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What was Perth glorys game plan?
I couldn;t quite make sense of what the plan was.
Lachman is a good centerback, but when he was played wide in a back three previous season was beaten for pace quite often, Kamsoba beat him for pace in the second half and Buhagiar beat him for pace quite often. . Perth need to have two main centerbacks not four and spend the money elsewhere.

O'Neill, Fornaroli goals propel Perth to victory over Sydney FC

The starting 11 are not in peak condition if they have played in the last 4 days, which is the situation for the Phillipines match. If they had a 6-7 day break then go hell for leather like they did against Indonesia. There are 900 womens college teams in the USA so going that route instead of coaching and developing local players makes one a big potential threat.
If they were on a winter break and moved to a warmer climate early because of that then it was very good for the Matildas to acclimatise being stuck in a European winter, which would explain why the Matildas were so well adjusted to the heat.

'Missed opportunity', or was Gustavsson right to bring on experience in Indonesia clash?

Sydney lost because they started Bobo, he could have had two tap ins and was asleep. Corica is fearful of playing youth , and has not given the rest of his players a rest so adding in Bobo who hardly runs means they have to work a lot harder and the opposition have no problem playing out. Its a mystery what Corica does with youth players, we saw Connor OToole for the first time, and he looked perfectly fit. Ninkovic on the other hand has a knee problem , misfiring, yet keeps on getting played , it seems the threshold if a player is old and they have a heartbeat they get on the field, if they are young on the other hand the threshold is a lot higher.
Western United had the same issue Priyovic didnt look fit either, Diamanti blew three shots in the area , he seems to be a player now that does 1 good thing out of every 5 and the commentators pretend he is unbelievable. Amazingly another commentator went on and on in the match about Ninkovic and his workrate in defence , well yes 5 years ago.
Perth saved their good players for Sydney FC against Brisbane they started 4 centerbacks and three 9’s . It seems injury is the only way that A-league coaches can do anything sensible.

O'Neill, Fornaroli goals propel Perth to victory over Sydney FC

The new standard in Australians womens football has been set by Sydney FC.
1 goal conceeded only this season, defeat of City 3-0.
Maybe Ante Juric should be Matildas coach.
One thing I have noticed Taylor Ray moves like Makelele, she is very light on her feet , moves effortlessly, she takes the ball off the attackers feet without touching them, positionally excellent, capable passer.

'Really disappointed': Pundit tears into Matildas approach after Kerr breaks record in 18-0 win

The major factor that has changed my mind about the selections is that Phillipines have changed almost their whole squad to Americans.
That makes Indonesia the weakest team in the group by a big margin, The other two teams will beat Indonesia by a couple of goals. That means the ideal solution would have been the young team first up followed by A team against Phillipines. Australia drew with Thailand in 2018.
Its not a matter of hindsight, this could have been all determined well before hand if one knew about the Phillipines recruitment of so many Americans.

'Really disappointed': Pundit tears into Matildas approach after Kerr breaks record in 18-0 win

I thought the ref was the big problem allowed the too many fouls by the Matildas, while the ref missed one penalty the extra 10 fouls they could have called against the Matildas would have given them respite. Ellie carpenter and Raso , they really savaged them on the right hand side. I think Australia were too soft at the Olympics , they let the dirty Swedes get them at the Olympics this would have been what was needed to counter the Swedes, why they did it to Indonesia with a massive lead makes no sense. Raso back to her physical best and Ellie Carpenter upfield where she can hand it out without worrying about giving free kicks and penalties.

'Really disappointed': Pundit tears into Matildas approach after Kerr breaks record in 18-0 win

I just noticed Phillipines beat Thailand. Stajic has done an incredible job of finding Americans with Phillipine heritage. Its astonishing most of the squad is now born in America, most of the players have 0-2 caps so are newly found. This is a game changer with so many USA players in the team Phillipines are now a threat. Gustavsoon should have been onto this and played the B team against Indonesia. This expenditure of effort against Indonesia now is an issue.

'Really disappointed': Pundit tears into Matildas approach after Kerr breaks record in 18-0 win

I had another issue, I didnt understand why they put in such a big effort for 90 minutes, and went in so hard no matter what the score was. It was ruthless like the USA vs Thailand though Thailand are a much tougher team. Australia aren’t noted for their ability to back up matches in tournaments.
It was suprising how well they were in the heat though it wasn’t particularly hot being January and average temperatures for the month but they are coming out of a European winter. If they can handle that so well coming out of the European winter and first match they should be fine on that count.
The big question is there are games every three days, if the coach starts the other players against Phillipines then it will make sense. If he starts the same side against the PHillipines then its going to be a big issue then the side could get exhausted by playing too many games.
This concept of learning off the older players , if you only have only older players who are the younger players that are going to learn. The USA is another team where senior players are kept too long and young blood isnt tried . The difference is the quality of their old players is better than Australia while they go backwards and failed to win Olympic gold they dont do the 4 and 5 nil losses.

'Really disappointed': Pundit tears into Matildas approach after Kerr breaks record in 18-0 win

Australia were lucky to win the 2010 Asia cup , Japan the next year won the world cup outplaying the USA, were very strong and completely outclassed the Matildas in the semi final. They were third or fourth favourites on that occasion. Sermani tactics of parking the bus was the reason why they won the tournament . The Matildas were a tall team in those days and had the height advantage over the Japanese.
Next Asia cup Japan were favourites and won, Japan made the world cup final the next year as well.
Its wrong to say they haven’t won anything the tournament of Nations was won in 2017 . They scored heaps of goals againt Brazil and Japan, beat the US as well. That was the high point in Matildas history, however that is the one year out of the four year cycle where there is the no major tournament. Matildas performances were improving , they lacked a top goal scoret prior to 2017 they played very well in, the previous OLympics and world cups , after a long camp improved their play for the world cup.
In 2017 Sam Kerr in the team for years without scoring that many goals, then became an incredible goal scorer. So at that point they became favourites for the Asia cup 2018.
From 2018 they have gone down hill, while Sam Kerr is still a great goal scorer, old players retained in the team, trying to play out from the back, Van Egmond use a defensive midfielder.

Matildas ready for Asian Cup glory, China thrash Taiwan in opening match

Perth will be a lot fresher , the only thing is they did 2 weeks quarantine .
Sydney Fc went to the dogs with three games two days apart, Roar have only one more day of rest so I slightly favour Perth.
Sydney will have one day more recovery over Perth so favour Sydney.
ADL will take a tired Brisbane.
MC will be fresher over CCM who could not finish against a tired Sydney and needed a dodgy penalty which was almost saved.
MV over a tired Sydney they will so much fresher.
I haven’t factored in the other FFA cup semi-final though when is that going to be on?

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Match Week 11

Well Football Australia gets some money from regos but not as dependent on the rego money as Football NSW.
Football NSW are an entity that is rego money.
What exactly do they do for the grassroots except take the money. These plans to subsidise the NSD should be halted its a massive waste of money.

Central Coast Football [Association] deregistered by Football Australia

City are the big/rich club on a worldwide scale, there is no need for them to use these sort of deals leave that to paupers Adelaide. I dont see why WSW, Melbourne United, Macarthur are not in the big enough financial category. Why take a piece of the pie when you can have it all. Its their judgement that is the problem.
Mooy they did very well with and its not really acknowledged that the Mooy transfer fee can be attributed to the A-league club.
Brattan not a good investment, a really dumb loan to a championship club where he didnt play , its a hard sell though. Maybe they could have tried Portugal, Greece ,Turkey and hoped for the best .
Anthony Caceres to loan him out to a Middle East club makes no sense. Caceres they needed to move him into Southern Europe, to showcase and maybe something would have eventuated. For some reason they didnt even want to use him at Melbourne City. Instead its a gift to Sydney FC where he is one of the A-leagues top players.
I think Nathaniel Atkinson is the best prospect since Mooy.

Australian football's long-term future is looking a lot brighter

Why has Isaias got a 3 year contract then.
When was the last time a European club offered a 34 year old a 3 year contract.
Isaias might be six months younger than Juande , Juande plays better for his age.
Yazbek is better than both but on a 2 year scholarship contract, so on the lowest contract. I would have offered Yazbek a 3 year extension making it 5 years with a salary upgrade after his first appearance. Its like they have rocks in their head, this is the guy you would be looking to get millions for in 2 years time, but they are looking at Amini used goods who will never be shipped back to Europe.
Even Amini though you could sell to the Middle East or China , but Juande and Isaias your not going to sell them anyway not even India, Malaysia , Thailand. Yet they would be big earners at Adelaide.
Nathaniel Atkinson wasn’t even wanted by City even though he was excellent for them in the 2019/20 season and they made the grand final that year. He was going to Perth but the salary cap was reduced so he didnt make it.

Australian football's long-term future is looking a lot brighter

Failure in this might be a good thing if its the only way they can get rid of this coach.
Failure in the last didnt get rid of Stajic.
Sermani was not a great coach he won the Asia cup with parking the bus and a lot of luck , with a team that was miles behind Japan but he blooded players like crazy. Any promising youth player and they would be picked at a very early age.
Now its a locked club and we see old players going on well past their use by date.

Why there's so much on the line for the Matildas at the Asian Cup

A-league clubs wont get big transfer fees because they are too busy losing matches with old and useless players that they overvalue.
The other aspect is they sell at the first offer at the cheapest price. The selling of Nathaniel Atkinson was absolutely ridiculous. You have to be smart and invest money to make money, A-league clubs are neither.
Adelaide are lucky because of the lack of wealth parents in Adelaide their local NPL is geared toward finding talented players. What they do with this talent is a joke though.
The idea thats is transfers between A-league clubs that has been holding everything back is simply rubbish and just another pathetic excuse.
NSD being a champions league style tournament, if the groups are within each state then basically what they have is no different to the knock out series for the NPL championship.
The 1000 crowds for the final shows clearly there is no appetite for any of this.
The money the A-league got has done two things it has got everyone excited the same way bitcoin increased value means other crypto currencies get launched,
This is the NSD, this has attracted a swarm of flies who think this is their chance to get a piece of the action .
The other thing is the FFA got a cash windfall which it seems to be going to use to pay for the NSD. Unless the FFA pays all the expenses for the NSD then its a non goer, the NPL championship is all paid for by the FFA. Whats next for the FFA since its decided to embark on this very foolish course of action to underwrite the NSD when that first bit of money is wasted are they going to use the Socceroos and Matildas income to underwrite it. It could be Soccer Australia all over again because of the NSD.

Australian football's long-term future is looking a lot brighter

Foxtel were the ones to use COVID to tear up the old deal.
If the situation was so good with Kayo, where were the viewers ?
It seems just a little strange how many people are now saying how good Kayo was with the A-league , and how many people say they were watching it when 12 months ago it was your not getting another tv deal because no is watching it.
Having Channel 10 doing some promotion of the A-league is more promotion than Foxtel ever did of the A-league thats the reason to go with them. Are you seriously saying the A-league stay with Foxtel because they have more sports streaming features and even though they dont want to pay for the A-league anyway.
Whats next pay Foxtel money to take the A-league back so they can bring back their camera that focuses on a single player.

How do you rate the A-Leagues' new broadcaster so far?

The English drank a lot more in 2006/2007. I suppose they won back the Ashes for the first time in a long time before that, then they celebrated for a long long time. Botham did an all nighter with Flintoff on the tour, which must have been memorable as Flintoff during the world cup 2007 set off on a midnight journey in a paddle boat from a lagoon to reach the cruise liner that Botham was staying on.
if you factor Botham also got Viv Richards drinking a lot which didnt do him any good either.

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how flat is the wicket there at the OVAL last match
Glamorgan
672/6d
Surrey
722/4d Ollie pope 274
With the differences in wickets you really need a county cricket expert to select a team.
Amla averaged 60 Foakes the wicket keeper 40.
Burns plays for Surrey and has an average of 47.
If you can find someone who averages 40 on a minefield thats the person to pick.

UK View: 'He must resign' - Root wants to carry on but knives are out after 'ghastly', 'pathetic' surrender

the IPL is actually whats saving test cricket, it doesn’t overlap with any test cricket.
The top players that are suited to T20 can play in the IPL and earn a big wad of money there in a short time leaving the rest of the year.
The problem is the alternatives if you dont get that money from the IPL is sign up for a county side which Abbot and other South Africans have done and county cricket goes on for much longer. The county cricket averages seem to be dominated by South Africans . How many international teams have South Africans as well playing for them. South Africa a country where cricket isn’t that well supported , and the black majority neither follow or play it seems to be such a conveyor belt of talent. Rabada, Bavuma and Ngidi went to wealthy schools that have mainly white students. These wealthy schools in South Africa have enviable facilities and on large estates.
England in contrast I suppose the weather isnt that great and the facilities at schools got sold off. The number of South Africans with English grandparents would be declining as well.

UK View: 'He must resign' - Root wants to carry on but knives are out after 'ghastly', 'pathetic' surrender

Its getting more clear that Sydney FC are setting a new benchmark, they are yet to play the other big team Melbourne City. That they performed without Siemsen and Vine is not suprising , the quality is across the whole side and they have depth. They are also very well coached
City are more reliant on Holly McNamara , they need her to have a chance against Sydney and this showed with City struggling to beat Adelaide.
Jets Perth, Perth looked the better team to me, De Vanna had done a little, but certainly she hasn’t backed the size of her mouth with the performances. I wonder what happens if she plays against Vlajnic.
The rest of the round featured dodgy penalties, certainly the WSW were victims of a ridiculous handball decision which was in total contradiction to the decision to allow Griffiths to move his arm towards and not get a handball because it was still close to his body apparently. THis was point blank range arm at the side of the body and no chance to react.
The two penalties Roar got were also suspect, The first one the player was grabbed outside the area and let go of as they were crossing into the penalty area . Yet a penalty was given.
The second one it was a collision after a rebound who exactly had right of way , certainly a lot less of a penalty that then push in the back on Donachie from behind that was a non call in the Sydney Roar mens match.
Women from Wellington now get dodgy calls as much as the mens.

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Holly McNamara if she gets game time can be one of the players of the tournament, and Vine could be as well. They are two players that can play wide, so that will hopefully mean no Glienik the carthorse wide, and Yallop used in the center.
if you look at the W-league table you can see that one of the worst defences is MV, Sydney have only concedeed one goal yet have no defenders in the squad, the difference between the good and the bad defences is astonishing its not double the goals, its extreme . So why would you select Nevin who is fairly slow and in one of the worst defences,
Newcastle Jets are middle of the table, but even worse watch their matches and Van Egmond is no better than any of her teammates she is the worst athlete in the side on top of that.
The Matildas is the major route for players to go overseas, so by doing all these terrible selections the coach is keeping the current best players from moving overseas, and making the Matildas lose all these matches. A proper coach and Guus Hiddink would be my recommendation could pick a better squad just by watching one round of the w-league remotely.

Biggest challenge facing Matildas as they deal with being an Asian Cup favourite

Except the peak year of the A-league came when it did go free to air. There was lull when they expanded from 8 to 11 teams.
The only thing exceptional about the first years in the unbelievable profits Foxtel made with people paying over 100 a month and Foxtel paying 600k and then 16m a year. Foxtel were only at about a 20% subscription rate before the start of the A-league and grew to 30%.
So if one were a Foxtel or News exec I can see why they loved the first years specifically.

How do you rate the A-Leagues' new broadcaster so far?

the A-league you dont have free ad slot in even on the W-league which rates almost nothing, other shows they have just endless promos on Ten they cant sell the Advertising.
Its all big name players I haven’t seen a step one ad during the A-league.
So why have they sold all this advertising with the A-league and not these higher rating programs.

How do you rate the A-Leagues' new broadcaster so far?

Where is a clip of the others showing bias against Adelaide?
Produce the evidence.
Who recommended Isaias for the Socceroos was it Milligan and Wilkshire.
I dont know about Djite but I think those two need their heads examined, and treated for pro-Adelaide bias along with Harper.

How do you rate the A-Leagues' new broadcaster so far?

They need to be scoring at the A-league W level.
WSW they have an excellent defensive record 4 goals conceeded but only 2 scored, considering how their short their goal keeper is and the dodgy penalty that was awarded against them it could well be only 2.

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