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Who knows what weightings they use for regular season games vs finals, or if recent seasons are favoured more heavily compared to 5 seasons ago…
I don’t know anything about Sydney Sixers, but I reckon anyone in the top 6 could be moved around based on recent results and it would be pretty fair.

Australasia is Sky Blue: Sydney FC named best team in region over Crusaders, Sixers and Storm

This isn’t a popularity contest, it’s measuring the best performing teams over the last 5 years (I think).

Australasia is Sky Blue: Sydney FC named best team in region over Crusaders, Sixers and Storm

Woo!
Although with the season ahead we’ll be tumbling down the top performing sports rankings I suspect.

Australasia is Sky Blue: Sydney FC named best team in region over Crusaders, Sixers and Storm

Not opening up WA to Australian travelers until the state hits 90% vaccinated for ages 12+, whereas a sensible approach would’ve been 80% for ages 16+. Even a middle ground of these would’ve been a reasonable idea…
They’re not expected to open until Jan/Feb. Even then they’ll require vaccinated travelers to show a negative test prior to flying there and then again soon after arrival.
Whatever people think of Queenslands Palaszczuk, McGowan is much worse.

NZ border call sparks concerns over Super Rugby, NBL, A-League seasons

The women’s ODI Cricket World Cup should be stripped from NZ, how can you be allowed to host an international tournament but not allow people into your country (without isolating/quarantining)??

NZ border call sparks concerns over Super Rugby, NBL, A-League seasons

Terrible outcome for all NZ based sporting teams that contest cross country leagues.
NZ are such a laughing stock, Ardern is worse than McGowan which I wasn’t sure was possible.

NZ border call sparks concerns over Super Rugby, NBL, A-League seasons

“but we’re always led by the health advice”.
No mate, you take on that health advice and then make decisions for what is best for your citizens and residents, and this ain’t it. You don’t have to blindly follow it…

NZ border call sparks concerns over Super Rugby, NBL, A-League seasons

Only problem with that is there’s zero appropriate rectangle stadiums on Sydneys North Shore.
North Sydney Oval should never be used for anything but cricket.

Reconnecting with lost fans through expansion

As we all know the only reason we’re not playing right was because of COVID, however what I don’t get it that the season doesn’t seem to be been stretched out to accommodate the late start as I’ve seen there are some midweek matches.
The regular season is scheduled to go until the end of April + finals, so end of May GF.

A-League Men: Who must, can and will improve in season 2021-22 (Part 1)

It’s a delicate balance between growing and promoting youth vs buying established players who are ready to perform immediately, but you’re also there to win trophies as priority no.1.
If during the last 5 years Sydney had let all those promising juniors leave and we were nothing more then mid-table performers, then the fans would likely be questioning the approach.

Sydney FC look to youth to shake off 'Bling FC' tag

The only people that ever refer to SydFC being ‘BlingFC’ are people writing about the team, I don’t think anyone actually considers this to be true, not for a very long time.
Yes we spend a lot of money, but it’s been sensible spending for quite a while now.

Sydney FC look to youth to shake off 'Bling FC' tag

Mate we gave George Blackwood and Joel Chianese more than enough chances in the team. Joel was fine, but I wouldn’t call him going on to have an impressive career. And George never showed enough quality to make it in the A League.
Petratos is a bit of a loss, but I’ve never lost sleep over him going on to forge a decent career.

Sydney FC look to youth to shake off 'Bling FC' tag

It’s like they’ve looked at the hugely successful Super Rugby ( 😛 😂 😂 ) and thought, hmm they don’t use geographical locations in their names, what a great idea to emulate

Moreton Bay takes Dolphins fight to NRL

This is a cracking ad and just follows on the good feel vibes the leagues have going on at the moment.
Vic and NSW are out of lockdowns, hopefully should be at worst open to 75% stadium capacities, other states have no stadium capacity issues, it’s looking rosy.
Hopefully all the states can become open to travelling teams very soon (to fully vaccinated players only 😁 ) so the draw is nice and clean too.
Can’t wait for the season to start!

Uncovering the brilliance of Network 10’s new A-League promo

The big issue they’re finding with the Dolphins is in their name, as in they’ve dropped Redcliffe from their name and now come across as a bland marketers dream of having no geographical footprint.
Love or loath him, but Pete Fitzsimons destroyed their CEO the other day because of it.

Anyway, I don’t think Brisbane is suitable for a 2nd A League team, because the Roar cater to all of Brisbane, there’s no north vs south, east vs west that I’m aware of.

After recent backward steps, the A-League men's competition is about to take a significant one in the right direction

Niev came from Optus Sport and is waaaay better then the other dude they had who has a background in racing (I think), he was good at bringing enthusiasm but otherwise had no idea on football as a topic.

After recent backward steps, the A-League men's competition is about to take a significant one in the right direction

I’d say cross promotions on well rating programs have a similar impact to direct advertisements.
Certainly in radio the best ad’s are the ones that are read out by the DJ, cross promotion on TV is not too dissimilar to that

After recent backward steps, the A-League men's competition is about to take a significant one in the right direction

There was an article in the Daily Telegraph with an interview with the Bulls, and one section covered their lack of stance on vaccinations, saying it’s up to the players. Hahahahaha good luck crossing any state borders…

Bulls graze around paddock aimlessly in sombre defeat against Sydney FC

I didn’t even know the game was on until I saw the result on Twitter.
Whatever the result was I wouldn’t have cared too much, but anytime you’re knocking a 5-0 scoreline you don’t want to be the losing team even if it’s a pre-season friendly.

Bulls graze around paddock aimlessly in sombre defeat against Sydney FC

My wife definitely liked season 2 more than I did.

Also Lasso has some so many funny pop culture lines that he adds in constantly, quite funny and clever writing.

Pure joy: The TV sports show about human connection that is perfect for our times

Mooy shouldn’t be starting for us anymore, especially at the moment with his lack of fitness.
I’d start Hrustic over the other two, as Rogic has never reached the levels that we all expected of him and is way too prone to put his head down and try and dribble through or out of trouble, with the common result of losing possession.
Mooy is unbearably slow, it must be so easy for defenders to sit off him and try and cut down the passing lanes because they know he has no chance of dribbling past anyone faster then a pensioner.

How does Arnold fit Mooy, Rogic and Hrustic into the same team?

Season 1 had such a good feel about it, while the football aspect is only half the story, and even less so in season 2, whatever was happening in an episode at the end of it you just felt good about everything.
I went in expecting to hate it (for the reasons AA mentioned below), but somehow it just works.
But yeah season 2 moves more into drama territory which I wasn’t really looking for from this show.
Oh well, I’ll be watching season 3 (provided I still have free Apple TV subscription as there’s no way I’d pay for their very limited content), as I expect the football should become the main focus again.

Pure joy: The TV sports show about human connection that is perfect for our times

Yeah that whole PR own goal by the Matildas has really put them in a bad light IMO.
I was happy for the allegations from LDV to go ahead in the background and get the attention it deserves, while the play on the park goes along, but the way the entire team has thrown LDV under the bus really stinks of hypocrisy when compared to their show of support for the American league players.

We must never forget that women's football is worth it

Easy to say in hindsight, but the starting lineup was a terrible choice.
We know from history that Mooy and Rogic can’t exist together, then add in Irvine and Hrustic and our entire midfield was getting in each others way, which contributed to our backs having no ability to pass it out without either giving it up or giving us heart attacks.
Then you’ve got Taggart who was non-existent, which is becoming a common occurrence.
Behich 😡 was absolutely terrible and needs a good spell on the bench for that, while on the other side Karacic was decent going forward, but continually exposed in defence.
Soutter honestly looked like he was going to fall over several times when he was turned inside out.
Sinsbury had a shocker of a game, and that 2nd goal which was his fault made things even worse.
Ryan made some nice saves, but he also caused some of the problems that required him to make those saves.

'Really great, intelligent football': Arnie's weird boast as Socceroos' Japanese jinx continues

While the last 25mins were mental, it was at least exciting. The first hour was terrible to watch.

'Really great, intelligent football': Arnie's weird boast as Socceroos' Japanese jinx continues

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