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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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Better in some areas and weakened in others. Definitely freed up by the silver haired Corica and destined for sustained success. Brillante a huge loss yet Brattan and Baumjohann loom as championship winning moves. Kosta the unheralded factor off the ball that may bring even more productivity from Le Fondre.

The official early season A-League report cards

I was actually waiting for an invitation to move into your spare room up north. Have vehicle, can travel.

The official early season A-League report cards

Considering their base…… yeah, B seems fair to me. Maybe B- suits better?

The official early season A-League report cards

Always afraid to walk the streets down here Waz. I think I need a sea-change. Any ideas? Wanderers was a tough grade to come up with. Still sitting 4th and judging across the whole season thus far? I’ll stick with B. Last three weeks would be a different story though.

The official early season A-League report cards

Everybody wins a prize!

The official early season A-League report cards

One would think not considering history, however, at this stage he might just be the favourite if judged based purely on effectiveness.

The official early season A-League report cards

Totally agree Post_hoc. Playing the exact role required and gelling almost immediately. Something a few other teams would kill for right now.

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

I’m tipping them this week and after 5 from 5 in round 7, I’m pretty confident.

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

What a ripper read, aside from the American tinge. It sort of supports both views in a way. I love the line about Klopp’s approach being a combination of data and intuition.

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

Probably true. So sad to see United in the doldrums. Although I am more concerned with the sinking ship that is West Ham. Dropped from 5th to 17th. I’ll have a look at this. Not sure where you stand on stats. Obviously patterns emerge and pressure and possession play a role, yet part of me always feels that moments and magic mean just as much in our game at times. Thanks.

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

Just a guy who loves the A-League.

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

Could it ever be the opposite? Stands to reason I would have thought.

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

Despite Will Swanton’s view.

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

Tepid?

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

Agreed Tyke. An over reaction in my view. Just as irritating as an old fashioned clanger from a referee with nothing more than eyes to make the call.

Why would anyone want to be an A-League coach?

I was told this by someone who knows Corica very well. So far, so good for him.

Why would anyone want to be an A-League coach?

I have been doing a reviewing via the mini-matches as well. About time we had the option to do this. Should be included in the ratings!

The A-League celebrated November 16th in fine style

Laughed my way though the entire second half. Not at the game, with the game. Unpredictable. Dramatic. Roy threatening to lose his mind. I love those wild matches where the winner means little to me but watching players cope with mayhem becomes immensely entertaining.

Brisbane Roar's win in Redcliffe was the A-League at its finest

I’m tipping the next decade will see China doing the same thing. The football world has finally moved well beyond Europe and South America. One can only imagine what things will look like in 10 years.

The meeting that showed Ante Milicic why Sam Kerr was the right choice as Matildas captain

Thanks Redondo. Always a pleasure to write about great people. As Milicic told the story and I was utterly transfixed.

The meeting that showed Ante Milicic why Sam Kerr was the right choice as Matildas captain

She is a born leader. I must admit, one of my favourite players. Efficiency personified.

The meeting that showed Ante Milicic why Sam Kerr was the right choice as Matildas captain

Western United are tweeting 4,000. This seems well of the pace!

The Hearts marched in, but how many have marched out?  

Wow, after that recount of agony I feel pretty lucky. Always annoys me the way Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham fans carry on when they aren’t really in the running. Welcome to our world hey?

The Hearts marched in, but how many have marched out?  

Yep, they led twice and Gerrard ‘go again’ got us big time.

The Hearts marched in, but how many have marched out?  

It was a little harsh but he did well to escape with a touch of humour. Surely they will all take it in the manner intended!

The Hearts marched in, but how many have marched out?