wet and wild weekend of NPL football which saw: - South claim a 'familiar win in the 115th Original Melbourne Derby - Corner cha…
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Preston Lions are flying so far this season, but will the red-hot Bulleen be able to stop them in their tracks? Meanwhile, Kurea Okino made her return to the NPLW competition last weekend and has already made her mark. Bentleigh and Brunswick Juve are in desperate need of a reversal of their fortunes, whilst FV Emerging are preparing to make their …
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It’s a new week and you know what that means! A new episode of the NPL Victoria Pod is in the books as Lachie, Nick and Josh dive into all the weekend’s action which was the equivalent of THAT English First Division Boxing Day in the 1963! A nine goal thriller at Pettys Reserve - what happened?! Moreland City have FINALLY won! Is the relegation bat…
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Another huge weekend of NPL and VPL action is in the books and Nick and Lachie are back to review all the action. Avondale handed South Melbourne their first loss of the season, is it alarm bells for Hellas or just a blip on the radar? St Albans have landed the hottest free agent in the coaching market, while Knights kicked off a new era under Ivan…
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Alarm bells are ringing at Calder and Bentleigh, after both suffered heavy defeats over the weekend. Meanwhile, the potential goal of the season was scored at Box Hill, whilst Bulleen have quietly re-established themselves as the team to beat this season. Special guest Taryn Heddo joins the pod to discuss all the major talking points, plus to look …
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In a round where every game had the same number of goals, are there supernatural forces at play in this season’s NPLW? Meanwhile, South Melbourne got back on track with a big derby win, whilst Preston Lions continued to impress. Plus, is there cause for concern at Calder? Are Alamein back to their best? How far can the Royals go? Be sure to tune in…
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Lachie, Josh and Nick are back to review a huge weekend of NPL and VPL action! Green Gully respond in style with a big win over Avondale - are the Cavaliers back?! There's been another coaching change, this time at Melbourne Knights, with the departure of Ben Surey. Where to now for the side from Somers St? Plus, goals galore across the NPL landsca…
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Lachie and Josh are back to review a madcap round of NPL & VPL action! Avondale put EIGHT past Thunder in a club-record win - but victory was soured by a horror tackle on star playmaker Kristian Trajceski. Oakleigh boss Chris Taylor isn't known for making substitutions, but when Asad Kasumovic knew his number was almost up, the South Australian fou…
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Essendon Royals continue to claim some major scalps, having knocked off South Melbourne at Lakeside this weekend. How far can the newly promoted side go? And what’s going wrong at South Melbourne? Bulleen and Preston have moved clear on top of the ladder, but how stables are the Lions’ positions on top of the tree? Plus get the rundown from Heidelb…
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Returning from his antipodean adventures, Lachie joins Josh for a belated edition of the pod. Avondale outclassed Oakleigh on their own deck to vault into second place, and lift their own bespoke piece of silverware. Are Zok Markovski's men back to their imperious best, or had they never left? Green Gully slumped to their 5th defeat of the campaign…
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Pokuah and Oscar are back to talk through the weekend’s NPLW action, as Bulleen returned to the top of the table with a dominant display against South Melbourne. Meanwhile, the closeness of the rest of the competition is reflected in a gridlocked ladder, with only a handful of points separating most teams. Are FV Emerging the real deal? Have the ne…
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With Lachie on secondment to the NZ National League, Nick and Josh are on deck to review another bonkers round of NPL and VPL action. Ryan McGuffie has been shown the door at Fox St after Kaine Sheppard netted the world's most nonchalant hat-trick in Heidelberg's 6-0 demolition of St Albans, but it's the almost-7th goal that captured our imaginatio…
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With April being Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, FC Bulleen Lions striker Dennis Menelaou jumps on the podcast to discuss his return to football from testicular cancer. Dennis talks about the ups and downs of the journey back to the pitch after making his return less than a year after his diagnosis. The young striker also details his time at Bul…
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NPLW Victoria has thrown up plenty of early season surprises and drama, with FV Emerging topping the table after three rounds whilst both newly promoted teams continue to collect major scalps. Meanwhile the old guard of Bulleen and South Melbourne are finding their feet ahead of their blockbuster meeting. With wonder goals flying in on a weekly bas…
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South Melbourne superstar Max Mikkola joins the NPL Victoria Pod for a special guest interview! The 24-year-old discusses his career to date, what brought him to South, their playing style, Esteban Quintas behind-the-scenes and delve into the vaunted long throw. It’s an interview you won’t want to miss! This week’s podcast is brought to you by Sacr…
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We're back!!!! Round 7 is in the books and Lachie, Josh and Nick are on deck to unpack a huge weekend of action across Victoria in all three men's tiers and NPLW Victoria. Two 0-0 draws in the heavyweight clashes - what did we learn? Hume drop the hammer on Melbourne Knights in their first game under David Chick, why CB Smith Reserve has the new lu…
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The NPLW Victoria is back and - to celebrate - the NPL Victoira Pod is delighted to announce that NPLW review podcast, Radio Dub, has joined our audio network! Pokuah Frimpong and Oscar Rutherford discuss all the major talking points from a bumper opening weekend, with both promoted teams securing shock wins away from home, FV Emerging putting four…
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Roll up, roll up It’s time to get on board on the NPL Victoria Coaching Merry Go Round! Katsakis IN at Bentleigh Greens, Watson OUT at Hume City and David Chick completes a switcheroo between the two - the boys unpack the raft of coaching changes that unfolded over the weekend. Elsewhere: The humble pie’s back in the oven as Manningham STUN the rei…
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Another week of NPL Victoria in the books, and if you could manage to see it through the pitch sprinklers popping off across the state - it was a cracker! The pod is BACK after a wild weekend of NPL Victoria in which Heidelberg and Hellas set the bar with a thrilling Greek derby draw, Hume City scored another screamer and Altona pulled off a magic …
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Bulleen Lions superstar Luke Lofts joins the boys to discuss his joruney from the Hull City Academy to Australia, from Hull City to Australia, the art of the free-kick, Kotsy’s Corner, Yerba mate and more 🧉🙌 ➤ Twitter: @NPLVicPod ➤ Instagram: @NPLVictoriaPod ➤ Pester Nick here : @NickDurbano_ ➤ Tell Lachie he's wrong here: @lachieflannigan ➤ Welcom…
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A chaotic week of NPL Victoria in the books and the goals were flying in faster than you can say Caroline Springs George Cross FC. 25 goals across the top flight as Josh Parish, Lachie Flannigan and Nick D'Urbano reconvene to review the weekend - SEVEN of which came in Manningham, as South Melbourne found their shooting boots at Pettys Reserve Else…
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Do you hear that? The wail of distant sirens on the wind?It's the sound of the copyright police descending on NPL Victoria! Josh Parish and Lachie Flannigan are on deck to unpack the weekend that was and go full sci-fi as we witness the rise of the machines. The boys try to get their head around Melbourne Knights incredible comeback against Avondal…
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Season 2024 of NPL Victoria is only two rounds old, but it’s already catching the attention of former Premier League stars! Lloyd Isgrove’s scissor kick spectacular sent victorian football viral, helped Hume City to top spot and it wan’t even the HALF of the drama across the weekend. Nick D’Urbano, Lachie Flannigan and Josh Parish are on deck to di…
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At long last, NPL Victoria is BACK and boy was its return sweet! Lachie, Nick and Josh unpack a tremendous opening round of NPL and VPL1, including: An update on the promotion and relegation rules for 2024 New season, same South as Hellas win a tight OG Melbourne Derby Dandenong City return to the top flight with a bang - a seven-goal thriller at A…
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The 2024 NPL Victoria season is right around the corner and that can only mean one thing: A MEGA season preview! NPL clubs are making big signings and this podcast has followed suit: as Nick and Lachie welcome Josh Parish to the podcast as their new permanent co-host. From there, the best Victorian football trio since Lujic, Holmes and Schroen dive…
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After another off-season that felt like an eternity, the NPL season is nearly upon us and the pod is BACK in white-hot anticipation. On the agenda with Lachie and Nick today: Off-season confessional: the extreme lengths we’re got to to fill the void left by a lack of NPL football in our lives Tranfers galore: Which signings have caught the eye? NST…
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The Socceroos quest to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup is set to begin this week, so we’re bringing back a special episode of the International Curriculum – Joey Lynch sitting down one-on-one with Australia coach Graham Arnold. With games against Bangladesh and Palestine looming, Arnie talks about his squad selection for this window and how his…
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One normal day of Isuzu Ute A-Liga Hombres. All I ask. Will never happen. After a bonkers week of Aussie sokkah, Joey Lynch is joined by Jason Pine, the voice of New Zealand football on Sky Sport NZ and the host of Weekend Sport on Newstalk ZB, to try to make sense of it all. Rado Vidosic is out at Melbourne City after just two games, the last of w…
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The A-Leagues are in full swing, Danny Townsend is off to Saudi Arabia, someone might (finally) buy the Jets, Silver Lake might want their money back, and there are new NSD rumours! Bit happening. Joey Lynch is joined by ESPN contributor and all-around superstar Stephanie Brantz and Fagiano Okayama midfielder and one-haff of the Football Friends wi…
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The Grand Final deal is dead! Long live the Unite Round! Joey Lynch is joined by AAP and the Far Post Podcast's Anna Harrington and rising star Lani Johnson to look at a huge ten days in Aussie sokkah. The A-Liga's scrapping the grand final deal is front and centre but there's also Auckland expansion, Perth's new owners, the Sokkahroos in action ag…
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The National Curriculum is back for 2023-24! No nonsense here? No, nonsense here! Joey Lynch is joined by AAP's George Clarke, The West Australian's Ben Smith, and ESPN superstar Steph Brantz to look at all the big stories in Australian sokkah and preview the A-League Women and Socceroos. What's the go with the A-Liga Blokes and VAR? And what about…
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Another NPL Victoria season is in the books and it ended with a historic first, as Avondale claimed their inaugural NPL Victoria Championship with a 4-0 Grand Final victory against South Melbourne. Josh Parish, Lachie Flannigan and Nick D'Urbano are here to review the game in all it's glory, including: - An attempt at legitimate match analysis - Fa…
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20 games. Three leagues. One final day of Victorian Men's football that WELL AND TRULY DELIVERED. Nick D'Urbano and Lachie Flannigan are joined by fellow NPL Victoria commentator Josh Parish to unpack an epic final round, headlined by Benteligh Green's first-ever relegation from NPL Victoria and Manningham's fairytale promotion story into NPL2! Els…
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➤ Follow the show on Twitter: @NPLVicPod ➤ Pester Nick here : @NickDurbano_ ➤ Tell Lachie he's wrong here: @lachieflannigan Enjoying the show? Keep in touch via our socials! ➤ Twitter: @NPLVicPod ➤ Instagram: @NPLVictoriaPod ➤ Pester Nick here : @NickDurbano_ ➤ Tell Lachie he's wrong here: @lachieflannigan ➤ Welcome Josh to the pod here: @joshparis…
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With just five rounds of the regular season remaining, the promotion and relegation is as hot as ever in NPL and NPL2. It's never an easy task, but Nick and Lachie are back to try and make sense of it all as we enter the home stretch. ➤ Follow the show on Twitter: @NPLVicPod ➤ Pester Nick here : @NickDurbano_ ➤ Tell Lachie he's wrong here: @lachief…
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As the mid-season window concludes, sides have bolstered their ranks with fresh talent to help them to the finish line, and the NPL Victoria is no different. NPL Victoria commentator Josh Parish once again joins Lachie and Nick for a jam packed epsideo! On the agenda this week: Oakleigh Cannons defender Anthony Pantazopoulos signs for Western Sydne…
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Last week, After Eastern Lions' 1-1 draw with Kingston City, Nick kicked off the first instalment in the NPL Victoria Pod's feature interview series by catching up with Lions striker Max Batchelor! The 23-year-old discussed his fascinating experience away from the pitch, appearing on New Zealand reality TV series, Heartbreak Island, the fascinating…
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