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Lionheart

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I’d prefer those super human efforts to be rewarded by fair decisions made by good referees. Give them all the tools they need, the human element will always be there.

Love it or hate it, VAR was spot on during A-League Round 1

Imagine if Bill Murray woke up on one of those days and met a new girl, or that radio alarm played a new tune. Goodbye Ground Hog Day. Well, what’s Western United if it’s not a new tune?
It’s not ground hog day Stu. The A League’s in transition, very early days with the new owners in charge of our league, obviously still not yet at the table, but this is year one of the long awaited transition. Expansion yeah.
Rome weren’t build in one day – it took centuries. So too, with the A League, it will take time to grow. And it’s not just the A League, it’s the W League (just read some promising news on that this morning), the B League and the link with NPL, the NYL, academies, et al.
The start of season 2019-20 marks day one of the new era. A slow start that we all hope will pick up as the season progresses, but ground hog day it is not. If you insist on those theatrical comparisons, you could say it is day one post ground hog day. There – write about that, and drop that first challenge at the end of your first paragraph.

Groundhog Day over again for football in Australia

I don’t like the ‘on again, off again, delayed’ effect VAR has on goal celebrations, but I don’t think it’s as draining on game atmosphere as many claim. Cite the Roar bench celebration when their late goal was awarded by VAR, linesman overruled. Their celebrations, delayed celebrations, were as spontaneous, emotive, intense etc as any celebration you will see for any goal in any game. Mine were too.
It’s cutting out refereeing errors, fact. Improvements are needed, and they will come. But VAR is now part of our game. That’s official. Get on with it.
Wrap your complaints up in envelopes and forward them off to FIFA, FFA or whoever runs the A League if you feel that strong about it, but give our game some air. We’re starting to look like a bunch of dissatisfied football fans, which we’re not. We’ve got a great game and a great developing league. Help build it, don’t destroy it everyday.
PS waiting for a supporter group to come up with a ‘VAR delayed period’ chant, to get through the silence that accompanies VAR deliberated goal decisions. ‘it’s gotta be a goal … foul …’

Love it or hate it, VAR was spot on during A-League Round 1

Glory pressed hard and fast in the first half, and I was pleased the way Roar clung on (well almost). When Roar started to press Glory a bit in the second half, and hold the ball for more than one or two passes, I thought Glory looked disorganized and uncertain. But I’ve got to say I had my head down a lot, identifying players/numbers.

Late drama as the Roar make their point

Thanks Fad. I’ve got a feeling you won’t be going hungry this season, but it’s still far too early to say for sure.

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

I recall a Roar player being red carded for a very similar offensive foul a season or two ago. Think he got two extra weeks, but can’t be certain from memory.

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

I was impressed with Roar’s defence for starters, which has been one of their major weaknesses for a while. RF said in his post-match that he felt they could have gotten more (goals), whereas Poppa said he couldn’t recall any time when Roar broke their defence down. I do recall a couple of chances Roar missed because their forwards stood back, weren’t in position, whereas I think Glory failed to score more because of Roar’s desperation in defence.

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

what did you think of Max Crocombe Waz? One game in, early days but I thought his ball distribution was a bit better than Jamie’s, not sure about his shot-stopping though. That’s going to be a tight contest.

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

think he’s an Ausy now

Six talking points from A-League Round 1

I’m not sure about your penultimate paragraph there Karlo. I thought Roar looked very good against the reigning premiers. Glory have a lot of firepower up front, and to keep them to one goal was a superb defensive effort. Then to come back at them in the second half and create several chances, and score at the death when many would have tossed in the towel, showed great character. Yes, may not have been the easiest meeting, but I think they deserve some credit for taking a point in Perth.

Six talking points from A-League Round 1

Great weekend of football, enjoyed every minute, particularly the very last minute of the round.
Still getting to know Roar’s new squad but what an impressive start.

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

even Poppa stated that in his post-match, saying that ROD was onside in the second phase play, and that’s what counts.

VAR has changed football, but we only have ourselves to blame

Yep, it’s a joy to be a football fan in Australia.
Hats off to ABC TV too Mike, for showing the game last night on their prime channel. We should encourage them all the way.
My hope is for a solid season from Roar. No high expectations, back in the top four would be an excellent achievement for Robbie Fowler’s first season. We’ll be competitive, and improving as we go.
AU may win the FFA Cup but I just don’t think Ben Halloran will take them to top the A League table. Similar for Bratts at Sydney.

Life feels so much better now that the football is back

Going on the comments, the sarcasm and some hidden pessimism, it’s certainly time our season got underway. We really do need a longer season, say at least by four rounds.
And remember, by the time we get a game in Queensland and Brisbane, Melbourne and NSW will each have hosted three games. That’s rough, very rough imo.

Melbourne derby to provide early glimpse of title credentials

A bit early to be talking about catching Perth and Sydney isn’t it, when everybody’s on zero points?
There’s no guarantee they’ll race away this year. My tip is they won’t.

Melbourne derby to provide early glimpse of title credentials

Stuart, you are not allowed to make such predictions. We’re still getting over the last time you called it for Roar in the pre-season. Apparently they struggled a bit up front in their last match v Peninsula Power.

Six young Australians ready for an A-League explosion

yes, but he must be impressing RF, named vice captain wasn’t he?

Six young Australians ready for an A-League explosion

Really, the season kicks off this week and we get this.
Come on Roar, we can do better.

Is this D-Day for the A-League?

Dimi’s hardly a youngster anymore (soon turns 27).

Six young Australians ready for an A-League explosion

It’s the youngsters that always excite me about the A League. Nothing better than following the career from the beginning.
I know that AU fans are excited about Toure, but I’m not sure he’s up to A League standard yet. He hasn’t looked as good against A League defenders as he has against NPL defenders. Or am I wrong?
Sydney is going to have to learn to pay youngsters a fair wage if they want to keep them. Arnie was quite open about top-ending his wages, and from what you say it appears his legacy remains. Maybe they’ll be saved by talked about salary exemptions for young local players.

Six young Australians ready for an A-League explosion

The coach did comment on that tackle Waz, and spoke DWH up. I’ve only seen one pre-season match, but personally I think the competition will be what Dylan will thrive on this season. It may take him a while, but he’ll earn his spot.
Totally agree about Courtney-Perkins, and any one of three at the back.

Six young Australians ready for an A-League explosion

every game
but yes, 4k thereabouts

ABC viewers must see attacking football when they watch the A-League

or play in winter

ABC viewers must see attacking football when they watch the A-League

When the Townsville Crocs played some years back, they held the crowd record for selling out their stadium.

ABC viewers must see attacking football when they watch the A-League

They have to get the W League right too Mike. It’s an evolving competition, not yet fully fledged as it doesn’t have a full home/away season, and there’s ever talk of expansion but little action. It’s a great league, benefiting from the off-season of overseas players. I think many would be surprised at the number of decent international players in the W League. The danger is that expansion, if not done carefully, will cut into the US and Europe seasons thus reducing the availability of players from their leagues, including a large number of Australians.
While it’s probably not the priority of the club owners, with a potential home World Cup in 2023, the W League has as much, maybe more, potential to influence the popularity of our game than the A League. And it sits well with ABC TV.

ABC viewers must see attacking football when they watch the A-League