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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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Agreed.

VAR blunders produce yet another A-League comedy act

Harsh Huddo yet I think your analysis of the contest is far more accurate than anyone attempting to claim that Adelaide went anywhere near deserving victory. A very sad night where the better team lost.

VAR blunders produce yet another A-League comedy act

Okay, so despite the foolishness of engaging in dialogue with a solely pro-Adelaide argument. Consider this.
1) Football is a game won by scoring goals. Something that occurs with shots taken. A stat comfortably won by Central Coast and accentuated by the number on target. As a neutral, there was one team clearly far more dangerous and likely to score throughout the contest.
2) A sit and counter team will usually be prepared to give up more than 50% possession, as the Mariners did once again. nothing unusual there.
3) Your version of the 1st penalty stuns me. Mauk didn’t win the ball first. The contest was simultaneous and defending the awarding of it by suggesting that any other striker would have hit the ground does little to confirm that it should have been given in the first place.
4) Likewise, Mauk’s “right’ to go down after tangling with Nisbet is again irrelevant to the awarding of the penalty. Both players had hold and that is always a play on situation.
5) The third penalty – your comment that it doesn’t matter if the ball deflected of his leg is false. That is in fact the way referees have been instructed to officiate situations where the ball strikes the body first and then ricochets to the hand. It is precisely why the interpretation was brought in. Had the strike on goal followed its predicted path, it would have headed somewhere towards the goal. The fact that it went almost straight in the air tells you that it deflected off something ie Rowles’ foot or lower leg.
6) The fact Adelaide have had a few bad calls, have a young team, the most injuries, played in awful conditions and travelled extensively really mean little in relation to a very poor night of officiating.
Great passion, but the general consensus is opposed to your argument.

VAR blunders produce yet another A-League comedy act

I’ve backed Roar most weeks! I alone have brought them the success. All me.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 9

I’ve not heard too much about this kid. What’s his MO?

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 9

Trooper.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 9

Huuuuge for Adelaide tonight. A must win and Mariners to be as persisted as ever. Could be a great game. Good luck.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 9

Always enjoy reading your thoughts Buddy. The old game of opinions strikes again with a range of views. I think that is really what we all love most about it. Your thoughts on the motivations of those who play are spot on in my view.

Has the A-League finally converted the 'Bring back the NSL' crowd?

That’s pretty disrespectful to Indian football. Think a little bigger and remember perceptions around Qatar a decade ago.

Has the A-League finally converted the 'Bring back the NSL' crowd?

Semantics. The fact is, it was tough and will continue to be tough. You seem to see a nominal ease of qualification, yet there is always practical pressure and difficulty.

Has the A-League finally converted the 'Bring back the NSL' crowd?

Cheeky bugger!

Has the A-League finally converted the 'Bring back the NSL' crowd?

gold!

In the NRL, sorry seems to be the hardest word

With you Barry.

In the NRL, sorry seems to be the hardest word

Pretty sure there is also something else in Leviticus about burying people in the sand and chopping their heads of with shovels but, you know, whatever floats your boat.

In the NRL, sorry seems to be the hardest word

Or miss penalties. That was really funny actually.

Has the A-League finally converted the 'Bring back the NSL' crowd?

Why are people leaving West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell out of this discussion?

Has the A-League finally converted the 'Bring back the NSL' crowd?

Agreed JB. The reasons for failure include poor management, self interest, discrimination and some flat out pig headedness. As you say, a long non-fiction publication but perhaps best never written. Let’s look forward.

Has the A-League finally converted the 'Bring back the NSL' crowd?

My thoughts exactly Mid. Trouble is, I feel people need to see it to understand and I’d guess many people happy to express a view don’t spend too much time anywhere near migrant communities. I grew up in Punchbowl, Sydney; a hub for Middle Eastern migration. (I even married one of them). Just 40 years later it is very different. These days across Sydney, the Sudanese, Chinese and Indian populations are booming, with football something they all share a love for. It bodes well for the future.

Has the A-League finally converted the 'Bring back the NSL' crowd?

I agree A-League. Except the bit about ethnics fighting. I feel you went a bit too far there.

Has the A-League finally converted the 'Bring back the NSL' crowd?

So true. Around 30 per cent of the EPL is now of African heritage and people wonder why there are less Aussies. Young English players are experiencing the same thing. The football world has changed and some refuse to acknowledge it.

Has the A-League finally converted the 'Bring back the NSL' crowd?

Under the proposed new system yes! But Qatar, UAE, Saudi, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Iran, Jordan and Syria have all given us trouble before. Will only get tougher as the years progress. Vietnam, Lebanon and India emerging.

Has the A-League finally converted the 'Bring back the NSL' crowd?

So it was notionally easy but far from it in practicality?

Has the A-League finally converted the 'Bring back the NSL' crowd?

Did you use Leichardt or Kogarah. I think this needs to be clarified. Miles apart.

Has the A-League finally converted the 'Bring back the NSL' crowd?

Cheeky!

Has the A-League finally converted the 'Bring back the NSL' crowd?

“Today our players can’t tackle they aren’t taught how to shoot properly.” I’m sorry, but that torpedoes your credibility right there. The words were “many of the Australians”, not all.

Has the A-League finally converted the 'Bring back the NSL' crowd?