Matildas do the double over Brazil in Newcastle

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    When Brazil scored, the match just one minute old, it was reward for a snorting start.

    Marta roared and pumped both arms in celebration, having just scampered away and crossed for Fabiana to tap home; her performance in the 2-1 loss to the Matildas last week fell well short of her own lofty standards.

    It seemed as though Brazil, arranged here in a much more defensively stolid 4-3-3 formation, were keen to present a spikier posture than the team that was buffeted so rigorously by Australia had in the last match. 

    The hosts, a little rattled by the early goal, and adjusting to a line-up that underwent more than a couple of personnel changes, composed themselves. This team has had experience conceding first to Brazil before; they did so in a match that ended up finishing as a 6-1 Matildas win in the Tournament of Nations. Emily van Egmond, playing slightly further up-field, applied a becalming caress to the ball, as Australia’s passing began to roll through its rhythms.

    Sam Kerr – still leading the line but flanked in this match by Hayley Raso and Chloe Logarzo – sent searing panic through the Brazil defence, tracing oblique runs in behind, sternly testing the eyesight of the sideline official. Raso’s touch was soft and neat under pressure, Katrina Gorry was nipping in, forcing turnovers.

    Claire Polkinghorne, the veteran centre back, was battling hard, arriving with venom into tackles. 

    It took until the 23rd minute for Brazil to fashion another clear chance, with Lydia Williams saving well one-on-one against Marta. Australia had created a number of their own by that time, with Kerr guilty of a few lax offsides.

    Having strolled out in a top-heavy 4-2-4 formation in the first game, it was clear Brazil had found that match a chastening experience, and the counter-attacking system they reverted to in this match was tangible evidence of the respect Australia’s strength commands.

    Brazil were doing much better here, defending as a team, and piercing through the Australian lines with sudden, direct dribbling. Marta and Andressinha were finding joy on the left flank, combining together, passing triangles around the yellow shirts. 

    This felt like a real rivalry; the players were snapping at each other, and competing with full bodily force in every 50-50 skirmish. Steph Catley was seen hustling at full speed, side-by-side with Fabiana, and swooping in a picture perfect slide tackle, all timing and grit. Raso wasted an excellent chance, collecting the ball in the box, free to turn, only to slice wide. 

    Sam Kerr, feeling the contest rising to a peak, decided to step into the light. A free kick, won on the right wing, was whipped in by van Egmond, and Kerr met it in the middle of the penalty area. Her standing header, with every neck fibre and trapezius muscle flexed, applied enough power to loop the ball over Brazilian keeper Dani Neuhaus. 1-1, with 40 minutes gone, and Australia’s early lapse was erased.

    Brazil’s marking seemed to evaporate as the free kick was in flight, with Kerr lurking. Her finishing is unrivalled in women’s football at the moment. 

    Brazil finished the first half a little frazzled; their defensive shape was warping, as some players gambled on unlikely interceptions up-field, and others wilted under Australian pressure.

    Gorry smashed a shot against the post just before the break, after a robust manoeuvre down the right involving Raso, van Egmond and Carpenter. Australia, having conceded so early, deserved to enter break in front. 

    As it happened, Australia took the lead two minutes into the second half. Alanna Kennedy was allowed to stride out of defence, and pass straight through Brazil’s midfield line. Van Egmond ushered the ball through to Kerr, who slipped a reverse through-ball in for Gorry.

    It was a sublime moment, a pass of unlikely invention and otherworldly execution, and as Gorry scuffed her shot badly, there was a brief, torturous second where it looked as though it might be wasted. But no, Caitlyn Foord, a halftime substitute, was following up, and Gorry’s scuff turned into a perfect lay-off. Foord slotted home the goal that made it 2-1. 

    Brazil were leaving gaping holes between the lines. Van Egmond was seen collecting a cross just outside the box, totally unmarked. She couldn’t corral the bouncing ball in time to shoot. Marta tried to respond with a sudden burst down the left wing, passing to Andressinha, whose cross was collected on the stretch by Williams.

    Foord was shredding the left side of the Brazil defence, fresh legs running riot. All urgency had abandoned the South Americans when out of possession. At times Australia were guilty of over-playing things, passing one too many times having strung a dozen together already. 

    Logarzo shot straight at Dani Neuhaus, with plenty of time to pick a spot. Kerr had the ball in the net, but she’d received the pass and shot from an offside position. Brazil were fading badly.

    Then Chloe Logarzo and Emily van Egmond combined, with a neat one-two, on the left wing. Logarzo speared in a cross, curling away from Dani Neuhaus, toward, yes, you guessed it, Sam Kerr. Kerr stole in ahead of a ponderous Andressinha, toe-poking in Australia’s third goal. She wheeled away, and gave the baying crowd the back-flip celebration they’d been craving.

    Although it was Kerr and Logarzo who made the decisive motions, typically it was van Egmond at the heart of the move; she is such an impressive, composed midfielder, performing a vital, technical role, keeping every other cog in the Matildas machine running smoothly. 

    Matildas player Emily van Egmond

    Reigning Dolan medallist Emily van Egmond.

    Not long after her second goal, Kerr was seen haring back to cover defensively. Australia’s superior conditioning was shining through; the Brazilians were being beaten not just by the feet of the Matildas, but by their lungs as well. As if to rub it in, Lisa De Vanna was brought on to add to Brazil’s suffering.

    Tackles were getting ragged, with Australians and Brazilians sent sprawling in heaps to the turf. Marta barged into Foord in an apparent attempt to retrieve the ball after a whistle, which earned her a booking. From the free kick she was so adamant to take quickly, Marta was sent dashing into the box, engaged shoulder-to-shoulder with Carpenter.

    A foul was detected, and a penalty was given. It was contentious at best. Marta converted it, and it was 3-2 with five minutes to go. A grandstand finish for the 16,000-strong crowd. 

    Brazil lifted. Australia had to resist. Time ticked away. Kerr and Carpenter managed to get the ball into the corner and kept it there, winning throw-ins for a good two minutes. It proved an effective strategy, and when the final whistle sounded, the third straight win over Brazil – this one a raucous comeback – was confirmed. The Matildas are now undefeated in eight games.

    These two ties against Brazil stood as twin opportunities for the Matildas to impress the nation, raising their own profiles as well as that of women’s football. They took the opportunities with gusto, and will only continue onward and upward.

    Evan Morgan Grahame
    Evan Morgan Grahame

    Evan Morgan Grahame is a Melbourne-based journalist. Gleaning what he could from his brief career as a painter, the canvas of the football pitch is now his subject of contemplation, with the beautiful game sketching new, intriguing compositions every week. He has been one of The Roar's Expert columnists since 2016. Follow him on Twitter @Evan_M_G.

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    • September 20th 2017 @ 8:33am
      Nemesis said | September 20th 2017 @ 8:33am | ! Report

      Midweek in Newcastle, 16,800 fans paid to watch a women’s football practice match.

      A sure sign football in Australia is in CRISIS.

      Today, the Victorian Government will announce the Women’s National Team will play a friendly before Christmas against a top ranked opponent at either AAMI Park or Lakeside Stadium.

      It’s a CRISIS I tell you… football is in trouble & the FFA are to blame.

      • September 20th 2017 @ 9:09am
        j,binnie said | September 20th 2017 @ 9:09am | ! Report

        Nemesis – Cynicism aside don’t you think there is a lesson to be learned from that crowd attendance yesterday. Last season ,in 2 consecutive games played in October and November, ,Newcastle Jets “pulled” 2 crowds in excess of 11,000.
        They went on to “average ” a home ground attendance of 8,650 !!!.
        Why this obvious discrepancy? Is it the fact that it was glamorous girls playing?, or is it the more likely reason that it was a “winning team” on show,
        I’m sure the Jets hierarchy would like to know.
        Will leave that thought with you. Cheers jb.

        • September 20th 2017 @ 9:33am
          Nemesis said | September 20th 2017 @ 9:33am | ! Report

          jb, I don’t know the Newcastle area other than 1 trip to the Hunter Valley after Uni which is a bit of a blur. No doubt, if any ALeague team were to play with the swagger we currently see with the Women’s National Team, they’d enjoy a significant boost to their supporter base.

        • September 20th 2017 @ 9:38am
          Midfielder said | September 20th 2017 @ 9:38am | ! Report

          JB

          A third the quality of the other team.

        • September 20th 2017 @ 2:27pm
          Yowzers said | September 20th 2017 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

          To J Bin- Personally I think it’s more to do with how the Jets have been run off the field.

          Newcastle will support a beaten side, just look at crowd numbers for our NRL side. What we don’t have time for is the constant turnover of players, coaches and owners in such dubious circumstances. Hopefully this will change under Mr Lee…..

        • September 20th 2017 @ 2:27pm
          Yowzers said | September 20th 2017 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

          Edit: damn, doubled it up

      • September 20th 2017 @ 9:18am
        Betty B said | September 20th 2017 @ 9:18am | ! Report

        The Victorian government will announce? Have we socialised football in Vic?
        But that aside, the thing I particularly like about the Matildas is that their best football is ahead of them. They’re young and ambitious.

        • September 20th 2017 @ 9:27am
          Nemesis said | September 20th 2017 @ 9:27am | ! Report

          If we want more money for the Women’s Game, we have to expect sponsors will want something in return – be it “Westfield” Matildas or “Caltex” Socceroos, or “NRMA” WSW.

          The Vic Govt will bankroll this event so they’ll want recognition.

          I don’t think that’s unreasonable. Do you?

          • September 20th 2017 @ 10:01am
            Betty B said | September 20th 2017 @ 10:01am | ! Report

            unreasonable? to recognise sponsors. Not at all, but normally I would expect FFA to announce their own games, of course acknowledging the sponsors or backers. I think that’s how it ordinarily happens but I could be wrong. Good on the Vic gov for putting in, they do that well.

        • September 20th 2017 @ 10:47am
          pauli said | September 20th 2017 @ 10:47am | ! Report

          If they want to be the sporting capital and show how progressive they are this is a no-brainer.

          Meanwhile in Queensland, immigrants are apparently clogging the freeways.

          • September 20th 2017 @ 11:55am
            AGO74 said | September 20th 2017 @ 11:55am | ! Report

            Pauline should build a wall

      • Roar Rookie

        September 20th 2017 @ 9:31am
        Stevo said | September 20th 2017 @ 9:31am | ! Report

        You need to take your pills this morning 😉

        • September 20th 2017 @ 2:41pm
          E-Meter said | September 20th 2017 @ 2:41pm | ! Report

          There’s not a strong enough medication to cure that.

    • September 20th 2017 @ 9:13am
      Midfielder said | September 20th 2017 @ 9:13am | ! Report

      Great match.

      Mega crowd described on the night … but in summary the second biggest womens crowd in Australia with only an Olympic medal at the Sydnet Olympics better…. these were paid tickets mid week in a regional centre.

    • September 20th 2017 @ 9:23am
      Lionheart said | September 20th 2017 @ 9:23am | ! Report

      It was a good game to watch; quick and entertaining. The article picks Van Egmond as a standout in midfield, but I have to say that Kellond-Knight too, is all class, my motm.

      • September 20th 2017 @ 9:42am
        punter said | September 20th 2017 @ 9:42am | ! Report

        Those 2 totally owned the midfield, both very strong players with great technical skills & good vision. They also don’t panic.

      • Roar Pro

        September 20th 2017 @ 10:07am
        albatross said | September 20th 2017 @ 10:07am | ! Report

        This comment has been removed for breaching The Roar’s comments policy.

        • September 20th 2017 @ 10:33am
          Betty B said | September 20th 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

          I don’t get your first point, but your second remark is crass, so 1960s

          • September 20th 2017 @ 10:44am
            punter said | September 20th 2017 @ 10:44am | ! Report

            We should change it to POTM, ‘Player Of The Match’.

            I do the trophies for my club, I have boys trophies for the boys team & girls trophies for the girls team. I was asked do the girls playing in the boys team get a girl trophy?

            • September 20th 2017 @ 10:59am
              Betty B said | September 20th 2017 @ 10:59am | ! Report

              There’s a place for unisex terms in sport. Sportsmanship is one. Happily add motm to the list; or potm.
              btw, I did not report the comment by albatross, above. I’d have been more than happy for all to see who it is who makes such crass comments.

              • September 20th 2017 @ 11:07am
                Nemesis said | September 20th 2017 @ 11:07am | ! Report

                I reported the comment.

                Thank you Roar Moderators.

    • September 20th 2017 @ 9:27am
      Ian said | September 20th 2017 @ 9:27am | ! Report

      How exciting is it watching this team?

      I agree there does seem to be an actual rivalry there……that can’t help but happen when we have beaten Brazil 3 times in a row.
      And the lack of handshake from one of the Brazilians after the match……love it.
      Bring it on.

      And a whole team of role models to inspire younger footballers to boot.

      • Roar Guru

        September 20th 2017 @ 1:22pm
        Mango Jack said | September 20th 2017 @ 1:22pm | ! Report

        It was an exciting match, but I wasn’t impressed by the lack of sportsmanship shown by some of the Brazilian players post-match. They were clearly outplayed by an opponent that is playing with huge confidence. No shame in that. Suck it up and shake hands.

        • September 20th 2017 @ 2:58pm
          Ian said | September 20th 2017 @ 2:58pm | ! Report

          I wouldn’t say I was impressed by it either, the lack of handshake, but it shows how rattled they were being beaten twice in a row by us. That only spurs you on when you your opponent can’t handle the loss.

    • Roar Guru

      September 20th 2017 @ 9:42am
      Rick Disnick said | September 20th 2017 @ 9:42am | ! Report

      Another clear example of Aussies watching the best.

      We just don’t like second-rate hack football.

      Well done girls.

      • September 20th 2017 @ 9:54am
        punter said | September 20th 2017 @ 9:54am | ! Report

        But you watch the Premier league!!!!! I watched Barcelona this morning with Messi scoring 4 goals, I’d hate to see what they & Messi would do to a Leicester or a Burnley.

        • Roar Guru

          September 20th 2017 @ 10:20am
          Rick Disnick said | September 20th 2017 @ 10:20am | ! Report

          Yes … you watch Barcelona and Real. I watch the Premier League. One day you’ll understand the difference.

          The gals play with gusto and excitement, everything the Socceroos and the A-League are not.

          I’ve told you, along with many others, the Australian men’s team needs to adopt a more attacking philosophy. It’s what Australians enjoy — not bat$h!t boring, technical procession football we stink at. I’d employ a more counter-attacking philosophy very similar to Real, albeit, a poor man’s version of it.

          The long-term success of powerful clubs like Real and Barcelona are not built on great players like Ronaldo and Messi. They’re built on powerful backend infrastructure procuring a financial competitive advantage. This is where the long term battle is won in capitalistic competitions such as La Liga and the EPL, not on the pitch.

          The A-League can learn greatly from this when deciding what type of competition it wants to be, especially within a saturated football market, unique only to Australia.

          Being successful obviously helps, but the style of football the Matildas are playing is the crucial element here — one I believe the mens game (at all levels) can learn from.

          • September 20th 2017 @ 10:41am
            punter said | September 20th 2017 @ 10:41am | ! Report

            Now you confusing me, i thought you were talking about 2nd rate football on the football pitch, not the commercial financial findings you have.

            On the pitch I watched Messi & Barcelona play today & they play a much higher class of football then the premier league, which makes the PL 2nd rate.

            Without going all Nemesis on you, you have said many times you don’t watch the A-League & hence have little value on your opinion of the A-League.

            Direct football, funny you have a soft spot for Arsenal, the most un-premier league side for the last 15 years. All the top premier league teams are managed by foreigners professing more possession & less direct (all the time). As Jose Mourinho said ‘in England your centre backs & defensive midfielders win the ball & clear it, where I come those same players win the ball & starts setting up the next attack.’

            • Roar Guru

              September 20th 2017 @ 12:49pm
              Rick Disnick said | September 20th 2017 @ 12:49pm | ! Report

              There are only 3 powerful clubs in the EPL I would call ‘self-sufficient’: United, Arsenal & Liverpool.

              There are no powerful self-sufficient clubs in La Liga for all the reasons I’ve said before regarding tax. This may stay the same, but I’d be embarrassed as a Spaniard giving such concessions to a football club considering their position on the United Nations HDI. I’d be even more @#@$ed off as a German!

              Chelsea and City are powerful clubs, but they are reliant on funds outside their football operations to remain competitive. This can change rapidly and is a long term business model I’ll never agree with.

              If you understand Arsenal’s situation over the past 15 years you’ll realise, for the better part of it, they’ve been hamstrung financially because of their new stadium.

              This is no longer the case, so I won’t be supporting Wenger for much longer should he not get his @#@$ together in the next 1-2 years.

              I’ve made it clear I follow the A-League operations, just not the football. I also follow the national teams and would love to see us one day win the World Cup.

              This won’t occur with backward thinking and isolation from the many Roarers here.

              My comments are in relation to how the A-League can capture the greater market of casual fans. This is the revenue required to build and maintain a world-class Socceroos team — just the same as how United is the most powerful club on the planet through its marketing might.

            • Roar Guru

              September 20th 2017 @ 12:51pm
              Rick Disnick said | September 20th 2017 @ 12:51pm | ! Report

              There are only 3 powerful clubs in the EPL I would call ‘self-sufficient’: United, Ar$@nal & Liverpool.

              There are no powerful self-sufficient clubs in La Liga for all the reasons I’ve said before regarding tax. This may stay the same, but I’d be embarrassed as a Spaniard giving such concessions to a football club considering their position on the United Nations HDI. I’d be even more @#@$ed off as a German!

              Chelsea and City are powerful clubs, but they are reliant on funds outside their football operations to remain competitive. This can change rapidly and is a long term business model I’ll never agree with.

              If you understand Ar$%enal’s situation over the past 15 years you’ll realise, for the better part of it, they’ve been hamstrung financially because of their new stadium.

              This is no longer the case, so I won’t be supporting Wenger for much longer should he not get his @#@$ together in the next 1-2 years.

              I’ve made it clear I follow the A-League operations, just not the football. I also follow the national teams and would love to see us one day win the World Cup.

              This won’t occur with backward thinking and isolation from the many Roarers here.

              My comments are in relation to how the A-League can capture the greater market of casual fans. This is the revenue required to build and maintain a world-class Socceroos team — just the same as how United is the most powerful club on the planet through its marketing might.

              • September 20th 2017 @ 2:22pm
                punter said | September 20th 2017 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

                Liverpool has not won the championship since Robbie Folwer was a little boy 27 years ago. They have a great history, but that was a long time ago, they are not a powerful club.
                Arsenal, has not won since 2004, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won 28 trophies since that win & they too are not a powerful club.

              • September 20th 2017 @ 2:23pm
                punter said | September 20th 2017 @ 2:23pm | ! Report

                The gunners gets moderated every time.

                Liverpool has not won the championship since Robbie Folwer was a little boy 27 years ago. They have a great history, but that was a long time ago, they are not a powerful club.
                Gunners, has not won since 2004, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won 28 trophies since that win & they too are not a powerful club.

        • September 20th 2017 @ 11:11am
          Nemesis said | September 20th 2017 @ 11:11am | ! Report

          A poser who doesn’t watch Barclona & Real Madrid, offering advice on how Aussie football needs to copy the style of Real Madrid & Barcelona.

          No longer unbelievable. This is the level of asinine commentary we see from outsiders on the football forum.

          • Roar Guru

            September 20th 2017 @ 11:25am
            AdelaideDocker said | September 20th 2017 @ 11:25am | ! Report

            You do realise that one doesn’t need to ‘watch’ something in order to know how good it is.

            I’ve never watched Star Wars, but I work in a cinema and understand that Star Wars is the prime example of how sci-fi space movies are produced and stay perennially popular.

            Rick doesn’t need watch Real and Barcelona to understand how well-built their organisations are.

            People aren’t as daft as you appear to believe they are, Nem. Besides, it’s only his opinion, does it really need to be labelled as ‘asinine’?

            • September 20th 2017 @ 11:36am
              punter said | September 20th 2017 @ 11:36am | ! Report

              It is only Rick’s opinion, no matter that it lacks substance, especially as he has clearly stated he doesn’t watch the A-League or La Liga.

              • Roar Guru

                September 20th 2017 @ 11:42am
                Rick Disnick said | September 20th 2017 @ 11:42am | ! Report

                “especially as he has clearly stated he doesn’t watch the A-League or La Liga.”

                You’re right, I don’t watch La Liga, but does than mean I don’t watch Real & Barca?

                Come on punter, I thought you were smarter than Fuss, and he’s not that smart.

                Please prove me right and think about that other little competition called the ‘EUFA Champions League’.

                Get back to me when you have.

              • September 20th 2017 @ 11:50am
                punter said | September 20th 2017 @ 11:50am | ! Report

                Hence I said La liga, not Real Madrid & Barcelona.

                You are far too knowledgeable in football to not watch the best players in the world in the Champions league.

                My discussion comes from I believe the Real Sociedad, Les Parmas, Espanyol are better then your Burnley, West Ham & Stokes.

              • September 20th 2017 @ 12:05pm
                Nemesis said | September 20th 2017 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

                @punter

                You only have to read Disnick’s contributions to football discussions to know he doesn’t watch full 90 minute matches. If he does, he keeps his knowledge well hidden.

                He’s the typical Aussie sports fan whose football knowledge is gleaned from goal highlights on FoxSports News & then using Wikipedia to flesh out his analysis. Couldn’t be easier to spot such posers.

              • Roar Guru

                September 20th 2017 @ 12:06pm
                Rick Disnick said | September 20th 2017 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

                Then how does my comment lack substance?

                Actually, don’t bother answering that. My point as been made, punter.

                You know, money doesn’t always buy the best, but it sure does help.

                The venue generated by the EPL is roughly double that of La Liga. As such, I would find it hard to believe the depth of La Liga is anywhere near that of the EPL.

                My point is: Real and Barca are playing middleweights every week. United, City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are playing other heavyweights each week. This makes life very difficult when playing in the UCL.

                Imagine going 12 rounds with a heavy weight, then having to go another 12 rounds midweek.

                Real and Barca have no idea what it’s like to play 38 games in the toughest football competition in the world.

              • September 20th 2017 @ 12:18pm
                punter said | September 20th 2017 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

                Rick you can buy the best food in the world but if you have poor chefs you will still struggle.

                Plus I don’t want to see the toughest, I want to see the best. I want skill over toughness.

              • Roar Guru

                September 20th 2017 @ 12:53pm
                Rick Disnick said | September 20th 2017 @ 12:53pm | ! Report

                That’s not what I meant by ‘toughest’, punter.

              • September 20th 2017 @ 12:59pm
                Nemesis said | September 20th 2017 @ 12:59pm | ! Report

                Great work, punter. 👊

                You are eviscerating Disnick’s limp arguments. The poser is exposed. Let’s hope he becomes an ex-poser on this forum

              • September 20th 2017 @ 2:24pm
                punter said | September 20th 2017 @ 2:24pm | ! Report

                I know what you mean by toughest. You think Australia would win world cup if all AFL players played football.

              • Roar Guru

                September 20th 2017 @ 2:56pm
                Rick Disnick said | September 20th 2017 @ 2:56pm | ! Report

                Ahh, no punter, but you keep taking advice from Fuss.

              • September 20th 2017 @ 3:08pm
                punter said | September 20th 2017 @ 3:08pm | ! Report

                Lost me Rick!!! Bottom line I enjoyed the Matilda’s.

            • September 20th 2017 @ 11:40am
              Nemesis said | September 20th 2017 @ 11:40am | ! Report

              “You do realise that one doesn’t need to ‘watch’ something in order to know how good it is.”

              The classic 21st century nonsensical argument that: “I can have an opinion, even though I’m ignorant about the topic”

              Yes. It’s asinine to offer an opinion on topics when you’re ignorant. Educate yourself, then return with your opinion.

              • Roar Guru

                September 20th 2017 @ 12:25pm
                Rick Disnick said | September 20th 2017 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

                “You only have to read Disnick’s contributions to football discussions to know he doesn’t watch full 90 minute matches. If he does, he keeps his knowledge well hidden.”

                That’s pretty funny coming from the guy who never actually talks football, preferring to stalk and write articles on coupon advertising strategies and TV rights revenues per player. Did you ever do those calculations again with the FTA revenue added? No, I didn’t think so.

                I’ve noticed more and more prominent football fans on this site questioning your ability to actually talk football strategy and tactics. Your standard rebuttal: What football qualifications do you have? i.e “I have NFI about football strategy.”

                There are plenty of people in Australia who are smarter than Ange. There are plenty of people capable of giving opinion, with or without coaching qualifications, that may or may not benefit Australian football.

                You keep living in your little A-League world though … happy with the status quo.

            • September 20th 2017 @ 3:01pm
              Ian said | September 20th 2017 @ 3:01pm | ! Report

              Does that mean all the millions of Australians who don’t watch AFL take that course of action because they know it is garbage?

          • Roar Guru

            September 20th 2017 @ 11:26am
            Rick Disnick said | September 20th 2017 @ 11:26am | ! Report

            When did I say I don’t watch Barcelona & Real Madrid?

            Careful now Fuss…

            • Roar Guru

              September 20th 2017 @ 12:26pm
              Rick Disnick said | September 20th 2017 @ 12:26pm | ! Report

              Yeah … I didn’t think you’d answer that.

              Once again, I’ll advise you to please not bother commenting on my opinions.

      • September 20th 2017 @ 10:11am
        Neil said | September 20th 2017 @ 10:11am | ! Report

        That was an earth inspiring comment that will drive people on to do greater things. NOT

        • Roar Guru

          September 20th 2017 @ 10:23am
          Rick Disnick said | September 20th 2017 @ 10:23am | ! Report

          It was inspiring enough to make you comment..

          • September 21st 2017 @ 12:06pm
            Mahler said | September 21st 2017 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

            This is such a pathetic dialogue. Rick, your opinions are boring. Get it? The replies to them are boring. Please spare us.

        • September 20th 2017 @ 10:27am
          Nemesis said | September 20th 2017 @ 10:27am | ! Report

          @Neil

          You’ll find several posers on this football forum, who are event groupies.

          They are clueless about sport, so they only watch sporting events. That way they can pretend to be important at the water cooler & dinner parties.

          I think it’s pathetic, but it seems to be fairly common amongst a certain social group in Australia.

    • September 20th 2017 @ 10:10am
      Newie said | September 20th 2017 @ 10:10am | ! Report

      A very entertaining game, excellent rivalry, silky skills on show (Marta and Kerr are amazing to watch in person rather than on TV), a great (but pretty quiet) crowd. The Matildas dominated the game and were deserved winners. They lost a bit of composure at about 65 minutes and didn’t get forward as much which was a shame because DeVanna didn’t get much chance to affect the game.

      The crowd had a great time, there was a very nice vibe, you could see girls’ teams that were up from Sydney wearing their club uniforms.

      Football is flying in Australia, and this turnout confirmed it.

      • September 20th 2017 @ 10:34am
        pacman said | September 20th 2017 @ 10:34am | ! Report

        Yes, I agree, very entertaining. A far better standard of play from both teams compared with Saturday’s match. The only disturbing statistic was the foul count Aus 14 v Bra 7, after we led 10 – 2 at half time. Considering the skills possessed by the Matildas, and on display, what was the cause of this imbalance?

        • Roar Guru

          September 20th 2017 @ 10:39am
          Rick Disnick said | September 20th 2017 @ 10:39am | ! Report

          “what was the cause of this imbalance?”

          Why should the foul count be balanced?

          • September 20th 2017 @ 10:49am
            pacman said | September 20th 2017 @ 10:49am | ! Report

            Rick, “Imbalance”, noun: lack of proportion or relation between corresponding things. Did I suggest the foul count should be balanced? No. My question related to, going back to the dictionary and synonyms, the disparity, variance, contrast, disproportion, lopsidedness, to mention a few.

            Cheers.

            • Roar Guru

              September 20th 2017 @ 1:29pm
              Adam said | September 20th 2017 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

              Australia played a press defence and are generally more physical, hence the tendency to commit fouls

              • September 20th 2017 @ 6:12pm
                pacman said | September 20th 2017 @ 6:12pm | ! Report

                You are probably correct Adam. Thanks.

            • September 20th 2017 @ 3:03pm
              Ian said | September 20th 2017 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

              I see Rick didn’t/couldn’t reply to your informed reply.

              • Roar Guru

                September 20th 2017 @ 3:11pm
                Rick Disnick said | September 20th 2017 @ 3:11pm | ! Report

                Mods blocked it because I used the word ‘wh!ne’ I’m assuming.

                Pacman’s use of the word ‘disturbed’ tends to suggest this.

                In answer to his question: I have no issue with excessive fouls providing fast transition football is closed down in the process. The Matildas did just that, which is why I suspect they had double the foul count.

                It’s not that hard to figure out.

                All the great teams live on the edge.

        • September 20th 2017 @ 4:56pm
          Newie said | September 20th 2017 @ 4:56pm | ! Report

          Are you saying Brazil made a foul count comeback? That’s funny.

          I’d say that Brazil became like angry ants in the second half to disrupt our play, and it was successful (unfortunately).

      • September 20th 2017 @ 2:53pm
        Tommo said | September 20th 2017 @ 2:53pm | ! Report

        Yep massive turnout. 14,000. Shall compare that to the AFL womans in a few months for a true indication

        • September 20th 2017 @ 3:06pm
          Ian said | September 20th 2017 @ 3:06pm | ! Report

          It was more than that. Over 16,000. Numbers aren’t your strong point.

          Knew Tommo, or Johnno, or whoever would get insecure about the Matildas.

          How sad.

          Look forward to the women’s AFl, or men’s AFL competing against Brazil.

          Oh hang on….

        • September 20th 2017 @ 3:19pm
          punter said | September 20th 2017 @ 3:19pm | ! Report

          Will AFL women be up against the AFL & NRL finals? Or will the AFLW be played 4 months after the last sherrin kicked in anger anywhere in the world & AFL fans are staving for any action.

        • September 21st 2017 @ 11:07am
          R King said | September 21st 2017 @ 11:07am | ! Report

          Tommo, will the AFLW be free again this season? Just wondering if it isn’t would you bother to go or just watch it on TV?

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