agree clipper. Plus souths juniors are just further down the Anzac parade in Kingsford so this area is still imo Souths heartland, more so than western Sydney.
Plus last night's game wasn't all about Souths, it was a Souths v Roosters derby. Just made sense imo to keep it close to both clubs HQ.
I think football is doing well in Oz. Players numbers are up, many migrants are football lovers who haven't lost their love for the sport and anglo-aussies are starting to enjoy the game too.
The only disappointment (maybe) is the HAL crowds and ratings. IMO football isn't the one punished there, its the HAL. Many ppl still want to watch UCL matches, WC qualifiers or even friendlies. I reckon the coming WC will also have good ratings. I think its just taking longer for the HAL to reach all football lovers who are in this country and connect with them. I still reckon its easier to bring a football lover to watch the domestic comp than to convert a non football lover to the sport.
It will slowly happen imo, we just have to be patient. Yesterday's match as well as the last MVC v Guangzhou game will help reach football fans who aren't HAL followers yet imo.
HAL fans and football -but non HAL- fans have started to talk and this kind of forums will imo help bridge the gap. Its just a matter of time. Exclusive HAL fans have to understand the reasons why some are still 'euro snobs' who themselves have to understand that the local product isn't as rubbish as they may want to think. It will happen.
McGahan will either be labelled a genius or arrogant/delusional by the end of the week. As an adept of the 'why change a winning side' philosophy I reckon he should have kept the same group to travel to Perth.
Having said that he knows things we don't re his players depth so until the game is played he has the benefit of the doubt for this strategy.
Having 2nd thoughts with my tipping though... :(