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Stuart Thomas

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Stuart Thomas is a sports writer, freelance journalist and copywriter who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. A former trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72, connect with him on Facebook and LinkedIn and see his work at https://www.stuartthomas.com.au

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Bruce is a fine man yet I have heard him frequently use collective language when it comes to Adelaide United. No problem really, Archie does it all the time. But something that does need to be eliminated across the board. Although, are commentators allowed to be fans, with emotions?

Does Network Ten have the right balance in its A-Leagues commentary team?

If there was one person I could be sure of reading between the lines on that one it would be you. Nicely played forward defence!

Does Network Ten have the right balance in its A-Leagues commentary team?

The hockey man.

Does Network Ten have the right balance in its A-Leagues commentary team?

Chromecast is the go. I also noted that when I took on 5G, the fetch box I received had Paramount pre-installed.

Does Network Ten have the right balance in its A-Leagues commentary team?

They might be chasing him but it sounds like the chasm between his social views and passion for causes sits well wide of the ones espoused by the LNP currently in power. How he hasn’t handed in his membership I do not know.

Does Network Ten have the right balance in its A-Leagues commentary team?

Surely Bruce deserved a mention in that earlier list with Adelaide United in brackets after his name?

Does Network Ten have the right balance in its A-Leagues commentary team?

And let’s not mention the rubbish her brother produces on social media. Both harming each other in my view.

Does Network Ten have the right balance in its A-Leagues commentary team?

I’m 100% with you on the indigenous representation, however, not sure he fits that description. I’m still a little concerned about ‘loose cannon’ Archie’s tendency to lose focus and drift into other dimensions. It will, as you say, be a good team and presents such an exciting moment in the modern Australian football world.

Does Network Ten have the right balance in its A-Leagues commentary team?

The absence of Bosnich and Slater says quite a lot and alludes to the “A-League generation” you refer to. I think it is a great team and 10 are very excited about the people they have selected. I just hope Archie can be used well.

Does Network Ten have the right balance in its A-Leagues commentary team?

I played 18 holes with Peter Wilkins at New South Wales Golf Club when I worked there as a trainee and it was four of the most interesting and at times strange hours of my life. Lovely and eccentric chap.

Does Network Ten have the right balance in its A-Leagues commentary team?

I’ll be re-watching it a few times today to analyse this. Apparently there has been a time study done on it already in terms of the seconds allocated to each team’s colours. Can’t imagine who wins out!

Does Network Ten have the right balance in its A-Leagues commentary team?

Seriously never thought I would hear that song connected to football in Australia. Quite a slick ad and better than anything we’ve seen before. What was that little kid’s name again?

Does Network Ten have the right balance in its A-Leagues commentary team?

The idea of Archie doing a bit of a culinary tour around the A-League landscape is utterly enticing.

Does Network Ten have the right balance in its A-Leagues commentary team?

They used to shout West Ham at me from across the fields in hysterical laughter. Actually heard a few kids teasing each other, that so and so’s team was only in Europa! Scary stuff.

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

Imagine if we could ever connect the old with the new. Should football become one of the top three most lucrative broadcast deals in Australia, ruggers would die a very certain death.

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

I agree. The kids at Barker College used to mock other players at training when they miss kicked or miss controlled a ball by saying, “Ugh….. A-League”. Used to make me sick; whilst at the same time having rather loose affiliations with whichever team was winning the EPL title at the time.

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

Sonny Bill Williams echoed statements I’ve been making for years during the week. The game would not exist without private school support in Australia. Now that is dwindling, I’m not too sure where it can possibly go. When I started at Barker College in 2008, there were 40 secondary rugby teams, when I left in 2017, there was around 20. During that period, the football program had doubled in size, yet the students watched the EPL and mocked the A-League. Therein lies the challenge. Ps, I coached rugby.

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

The basis of the ‘cash for comment’ dramas for Laws and Jones. Blurring those lines is extremely dangerous from a legal perspective. Although, I think Archie acting the goose in a kitchen might be pretty safe. 😛 😛

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

On and off camera mate.

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

Archie should have gone with microwave popcorn. Probably could have done better if he had actually listened to the brief! The clown routine is not sustainable……Archie should check that with Beau Ryan.

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

Any time……..I like you!

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

I actually went in to bat for the Glory, stating clearly that they should be furious with the draw thrown at them for the first 6-7 weeks. I was once a supporter of a team, but now just champion the league and enjoy the matches. I must be getting old. Although, and don’t tell anyone this, I do have a soft spot for the Reds and Glory. I just kinda like their style.

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

100% agree and working with Speed has done him no favours whatsoever.

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

That sums it up well. A blunt yet factual assessment of that arrangement that did next to nothing for the competition.

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

And this is what we need to keep shouting from the rooftops. Had an interesting chat with Simon Hill about other codes’ abilities to just claim things without any factual basis. eg Australia’s game, ANZAC Day etc. Football needs to begin to claim what it owns and/or wants to own and invest wisely to make it so. Perhaps, the people’s game, the passion, the singing, the derbies, the Socceroos/Matildas on the world stage as being truly global endeavours. Bluntly, we should be shoving that down people’s throats constantly. Figuratively of course.

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

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