A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size More than 60,000 fans packing into a purple-swathed Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday afternoon is proof that the A-League does grand finals better than the AFL or NRL ever will. So much for Perth Glory struggling to sell tickets. There were plenty of sceptics who before this week reckoned the Glory would go nowhere near filling Perth’s brand-spanking new stadium. Many of them had at least one thing in common – they were more likely to be watching the West Coast Eagles or Fremantle Dockers on a Sunday afternoon as an A-League game. As football fans we’re so used to followers of other sports belittling the A-League under the guise of offering friendly advice, that we essentially accept it as the norm. Heaven forbid if the shoe’s on the other foot though and you happen to mention that you prefer the A-League to Australia’s provincial codes, because you’ll never hear the … [Read more...] about This will be the biggest A-League grand final of all time
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After recent talk about too many NRL teams in Sydney and who should be relocated, this is the best strategy for the game. My ideas don’t have a budget to worry about so they may be good but it really comes down to what the NRL is willing to spend, however the cost wouldn’t be too great. There doesn’t need to be any major relocation by sending a Sydney team to Perth as it wouldn’t work, it would lose fans, and Western Australia needs its own team. My first proposal is that the Dragons should permanently move to Wollongong and take two games to Kogarah so they can become a regional team with a name change to Illawarra-St George Dragons. The second proposal is to relocate Manly to the Central Coast as the Sea Eagles are the closest team to Gosford. Manly also have one of the worst grounds in the NRL and Gosford has a good stadium with a big catchment area. The move would work, however it means there won’t be rugby league on the North Shore. But Gosford is … [Read more...] about Why the Eagles should move to Gosford… again
Following their 11-goal exit from the 2017 finals series at the hands of the GWS Giants, West Coast were widely tipped to tumble down the ladder with the loss of over 1000 games of experience after the likes of Matt Priddis, Sam Mitchell, Drew Petrie and Sam Butler all hung up the boots for 2018. With a redesigned logo and jumper and a brand new stadium, the Eagles were well and truly entering a new era in Adam Simpson’s fifth year at the helm as head coach. With the rights to play the first ever men’s AFL game at Optus Stadium against Sydney, West Coast were on the receiving end of a Lance Franklin masterclass, with ‘Buddy’ booting eight goals as the Swans claimed a 29 point victory. The Eagles regrouped from their first-round loss, defeating the Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium before claiming a come-from-behind victory over the Cats on their home deck. Further wins followed against the struggling Blues, Suns and Dockers, before West Coast proved themselves as a … [Read more...] about West Coast 2019 season preview, best 22 and predicted finish
A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size Think about this. If Essendon doesn’t win the premiership in 2019, the club’s longest premiership drought of 19 years will be equalled. For a founding member of the eight-team breakaway Victorian Football League in 1897, a 19-year drought is a rather modest hiatus between premierships. For the record, Essendon’s previous longest drought between premiership flags come from 1965 to 1984, an almost two-decade wait between the club’s twelfth and thirteenth premierships. When considering two of the last three premiership teams have erased droughts of 62 (Western Bulldogs) and 37 (Richmond) years, the Bombers drought of 19 seems even more astonishing. On average, the Bombers have won a VFL/AFL premiership every 7.5 years – a number bested only by the Brisbane Lions (7.33) and bitter rivals Hawthorn (7.23) – and have on average appeared in grand finals once every four years … [Read more...] about Glory and fame: Is the Essendon hype justified?
Having been bundled out of the 2017 finals in extraordinary circumstances following a Luke Shuey goal after the siren in extra time, Port Adelaide aggressively hit the trade and free agency period, looking to enhance their 2018 squad as they searched for their first finals victory since 2014. With the arrival of Tom Rockliff, Steven Motlop and Jack Watts, a new-look Power outfit sat atop the AFL ladder after an unbeaten opening three weeks of the season. By the end of Round 16 they were on a five-game winning streak, which included strong victories over premiership contenders Richmond and Melbourne, and were sitting comfortably in fourth position. But a horror end to the season in which they dropped six of their final seven matches saw the Power fall out of finals contention in embarrassing fashion, dropping to tenth on the ladder with a 12-10 record. It marked the third time in the last four years that Port Adelaide finished either ninth or tenth, highlighting their inability to take … [Read more...] about Port Adelaide 2019 season preview: Best 22 and predicted finish