Top five A-League talking points: Round 7

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By Cameron Kellett, Cameron Kellett is a Roar Guru


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    Prior to Round 7 commencing, we were hit with the unfortunate news that New Zealand had once again been subjected to another disastrous earthquake.

    As a result, the match between Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory was postponed – our condolences and well wishes to all in New Zealand.

    With that said, we were still left with four mouthwatering clashes. Tim Cahill was set to play his first game in his hometown in 20 years, while Brisbane Roar had been doing everything in their power to give rise to the rivalry between them and Sydney FC.

    Adelaide United would venture west in search of their first win against Perth Glory and an agreement between Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners was set to take place in which the visiting team’s members could attend for free.

    We look back at the weekend’s action and the top five A-League talking points for Round 7.

    1. Brisbane and Sydney play out early contender for match of the season
    Heading into the match, Brisbane Roar were on a run of ten undefeated matches at home, while Sydney FC was looking to equal Melbourne Victory’s best start to a season by making it a perfect seven from seven.

    What played out was a highly entertaining and absorbing contest that finished 1-1 and left people wanting more.

    Throughout the first half, Sydney FC dominated the contest, albeit thanks to some lacklustre defending from the Roar’s two centre backs in Luke Devere and Jade North.

    The result could have been in the favour of Sydney FC by the end of the first, but thanks to an outstanding display in goals by Roar keeper Michael Theo, Sydney would be kept at bay for the rest of the match.

    Theo wound back the clock, playing one of his best matches for some time and saving Brisbane on multiple occasions.

    The game featured two cracking goals in the form of Joshua Brillante’s bullet strike that hit the top right corner of the Roar’s net, while Thomas Kristensen scored with an inch perfect shot across the face of goal that had Danny Vukovic completely outstretched – a strike that many keepers would have struggled to keep out.

    Around the 78th minute, confusion took over, as it appeared to many that Sydney FC defender Rhyan Grant was issued his second yellow card of the evening. However, he remained on the pitch.

    The confusion stemmed from an earlier challenge in the match where Grant up-ended Thomas Broich in a strong tackle. Many believed Grant had been yellow carded for the incident.

    However, despite the referee pulling out a yellow card, he never actually showed it to Grant, thus, the card was never officially issued. Rightly so as well, because upon replay it was a strong and fair tackle that did not deserve any punishment.

    With 119,000 tuning in on Fox Sports and 17,322 in attendance, it would appear as though Brisbane Roar’s beat-up of a State of Origin style contest proved successful.

    Those who had the pleasure of watching were treated to a match to remember – mind you, who could forget Brisbane Roar’s all maroon kit.

    Although Brisbane Roar received some criticism about their use of the maroon playing kit, it showed the club has been making a conscious effort this season to hype fixtures – which hasn’t always been the case.

    As a Roar supporter, I don’t mind any efforts made to engage with the sporting public, and if it results in more attending and watching at home, then if the worst that is to occur is the use of an all maroon kit every now and then, it can’t be a bad thing.

    Would it also be fair to remind others that the club used to have maroon in their kit and were formerly known as Queensland Roar?

    2. The F3 derby still burns with passion
    In recent times, the F3 Derby had lost some of its appeal. The passion seemed to have simmered and the fixtures taking place were lacking the spite and resolve that both clubs had shown in previous contests.

    Throughout the week, former players were explaining what it meant to them to play in this fixture in the early days, and with the introduction of free entry for members of the away team, both clubs were hoping it would help restore the contest it to its former glory.

    Although it took a half of football, the passion once again appeared and commitment from both teams seemed to step up a notch.

    With 11,238 in attendance – the highest attended F3 Derby since early 2013-14 – both sets of fans were in full voice and the contest proved highly entertaining despite both teams’ current positions on the ladder.

    One could criticise the lack of commitment from away fans for each of these teams, which has led to a free attendance for this fixture.

    Yet, the positive is that the free entry might be a genius move that reinvigorates support for both teams and leads to better attendance.

    Let’s just hope that when the two meet again in late February that we can see a further improvement in attendance.

    3. From bad to worse for Adelaide United
    The champions, Adelaide United, are officially off to their worst start of any A-League campaign. After seven rounds they currently sit last with two points. Last year was only slightly better for United, having managed three points at this point of the season.

    To rub salt into Adelaide’s wounds, last season they at least managed to keep three clean sheets in the first seven rounds.

    This season they have not yet kept a single clean sheet.

    It’s fair to say time has all but run out for Gui Amor’s team this season.

    Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor

    Last year was an anomaly, and this year, no such comeback will occur. If it does, they will have to outdo their previous efforts and with Asian Champions League commitments on the horizon, the task will only be made harder.

    With injury also playing a role in the club’s inability to win, their depth is being tested and only time will tell how they can manage the commitments of both competitions.

    4. Have Western Sydney’s members gone wandering?
    With Tim Cahill returning to Western Sydney to play in his first domestic football match in 20 years, one would have thought plenty of Western Sydney football supporters would turn out to watch the Socceroos legend.

    Sadly, given the club’s record 18,855 members, only 14,232 people arrived.

    One has to ask, where are all of the Wanderers’ members?

    Is it Spotless Stadium that is the issue? Is there harder to get to? Is it just not the same as Parramatta Stadium and fans are holding out for the new stadium to be built?

    Why could the Wanderers only muster an extra 985 fans more than their clash against Newcastle Jets?

    Maybe I am asking all the wrong questions and perhaps Cahill just isn’t the draw card many of us thought he would be. It is clear he is no Alessandro Del Piero, but surely being arguably the greatest Socceroo ever, he would bring with him a little more attention in the form of increased attendances?


    One is left scratching their head, as despite Melbourne City having comfortably spent more than all the clubs just in the form of marquees, why they too aren’t having larger attendances?

    5. Referees make mistakes, but we need them
    Each week in a round of football, we will find referees making some contentious calls that potentially have a larger influence on how the match plays out. Unfortunately though, our coaches and players may be going a step too far in their responding.

    It has started to get somewhat out of hand, with Tony Popovic sanctioned, much like Kevin Muscat was some weeks ago.

    Amor has also landed himself in hot water after touching a fourth official. However, John Kosmina believes this is down to the fact that Amor suffers in his ability to express himself well in English and has resorted to using his body language to express his discontent with decisions made.

    Earlier in the season, Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe was sent to the stands after going on-field at half time and arguing with referees, which resulted in Lowe having to watch from the stands for the next two fixtures.

    So what does all this mean? With constant attention being directed the way of the match officials, head of the A-League Greg O’Rourke has had to set up meetings with frustrated coaches as it is evident the relationships with referees is at a boiling point.

    O’Rourke has said that despite the constant criticisms, statistics have shown referees are making fewer game-changing errors than in past seasons. Surprisingly, these statistics weren’t shared.

    There have been plenty of decisions made this season that have significantly affected the way a match has played out.

    Even in this round, Kerem Bulut scored for the Wanderers against Melbourne City and it was incorrectly ruled as being offside.

    Commentators in the match between Perth Glory and Adelaide United alluded to the fact that the contest between Eugene Galekovic and Perth attackers should have resulted in a free kick to Adelaide, but play was allowed to continue and as a result, Glory scored.

    All these incidents have led to Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick reiterating calls for a video referee to be implemented now and not later. I personally, do not like the use of video referees.

    But with the state of refereeing in the competition, perhaps further considerations need to be made with regard to its use – as long as it does not affect the flow of a match.

    Referees make mistakes and there is a fair and just way of approaching this with regard to criticism, but the way our coaches and players are currently handling the situation is not a good look for the game.

    Bad decisions are made all the time and there is a belief that these sorts of calls even out over a season.

    And if any team needs these calls to level out, it is Adelaide United, and it needs to happen sooner rather than later, as further contentious calls could cripple their season.

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    • November 23rd 2016 @ 7:55am
      Waz said | November 23rd 2016 @ 7:55am | ! Report

      1. Roar/Sydney was a good game. The confidence in the smurfs team is going to be hard to shake until (or if) they hit a bad patch. The Moroon needs to be deployed once a season and always against SFC.

      2. Good effort on the F3, nice creative initiative to let opposing members in for free

      3. AU need to start winning now, sadly an away trip to Sydney is a big challenge and will be their biggest test yet. Average player recruitment is their main issue (along with injuries of course) but rumours of a Djite return in January will give them hope.

      4. Wanderers are now suffering from “Brisbane syndrome” where the same average crowd buried in a large, soulless stadium is judged differently to the same crowd in a smaller stadium. It is concerning the ffas guest marquee can only draw 900-odd extra fans to a game but let’s see what SFC do in a few weeks time when Cahill visits

      • November 23rd 2016 @ 8:33am
        marron said | November 23rd 2016 @ 8:33am | ! Report

        I don’t see why it’s concerning to be honest.
        Is it not a sign of maturity? Wanderers fans want to watch their team, not an aged, marquee playing for the other side who’s actually been pretty quiet.
        Perhaps it might have attracted a few more neutral observers, but then you have to look at the marketing of it (was there any?) and then the homebush factor.

        • November 23rd 2016 @ 9:07am
          Waz said | November 23rd 2016 @ 9:07am | ! Report

          The concern is not in the Wanderers crowd itself but whether Cahill is capable of drawing bigger crowds ADP style, if he isn’t then there’s a question mark over the guest marquee strategy especially when Robbie Keane and Stephen Gerard are being offered to HAL clubs for the January window. So far home crowds for city have been average, the Melb Derby was average, WSW below average I’d say and Suncorp above average. Fair to say the jury’s out on Cahill?

          • November 23rd 2016 @ 10:31am
            marron said | November 23rd 2016 @ 10:31am | ! Report

            Yes for sure.

          • November 23rd 2016 @ 10:33am
            Nemesis said | November 23rd 2016 @ 10:33am | ! Report

            From the FFA’s point of view, ticket sales would be a low priority in relation to the Tim Cahill investment. The main priority is the next TV deal. Other priorities would be Corporate Sponsorship and mainstream media exposure.

            Ticket sales for ALeague home and away matches are the responsibility of the home team. Maybe having Tim visiting is important to some clubs who struggle for cash. For clubs that are strong enough on their own, getting a thousand more event watchers coming to see Tim would be an added bonus but it should never be the difference between profit and loss over a season. If clubs are relying on Tim Cahill to provide a windfall, those clubs are not financially sustainable and, most likely, they’re incompetently administered to even think Tim will pull in huge revenue when he visits.

            • November 23rd 2016 @ 10:50am
              Waz said | November 23rd 2016 @ 10:50am | ! Report

              The FFA said increased ticket sales was an important metric when deciding to invest in the Cahill rule. You were probably still in Eastern Europe when they said this so missed it.

              The club owners said the same thing, they effectively gave City a +1 man advantage for the season with an expectation they would see a return at the gate. WSW even went public last week and said only a few tickets were left for Fridays game so clearly they were thinking about ticket sales.

              Yes marketing is important, and Timmy has helped with that; yes tv viewing is important but it’s debatable how much Timmy has helped with that (numbers are up but not just for Timmys games), and in particular the next tv contract is important and Timmy is meant to help with that.

              The FFA have stated they are prepared to invest $10m each year in guest marquees to boost attendance, viewership and marketing – but unless Meatloaf is the new FFA CEO, 2 out of 3 isn’t good enough.

              • November 23rd 2016 @ 11:34am
                Nemesis said | November 23rd 2016 @ 11:34am | ! Report

                Fact: From what has been reported, the FFA gets $0 from home and away ticket sales revenue. Not a single cent.

              • November 23rd 2016 @ 11:39am
                Waz said | November 23rd 2016 @ 11:39am | ! Report

                Fact: the FFA said increased attendance was a key metric and reason for doing this.

                So if increased attendance doesn’t happen (and it’s still too soon to know) it’s appropriate that various stakeholders (which fans are) discuss the merits of this strategy.

          • November 23rd 2016 @ 10:37am
            Ian said | November 23rd 2016 @ 10:37am | ! Report

            “Brisbane syndrome”…
            Funny Waz.
            Though Suncorp isn’t soulless. Was that an adjective for effect?..;-)
            There was bucketloads of soul, passion and animosity last Saturday night.

            I’m happy with the Maroon kit as it’s their special event kit also. Much like that silver jersey was.

      • November 23rd 2016 @ 9:09am
        pete4 said | November 23rd 2016 @ 9:09am | ! Report

        I went to watch WSW v MCY and despite being oval field Spotless stadium atmosphere was quite good

        Rumors around Brisbane looking to sign Robbie Keane from LA Galaxy but it’s WSW who really need a striker ATM

        • November 23rd 2016 @ 9:23am
          Peaches said | November 23rd 2016 @ 9:23am | ! Report

          I’m a wanderers member. I’ll watch them anywhere.
          In saying that, the view for many fans at Spotless is terrible compared to what they are used to. I have a feeling many will hold onto their memberships and the move back to a rectangular stadium.

          • November 23rd 2016 @ 10:00am
            pete4 said | November 23rd 2016 @ 10:00am | ! Report

            It was my 1st time at the venue (I’m an SFC member) yes much harder with an oval pitch

        • November 23rd 2016 @ 10:33am
          Lionheart said | November 23rd 2016 @ 10:33am | ! Report

          Robbie Keane? I’s much rather we promote one of our youngsters, who put on 6 goals in the NYL last weekend, and that with the better of them sitting it out.

      • November 23rd 2016 @ 9:22am
        mattq said | November 23rd 2016 @ 9:22am | ! Report

        Djite returning in January is the opposite of hope, Waz. He had one good second half of a season throughout all of his stints at united. I can’t speak for all reds fans but I was soooo glad to see the back of him. don’t forget he went 18 games without a goal at one point!

        • November 23rd 2016 @ 12:39pm
          Waz said | November 23rd 2016 @ 12:39pm | ! Report

          Sorry Mattq, somehow thought that would give you hope lol. You’re not playing as well as the same time last year but you’re also not playing badly either – just think you’re one stroke of luck away from a solid run at the moment but it needs to start soon if you want to overhaul the smurfs

      • November 23rd 2016 @ 10:15am
        Paul said | November 23rd 2016 @ 10:15am | ! Report

        Sydney FC versus City Football Group – Melbourne Branch
        Game 1: FFA Cup Final – AAMI Park
        Game 2: HAL Regular Round – ANZ

        Good luck filling ANZ smurfs

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        November 23rd 2016 @ 3:32pm
        Cameron Kellett said | November 23rd 2016 @ 3:32pm | ! Report

        Waz, I agree with point one and it will be very interesting to see what sort of attendance they can achieve.

        Given how they’re playing and the fact Cahill is coming to town, anything less than perhaps 18k and I’d be disappointed. Sydney deserve higher crowds than what they are getting when ADP came to town.

        I think the jury is also still out with regard to the impact Cahill is having on the league. For Brisbane Roar I think it is fair to say he made a difference in terms of attendance, but at home they’re doing rather poor and all other away matches haven’t been as high as many of us would expect.

        • November 23rd 2016 @ 4:50pm
          Waz said | November 23rd 2016 @ 4:50pm | ! Report

          FC, I think the lessons need to be learned out of this if guest marquees are to expand and possibly expand as early as January.

          Roar used Cahill really well but it was part of what seems to be a joined up game-day marketing approach going back to Victory (opening game & Bes as hero/villain) Glory (fan photo & fun day), City (Cahill & “wear orange win Moroon”) and SFC (state v state) and average is up 20-25% but it’s taken real effort

          It’s way too early to say but just having a name marquee may not be enough to significantly boost attendance on game day?

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            November 23rd 2016 @ 5:01pm
            Cameron Kellett said | November 23rd 2016 @ 5:01pm | ! Report

            Although I believe Cahill has had some effect, overall I think it glaringly obvious he was never going to have the appeal of ADP. I think those types of players have that ability, to be just a big name player that can draw a crowd without any need for marketing whatsoever.

            ADP did it everywhere he went in his first season. I don’t think Stevie G will come to the A-League, but if he did, marketing wouldn’t be necessary from a club perspective to get fans attending – word of mouth will suffice.

            • November 23rd 2016 @ 7:00pm
              Waz said | November 23rd 2016 @ 7:00pm | ! Report

              We probably need someone like jb to do an attendance analysis ?

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                November 23rd 2016 @ 9:03pm
                Cameron Kellett said | November 23rd 2016 @ 9:03pm | ! Report

                It’ll be needed come end of season, but already I know it’s not needed. ADP is already way ahead of Tim Cahill.

    • November 23rd 2016 @ 9:05am
      Waz said | November 23rd 2016 @ 9:05am | ! Report


    • November 23rd 2016 @ 9:36am
      Mark said | November 23rd 2016 @ 9:36am | ! Report

      How long have the Wanderers been around now? Five years?

      It seems to me they are going through something similar to what Victory went through around the same time after the A-League started. Being new and having initial success led to a surge of interest and high attendances, but once they’ve been around for a few years and aren’t at the top of the table interest and attendances fall back to a more stable baseline level of support. The real hard work is building on that level of support. I certainly think playing at Spotless and ANZ Stadium is not helping.

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        November 23rd 2016 @ 9:38am
        Kaks said | November 23rd 2016 @ 9:38am | ! Report

        Just us once we move back home.

      • November 23rd 2016 @ 10:00am
        Waz said | November 23rd 2016 @ 10:00am | ! Report

        Mark, that’s a good analogy as some sort of plateau kicks in and effort is needed to move off it. Presumably that will occur naturally with a move back to Parra. And Wanderers attendances are still good, they just don’t look/sound as good in a bigger stadium

        • November 23rd 2016 @ 10:10am
          punter said | November 23rd 2016 @ 10:10am | ! Report

          Being in SFC’s shadow this year has not helped!!!!

          Thanks again cam for a discussion on weekend’s games.

          • November 23rd 2016 @ 12:32pm
            Fadida said | November 23rd 2016 @ 12:32pm | ! Report

            I’d love to see the effect that an actual marquee would have for WSW. A marquee striker, even like Keane, who could score goals, and win games consistenty would push wanderers through this plateau.

            I’d be interested to hear from their fans, but for me there is little excitement in this team, outside of Nico. Their football is dull and the team (Corn)flakey.

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            November 23rd 2016 @ 3:47pm
            Cameron Kellett said | November 23rd 2016 @ 3:47pm | ! Report

            No worries, punter. Thank you for once again contributing and reading.

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        November 23rd 2016 @ 3:35pm
        Cameron Kellett said | November 23rd 2016 @ 3:35pm | ! Report

        Mark, I’m also of the same view that Spotless and ANZ stadium is having an impact on attendances. The sooner Parramatta Stadium is back up and running, the better. I wouldn’t be surprised if upon returning to Parramatta then attendances and memberships would improve. Would even go as far to say that a lot may turn up for their first match at the new stadium. Might top AAMI park in terms of best football stadium in the country as well.

        • November 23rd 2016 @ 4:53pm
          Waz said | November 23rd 2016 @ 4:53pm | ! Report

          This is where I’m getting a bit ansi on this topic – Wanderers are getting the SAME crowds as they were at Pirtek stadium.

          The only reason we’re now talking about them is the “Brisbane syndrome” …… 13-14k looks sh*t in a big stadium and much better in Pirtek.

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            November 23rd 2016 @ 5:03pm
            Cameron Kellett said | November 23rd 2016 @ 5:03pm | ! Report

            Waz, to be honest, I don’t think Wanderers have really hit their potential just yet. I feel as though they have the ability to outdo Victory and I feel the same with the Roar. If things are done correctly and well, then as we’re seeing with the Roar, improvements can be made and achieved.

            • November 23rd 2016 @ 5:21pm
              Nemesis said | November 23rd 2016 @ 5:21pm | ! Report

              Do you honestly think Brisbane Roar has the potential to achieve higher crowds, membership, revenue than Victory? If so, then I’d say all 9 ALeague teams have the potential to oudo Victory. After 12 years, Brisbane has around 6k members, Victory has around 25.5k. Best of luck to Brisbane – at current figures I’m sure within the next 12 years Brisbane Roar could get 10k, maybe even 15k, members.

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                November 23rd 2016 @ 5:35pm
                Cameron Kellett said | November 23rd 2016 @ 5:35pm | ! Report

                Nemesis, I wouldn’t say it unless I meant it.

                I don’t believe all nine A-League teams have the potential to do so.

                If you recall, Roar not long ago actually achieved 10k members, and despite having only 6k now, they’re more than capable of achieving much more than that just based on their current attendances.

                Melbourne Victory are run a hell of a lot better than the Roar, but it wasn’t that long ago they expressed desires to achieve 50k members, how are they going with that? It has been a while now.

              • November 23rd 2016 @ 5:54pm
                pete4 said | November 23rd 2016 @ 5:54pm | ! Report

                Pretty sure it was 35k membership base MVC spoke about achieving by 2017 a while back

              • November 23rd 2016 @ 5:41pm
                Nemesis said | November 23rd 2016 @ 5:41pm | ! Report

                I don’t recall anyone saying Melbourne Victory would achieve 50k members by 2017. But, if you find that quote I will stand corrected and laugh at the person who said that. There is nothing to suggest any A-League team will achieve 50k members (full season ticket holders) within the next 50 years.

              • November 23rd 2016 @ 5:43pm
                Mark said | November 23rd 2016 @ 5:43pm | ! Report

                Just because an official at Victory make an overly optimistic prediction of achieving 50,000 members, and they haven’t achieved it, you think Brisbane and WSW can overtake them?

                Come on Cameron. Don’t match one silly prediction based on flimsy reasoning with another one.

                One of the best things about the A-League is its unpredictability. But one thing you can take to the bank is that Victory will continue to set the membership standard for the foreseeable future.

                Like I said above, I think Wanderers’ support has temporarily peaked, as Victory’s did after their all conquering season 2, and their crowds in recent games (which aren’t too different from last year, as Waz points out) are a more realistic reflection of their level of support. In which case, they are still well behind the Victory.

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                November 23rd 2016 @ 9:02pm
                Cameron Kellett said | November 23rd 2016 @ 9:02pm | ! Report

                Nemesis, I’ve found the article with regard to the 50,000 members reference. To clarify, I didn’t say 35k by 2017. But having actually gone back and had a look, they’re doing not too bad. I sort of threw the 50k mark back at you with your jab at the Roar :P.


              • November 23rd 2016 @ 10:01pm
                Nemesis said | November 23rd 2016 @ 10:01pm | ! Report

                Thanks Cameron. Interesting article – it says Victory had 18.4k members in 2012-2013 and Wilson wanted 35% increase within 4 years. So, Victory is right on track with his predictions. It seems his 50k members objective by 2023 was using the AFL definition of members – which includes anyone who registers their name with the club. For me, “members” should mean Season Ticket Holders.

                I can’t see Victory getting 50k season ticket holders within the next 50 yrs. But that’s not a dig at Victory, I’d be surprised if any AFL clubs in Melbourne that have been around for 100yrs+ have 50k Season Ticket holders.

            • November 23rd 2016 @ 7:32pm
              Waz said | November 23rd 2016 @ 7:32pm | ! Report

              Wanderers, SFC and Roar have not hit their potential. When they do they will catapult the game forward. I’d also say that Victory haven’t hit their potential yet either.

              Can Roar be bigger than Victory, absolutely they can but they’ve given them five years head start so it’s going to be hard to catch up. But I always think who’s biggest is not the point – we should be capable of creating five big clubs

    • November 23rd 2016 @ 10:38am
      Lionheart said | November 23rd 2016 @ 10:38am | ! Report

      Looking at the video of Gui Amour touching the ref, he certainly looks to be getting his attention, and his difficulty with english would certainly explain his action. I hope he is not punished for it, maybe a warning or minor reprimand would suffice. Despite their losses, AU are still great to watch.

    • November 23rd 2016 @ 11:21am
      EGC said | November 23rd 2016 @ 11:21am | ! Report

      I just wonder how many disgruntled and outraged commentators and fans there would be if there were no highlights or replays? Are we reacting to the technology we have that allows us to view the game at our leisure and from angles that will never be available to those on the field? I’m of the opinion that both the keeper and Glory player got to the ball at the same time and that is even after watching it on slow-mo. If the Glory player had been a fraction late then it would have been a free to the keeper but in these cases (i.e., a blink of the eye) you have to rely on the judgement of the ref. Same with Bullut’s goal. It is all about angles and split-second views and decisions. On viewing the replay, it was a goal. In real time it was not. The official made a decision on what he saw at the time – that is exactly what is expected of him and all officials. It doesn’t mean that they never get it wrong but why are we striving for this level of sterile perfection when we and the world are far from it? It would rip the soul out of the game.The expectations, the emotional coaster ride; all of that would be lost in our striving for the perfect, error free game.

      If you want the game to be driven by technology and with that ridiculous sense of momentum busting boredom that we currently see in cricket and League then, by all means, introduce video replays and 5th officials and their army of video engineers. We could always have that ridiculous style of entertainment we see in American Football every time there is a replay or an ad break is required.

      And really, when it comes down to it, if all those grumbling about how easy the game should be to officiate feel strongly about it, go and become refs. Much like armchair coaches and armchair players – if you think you can do better, go and do so.

      • November 23rd 2016 @ 11:37am
        Lionheart said | November 23rd 2016 @ 11:37am | ! Report

        well said

    • November 23rd 2016 @ 11:27am
      Steve said | November 23rd 2016 @ 11:27am | ! Report

      Two things on Cahill

      1. Unlike Del Piero, a high proportion of the Australian football population have got to watch Timmy play live in his prime. Yes he is a Socceroo great, but ADP was different. He’s a European great who many knew and idolised but not many had actually watched him play. So I think it’s unfair to have the same expectation of Cahill. Even then, interest in ADP waned and the two years that proceeded seemed to imply that not many of those who came because of ADP stayed.

      2. Related to the above, but Cahills impact on TV rights will be minimal. Due to age, his best ALeague season will be this year. He new rights deal starts next year and might last what, 4 or 5 years? No way a business decision is made based on a player who WILL decline from current standards (which in itself is not his peak) and only be relevant for a portion of the next rights period

      • November 23rd 2016 @ 12:33pm
        Fadida said | November 23rd 2016 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

        Good point

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        November 23rd 2016 @ 3:37pm
        Cameron Kellett said | November 23rd 2016 @ 3:37pm | ! Report

        Steve, great points – especially your second point.