Robbie Kruse hits trips for Melbourne; Newcastle sink Brisbane

Melbourne Victory 6 – Perth Glory 2 (A-League, January 16, 2010) Archie Thompson opened for the Victory, before Robbie Kruse stole the headlines scoring a first half hat-trick for the defending champions. Apenalty from Kevin Muscat and Carlos Hernandez’s late strike wrapped up the scoring in the closing stages. Rodrigo Vargas’ 20th minute own goal briefly pulled Perth back to 2-1 while Mile Sterjovski scored their second in the 52nd minute.

Brisbane Roar 0 – Newcastle Jets 2 (A-League, January 16, 2010) Newcastle strengthened their play-off position and moved back up to fourth with a sixth win in eight games. Matt Thompson opened the scoring five minutes after the break before a penalty from Michael Bridges five minutes later sealed the three points.