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Gaston Ropolo

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Joined September 2018

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Yeah there is always plenty of motivation for an NPL team to play their best against an a-league team in FFA cup. Who doesn’t want to knock off a full professional outfit? They go in as underdogs with no pressure, can field their best players and battle hard and not worry too much about injuries and might still not even be the best team on the day but just get lucky. But look at results for NPL teams who beat A-league teams, they dont back it up with an NPL win next game as often as you’d think. On the other hand the a-league teams will rarely start their strongest 11 anyway and do everything possible to avoid injuries. Thats the difference with an a league team, all the eggs are not in one basket. Consistency, roation and player management to get through a full season and still be competitive in a league towards the end nearing the finals.

Dylan Wenzel-Halls shows plenty of promise in A-League debut

Could it be a size thing? Dont have official stats on height but he doesnt appear to be taller than little Matty Mackay. Its hard to gamble on a forward of his stature for such a physical league as the a league (unlike a lot of south American and Asian leagues) where it really helps to add another dimension to the game where you’re using height and weight to hold and shield the ball… unless you’re a clear standout e.g. Messi. It proves no matter what your size if you’re good enough, you will make it. And what are the stats for a forward that prove you’re good enough? For Dylan, not only his NPL goal tally but assist stats would’ve done it.

Dylan Wenzel-Halls shows plenty of promise in A-League debut