Friday, October 30, 2009
'Brisbane boss Ange Postecoglou was frustrated to leave with a point after watching his team control large portions of the match. “We certainly had enough of the ball and we moved it quite well”'
Mate, the fans were just bored with the training ground - obvious and predictable passing, that gave Newcastle no trouble. At least Brisbane had the excuse of injuries. Why are Newcastle so dull?
Melbourne - even Wellington - would have thrashed these teams.
The low crowd didn't help. This was a dull game. And yet Charlie Miller for 30 minutes could have won this game for the Roar. Ange must take responsibility for that. And it shows that he is making 'football' decisions at the expense crowd interest.
In other words they are doing what the club is desperate to say they are not doing - writing off the season.
And next week the FFA is sending Tommy Oar - with Franjic - the only bright spot off on tour. Hey guys if you want the Roar to survive you need to do something now.
And what was it that gave Craig Moore man-of-the-match? Did anyone notice that the goal was his fault?
Playing Cernak as a start and then giving all the corners and free kicks back fired. He was poor. Tommy oar may have made something of them.
Have a look at this promo from the Roar. 'Ange Postecoglou is expecting a showcase of open, attacking football tomorrow night when Brisbane Roar take on the Newcastle Jets at Suncorp Stadium.' Neither side had anything in the final third. Most of the game was boring. Tope-Stanley simply pushed Mitch Nichols out of the way all night.
The Roar's defence has looked brittle all season. Newcastle had one chance - one striker beat 3 defenders (including Moore) and the goalkeeper.
Van Dijk just was not that tonight. Why should he get marquee play. He should have been on Toper-Stanley and Mitch should have been running in....
The lower ticket prices back-fired, few would have thought they got value tonight.
It is entertainment values v 'coming to play football'.
The promotion for this game, one of the few in prime fan viewing time this year, has been modest. Reflecting the finances of the club. The size of the crowd will tell us a lot. It has gone well beyond ticket costs.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
On Miller, I think the mood at the Roar is that his punch was close to a final straw. Now unless he shows real magic at training, he isn't going to play.
For this game it was fairly even with Brisbane missing chances in the first half. Then Sydney dominated the first 25 minutes of the second half. The after Sydney were two up it was all Tommy Oar and the Roar.
Too bad that they are now equal last as they can't blame Frank for that. The club must take the rap. And it is hard to see a turnaround in the crowd for Newcastle.
As for Sydney, it was sad to see them targeting Oar and then in the last 10 minutes adopting the hated 'go down and stay down tactics' to break Brisbane's time on the ball.
You can see why Sydney can the A-League's best yellow card record, their transgressions get ignored. While almost anything Brisbane does gets book. If the FFA wants the crowd to pick up they will have to change the refereeing approach. People want to see what Tommy Oar can do not continually pulled down and tripped.
The Roar now have to add Reinaldo to the injured list. Mario Karlovic needs to lift he should be emulating Oar.
Good riddence to Bob Malcolm. Give us our 5th foreign spot back.
Poor performance from Foxtel get your cables fixed. About 30 minutes got to air.
Foxtel has been having outages (Sydney and Brisbane and other parts of Australia) all week so I saw little of this game and less of the Sydney v Brisbane game. However, something happened.
It was amazing to see former Roar 2nd keeper Scott Higgins letting them go through his legs and all sorts.
There was some back story about public statements by Miron having a go at Herbert in the press about the New Zealand team and its world cup preparation. And why the camera work was abysmal, you could see them arguing through the game.
I think Culina and the players have had enough of a club that is not interested in fans. It looked like poaking fun at first. Now they know they are the joke. I believe Miron has lost the 'dressing room' for the second time. The team is tied of his, the owner's and the CEO's behaviour. Will there be a Gold Coast next year if this keeps up?
One other story. The NZ commentary team hit new lows called Zenon Caravella a 'little dog'. That needs to be looked into.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Moore is out too - sorry he shouldn't be our marquee (I understand he is paid what so clubs pay players inside the cap).
Now we will probably play the A-League's worst player - Bob Malcolm.
Did Ange know what he was getting into?
The drums are beating that FFA is about to takeover the Roar. But they may wait until the downward spiral stops.
Packer is back in, McKay back in, Reinaldo back in. But not looking their best.
Dodd is back.
Zullo still out - are we allowed to sign someone else?
Reddy out for 6 plus games. Murdocca running but not playing. Henrique seen on training park.
Mundy signed last year - is he proving himself? How long for Smits? (Compare Smits to Grossman doing OK with Fury).
Can't expect a team to be winning with 6 top players out injured (out of 23 man squad).
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Anti and Syphoning: Pay TV option is good bargaining chip but you don't want it to be our only coverage
Informed Source: I'll bet. They seem to be in a big low.
John: Bob Malcolm caused 2 goals and looked like he wasn't even playing, so did Moore in the 1st 20 mins.
Informed Source: Malcolm may well know that he's unlikely to be part of the main mix from here on in.
John: One thing people aren't saying is that Brisbane was the 2nd biggest crowd. Gold Coast - top of the league and best team - winner v Perth was going top - crowd = 4,500
Informed Source: Yes. Good point. While the focus is on Brisbane, there are deeper issues there. I believe there is a clear correlation between the success of a code and its prominence on free-to-air tv. For example, in 2003 union was pushing to overtake NRL as the major form of rugby in the country. But lost momentum when they signed the deal with Fox. From 2005, soccer was on a high following the world cup qualification, that reached fever pitch in 2006 with making the qtr finals. All codes were genuinely scared - including the all-conquering AFL. But already signed up to a Fox arrangement and what happened....
Another example, NBL went from being on free-to-air tv in the late 80s and through the 90s to a deal with Fox and ended up dying altogether for a year and a half....
Compared to AFL and NRL which are clearly the dominant football codes in the country, only rivaled by cricket for national interest.... all 3 of these sports have strong free-to-air coverage.
My hypothesis: if channel 9 didn't sign up rugby league but signed up rugby union instead, and Fox Sports had have taken over rugby league, the exodus of players from league to union would have continued and union would be pushing for status as the dominant of the 2 codes.
John: So how do you read the latest free-to-air v pay debate happening in parliament now? I heard Wayne Goss on the radio the other day talking about anti syphoning list changes.
Informed Source: Complex: in some part it's short-term greed on behalf of the codes going to the govt looking for relaxation. On the other side, I understand that they sometimes need the bargaining chip of pay tv to get a better free-to-air outcome. It is also a matter of different codes being at different points in their product life-cycle.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
2. if they aren't, how big will the crowd be by year's end?
(note that Brisbane had the 2nd biggest crowd last week and Gold Coast with Culina and Smeltz only had 4,500).
3. Where will they play next year?
and if you answer those, here's another:
4. who will own the franchise next year?
Saturday, October 17, 2009
"It's really been timid and a little bit boring (since), there's not enough characters in the game. "I've been away (overseas) for a couple of years and this season there haven't been any outrageous comments or anything like that to give you a good laugh." Quoted at Fox Sports.
And why? Because unless your Clive Palmer and the FFA is powerless to control you, FFA will fine coaches and players unless they say what it wants.
Physios Tony Ganter and Cameron Schembri have resigned.
I hope they win this afternoon, go Rado. I like coaches with sons in the Socceroos.
Friday, October 16, 2009
'Farina's departure will spell the end for a handful of Roar players, sooner rather than later. Tiatto, 36, has already declared he will retire at season's end, while the Roar careers of Miller and Bob Malcolm – both off contract at the end of Brisbane's current campaign – seem clouded.'
So how many fans does the Board think will be happy with Miller leaving?
Elsewhere (Sydney Morning Herald) the speculation is that Moore wants out. And why won't he? He brought Miller and Malcolm to the club and Tiatto is his close friend. And Moore started the attack on Kruse in the press.
And what does the Courier Mail say about Moore:
'With Farina gone, Moore's opinion will be more often sought by the Roar board, who are keen for their 33-year-old captain to remain part of the club well beyond his playing days.'According to the Courier Mail, the Board were complaining that Frank was controlling everthing. What if Moore was ready controlling it all already. And now they want to give him more influence.
Interesting given that they now want his friends Miller, Malcolm and Tiatto to leave the club.
To me this is Miron re-visited. Get rid of the coach. Get new players in. Re-launch the club. Crowds will go up.
We will see.
This is the best argument for a member based club - that votes for the Board and, possibly even the coach, that you will find.
Why did the crowds fall:
1. Gold Coast - split the Roar crowd and have no fans of their own (FFA have admitted this with typical club fisted approach ).
2. Raising ticket prices (look what happened at the Celtic game)
The Board must accept responsibility for not accepting financial help.
“If we lose tomorrow night I think people will legitimately turn around and say well it’s been a tough week, you don’t blame them,”
He is wrong. If we lose fans will say: "The Board and FFA has stuffed our team 2 weeks in a row."
Ange is about to find this is a tough game. No one pays to see their team play with their hands tied the way FFA and the Board have tied Brisbane.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
'There are some suggestions that Moore could be looking for a way out following the coaching change - possibly considering a return to Europe sooner rather than later.
Moore, 33, is one of only two A-League players in the Socceroos squad, and has been told by coach Pim Verbeek he needs to keep playing until May to remain in his World Cup plans. Moore had been talking about an overseas loan deal or a short-term stint with Adelaide United or Melbourne Victory, who are both participating in next year's Asian Champions League. Depending on talks with Postecoglou, this week's events at the club might hasten his departure.'
There were Gold Coast and Brisbane fans on my bus on the way home and the only conversation was how bad the ref was. Whether the ref was right or wrong does not matter, for fans the minimum is that they felt they got a reasonable deal. The FFA knew the fans were sick of the ref as he had to be escorted off the field at half and full time (the latter by police).
Even Fox, told by the FFA to back their refs in all circumstances, said that they were surprised Steve Pantelidis didn't get a card. 4 Brisbane players did for minor offenses. The FFA, and the Courier Mail, may see a badly behaved team, most Brisbane fans saw bias.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I would be very surprised if many people in Brisbane know who he is. He has 4 Socceroo caps and won 2 NSL titles as a player and 2 as a coach.
Club Chairman Chris Bombolas more or less conceded in a heated interview with ABC Radio host Kelly Higgins-Divine that it was the 4 owners who voted as a block of the 7 board members to determine Frank Farina's fate. It is possible that the FFA where applying pressure for something to happen to attract a decent crowd (what it is not clear).
Let's hope the owners are now prepared to back-up their decision with the mega dollars that will be needed to buy a guest player and, next year, a new marque. The current squad does not have the depth and some will leave next year.
From Saturday we will see how up-hill Ange's job will be - crowd? win?
You must win to get the crowd - Chris Bombolas was saying 'ask the previous coach' about the results - But the Roar don't have enough fit players to win the championship. It has nothing to do with the coach.
By the way Reddy is out for 6 weeks.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Both clubs have also been cited by the match review panel for misconduct during the match and have until Wednesday to challenge the charges. '
Sunday, October 11, 2009
To have 2 50-50 penalties turned down is disappointing. To have 4 is suspect or disappointing. This keeps happening to the Roar and you can see why fans stop coming.
In last years grand final an elbow to the head was a red, here Thwaite only got yellow. It pays to smile at the ref. 4 Roar yellow cards to 1 GC (for throwing the ball away) was just plain wrong.
So Ben Williams and the FFA wait for a Brisbane match to protect goalkeepers (goal disallowed - foul called on Nichols).
I thought the Roar did not miss most of the senior players who where away. Pity Malcolm wasn't away. Why did we waste a foreign spot on this slow coach?
By the way, quite a few people dressed in GC colours caught buses home. The ones on mine got off in the suburbs. Seems to confirm that quite a few GC fans are former Roar fans.
What are the FFA going to do about their stuff-up in Queensland? 8,800 to a derby when last year's average to any game was 15,000 = ? Clearly Brisbane is the market they should harvest. GC don't seem interested.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Funny that, some of Brisbane's leading journalists praised Miron's non-attendance and refusal to promote the opening game of the season as an act of marketing genius - by attracting interest to the game(?). Now, it looks more like an act of some strange form of vengeance.
However, again from reporter David Lewis in the Gold Coast Weekend Bulletin:
FFA's A-League manager Archie Fraser said "The people of the Gold Coast have sent a pretty clear message by their absence from games. There are things that can be done, that should be done and are clearly not being done by United in terms of building a supporter base. We (the FFA) have offered advice from day one but they have not acted upon it. We have offered strategies that actually work."However, like normal Gold Coast didn't take nicely to this (Gold Coast Bulletin):
Gold Coast CEO Clive Mensink:
"The FFA took our first home game away from us, and Newcastle and other teams have had problems attracting crowds," he said. "Maybe Archie and I need to have chat about things. "I'm disappointed he's having a crack at us."
Ha. These guys just don't get it. And Jason Culina is getting cheezed off and thinking he made the wrong decision. I think he did. Image if an established team like Brisbane had been able to afford Jason. That would have been a great outcome for the A-League.
Mind you I am not so convinced that FFA strategies 'actually work'. I remember their pricing strategy for the Celtic game and nearly all the top seats being vacant.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Gee how weak the Roar's state must be if someone like Kruse can put them off their game so easily?
Bit of a shame really.
A man in his mid/late 30s punching a 20 year old because they said things that they don't like isn't the way to get parents to take their kids to an expensive soccer match. Do they know that now?
Adults losing their temper in public doesn't help either.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
But the byline is again the poor refing. The choice seems to be between refs that blow the whistle for everything. And Strebre Delovski who again looked to lost control of a match.
Next week Brisbane will be without:
Moore (international duty)
Tiatto (likely suspension)
Henrique (Leijified for 8 weeks)
Dodd (suspension for accumulated yellows)
Franjic (end of injury cover contract)
The Roar seemed to take the Kruse thing a bit far. I think it really hurt their game. Will the officials review Miller's hit on Kruse near the end? If so Miller could also be out for 2 weeks.
What were they thinking?
Saturday, October 03, 2009
And Jacob Burns got his 5th yellow suspension. Pity Talay got a 2 yellow red for diving.
Interesting juniors that swear get a red. Adults not even a caution - even if at the ref or his assistants.
My issue is that a head guy who was an advertising executive should have spotted the obvious problem. People who live in Sydney's west don't see themselves as living in Sydney! They are anti-Sydney in more ways than one.
Sure Sydney FC has failed to win the so-called grass routes, but just by using the name Sydney you are going head-to-head for fans. This does not create a derby. It will be negative and end up like Gold Coast's impact on the Roar - Gold Coast's fans appear to be disaffected Roar supporters and has had no impact on growing the game.
Has the FFA read about Australian sporting history? It is the Fibros v Silvertails which is 'Sydney's' greatest sporting rivalry. The names of these rugby league teams were 'Western Suburb's Magpies' and 'Manly Sea Eagles' - it came to head in the 1978 final. This was rugby league at its peak and perhaps one of the world's great derbies. David v Goliath. Rich v Poor. In a code where people from lower socio-economic conditions had a fighting chance against the rich.
Set up Sydney v Sydney. Rich v expensive and technically excellent (which would be which? I don't know). And you get yawn, rugby union, no I mean no fan interest and buy in.
No the western Sydney team can not be called Sydney. Do you want the AFL to walk over us, laughing? It has got to be Fibros, or legs eleven, or even - why not - just Rovers or Western Rovers.
NRL has been trying to re-establish this derby ever since.
'Some of the associated video footage is simply startling - all in brawls, cheap shots, head-high tackles. Toss in claims of corruption, and amongst it all there is some great tries and footy action too.
The Fibros and the Silvertails follows Wests and Manly through the 1978 season, culminating in the semi-finals - a series that is also infamous for the "7 tackels try" by Manly against Parramatta and the controversy surrounding the refereeing of Greg Hartley.
When Wests and Manly face off in the 1978 preliminary final at the SCG, the tension between the two teams again boils over. The "hit" by Manly's Terry Randall on Wests prop John Donnelly is simply breath-taking.
The Fibros and the Silvertails opens a doorway into arguably one of the most dramatic and interesting periods in Australian sport and society, not just Sydney rugby league.' from 'News, Reviews & Opinion' - by Sean Fagan - RL1908.com
Friday, October 02, 2009
Why do we need this in the A-League? Only 4,000 fans now - friends and family of the players. What is Jason Culina thinking playing for this rabble? What if they had opened the A-League season?
And Wellington dominated the game. Should have won if Leo Bertos could shoot as well as he can run with the ball.
Culina was playing in this game, not that you would have noticed.
Pim was watching. I wonder what he was thinking? 'I told you so Jason?'
I hope Brisbane rubbish them next week. There is no point to Gold Coast. Their entry has turned fans off.
Monaco? Miron meant great team, no fans. Should gone to the FFA with that, could have saved us all the trouble.