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Come on you Ausy girls!

Sam Kerr's childish sledge lacked class

Thanks Stuart. I hadn’t seen that.
And no, I don’t think you dislike Sam. But she doesn’t fit the mould of a normal Australian captain and I think a few journalists will struggle occasionally with her style. I’d rather she keep it than try to fit the mould. That said of course, they’re all big girls now, in the professional game seeking parity so any fair criticism can only be expected.

Sam Kerr's childish sledge lacked class

Good luck to our girls.
We really need to avoid third spot in our Group as that would draw us with France in the next round. But just win it, and see what happens.

Matildas gunning for five goals against Jamaica

I think you’re overstating it Stuart. An attack? Hardly, and more murky details about the Stajcic sacking? That was long ago now wasn’t it, a week before their first game when that apology was issued, or have I missed something?
You are probably closer to the mark describing it as childish, or immature. This is her first tournament as captain and she’s hardly experienced with media interviews. This is what you get with Sam, a younger, refreshing in many ways, voice. She’s not bounded, or hasn’t learnt the bounds yet, of media interviews, giving the standard but saying nothing answers. And let’s hope she never is.
Place your classroom rules to the side and try to live with it Stuart.

Sam Kerr's childish sledge lacked class

It’s part of professional sport and the girls have to cop any criticism, along with praise. We all talk about equity, well here it is.

Why the double standard in Kerr criticism?

The rugby league SOO is intense, very intense. But that all belongs on a different tab. Not here.
I follow it but always get a laugh when Rabbits the commentator goes on about how it’s being broadcast around the world, watched by millions. Then last game the guru from Sydney who owns the game in NSW pretty much, declared that Suncorp Stadium was the best football stadium in the world. Hard to disagree with that one.

What if we had State of Origin in football?

He played for Sunnybank for three years, long before his Roar days.

What if we had State of Origin in football?

In rugby league soo, origin means where you first played your senior football. Borrello’d be like a fish out of water representing SA.

What if we had State of Origin in football?

I don’t think Gloria cares. She’s a rugby fan just coming on here to throw a few punches I think.

Sam Kerr can say whatever she damn well likes

Why have you put Brandon Borrello in the SA team? He was born there but moved at a young age and played all his junior and senior football in Brisbane.
Depends what you mean by origin I guess? It used to be where you first played your senior football, nothing to do with where you were born.

What if we had State of Origin in football?

That’s Sam. She’s like that, and that’s ok. She said it in a jovial manner with a broad smile, not condemning anyone in a nasty way. It was a good interview. We sometimes expect too much of these players, who are but kids let’s face it, with no media training or experience doing interviews in a highly emotive state immediately post match.

Sam Kerr can say whatever she damn well likes

Tameka (TButt, I prefer her other name) has been the most consistent performer in the Matildas for some time now. I rate her our best, and expect a goal soon. Raso is another I rate highly, remember she’s only a few games back from serious injury. Ellie Carpenter is excellent down the wing, puts in a lovely cross and at 19, improves every tournament but imv needs work on 1v1 encounters. We need to start blooding our young defenders, though it’s difficult at a WC we will be forced to if another defender is injured.

The Matildas reminded us why we love the world game

Did you notice how often the players, especially ours but not only, slipped over? They seemed to water it pretty heavily at half-time.

The Matildas reminded us why we love the world game

Thoroughly enjoyed this game, and the 2am hot chocolate with marshmallow. A great comeback showed a lot of spirit but also, the cool heads we have in this team They’re a great mix of age, experience and youth, built up over several years.
Lady Luck shone on us, and it’s about time too. How often has she deserted us at this level? All the players can hold their heads high, they all contributed. Our reshuffled defence did fairly well, but I’d still prefer KK play DM and Catley LB. They seemed more open to kicking it long when outnumbered at the back, rather than always playing it out. We seemed to attack the ball more up front too, more agressive than we were in our opening game.
We looked better when Marta went off too, maybe coincidental with our own improvement. Let’s hope they continue to win and get us to the semis. I can’t see us going beyond that, but we can only hope and cheer. Go girls!

The Matildas reminded us why we love the world game

she said it smiling
good on her

The Matildas reminded us why we love the world game

so Kosta’s not registered yet?

Australia isn't ready for Australian coaches

But I’d argue you need to know how to handle a horse, and a group of young girls, before …

Australia isn't ready for Australian coaches

but that’s not why he was sacked. No such case was made, as far as we know.

The sacking, a subsequent apology and a hamstrung FFA compliance committee

Thanks Lucas. Lots of food for thought through your excellent points in the article. I’d like to see more of our young coaches given a chance in the A League. Not that there’s anything wrong with the foreign coaches we import for the A League, but we’re never going to develop coaches if we don’t give them an opportunity to learn. Far too much reliance on reputation as a player – as Waz says all the time, someone thinks being a Socceroo is the major qualification needed. But we need to encourage young coaches of schoolboy sides and junior club sides by offering incentives and a pathway so they can develop to, ultimately, A League and national teams. The quick route, direct to the top, will only work on rare occasions in my view.

Australia isn't ready for Australian coaches

Let’s just hope that former EPL players make better coaches than ex Socceroos. There’s a few doing ok already, crossing fingers and toes there’ll be another soon.

Australia isn't ready for Australian coaches

Makes sense to me, it’s universal really. Thanks Socrates.

Ante, we have a problem

I take your point Nemesis. But my point is that NZ managed their ‘coach crisis’ far better than we did, showing us how to do it. Relatively, NZ are performing much better than expected in their two recent matches against European competition under their new coach, while we have struggled and not got a result against European opposition under our new coach. NZ appointed a coach with vast NT, women’s and WC experience. We appointed a coach who has never been a head coach before, let alone a NT at a WC, and who has never coached women before.
NZ are showing us how it’s done, clearly. And while I hope we get out of our group with six points, I will not be at all surprised if NZ fare better than us at this WC.

Has European football left the Matildas in its wake?

Australia’s demise in tennis began with the permanent move of the Australian Open to Melbourne.

Has European football left the Matildas in its wake?

millions of people playing RL in Vic, SA, WA etc? Not sure where you got that one from.

If the clubs want to run the A-League, what's their plan?

against a team that smashed us 3-0 a week before the WC, they created three beautiful chances, one hit the cross bar, one went wide by a small margin and the other (I can’t recall but it was close). They took the reigning European champions, who made us look average and against whom we never really looked like scoring (despite shots), to within 1 minute of a draw. They lost 1-0 in added time and at times, they broke the Netherlands defence several times. And they did it with a coach who was appointed late last year in rather dramatic fashion. Their crises was real and much worse than our manufactured crisis. They showed us how to get through a coaching crisis and perform well at the WC.
Worse position than Australia? On F/A, but I know whose confidence of getting out of their group would be higher, but yeah, I hope we can do it too.

Has European football left the Matildas in its wake?