Six talking points from A-League Round 26

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    And so we complete the penultimate round of football before the finals, with the table all but complete, but everything still to play for next weekend, all of this and more, and just in time, for the Round 26 A-League talking points.

    Merrick has a lot of work to do
    April 27 is the next time the Jets play a game where the result will matter.

    The Jets have not played a game where the result mattered since the Adelaide game, back on March 23, so that means it will have been over a month between competitive drinks for Newcastle.

    In football, that is a long time.

    Now since that dreadful performance and result against Adelaide, the Jets are now on the end of a 3-game losing streak, and having scored in their first 24 games of the year, they have not scored in their last two.

    So Newcastle as the matter stands are on the wrong side of an aggregate 10-2 score line in their last three.

    Poor stats not even matched by the bottom side Phoenix.

    Ernie Merrick has said that overall, his team is running below par, and they will lift in time for that finals match they have waited so long for.

    But here’s the thing.

    They say form is temporary and class is permanent, and that’s fine, but form is like a butterfly: if you don’t look after it, someone will crush it, and destroy it, and now the butterfly is gone, and there’s no coming back.

    So if the Jets can’t get this ship right for a season-ending derby game with the Mariners, they will then have a long two weeks for a home final to reverse a very worrying trend.

    It would be a waste of an otherwise great season if that were to happen for Newcastle.

    RBB send a message, but who is hearing it?
    And so the RBB is boycotting the final rounds of the A-League this season, and will reconvene next season, if they get a positive response from all stakeholders during the off-season.

    It’s a shame that the rest of the Wanderers supporters had boycotted the season in general, since approximately Round 1. Perhaps if anyone else was showing up, the actions by the RBB might actually resonate.

    If you want my opinion, and if you’re reading this I’m assuming you do, the RBB boycotting two, maybe three, games this season does them, the Wanderers, and the game no favours.

    It simply plays into the hands of those with an axe to grind about football in Australia.

    I have no doubt you’d be hard-pressed to find a commentator or even casual observer who right now would say: Football administrators in Australia, they go all right.

    But by not attending every game, you damage the game, at a time when empty stadiums are a blight on the product, and the product is being watched by less viewers that online subscribers to state league games.

    Of course, maybe by boycotting two, perhaps three, games, in the grand scheme of things won’t have that big a negative impact, and once they’ve had their say, they can get back to actively supporting their team next season.

    However, therein lies my point. If your actions in the long-term aren’t really going to do much, however in the short term only make things harder on the game itself, then what’s the point of your boycott anyway?

    Western Sydney Wanderers active support fans

    (AAP Image/Brendan Esposito)

    Keep your eye on Melbourne City
    After Saturday night’s largely less than convincing 1-nil win over Central Coast, Luke Brattan boldly proclaimed that Melbourne City can win the title.

    It may not be as far-fetched as that might sound.

    If City can lock in third sport next weekend, hosting the team that finishes sixth is certainly the better of the finals games to host.

    Playing your last game of the season to the team that has been handed the wood spoon certainly helps.

    Now, I’m not entirely sure how the machinations of the A-League finals series works, but I’m pretty sure that if Melbourne finish third, and win their final, they then travel to Newcastle for the semi-final, a venue where Melbourne City have 2 wins already this season, and comprehensively beat a flagging Newcastle unit just last round.

    By gum, that would get City into a grand final, and as last season showed, on that one day in April, anything can happen.

    The result will be more important than the performance itself.

    But if City can come out of that match relatively unscathed, with a win and third place, and win a winnable game against a Wanderers, Brisbane or Perth, well then, watch this space.

    And keep the other eye on Melbourne Victory
    With Adelaide in the form they’re in, avoiding fourth spot is crucial in this finals race.

    Yes, you want to host a final, but no, you do not want to be hosting Adelaide.

    In fact, had Victory imploded significantly over the last two rounds, forget hosting, they would have been traveling to Adelaide.

    And at 1-nil down to Wellington, the Victory looked like they could lock in that fourth place and start planning for Adelaide.

    Unfortunately Victory do not have any favours in the final round, with a hard-up last round game against a rampaging Sydney FC, and the always electric Big Blue.

    But Victory are in it to win it, and have done everything they can to put themselves in a place to shake up this competition. And should their cross-town rivals slip up in Wellington, then a big win over Sydney to take third will give Victory all the momentum they would need to take a real charge at the finals.

    Given the form of Kenny Athiu and that man Leroy George, why can’t they make it to the A-League’s last game day?

    Melbourne Victory fans A-League

    (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

    Sydney vs Adelaide
    First half, nil-all, into the 4th minute of stoppage time.

    The away side has played well, the home side have the ball.

    A sublime turn in the middle by the playmaker, the break is on. He dribbles the ball, and lays it off perfectly for their star striker, but instead of blasting it at goal, he sees another striker tracking in from the right, and the cross comes in.

    The second striker nails the header, and the runaway A-League ladder leaders have taken a 1-nil lead on the stroke of half-time.

    Now, anyone can score. Wellington, worst team in the comp, even they have managed to land a goal at a rate of one per game, including own goals.

    But do you want to know what separates Sydney apart from everyone else, aside from the winning?


    Few teams could have scored that goal – maybe Newcastle, and Sydney’s defeated foe Adelaide – but only Sydney could score that good a goal, at the most perfect of times.

    Adelaide, worth a nil-all half-time score line, instead went to the sheds with a deficit, and Marco Kurz’s half-time talk was suddenly very, very different.

    Timing. In sport, it is everything.

    And do you want to know way timing is everything? Because in a game when you have to time your run perfectly to win the ultimate prize for just one game that matters, timing is as important as having the best players you can find.

    And it’s timing, as much as ability, that is the reason Sydney will likely win the grand final for the A-League season 2017/18.

    Sunday, 3pm
    I understand that finals and grand finals are as part of Australian culture as prime ministerial poll failures, so the likelihood of Australian football doing away with finals is as likely as the RBB not ripping a flare mid-match.

    Australia prides itself on having an inherently Australian domestic game, notwithstanding that they rely upon an inherently global ladder leading into those finals.

    My point is that for all the argument that the world game has to be entirely Australian for people to want to follow the game is rubbish.

    So if Australia is going to embrace the world game, then why do they not embrace the European tradition of all last round matches being played at the same time?

    And given that the product is entirely shown on payTV content, with so many channels for content they literally don’t know what to do with them all, broadcasting five matches at once would not be the issue.

    And I’m not even factoring in a digital TV age, where you can pick what you watch with five matches on one screen at the same time.

    Sunday evening, 3pm, five matches, the race for the finals. It is so easy to sell that even the FFA could not stuff that up. Or if not 3pm, then 5:00 pm, the actual time is not the point.

    Now I know what you’re saying, especially if you’re David Gallop.

    If you play all five games at once, it reduces advertising dollars, because you have less viewers spread out over the weekend.

    Well guess what David? Look at your current ratings: nobody’s watching the games anyway mate.

    But five matches at once, with the race to the finals, with three teams in contention for sixth, and the two Melbourne teams fighting for third, and then there’s the F3 Derby, culminating on Sunday after a week and entire weekend of build-up?

    If you can’t get every football fan in the country attending a game, and watching at homes and filling pubs watching those matches all at once, then this country has bigger football problems than I thought.

    Please, it is actually a no-brainer.

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    • Roar Rookie

      April 8th 2018 @ 9:42pm
      Stevo said | April 8th 2018 @ 9:42pm | ! Report

      Ikonomidis was great for WSW. As for RBB, they’re irrelevant to Australian football. Ultimately nobody or group is bigger than the game. They’ve cost the club sponsorship dollars with NRMA saying they’ll be pulling out at the end of this season because of their poor behaviour.

      • April 8th 2018 @ 10:10pm
        Kangajets said | April 8th 2018 @ 10:10pm | ! Report

        Nrma were already pulling out because of lack of ratings , …..fact

        Nrma sponsorship of Brisbane broncos is still in tact , so Mathew lodge bad behaviour hasn’t put them off ….. fact

        Facts are important .

        Rbb are relevant to any future the A league has to remain a vibrant competition as are all active fan support. That’s my opinion.

        The A league is on life support if we only have the quality of football to sell it commercially, it’s needs crowd atmosphere to enhance it … otherwise it’s just glorified park football, that has a stake 10 team format . That’s my opinion

        • Roar Rookie

          April 8th 2018 @ 11:29pm
          Waz said | April 8th 2018 @ 11:29pm | ! Report

          “Nrma were already pulling out because of lack of ratings , …..fact”

          Not true.

          • April 9th 2018 @ 7:12am
            Kangajets said | April 9th 2018 @ 7:12am | ! Report

            We must have read different articles, but I read it last week . I’ll stand corrected .

            • Roar Guru

              April 9th 2018 @ 8:07am
              Grobbelaar said | April 9th 2018 @ 8:07am | ! Report

              This is what The Age reported:

              Wanderers lose biggest sponsor after RBB misbehaviour

              23 March 2018 — 9:59pm

              A small minority of Western Sydney supporters looks to have cost the club a seven-figure sum and potentially a marquee player spot, with the Wanderers’ major sponsor set to walk away at the end of the season due to the behaviour of their fans.
              NRMA Insurance, which has been the naming rights partner of the Wanderers since the club’s inception, will sever ties with the club, pulling the plug on a sponsorship deal worth over $1 million per year.

              It’s understood the final straw was the ignition of flares at the Sydney derby at Allianz Stadium on February 25, which saw the club hit with a suspended three-point penalty by Football Federation Australia.

              • April 9th 2018 @ 8:46am
                Post_hoc said | April 9th 2018 @ 8:46am | ! Report

                already been explained, yo choose to ignore it because it doesn’t suit your narative, why do you persist in your fraud?

              • Roar Guru

                April 9th 2018 @ 8:49am
                Grobbelaar said | April 9th 2018 @ 8:49am | ! Report


                Your beef is with The Age reporting, I am merely quoting an article from a reputable newspaper.

              • April 9th 2018 @ 10:03am
                Kangajets said | April 9th 2018 @ 10:03am | ! Report

                The age quote does not feature a direct quote from Nrma and I’m sure you will find whatever you want for your narrative

                Since the nrma haven’t divorced the broncos and the Matt lodge scenario was far more scandalous then rbb

                in my opinion they are dropping wsw because there are very little exposure with sponsorship of an A league team .

              • Roar Rookie

                April 9th 2018 @ 12:06pm
                Waz said | April 9th 2018 @ 12:06pm | ! Report


                NRMA were put under external pressure from their customers over the blue-head incident, this did not sit well with a large consumer base and the negative publicity that was heading their way far outweighed the benefits of staying engaged with WSW, so they left. The flares, the RBB behaviour were manageable affairs … the blue head not so; what will come out in the wash will be Arnie having the last laugh here.

              • April 9th 2018 @ 1:27pm
                Kangajets said | April 9th 2018 @ 1:27pm | ! Report


                Fair enough
                I’m sure it’s a mix of all the above reasons .

              • April 9th 2018 @ 12:19pm
                Nemesis said | April 9th 2018 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

                “NRMA were put under external pressure from their customers over the blue-head incident, this did not sit well with a large consumer base ”

                First time I’m hearing this. Was this reported in the business media, or just pub talk?

              • Roar Rookie

                April 9th 2018 @ 1:55pm
                Waz said | April 9th 2018 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

                No mate. Some of us don’t rely on pub-talk or the Internet.

                You may not like it, but that is the reality

              • April 9th 2018 @ 1:56pm
                Nemesis said | April 9th 2018 @ 1:56pm | ! Report

                Good to hear that.

                So, where was this reported in the business media? Keen to have a look at what I missed.

      • April 9th 2018 @ 8:58am
        Worried said | April 9th 2018 @ 8:58am | ! Report

        Stevo, you need to remember without the FANS there is NO GAME to be bigger than!
        For too long FFA have treated the fans like they are doing them a favour letting them watch!
        It MUST change, regardless of the short term cost to the game!
        Far too many changes have been made to suit TV, but TV will soon desert them once the fans ie viewers lose interest in the current media aligned product. Notice how NPL attendances are up (No media interference) A-League figures are down (media owned). Time to take our sport back!

    • April 8th 2018 @ 9:56pm
      Kangajets said | April 8th 2018 @ 9:56pm | ! Report


      Merrick seems to have lost the plot playing 3 lazy midfielders and not having a tough central midfielder. Also his team selection baffles me because he is not playing any wide players like Champness or Hoffman wide in attack

      It’s truly baffling that such an experienced coach would choose to upheave his team with 3 rounds to go after the success of the previous 22 rounds.

      If he doesn’t change the positioning and drop Vargas cowburn this week , the mariners will beat Newcastle. The jets were at their best with Champness and Hoffman, obviously boogard and Nabbout are gone , but thems the breaks . Toughen up jets .

      As for the whole no show of crowds, it’s stale , the top 6 rewards mediocrity and there isn’t a star in most of the teams who is worth the watch . Sydney are the best of a bunch of seriously ordinary teams at this moment.

      I still think Melbourne Victory will be there , not as convinced that Newcastle will unless they unleash something better this weekend.

      • April 8th 2018 @ 11:56pm
        Buddy said | April 8th 2018 @ 11:56pm | ! Report

        KJ – We have both commented that the final should have taken place in March and be all over by now. Nobody is advocating a shorter season, just that everyone appears to have had enough for now. Top 6 is a joke. We have teams with negative goal differences vying for positions in the play offs. I reckon the jets are more like horny teenagers in the way they have gone about this season. They definitely peaked too early and they lack the experience to stay in it for the long haul and if they can’t improve their twchnique and performnce in the next few weeks they will not satisfy anyone this year!

      • April 9th 2018 @ 1:38am
        fadida said | April 9th 2018 @ 1:38am | ! Report

        Agree Kanga. It’s incredible that Merrick could get the lineup so badly wrong not once but twice.

        Ugarkarkavic has been excellent and is worthy of a spot but Cowburn, useful utility that he is, is not a starting midfielder. Throw in a half fit Vargas and you were asking for trouble. To do it twice though?!

        Even without hindsight it was clear that without Nabbout they needed energy up front. Hoffman and Champness give them that. Vargas and Pato don’t. Petratos has fallen off a cliff and looks fat/knackered. Energy levels were the highlight of the earlier season Jets. Now they are slow and sluggiah.

        I’m Kanta’s biggest critic but he has finally merited a place this season, but not at the back.

        I’d go;

        Georgevski Jackson NtS Vujicic
        Ugarkarkavic Kanta

        A lot more pace and energy and a much stronger midfield.

        I can see what Merrick is trying to do, nurse the team through and get everyone match fit, aiming for it all to come together in the finals.

        Unfortunately what has happened is a huge loss of form and confidence, the long term injured aren’t getting close to fitness or form. They desperately need a win this week.

        The two South Anericans need to come off the bench. I wouldn’t retain Pato.

        Injuries. That’s the story of the A-league season. Nearly every side has even crippled by injuries to marquees and visa players. Vargas, O’Donovan, Absonsom, the new Adelaide striker plus Diawara, Fornaroli

        • April 9th 2018 @ 10:31am
          Kangajets said | April 9th 2018 @ 10:31am | ! Report

          That’s how I see the team fadida

      • April 9th 2018 @ 1:46pm
        Mark said | April 9th 2018 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

        I’m not getting my hopes up with Victory. Can’t win away when it counts.

    • Roar Guru

      April 8th 2018 @ 11:13pm
      That A-League Fan said | April 8th 2018 @ 11:13pm | ! Report

      Sydney is back to their best. Kept Adelaide scoreless (again!) and Bobo bagged a brace as well as assisting Maty Simon. Should expect them to win the big blue.
      Newcastle needs to improve, everyone tipped Newcastle to bounce back from the loss to City. But they didn’t and their last ‘good’ performance was four rounds ago.
      Western Sydney is probably a fantastic team, making Brisbane look amateur (They were actually amateur). They need to defeat Adelaide by three goals to claim the fifth position, or only defeat them to claim the 6th position.
      Perth isn’t out of it yet, but are in an improbable position where two results will have to go their way.

    • April 8th 2018 @ 11:49pm
      Buddy said | April 8th 2018 @ 11:49pm | ! Report

      We are starting to see some unnecessary and petty points and barbed comments and it should not be emanating from an article that is only commenting on a handful of points from a round of competition. I recommend you stick to talking about the games and what took place and what conclusions you draw as a result. The RBB paragraph only highlights a lack of understanding as to what the issues are and the division there is at the club. Whilst I don’t object to anyone commenting on any subject no matter how well or poorly qualified, the fact that as a group, the active support was not present was hardly a talking point. That news was a few days old and has been covered across the media so there was no news to report on Saturday evening. The crowd was reported as 9200 odd which wasn’t bad in light of the level of discontent there is at the club on many levels. A talking point might have been why neither Sydney team can attract 10.000 plus crowds at the moment. Will that change for SFC at semi finals time?

      • Roar Rookie

        April 9th 2018 @ 5:37am
        Waz said | April 9th 2018 @ 5:37am | ! Report

        SFC barely pulled in 9k (9,110) while wanderers 9,200 seemed generous. Low crowds represent a significant loss of revenue and, whilst the debate’s never really happened on these pages, the HAL needs to figure out why and reverse a five year trend next season.

        The NRL, faced with some of the same issues last season, took action during the summer months and seem to have opened up with much stronger crowds this season – the A League really needs a crisis meeting on this topic and a few heads banged together.

        • April 9th 2018 @ 8:17am
          chris said | April 9th 2018 @ 8:17am | ! Report

          “Low crowds represent a significant loss of revenue”
          Yet Sydney FC have just hit 15k record membership numbers. WSW similar numbers.

          • April 9th 2018 @ 8:34am
            Kangajets said | April 9th 2018 @ 8:34am | ! Report

            Sydney FC offer 3 game memberships which might explain why 15 k don’t turn up . Nothing wrong with that

            It’s just that 9000 for Sydney and small attendance in general tell me , that this long 10 team season isn’t succeeding in engaging enough fans .

            We either change the Competition or we accept this is the standard crowd and move to smaller stadiums .

          • Roar Rookie

            April 9th 2018 @ 12:26pm
            Waz said | April 9th 2018 @ 12:26pm | ! Report

            Membership numbers for A league clubs are made up of a number of factors: full season members, partial members, pet and baby members, corporate members (hire a box and you get 10-15 “memberships”), stadium members and other (spurious) memberships.

            15k record membership is not translating to attendance for SFC and it will impact revenues. As an example, Roar have a higher membership (9,400 ish) than they have average attendance (9,300 at Suncorp) and with attendance falling revenue did too, the club announced an additional cash injection from the owners of $400,000 to cover the first half of the season short-fall caused by lower attendance.

            • April 10th 2018 @ 9:48am
              Post_hoc said | April 10th 2018 @ 9:48am | ! Report

              Waz, not true Wanderers I know do not count ‘baby and pet members’ and i am not certain they count 3 game passes either,

              As for corporate well, they buy a corporate box that holds X number of people, of course they should be counted.

              • April 10th 2018 @ 2:37pm
                Mark said | April 10th 2018 @ 2:37pm | ! Report

                My understanding is that teams count any membership that includes matches (even 3 game memberships and country/interstate memberships with less than full season entitlements). Memberships with no match entitlements are not included.

      • Roar Guru

        April 9th 2018 @ 10:04am
        Karlo Tychsen said | April 9th 2018 @ 10:04am | ! Report

        Buddy, if I raised poor crowd attendances as a talking point consistently, then I would talk of nothing else every round. And that issue is raised in the article. If we are going to celebrate 9,000 at a wanderers game, then we have come a long way from when a packed and full stadium was the norm for wsw.

        Further, whether I’m qualified to comment, and rightly or wrongly, the RBB have a very prominent and public role as the face of wanderers support. Their actions and activities are linked, and often emblematic, of the wanderers as a club. Just because their activities were covered last week, does not mean that their activities are not still newsworthy.

        To the contrary, the activities of the RBB, and the lack thereof, remain of relevance now, and in the future, not just for the wanderers, but for the game on Australia.

        Thanks for the input buddy. Hope you were able to enjoy the rest of the article.

        • April 9th 2018 @ 10:49am
          Buddy said | April 9th 2018 @ 10:49am | ! Report

          I enjoyed reading the article and engaging in the debate that comes out of it. I just prefer that the focus of such an article was mor connected with the games rather than peripheral issues like the RBB. The only reason I mentioned the crowd numbering 9000 was really to suggest that people did turn up but not in the guise that we are used to. I just didn’t articulate it very well.

    • Roar Guru

      April 9th 2018 @ 8:05am
      Grobbelaar said | April 9th 2018 @ 8:05am | ! Report

      On top of all of that, the Saturday night game on FTA got ratings of 18k.

      That’s 18k on commercial FTA.

      Commercial FTA was what we had desperately been seeking since the start of the A-League, but you’d have to say, the dream on that front is all but dead.

      To move from a public broadcaster to commercial FTA, and to see ratings plummet as a consequence must be a world first.

      • April 9th 2018 @ 9:06am
        Kangajets said | April 9th 2018 @ 9:06am | ! Report

        A league doesn’t appeal to the mainly older audiences that watch free to air .
        Hardly surprising considering these people watch celebrity t v shows and sports that have teams 100 years old .

        It ain’t brain surgery

        • Roar Rookie

          April 9th 2018 @ 2:01pm
          Waz said | April 9th 2018 @ 2:01pm | ! Report

          Nah, it’s more than that.

          The audience on TEN is a fraction of what SBS was pulling. Remember at the beginning of the season plenty of people were celebrating the fact we’d arrived on commercial TV?

          Well we got there through the back door because no one wanted to buy the product from the ffa (despite spending s fortune on consultants) and now we are there – the audiences are poor.

          And Fox are down badly too, is that down to mainly older audiences that watch Pay tv as well?

          Our code has got to stop making excuses and deal with problems, the first step to finding a solution is to say “I have a problem”

          • April 9th 2018 @ 2:37pm
            Caltex & SBS support Australian Football said | April 9th 2018 @ 2:37pm | ! Report

            The true football believers watch SBS and have been for over 40 yrs. Gallop gambled they would come across to TEN, and they didn’t. Send it back to SBS with an apology.

            • Roar Guru

              April 9th 2018 @ 2:55pm
              Grobbelaar said | April 9th 2018 @ 2:55pm | ! Report

              Pretty much burned our bridges with SBS.

              • April 9th 2018 @ 3:07pm
                Nemesis said | April 9th 2018 @ 3:07pm | ! Report

                An ALT-FACT, or an opinion based on an ALT-FACT.

                “we’re pleased to be partnering with Football Federation Australia to bring more of these first class games to all Australians” SBS Director of Sport, Ken Shipp

                SBS to broadcast W-League and Matildas matches

              • April 9th 2018 @ 3:55pm
                Kangajets said | April 9th 2018 @ 3:55pm | ! Report


                My guess only why they aren’t watching on Fox

                10 team competition,stale
                No bling players

                Massive overkill or overseas football now on be in sports

                Competition from established sports like nrl. It’s almost saturation nrl in nsw

                Get gallop out and McKinna in
                is to accept what we have and move to smaller grounds and smaller tv products
                Take the risk of no salary cap and let’s clubd buy as much bling players as they can afford , with the risk of clubs going belly up that can’t compete .

                Put 3 -4 gsmes on free to air each week….. as well as free to Facebook, so we build an audience for 20 years from now

                I think most Australian sports are headed for a major shock at their next t v agreement anyway

              • April 10th 2018 @ 10:13am
                Post_hoc said | April 10th 2018 @ 10:13am | ! Report

                I don’t get involved in TV ratings discussions much, they do seem odd, I consume football, I watch 5-6 games a week, I read about it, I listen to podcasts about it, I even have got into a documentary on NetFlix called Trainer from 2014 following the fortunes of 3 new football managers in Germany, and the entire thing is in German with English Subtitles)

                Even with all of that, Even with those 5-6 games a week, I get to watch 1 maybe 2 games of professional football a week on TV. We have 1 TV in the house which is shared between 4 people. I have kids and a partner that want to spend time with me as well. If Wanderers are at home, I go to see them, I might get to watch 1 other professional game, and this is my point. If I have to chose that 1 other game, it won’t be another A League team, why? Because I have a passion for Spurs as well, so given the chance I will chose the team i am interested in, for me I get more enjoyment from watching Football when I am invested in the result. Victory v Newcastle would be a great game, but I couldn’t honestly care on who wins.

                I would not be surprised if other people have similar ‘issues’ than me, limited time and an imposed ration on how much football they can watch, so they have to chose.

                I am certain part of the issue with A league TV ratings is that limited number of ‘casual viewers’ those people that are watching the game with no vested interest in the result. If you are an AFL fan the only professional games you can watch are the AFL, so your 2 to 3 games ration a week might be spent watching ‘your team’ and then maybe another domestic game or two. As such you boost those ratings, similar to NRL.

                Now for a football fans in the same boat the choice is ‘your team’ then one of 8-10 international leagues currently broadcast on Australian TV (not even counting streaming) that I am afraid does dilute the ratings of the A League.

    • April 9th 2018 @ 9:38am
      Lionheart said | April 9th 2018 @ 9:38am | ! Report

      Roar’s list of injured defenders contributed to their loss, but there’s no hiding from their lack of firepower up front and a very fragile midfield. Roar owners and management must surely be considering their coaching options for next season as Aloisi will only deliver more of the same. Thomas Broich should be engaged as assistant with a view to stepping up in a few years, maybe to mike Mulvey.
      The other teams seem very hot and cold, great one week and barely the next so I’m finding it hard not to think SFC will win the champions title, again.

      • Roar Rookie

        April 9th 2018 @ 2:06pm
        Waz said | April 9th 2018 @ 2:06pm | ! Report

        They’re not changing coaches at Roar in the near future, not unless Nirwan hits the panic button next Monday anyway.

        And Broich has made it very clear he’s not leaving Germany for the next few years citing his tv commitments over there, he’s even withdrawing from his Brisbane City gig.

        So we’re in JAs hands.

        • April 9th 2018 @ 3:37pm
          Lionheart said | April 9th 2018 @ 3:37pm | ! Report

          ok, thanks Waz. Hadn’t heard that from Broich. But I’m sure I saw the chairman declare that they hadn’t decided on the coach as yet.
          It’s a high risk path to tread for a third time, rebuild with more older tried players. But JA’s bottom line is his luck, all bad.