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A LONG time Chelsea supporter, an original AUFC fan, member and season ticket holder. Life member of Salisbury Utd, past player, ref, coach and administrator. Yep been there done that.

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While I respect your loyalty to your club, to be fair I’m not too sure if City saw enough of him to really make the assumption that he wouldn’t be good enough to hold a place in their team. City sell the CFG dream to these ‘kids’ and then seem to sit them in their youth set when they should be getting senior match minutes into them. I am sure that after a few of these lads get their dreams shattered, they will end up being City’s messengers, but not in a good way.

Ramy Najjarine was wasted at Melbourne City, the Jets have set him free

Didn’t quite nail that one. 😛

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 4

Grem, you are right in what you say. At the moment football games generally aren’t as good with less vocal support. What a lot of people in decision making positions forget, is that football was designed for the fans, the supporters. Yes I know we are the midst of a damn pandemic and it could get a lot worse before it gets better, but to tell people to sit down and shut up is really a step too far, in my opinion.

Mac are doing it tough, that there is no doubt, and to be honest until they have played clubs outside of NSW we really won’t know how good or bad they are. If they can only play for 60 minutes before running out of steam, then stronger, younger teams will find them out. The current league table means absolutely nothing, which is a shame but I’m sure things will get better as the year goes on, until the next cluster, outbreak occurs.

Does anyone care that Macarthur are a decent football team?

There is no reason why not. Is there?

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 4

I doubt you will get a reply, I think he is the sort of person who walks past a fire, throws on some gun-powder and stands back to see the reaction of everyone else.

Basically he is a fisherman and he baits the hook for us fishes to nibble at.

Ten reasons to be optimistic about the A-League’s future

Glass half empty Nick or is it completely dry? While your opinions are well known I don’t agree with them.

To suggest after two game Mac are struggling and doomed to fail is more than a tad pessimistic. If after two years they haven’t improved, then you can say “I told you so”!

Ten reasons to be optimistic about the A-League’s future

SYD/WSW – DRAW The hype over SFC as always is way OTT

CITY/WUN – DRAW with a HUGH crowd turning out to see a battle royal. 4-4

JETS/mac – The Jets are the sleeping giant of the competition. A safe win for them.

CCM/wsw – Mariners at the moment are just too good for the rest of NSW.

per/ADL – AUFC to play some more of their kids and the tired old legs in Perth will be found out.

JETS/ROAR – DRAW would love to see the JETS take home 6 points from these two games and make the rest of NSW sit up and cry. But the men in Orange will hold out for a point.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 4

Mick, You make a good point. Nothing beats watching a game live, and in this time of COVID and the limited number of games being played it is even harder for a ‘die-hard’ like me going to see a live match.

I have never watched a BBL game, either live or on TV, it holds no interest, just like any other football code. But being a FOX subscriber [yes I’m a Boomer] I can’t escape the adds for any of their other sporting channels, hence I know when a BBL game is on, or an NRL match or even the AFL. So Fox do market selectively the products that are likely to bring in eyes for their betting advertisers.

Which brings me to my point. Marketing the game! While waiting to watch the WSW vs Mac game a few weeks back, I saw an ‘add’ for WSW and it caught my attention immediately, it was a professional piece of work, made for their fan base admittedly, but as a football fan it made an impact on me. I turned to the wife [who is more of a fanatic than I am] and we both agreed that each club needs something like this. Unfortunately I can’t find it on youtube to share with those who missed it.

We need to start promoting ourselves, FOX won’t do it, the ABC won’t do it, SBS won’t do it and definitely the main stream media won’t do it, unless the league/clubs pay through the nose. Each of our clubs needs to do it for themselves, their fans and supporters. Then we can start to work out how we bring it to the attention of those who are out there playing the game.

Cowbells and new blood suddenly make the A-League look a whole lot better

Andy, not sure about his bias towards African Australians but as the senior coach, I would want him just to see the player not anything else.

A-League 2020-21 season predictions

Punter, you should take a does of your own medicine and start dealing in ‘facts’ but like a good supporter of your club, that you appear to be, you will defend them even when their deficiencies are there for all to see.

Just a question, without notice, how many of those you named actually came through SFC youth set up? Remember deal in facts!

A-League 2020-21 season predictions

i don’t know who you are, but i love your profile name. You should comment on every article, even if it is just to say your name. Because you are right.

Cowbells and new blood suddenly make the A-League look a whole lot better

@ Punter – So you are opposed to giving younger players a shot at becoming a future Socceroo? Because, even though you didn’t actually say that, that is implied by your post. WINNING is everything and kids here aren’t good enough to win you a championship. So lets get a squad of Over Aged Players from within and out side of Australia so we can ‘brag’ about how good we are. You might just see as far as the next game or end of a season, some of us look further afield.

I imagine you will be one of the first people to jump up and down and kiss the Aussie emblem on your shirt, when one of these kids scores a winning goal at a world cup match. It is a shame you don’t see any of them play until your club fronts up against them.

Let the debate begin.

A-League 2020-21 season predictions

They are the most likely to win it yes, but are not guaranteed to win it. Villa with two games in hand might prove to be a surprise. Hopefully Chelsea come good and go on an unbeaten run of 20 games. I live in hope.

A-League 2020-21 season predictions

in what way Lion?

A-League 2020-21 season predictions

Well said Andy, Unfortunately, those that live and work in Melbourne and Sydney come to believe their own rhetoric. What our sport needs is a neutral perspective on the whole competition, as a Glory fan said in the comments, there has been no main stream media reporting in Perth. So they don’t even know the competition has started. We need us, the fans and supporters to become equal minded, if we are going to start trying to produce our own ‘marketing’, believe it or not, it isn’t all about NSW and Victoria.
I love Adelaide Utd, but we are nothing without the rest of the competition. As soon as the Welshmen and Victorians realise the same thing, the A League will never become what we all know it could be. I can hear all the East Coast media types now screaming, but 90% of the population [or what ever it is] live in Melbourne & Sydney, you have to cater for them. Sure cater for them one for one, in other words, for every article about a Victorian or NSW team have one for Queensland, or South Australia or heaven forbid, one about Perth.
Now onto the topic. Anyone who thinks they are capable of predicting a whole league season based on two games, is in well “Tell’em they’re dreaming” type territory. We haven’t seen yet what Perth are going to be capable of, and if and when NSWs teams are allowed to travel outside of NSW and they ever get to play over in Perth, they may all come unstuck.
I am pretty sure the author is looking through ‘Foxtel eyes’ in wanting to see the NSW and Victorian teams do extra well [except Victory] but having only seen one live game so far, our Utd, do look OK, not fantastic [that will come I’m sure]. City don’t look flash, too many of their players were down for our match, and there is some aging legs at the back for them. Scotty looks like he will be targeted by most clubs as he has lost a bit of pace [well a lot really] and strong young fast wingers will be drawing fouls from him OFTEN. So he could be my early tip for most red cards this season. Jamie Mac looked uninterested in the game and No One seemed to have lost his touch. Unless they start investing in their own youth [not ours, for a change] they may do alright in some games but will struggle overall.
I have no thoughts on who will win the league, there will be a few key games as the season goes on, I look forward to seeing the Mariners take on the Smurfs in their games and these matches may end up deciding 1 & 2 or 3rd and 4th, who knows. Unfortunately Victory can’t be this bad for the whole season [we can live in hope] and they will win some crucial games against City and Western Utd, but they too seemed to have recruited poorly from what we have seen so far. Jets will come good, the new ownership structure from the NSW clubs will help them I’m certain.
I don’t believe it will be all one way for any club this season, plenty of up’s and downs. Most likely it may end up similar to the current EPL race, where anyone of the top 10 clubs could end up winning it. Lets hope our A League season comes down to the last round of the season to see who finishes on top.

A-League 2020-21 season predictions

LOL. I had to stop and think, for a micro second Tiger

Mark Bosnich: Expert or ego?

Not sure who this Michael Hill is?

Mark Bosnich: Expert or ego?

True and I was expecting a lot more from them TBH. I don’t mind the Victory struggling, and do not believe what the East Coast media try and spin, that the league needs a strong Melbourne Victory. Would love to see them struggle all season long, nothing gives me greater pleasure than hearing the excuses they ‘spew’ out when things don’t go to plan.

A-League player ratings: Melbourne Victory vs Brisbane Roar

Having watched the game on the ‘box’ I thought the author has been very generous towards some of the Victory playing staff. Where did this VUCK come from?
To be fair it is only two games in for most players and I’m certain many will improve over the coming months.
Victory’s visit to Hindmarsh in a couple of weeks time will be a match much anticipated by many and we hope the Victory supporters turn up like their cousins from City did yesterday. Hopefully by then their team will have improved somewhat.

A-League player ratings: Melbourne Victory vs Brisbane Roar

first of all it was great to be back watching a game live. As much as I enjoy watching the EPL it seems pointless without the fans being there. This game game was born of the fans, regardless of what some of the hierarchy think, it is just a meaningless ‘kick around’ without them being there.

To all the naysayers who ‘whimped out’ because they were asked to look out for others, by wearing a mask and using a little common sense, you missed being part of the reason the game is being put on.

Carl was right, when it was obvious we were starting to get on top, the crowd lifted, sensing something was going to happen and it did, we started to get in behind their defense more often, you could just feel a goal was coming. that feeling you get when you know you have your opponent on their knees and all it was going to take was a little luck or something special. Jamo was caught out of position[not for the first time] and the race horse of M. Toure got the better of him, Jamo took one for the team and got his marching orders. he hasn’t learnt to not speak out of turn to a match official. I’d like to know the statistic of yellow cards he has picked up by trying to ‘gutter talk’ a Referee. The goal was a well worked move, even though the Fox commentators [gee how we miss Simon Hill] tried to warn the City defenders to watch out for Tomi GUN Juric. He was left free at the back, a quick movement as the other REDS sold the dummy, and before you knew it the ball was in the back of the net. A well practiced free kick and something that City will have to work on defending.

After the goal, the crowd did come to life, it was as if we had all forgotten how to sing and carry on. It was only a matter of time before the second one went in, again quick feet and movement inside the box and Captain Mauk got a toe poke in and an ever so slight deflection which had Glover going the wrong way. It should of been more as both sides had plenty of chances and a 4-2 finish would have done the game justice. The crowd were up and about [all within the strict protocols of the current pandemic] and it felt good.

Victory next up, so an early start to make sure you miss the long que’s and the QR coding and the ‘over the top’ crowd control measures we football fans seem to accept now days. It seems the management of the stadium really do believe we are a threat to the social order of the community.

Once again there was no ‘safe smoke’ allowed, even though the club are seriously considering the use of it. I believe it would add to the atmosphere, especially with the RED Army in full voice, so i encourage the club to quickly make a decision and allow it, even encourage it, they could sell it inside the ground to both home and away supporters. Let the debate begin.

Home fans spurred us on against City – Reds boss Veart

Is this the same Mac Arthur that charged their active supporters $440.00 each then moved them to an out of the way corner? Or have they resolved that issue now?

FFA nails the opening week of A-League fixtures

Agreed, after all it is a national competition, isn’t it?

2020 AFL draft: Club-by-club review, my take on every team

@Hub360. if all this goes on, why try and hide it? Why not give each draftee one right of refusal? Then all those ‘kids’ who sign a 2 years deal to get into the AFL then decide that living away from family and friends is too much for them can make up their minds when first drafted, they can say NO and take a chance a club in their own state will want them.

2020 AFL draft: Club-by-club review, my take on every team

Thanks mate, I wonder what the AFL would do if every player said that? I’m sure there would be some new ruling to prevent them being so refreshingly honest.

2020 AFL draft: Club-by-club review, my take on every team

Thank you Josh for making it easier for the uninitiated, [the likes of me] to get their head around such a strange event as the draft.

Can I have your opinion on the likes of Archie Perkins, as it has been explained to me, a player can not nominate a club to which he is going to be drafted to. I understand the AFL have in place strict guidelines for players and clubs so they don’t ‘interfere’ with a draft? Hasn’t this young man done just that, by saying to 8 clubs i won’t go if you pick me. [or words to that effect] Or do these rules only apply to players not born and raised in Victoria?

2020 AFL draft: Club-by-club review, my take on every team