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We have world-class goalkeeping coaches in Australia producing world-class goalkeepers. So where are the forward coaches, working with strikers to hone their skills and instincts?

'Devastating', 'painful', 'punished': Socceroos OUT of Asian Cup after Miller's moments of madness

Respectfully disagree. We were not “outplayed” when the Koreans, for all their possession, could only muster one tame shot on target in 95 minutes. We were not outplayed when it took a great double save from the Korean keeper to keep Martin Boyle out, and then Mitch Duke missed the open goal. We didn’t take our chances, yet we restricted the Koreans to none, until the 96th minute.

'Devastating', 'painful', 'punished': Socceroos OUT of Asian Cup after Miller's moments of madness

And yet it was one minute away from working. I also find it inevitable yet curious that defenders or goalkeepers have their mistakes highlighted. However (and I totally admire him as a player and a person), Mitch Duke should have buried both chances and we should have been talking about a historic 3-0 win over a legitimate Asian powerhouse. Strikers can miss a hatful, but one defenders error and they’re hung out to dry.

'Devastating', 'painful', 'punished': Socceroos OUT of Asian Cup after Miller's moments of madness

I’m just checking that you’re not being tongue-in-cheek over the Usain Bolt thing? I went to the game in Gosford that drew a big and curious pre-season crowd when both Bolt and another guy call Josh Nisbet made their debuts. It was abundantly clear even to the casual and curious fans in attendance that Bolt was absolutely not good enough to be playing A League standard football. I guarantee the novelty would have worn off after a couple of games and would have forced then-Mariners coach Mike Mulvey to play with 10 players if he was obliged to give Bolt a starting slot. Let’s not forget that Bolt was offered a deal but he wanted a ludicrous amount of money, and so he turned down the offered contract.

Townsend and APL at the heart of Australian football's latest self-sabotage

That’s the one! Always makes me laugh. And Daffy’s response? “You’re despicable!”

It's open season on A-League coaches - who might be next in the firing line?

It’s usually interest rate rises that are hidden on Melbourne Cup day. Now it’s football coach sackings! Commiserations to Steve Corica, who has been an icon of the Sky Blues.

No delay Talay: Sydney FC announce new manager just a day after Corica's sacking

Instant folk hero status.

Record crowds, star players, entertaining games: A glimmer of hope for the 'basket case' that is Australian domestic football

And lets remember that 5,000 is half the crowd Luton Town gets, and they’re in the EPL!

Record crowds, star players, entertaining games: A glimmer of hope for the 'basket case' that is Australian domestic football

Mid
There was a relentlessly negative article in SMH online written by a “journalist” who had clearly not gone to the game. I expect it was written to appease the paymasters of the site owners, who also own the rights to the NRL, and who wouldn’t be able to replicate an atmosphere like the one on Saturday night.

The rime of the modern Mariners

Good grief; what an oversight. Eds, please fix that up. Apologies to JASON Cummings! (Daniel McBreen must have been in my head!)

The rime of the modern Mariners

It failed to deliver on atmosphere?? Were you there? It was one of the best atmospheres I’ve experienced at any football game, let alone the A-League.

Paramount cock-a-hoop with Grand Final viewership, as A-League clocks up some impressive numbers

Central Coast Mariners are on the East Coast, and if one team constantly suffers from horrendous refereeing inconsistency, it is they.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 21

In the early 1980s the NSL would play a pre-season tournament, and I remember travelling to Marconi Stadium for a Youth team game which kicked off at 3pm. It was 43 degrees. At half time, there was no team talk; we simply sat on a cool (by comparison) concrete floor and poured cold water over our heads.
NPL competitions in NSW kick off this weekend and the youth leagues start in 2 weeks. It’s going to be really hot. But the demands for more games, at both youth, NPL and A-League level, means an inevitable clash with the hottest months no matter when the competitions start. However, it it utter madness to be dictated by TV requirements. A temperature policy operates for the aforementioned NPL in NSW, which seems to get abandoned at A-League level.

Player welfare abused by A-League scheduling

With respect, Ad-O, whatever your view of what’s cheap or marquee, the A League Grand Final was a point of difference between football and the AFL and NRL. It has been held in every mainland capital, plus Newcastle, in the last 17 years, and prior to Covid, always sold out the stadium it was held in. There was never a clamour from fans for a “neutral” venue and there was already a tradition being established. It’s one thing to mimic the other two codes, but the A League GF was truly “national,” and doubled as a reward for the highest placed teams in the competition.

'Look at me!' Why do some football fans always make it about them?

I take your point and certainly not siding with the mob. But throwing a flare onto a sparsely populated ground – stupid and dangerous as it may be – is inherently less risky than lobbing one back into a crowd.

City keeper may be punished for throwing flare as Victory slapped with show-cause notice over pitch invasion

As a former keeper who had the odd object thrown towards (or at) me at times, I can tell you, my last reaction would be to pick the object up and throw it back at the crowd. This is not to absolve the outright thuggery of what happened next, but at the least, I think Glover has a case to answer.

City keeper may be punished for throwing flare as Victory slapped with show-cause notice over pitch invasion

Fabian
Players in a variety of professional sports, including football, operate under a code of conduct which includes not inciting a crowd through actions, gestures or words. Yes, “they” threw the flare first and there is no way that anything that follows can condone the behaviour of thugs jumping the fence and attacking a player. But pegging a flare back into a crowded section was not a smart thing to do.

City keeper may be punished for throwing flare as Victory slapped with show-cause notice over pitch invasion

Well, that hasn’t aged well.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 8

Stuart
I’m not a fan of fan boycotts (no pun intended) but the fans so feel so ignored and – dare I say it – disempowered by this debacle, that they are using the only means they know. I’d prefer big crowds with huge anti-decision banners were unfurled at every game. Remember when the RBB were vilified by Alan Jones and Rebecca Wilson? Their response was brilliant.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 8

I understand the “need to know the venue further in advance” argument from a logistical and planning perspective. But prior to Covid, every Grand Final sold out regardless of the advance knowledge of venue. Added to that, the finals format changed in 2013 to its current form. Prior to 2013, the GF could only be held in 2 possible locations and this was known prior to the finals commencing, because only teams that finished 1st or 2nd could host it. With the current format, any 3 of the final 4 in the 2nd last week of the finals is a potential host.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 8

The Adelaide schedule is puzzling. The Perth one isn’t. They didn’t have a ground, and their alternative home wasn’t up to speed to host A League games until last week.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 8

I believe AAMI Park is almost sold out on Saturday so that represents a lot more than 9,000.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 8

Of course! But written well before the “hysteria” started…

The A-League has sold its soul to Sydney

Brainstrust
One of the main themes in this decision seemed to be an alignment with the other codes. But the NRL and AFL can choose their GF destination knowing that more than 50% of their league is based in the host cities. So I’m not sure they’ve “souled their soul” as much as they’ve cashed in on a near certainty. there is no such certainty in the A League.

The A-League has sold its soul to Sydney

Well put, Middy. I think there can be two strategies – an “instant” one, and a long-term one, but the latter will involve lobbying for a larger slice of the corporate and governmental pie.
And just more Garang Kuol!

A salute to Australia's 'Platinum Generation'

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