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great moment in sport. Two great high jumpers. I didn’t know they were close and thought the Qatari was just being nice. The emotions that followed from both of them was next level. I thought the Qatari looked like he could go on with it, he did some super jumps.

Beautiful back story of the men who became the first in 109 years to share Olympic track and field medal

A great night of track & field. Just can’t believe the Italians, well done them.
I thought they got carried away with Browning’s heat run. He did good but to call him a finalist was a dumb call.

The fastest man on the planet is now from Italy

What a great run by Peter Bol. Tactically, he could not have run a better 800. I don’t think McAlveny knows as much about track & field as I’d thought. He shouldn’t make those calls. But good luck to Peter Bol.

'Oh man, that's a big call!': Has Bruce put too much pressure on 800m runner Peter Bol?

I think you should give the guy a break Andy. We all deserve a second chance.

Wanderers to celebrate ten years in 2021-22

my other reply post disappeared. You can’t compare her goals to Ronaldo or Messi. She’s used her speed a lot in counter attacks, but most of her goals don’t come from skillfully outplaying her opponents like they do. She gets in good positions, foils defenders or avoids them, or scores off her head.
Don’t get me wrong, she’s our best asset for her goals, but our best footballer? I disagree.

Why I'd watch a Matildas game over the Socceroos or Olyroos any day of the week

She’s a golden boot winner, but best footballer? I don’t know of any best footballer award she’s won. Besides, it’s subjective, you did say arguably, and I’m giving my assessment. Experts, especially men on the women’s game, are a bit of a joke sometimes.

Why I'd watch a Matildas game over the Socceroos or Olyroos any day of the week

arguably she was the second best player in the W League, certainly not the best player in the WSL, not the best in her Chelsea side. She’s very good, especially at deceptive play and positioning herself in front of goal but her ball skills are not the greatest which often results in breakdown of play in midfield when she roams the field, and her defence is average at times, like the other night when she pops up as centre back and GB scores right past her. She’s difficult to track for many teams because she’s everywhere. But the world’s best – I don’t agree there.

Why I'd watch a Matildas game over the Socceroos or Olyroos any day of the week

it’s swings & roundabouts. Women’s cricket get blanket coverage in season, timed to not clash with men’s cricket. Their games are even called live on ABC radio. Can’t compare that to the women who barely get a mention outside of when the Matildas win a game or play well. The W League benefits hugely from the men’s game, as does the WNPL. You can’t discount that and then separate the Matildas. BTW, they didn’t get much coverage when they lost their lead-in friendly matches by some rotten margins, largely because the bandwagon just don’t understand the game and the reason for friendly matches. The bandwagon only loves winners.

Why I'd watch a Matildas game over the Socceroos or Olyroos any day of the week

GB defence also was lacking at times on Friday night – Kerr had no one near her, on the edge of the box in front of goal, gift. Polkinghorne is by far our best centre back but she is getting older. Still got a few years on Aivy Luik though, and Polks is a leader, organises the defence. Ellie Carpenter’s speed is her asset, she is not a central defender as you point out with the GB goal, she defended like a forward. Same as Kerr at times, who has a roaming commission to go anywhere but too often turns up in a key defensive position and she’s just not a defender.
Central defenders has been an issue for us for some time, with just the two. We’ve tried others, even back to Staj (who copped a lot of criticism for trying others) but it hasn’t worked. Olympic finals is not the place to experiment.

Stirring win shouldn’t hide the Matildas' glaring weaknesses

Our girls had a lot of luck against GB, in that first half I think there were 2 shots hit the post and GB had about 6 or more shots to our nil. We showed a lot of grit to hang in and Kennedy’s header gave the girls a lot of belief, it was obviously a training move that came off for them. They were helped a lot by some pretty ordinary defence by GB too – Kerr unmarked in the box and allowed so much time to get her shot in was a massive bonus for us. Our defence was pretty bad at times too, why were we playing Carpenter as a centre back? cost us a goal. Why was Polkinghorne not on until deep into extra time?
Lots of questions to ask. We won’t get away with that again.
But hey, I am a big Matildas fan, long term not just Olympics, and follow W League as close as the A League. Your criticism of the men’s game is completely unwarranted. Different tactics, different opponent, different coach, different players with different strengths and weaknesses. This is what makes football so good -the variety, every game, every team, is completely different. You should know that.

Why I'd watch a Matildas game over the Socceroos or Olyroos any day of the week

Redcliffe girl, she was pretty good at Roar from memory, before Wanderers, and I’m sure she’s another product of QAS, like about half that team. It would have been a tragedy for her to go to AFL, and lends even more weight to why we must address the shortcomings in the W League immediately.

The US move that stopped Matildas hero Teagan Micah quitting football for AFL

Great game – this why we love football. You love it, you hate it. The rollercoaster is just too good not to take the ride.
We rode our luck in the first half, GB were dominant and Micah deserves a big thank you for a couple of very good saves. Carpenter is not a central defender and it showed in the GB goal. Kerr had all day to set for that equaliser – take a look at the video, not a defender anywhere near her, but a great ball by EvE. Kerr scores with that kin d of space in the box every time. And enter Mary Fowler – sure, a little deflection but what a great strike.
As Bruce Djite tweeted, this team is carrying our game at the moment. We have to do more for our women’s game in Australia, fix the W League, which will suffer more with so many of our players now overseas. We need a full season for starters.
Finally, must compliment GB too. They’re a very fine side who would probably have won this tournament if they’d beaten us last night. Both teams did a great service to the women’s game last night. I don’t know what it rated, but seems most of Australia was watching.

'That was for you, Australia. SEMIS BABY!': Perfect display of why we love the Matildas

Andy, you can say what you like – if you can’t back it up with a source it is just a rumor, opinion not a fact. Believe me, I write non-fiction (history) books. This is what I do in my retirement.
Rumors abound everywhere, he says, she suspects, but until it happens and you can quote source, it hasn’t happened. It’s not a fact until it is a fact. There’s no harm in opinion pieces, labelled as such, but you can’t claim rumor or opinion as fact.
As to Adelaide youth, I can only quote Kossie “20 years behind Brisbane”.

Someone needs to be accountable for Western United's embarrassing stadium fiasco

adelaide bias

Someone needs to be accountable for Western United's embarrassing stadium fiasco

I love my Roar football key ring, but I need a replacement one

Someone needs to be accountable for Western United's embarrassing stadium fiasco

goes to Lions FC, the mother club for want of a better term

Someone needs to be accountable for Western United's embarrassing stadium fiasco

go Ausy girls!!

What time do the Matildas play Great Britain tonight in the Olympics quarter-finals?

if you can’t quote sources it’s not an article, just rumour

Someone needs to be accountable for Western United's embarrassing stadium fiasco

Thanks Waz, they didn’t explain her departure that way. The W League is not really a proper league in that it doesn’t have a full home-away season. It’s very makeshift, let’s hope that is addressed in the first instance. If the girls play ok tonight our girls game will benefit enormously.

More women in A-League coaching roles is the key to developing their coaching attributes

rugby’s a winter sport too craig, and swimming when it’s indoors which it always is these days

Are you 'Arnie In' or 'Arnie Out' when it comes to Australia's national teams?

My earlier post must look weird – somehow articles got mixed up. Apologies.
I can never work out why Mel Andreatta was removed as Roar W League coach, before Belinda Wilson. Mel had them playing like their lives depended on it, yet she was apparently not playing the Roar way. I thought both Mel and Belinda were great coaches at W League and could have stepped up to national level. Certainly did a better job than a few of the male head coaches we’ve had, and yes, I absolutely agree with you that they should be given more opportunities. That applies to refereeing too.

More women in A-League coaching roles is the key to developing their coaching attributes

brief history of swimming and tennis in Australia: for the first half pf the 20th century Australia was a superpower in these sports, with generation after generation of world champions. Then it all stopped, around 1980. There are many reasons but basically, we relied on backyard cottage industry to generate champions while the rest of the world started to take a scientific approach, and they passed us. For some years we barely had a champion, then we invested in these sports. And now we have a fair share of champions.

Are you 'Arnie In' or 'Arnie Out' when it comes to Australia's national teams?

It would only be tax deductible if you earn a wage from coaching, which very few do.

Are you 'Arnie In' or 'Arnie Out' when it comes to Australia's national teams?

Thanks Heather. I get your point, always play to win. That will always work. I was rather disappointed to see our senior football journalists savage the Matildas in the last game for not playing the style you advocate here. Their argument seemed to be that the game was boring and no one wants to watch. I ask them, do they complain about swimmers and runners not breaking world records in their heats and semis?
I’m no football guru like yourself, but I really didn’t have a problem with the Matildas doing what they had to, just to progress when they were up against the world’s #1 team. They were much more attacking and positive than heir male counterparts last night.

More women in A-League coaching roles is the key to developing their coaching attributes

agree Andy. We are better to compare ourselves to some of the other sports in Australia, even swimming. The myth that Ausy kids are good swimmers because they all have backyard pools is rubbish, dated by fifty years, same as tennis. We have invested heavily in these sports, with major facilities, coach and player development. We know how to progress young talent to world champions. I don’t think we even try to do that with football, not on a national scale.

Are you 'Arnie In' or 'Arnie Out' when it comes to Australia's national teams?

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