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Damyn Santi

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Boyd should stop being so selfish and put the club first rather than himself. By this I mean he should retire and free a position for an upcoming outside back, and consider himself as a mentor for the club in the future.

What to do with Darius Boyd?

Agree with you Tiger. However, scrums create the opportunity for the offence team with limited players amongst the field due to the scrum being held, therefore set plays are in key.

What are scrums good for in rugby league?

Surprised about the inclusion of Luke Brattan to “fitting in” I feel he has hasn’t been as potent nor involved as his previous season were with Melb City/Brisbane

Who’s hot and who’s not in the A-League?

Disagree about the choice of Thurgate for man of the match. Moss was outstanding in the second half and made some important saves in the first, while despite scoring the match winner, Thurgate was missing in the second half.

My wrap-up of Round 6 of the A-League

Similar to Melbourne’s success of the over the last decade. Victorian media barely cover Rugby League.

Spare a thought for Roosters fans

Awesome singing by the Nix, followed by promising and enlightening football last night against Sydney.

Hooperman flies in to save the Nix

Maclaren has been in top form both domestically and internationally, although against lacklustre opponents.

Is Jamie Maclaren the marquee player Melbourne City needs?

Craig Noone has been outstanding pre season, let’s hope he can back it up come the regular.

Melbourne derby to provide early glimpse of title credentials

Very harsh verdict on the FFA cup in that regard- I personally think it’s a great concept. The A-League seriously lacks marketing values and development which is something you didn’t mention. As for marquees Honda was a fantastic import.

Is this D-Day for the A-League?

Very biased article in my opinion. Give credit where it’s due- penalty count favoured Canberra, Cronk should never have been sin binned and the Raiders has multiple opportunities to capitalise. Good teams always find a way to win, convincing or non convincing.

The worst call in grand final history

Wouldn’t use the word “brave” considering Napoli were the underdogs against a mammoth opponent.

Brave Liverpool leave Napoli empty handed yet again

Could be just a minor form slump, many top teams suffer from this from time to time. Brodie Croft could also be a weakness that teams are bound to explore come September, as demonstrated in most Melbourne games Munster usually claims the reign in attack.

Are cracks appearing in the Melbourne Storm?

Definitely not worth 1.5m a season, not even close mate. Freakish talent undoubtedly but still a young man and hasn’t even tasted finals footy in his career yet.

Better, stronger, faster: Kalyn Ponga is the Six Million Dollar Man

Bird’s a good player, but prone to injury. I’m surprised about your thoughts on Kenny, he really seemed to be the missing piece of the puzzle to Penrith which consolidated their 7 game winning run. Coming back to Verrills, the Roosters will likely snap up his services for the long term in typical roosters style.

The signatures your team should be chasing this off season

Looking forward to seeing them and MacArthur come into the league in the next couple of seasons. Expansion wise I think it’s quite smart of the A-League as Western Melbourne and South West Sydney are some of the fastest growing regions in the country.

I'm on the Western United bandwagon - and you should be too

No need to attack Jack personally nemesis, he’s just simply brought a big result in the favour of the opposition in a a rivalry and touched on how MVFC are going to bounce back after such a heavy defeat. You claim he should remain anonymous due to his poor writing skills but here you are with the name “nemesis” very hypocritical if you ask me.

Will Melbourne Victory suffer from a 6-1 finals hangover this season?

Fergy seems like a changed man, has really steered his life around, putting all his focus on footy to do the talking. His kick return metres is just what we need for game 2. Murray’s ability for kick play the balls puts Cook in his element catching slow/tired forwards off guard. Cordner’s game on Sunday was an absolute blinder, put some huge hits and led from the front, an Inspirational performance and something players look up to. Lastly, Jack Wighton player a lot of centre during his younger career days and his defensive work is outstanding, another thing we lacked in game one.

Has Freddy gone a little bonkers?

Some harsh comments towards our efforts in South Korea last week, a partially under strength squad away from home in front of over 50,000 South Koreans. Not to mention the players with few caps under their belts, such as Craig Goodwin and Mitch Duke. I thought we contained the likes of Son Heung Min despite his world class dribbling and shooting ability. Duke was unlucky not to score with his header coming off the post in the early stages.

Who should the Socceroos take to Qatar?

Unfortunately the A-League can’t keep up with the invested-high quality Asian teams, without a current salary cap. The possible replacements are definitely not up to ACL standard.

Player overhaul: Perth Glory edition

Huge signing. One of the most underrated players for the last 4-5 years

Kosta Barbarouses signs with Sydney FC

Put Haas at 8 and bring either McLean or Finucane off the bench.

Klemmer out for 4-6

The AFL seem to boast a much better traditional club format for its main headline. AFL crowd figures are an example of this, in which the NRL envy to achieve such extraordinary attendance figures for regular season games.

The time is right for an AFL State of Origin revival

The culture of brutal, big hitting sports just doesn’t seem to exist within Chinese culture. This is telling, considering Shanghai has a population of over 26 million people and failed to attract over 10,000 people. The Chinese market is one that many franchises and codes want to explore with remarkable statistics suggesting that 1% of the population is equivalent to 13,000,000 people. Unfortunately, the AFL doesn’t stand a chance against the huge investments being made by its government into Chinese Super League and soccer academy’s.

Why the AFL's China venture misses the point

Craig Goodwin was a pricy pick up itself from the Dutch league Mike, as for the FFA cup I clearly display A-league only content in my article, as the FFA cup is an entirety different comp with a mixture of semi pro teams. I might also add it’s quite easy to finish 4th in a 10 team competition.

A-League season review

Just a well run club at the end of the day. Always have been always will be, the thought of living in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs would attract the attention of many talented footballers.

Sydney Roosters are the NRL benchmark, but why?