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  1. 28 points
    Been ages since I've posted here but last night's effort has got me off me arse so here goes. First off, the response from the players was exactly what was needed after the City match. No one likes losing, especially those of us who have been on board since before the first HAL game and know what it was like in our halcyon first season. However what really makes everyone fking rage is when players exhibit zero pride or commitment whilst repping us and the west. We saw that happen against Melchester and if the players did the same against Victory well it would've been a stab in the cruets. Thankfully the guys brought the right attitude and did far better, and dare I say played far more in a commensurate way with their (supposed) abilities. Perhaps the prime case in point was Tarek. He is a great guy & has had some banner moments over his career. However his age & lack of pace is telling against him, and to be honest I have always believed since his signing he should have been a squaddie, not a starter. Last Tuesday he was embarrassing, whereas last night he put in a big effort. Okay, he was partly responsible for the second goal, losing his man due to sheer pace. However for most of the game he used his football brain to great effect and never gave up. Obviously the find of the game (and possibly our season so far) was Tate Russell. He was a breath of fresh air and showed great promise. Of course (as pointed out on Twitter) he needs to keep posting efforts like this so as not to become our next Daniel Alessi. I'd like to be optimistic and say he will go further, partly because he has been developing for several months now (as per Taurus's reports) and also Babbel is bringing the right attitude to inculcating a squad culture where the young uns will be given chances. Majok's cameo was frustrating and entertaining; how he was called offside beats the **** out of me however his ball control is still like watching a cat and an armadillo trying to root in a sugar bag. Poor bugger is so tall it must take his feet 30 seconds for the brain to get the right message to them. He's no sure starter in the future however the lad shows promise & I hope Babbel persists. Biscuits is obviously going through a shocker right now and I really hope he can correct it. I don't want to write him off after last night, however he is certainly not leading the line as we need. Having said that, the lack of scoring issue needs to be spread across our entire attacking group. If Oriel was supported by Roly, Kamau with more goals then perhaps our resident Catalan would be less pressured. Sadly however he is at the blunt end of an attack that is a very plae shadow of those days when we had St Dino, Fat Head and Hersi, backed by Shinji. Could talk a lot more about individual players etc but will leave for later. However a few things comes to mind. First off, hats off to anyone who went last night; to keep coming to matches in such dire conditions is what you have to put in so you can savour the good times more so. Also, considering aspects of the venue and the issues that arose since the City game, respect to the RBB folk who brought the noise. We all know how scheisse ANZ is, but there was some good vibes coming out of the active end. If Babbel's Boys can continue on the trajectory we saw last night then there's hope for a reasonable end of season ladder position. Cull some of the baggage he and we inherited from last season's Gonebau clusterfuq, keep hammering the attitude, bring in a couple of higher quality recruits & cultivating our youff, then our return to Parra Wanderland 2.0 may be a good one.
  2. 28 points
    No it wasnt the right call for a lot of reasons, here's a few. Firstly Beatth rules a DIRECT free kick (his arm clearly gives the foul signal) which means he has not given an offside decision but a foul. Second when he changes his mind at the end of the game and said it is offside, the offside rule uses the word proximity, Sotirio is never preventing Zullo from getting there for two reasons, firstly because Zullo goes down of his own accord quicker than a two bob hooker and secondly he was never going to get to boy crossing the ball, therefore cannot be offside due to being outside the proximity. Thirdly and probably most importantly whether it is a foul or offside it really doesn't matter, it is VAR, was it an OBVIOUS error, well from the reactions from everyone debating it I would say it is not an obvious anything. So Beath got it wrong, at the time, on review and after the game so not once, not twice, but three times.
  3. 27 points

    Unhappy New Year

    Well that was utter ****. I’m not even going to start with the on field stuff. However I’d like to set the record straight about some of the off field stuff I saw. I sit about 10 metres to the right of the tunnel behind the away bench so I was pretty much in the middle of what happened. I clearly heard and saw everything that happened as the players walked off. Three or four RBB members came over and stood between several police officers and security guards at the tunnel. They were a little bit intimidating however the worst they yelled was “fire the **** up” and “show some ******* passion”. While I don’t necessarily agree with what they did, to hear they’ve been banned is ridiculous. There was no violence and it was simply loud yelling. There were dozens of other members yelling the exact same things from their seats nearby. Apparently there was also some talk that the police accused them of knocking over children during the incident. This is completely untrue. If someone would like me to write a stat dec in their defence or contact the club with what I saw, I’m happy to do so on their behalf. Hope common sense prevails but I don’t see it happening.
  4. 25 points
    Funny that you can have a sign saying CVNT and you get arrested and thrown to the ground, but build a residential tower that might collapse and kill thousands and nothing happens.
  5. 25 points
    It's simple. No more away games, bare minimum commitment to home games. No more focus on other clubs or the A-League in general. Tell everyone why and make sure the feedback goes back to the clubs and the FFA. Losing a game because you are outplayed is part of the deal with football...with any sport. But having the soul ripped out of you time and time again because of the consistently anti-football measures in effect on and off the pitch is killing my love of the game & my care factor for the A-League. Always Red & Black Barely caring now about the league and those associated with the sport outside my club.
  6. 24 points

    West Coast Collapse

    You would have a permanent look of worry with our defensive back line in front of you.....
  7. 24 points
    So an update on this situation... This morning I received an email apology from Mr Stanley. It's not the sincerest thing I've ever read but I can tell someone has spoken to him. The apology also wasn't for the unprofessionalisim, it was for any upset he caused me. He also went on about the issues again and how they are working hard to ensure the best atmosphere for fans (blah blah blah). Sounded like it written through gritted teeth. He also offered me tickets to see Eminem to "come and see the breadth and scale of the events we host here and the communication challenges". I scoffed at that. I worked in the media zone for the FFA at multiple sold-out World Cup qualifiers at ANZ and also the WSWvCCM grand-final at Allianz. Plus every single Wanderers game at Parra in S1. Like, I ******* know how a major event at a stadium is run. Been there, done that multiple times. I will be politely declining the offer. In the end, this is the best I'm going to get. If I caused even some embarrassment or disruption to him yesterday, then that's my take away from the situation. As Whacko mentioned above, they probably don't believe he did anything wrong. We're up against it, so I'll take whatever little win I can get. Now I'm just hoping that maybe something does change. Lol, who am I kidding
  8. 24 points
    1. Get off Majok's back. Those calling him a 'poor man's Sotirio' are blind or stupid. Yes first touch was noticeably poor on occasions, but his pass selection and movement is top-notch. Still a kid, already better than Jaush and will improve with the experience. 2. Anti-Babbel brigade need to understand what a manager's role is. He has this team playing beautiful football that is a joy to watch. Mistakes made in previous weeks ARE being corrected the following week and we are showing continual improvement throughout 'the process'. Results WILL follow even with all the challenges of inheriting a young team. 3. I thought stalwarts Vedran and Ori were off last night while the oft-flaky Risdon was MotM. We need to get it together / perform as a whole and we will destroy oppositions. 4. Not long to go in the worst stadium on the planet. EDIT: 5. RBB was the best in a long time last night. Loud and proud at a false home deserves some real credit. Keep it up legends.
  9. 23 points

    VAR Steals 3 Points For Adelaide

    Some positives for me - the pregame gathering with some formites, and some great moments on the pitch by the kids. In such a makeshift squad, I thought there were some positive signs for the future, for sure. The biggest negative (apart from the incompetence of the referees - which can be maybe excused as human error, and the inexplicable inconsistencies of the VAR which CANNOT be given any such benefit of doubt) was the behaviour of numerous "supporters" around me. Constant heckling of our own players, who are battling under difficult and probably rather humiliating circumstances, disgusts me. How on Earth does being heckled with sarcastic comments, and actually being laughed at very audibly if they make a bad decision, assist a player to find confidence????? Last night's experience as a member of the crowd took me back to countless days on the sidelines of SFC games. TBH it was worse, in terms of the insults and derision being slung at our players, by a wider number of people. I absolutely could not blame people for not attending the last few games at SOP. I'm in two minds as to whether we shouldn't do it as a way to reinforce our dissatisfaction with the level of incompetence with the officiating, but accompanying that action with another letter writing campaign, such as many of us undertook a few seasons ago, to explain why this action was being taken. But if "supporters" think that they are doing anything other than compounding the problem by jeering at/mocking our own players for the entirety of the game, I hope they definitely decide not to return for the rest of this season. My 2 cents worth PS My comment wasn't directed at BBB at all! His post just touched on 2 issues I felt strongly about - ie offering support as well as protesting the officiating.
  10. 23 points
    Those in charge of Football Federation Australia must follow the VAR out the door after another display of the VAR and Australia's inept referees cheating the Wanderers, snuffing out a potential comeback in what should have been a classic Sydney Derby. Sydney FC scored an early goal just 4 minutes into the match. Adam Le Fondre standing in an offside position at a free kick, hung around after a half-clearance, the ball fell to him after a shot back in. Vedran Janjetovic smothered his initial shot but another piece of luck had him smack the rebound into an empty net. Replays showed that not only was Le Fondre offside at the free kick (but according to the VAR, somehow not interfering with play), but that Mahazi had been interfered with by an offside Brosque. The score was 1-0, and the VAR did nothing. After the break the Wanderers were two behind having gifted their opponents a golden chance to score. On the edge of their own area, Sotirio played a hospital ball to Josh Risdon, and instead of trying to clear, he played a sideways pass intended for Mahazi that was intercepted by Ninkovic, and he pounced to play through Brosque and his first time strike beat Janjetovic at the far post. Despite going two behind, the Wanderers did show some of the vaunted mentality Markus Babbel has been trying to instill in his charges, but when they finally converted one of their chances to score, it was cruelly and idiotically over-turned by the inept Chris Beath with an assist from the VAR. Baumjohann and Risdon worked down the right flank, the Risdon cross made it's way to the other end of the area where Roly Bonevacia smashed an 18 yard first time rocket past Andrew Redmayne. With no real protests from the home side, the VAR intervened to take away the goal. Chris Beath decided that Michael Zullo had been fouled by Jaushua Sotirio in the lead up to the cross. While Sotirio was in an offside position, Zullo's choice to dive into Sotirio while meters away from the ball was rewarded with Beath over-turning the decision by declaring Sotirio had fouled the SFC defender. in the aftermath Markus Babbel exploded at the fourth official, remonstrating to show his disgust at the call. He was awarded the A-League's first "Coach Red Card" by Beath. Babbel then walked around the long boundary of the Sydney Cricket Ground, a route that took him in front of the RBB who roared their approval. The failure was compounded in the post-game with Beath being interviewed and stating that the decision was actually offside, even though vision showed clearly that his decision was that it was a foul. Additionally, his interview stated that the linesman who was as close to Sotirio as Zullo was to Risdon, had completely missed the offside/foul and that the decision was solely made by VAR and himself. It was another display of referees who aren't good enough to be officiating our most important football games. Enough is enough. This is not just the VAR. Although it needs to be cancelled immediately. The VAR failed from the moment it was introduced. Bad decisions have been made since Wellington Phoenix were robbed against Sydney FC in Round 26 in 2016/17. Perth Glory were robbed in the Semi-Final in that season. The technology failed Newcastle Jets in the Grand Final last. It failed to detect Bruno Fornaroli diving in the recent Melbourne Derby. It tonight secured another game for Sydney FC. Offsides are a lottery. Tonight WSW have a goal taken away for offside. Last year Adelaide when playing against us had a clear offside goal investigated by the VAR be allowed to stand. The Wanderers were cruelled against Perth Glory when sideline cameras failed to be in the right decision for an obvious offside, leading to a red card against us. It ignores certain laws like encroachment at penalties, and offsides against players standing offside from free kicks. When looking at holding in the penalty area from set pieces the VAR is seemingly over intended to confirm whatever decision was made on the field. When a decision isn't made on the pitch by the referee, the basic law against holding is ignored by the VAR. The level of intervention around forceful tackles once saw the Mariners reduced by two players from VAR decisions, while other tackles that could break legs are ignored in other games. This is the result of a long held refusal by the FFA to enforce basic standards of officiating skill. We have seen officials give baffling offsides against players standing behind the ball being played. We have seen offsides given from a throw in. There is zero consistency in the application of offside. There is zero consistency in the application of handball. Certain teams received baffling leniency when playing tactics that deliberately disrupt their opposition with professional fouls in the midfield. The time for incremental change is over. Now that the FFA Governance saga is over, I call on whoever makes up the new FFA Board to immediately sack FFA Chief Executive David Gallop, Head of the A-League Greg O'Rourke, FFA Referees boss Ben Wilson, and A-League referees Chris Beath, Jarred Gillett, Kurt Ams, Peter Green and Shaun Evans. The FFA/A-League positions must be filled with people passionate about football. The VAR must be immediately cancelled and never return to Australian football. Get in touch with the football associations in German, England, Japan and Holland. Ask for the phone numbers of some consistent referees, who might be inclined to spend 6 months in the Australian summer. Bring them over. The current people in charge of Football Federation Australia have lost the trust of the football community. The new FFA Board must take the chance to rebuild the foundation of our sport in a positive, intelligent matter to take the sport forward once again. We risk turning the A-League into a joke, and having it be abandoned to the ruin of all the good work done by the players, clubs and supporters up to now. If the FFA fail to rectify the situation, a repeat of the ban list fan boycott is on the cards, and was called for by Mark Bosnich in the Fox Sports post-game show. I would wholeheartedly approve of that action. View full article
  11. 22 points

    West Coast Collapse

    Did you notice anything unusual about the Wanderers lineup during this game – and certainly from the 61stminute when Mahazi replaced Fitzgerald? In what I am sure is an A-League and Australian National League record – well my dear old friend, stats guru Andrew Howe, can interrogate his legendary databases to try to prove otherwise – but we had seven players of black/mixed race background on the field. They were: Baccus (South African), Bonevacia (Curacoan), Kamau (Kenyan), Mahazi (Kenyan), Majok (South Sudanese) Russell (Aboriginal) and Yeboah (Ghanaian). That it is an international melting pot of a truly Western Sydney kind, though one that would have been almost unthinkable even a couple of decades ago. Ok, we did not win the game, and I appreciate that many are upset that we again lost in the final minutes. I like Babbel, but I don’t think it is unreasonable to expect that one of Europe’s greatest defenders, could eventually teach his side how to close up shop, or at least minimise opportunities, when needed. Still, I was really proud of the effort, skill and pace shown by this pretty young team. They gave us a glimpse of what should be a positive, exciting, and, yes, colourful future.
  12. 22 points
    The difference is, Gombau was brought in because of his apparent youth credentials yet he not once went to a NYL training session nor could he name 1 youth player (legend tells he called a youth player by a wrong name once). Whereas its been widely reported that Babbel and the rest of the coaching staff all through the youth setup and academy are working together for a clear vision, especially once the facilities open in a few months. The club never wanted Gombau. He was only signed because no one else was available. Also, whenever we lost, he kept saying stuff like "we played well" whereas Babbel is p155ed big time every time we lose. This shows the difference in their approach. Gombau had Ikon to cover for him and create chances for the likes of Riera to score. Our squad is meh this season. We are struggling big time in the midfield and its an area that must be addressed either in January or the off season. Babbel was signed for 3 years with a clear vision for the club. They will give him time and a recruiting off season to really judge him. There's a difference in selecting your long term coach and giving him time to build a squad than taking whichever coach was available and allowing him to destroy the entire setup from u12s up because he had nfi and simply didn't care. The entire season we constantly heard rumours of discontent, Riera hating on Gombau, Bridge not buying into it and every other player thinking Gombau was useless. Not once this season has Babbel been labelled "under pressure" and not once have you heard of discontent from the players. That is a massive difference and another huge reason why the club isn't getting rid of Babbel. edit: Also, you could argue only the MV is the one where we completely got outplayed. Every other game has been a contest where small margins and individual errors have been our undoing. Its a far cry to what we're seeing at teams like Brisbane and CCM where they just look lost.
  13. 22 points

    Windswept Wellington Blown Away

    lel at Riera hate. Its the same stupid argument that Viduka was getting heaped crap on for the Socceroos. Riera is a workhorse on and off the ball. He probably has more defensive headers than our entire backline combined. He links up with those around him, holds the ball up for the wingers and wins most long ball challenges. Just because he hasn't scored in open play, it doesn't mean he is a massive part of this team. He's only had a couple of clear cut chances. The rest of the service he's been getting has been rather average. If people are seriously $h1tting on Riera, they can GTFO and go back to playing FIFA where every player needs to be fast and sprints forward all the time.
  14. 22 points
    Mixed emotions tonight. We were certainly poor, with touches of good or very good. It just beggars belief that Sotirio is a starter. Give me Kamau any day. I just cannot see one thing that says Sotirio is even good enough for A-League level. He works hard....fine, but he let's himself down in every other department on the field. I heard him interviewed on the radio on Friday. He doesn't come across as very bright, and that is the way he plays the game. Add to that poor decision making and poor basic skills, and you have a player hardly even worthy of a bench spot. I'm sick already of poor defensive decisions being responsible for leaking goals. Tonight's 2nd for ESFC was just shocking. Just kick the shite out of it. As for the VAR, I'm just lost for words. Pretty much everything has already been said but I'll just add one thing. The clear difference between our sport and almost all others is the excitement generated by a goal, as they are so hard to come by. It's not like the cheer-a-minute AFL (which I despise as a sport and culture), where you get to clap every few minutes, evening when you ******* miss. I follow and have attended a lot of different sports, yet there is nothing like the excitement generated by a football goal. It is the best feeling ever. What the VAR is doing, (or more importantly, the poor interpretations/decisions from the referees) is taking that away. It was never more evident than tonight. Young Wanderboy and I went crazy when Roly scored tonight. We then went through several minutes of angst and disbelief that the goal was even being questioned. Then, (as we all were) we were in disbelief when it was disallowed. But what made the whole shambles stand out to me was a few minutes later, I looked over at my son and he had tears streaming down his face. This is how much tonight meant to him, being a derby, and how a decision like last night's is destroying the fabric of what's made this game great. The spontaneity of excitement is being ripped from the game. I have no problem with the VAR in principle. It is the extraordinarily poor standard of referees in the A-League, and their inability to constantly make correct decisions that is killing our game. In the end, I had a great night at a game of football last night with my son. The whole derby day experience was fun. A meal in Parramatta beforehand, the train trip in on the RBB train, the march, etc... but we left deflated, due to the officiating. Sure, the Wanderers were quite poor, but we were always in that game, and could very easily have won it. Ultimately, that was taken out of our hands. As I said...…...mixed emotions.
  15. 21 points
    I am actually shaking with rage right now. I put up some comments on Twitter last night surrounding some issues I saw with the ANZ staff at the game. I then get into my office this morning and have a message from the GM of Media and Communications at ANZ Stadium Arthur Stanley to give me call. I have my job title on my Twitter account so he's obviously gone to the trouble to track down my contact details off our website. I thought it could be a good sign that someone wanted to discuss the issues but oh boy was I wrong. For over half an hour, I was spoken over, talked down to and told that a person of my position should not be writing those type of things on Twitter. He was obviously upset at the things I wrote and just wanted an argument and it felt like he was out discredit my claims. I explained a few things that happened and was basically told by him that the staff were doing their job. He also tried to tell me that our issues have started since the team has started performing badly. He didn't want a discussion, he wanted to argue and tell me I was wrong. This is evident of what is wrong with the SOP precinct. A person of such high position at ANZ tracks down my contact details and yells at me because I wrote some bad things about them on social media. Mr Stanley thinks this is an isolated issue, and I informed him it wasn't and that I could get several people to also outline the issues they have had. His email is arthurs@venueslive.com.au if anybody would like to contact him with the issues they have had. Please, please do write an email if you can. These people seem to think that nothing is wrong and we are the issue.
  16. 21 points

    Vedran Hands Sydney FC Derby Win

    Had enough...... Got to seven hills station. No trains Drove like a lunatic to Lidcombe Got on Lidcombe to SOP train No Driver..couldn't get there due to storm sat at Lidcombe for 30 mins Saw storm coming over..thought stuff this got off train went to Dooleys Then found out game delayed.by this time had ordered food..long wait.game started. Watched the debacle unfold on TV. Stated to drive home. Going thru poorly lit street in Auburn drove over fallen tree branch.punctered tyre bucked wheel. Changed wheel eventually got home totally demoralized.. Not sure I can face anymore of this crap this season might just stay at home.. And if anybody criticizes me here with the old " well don't bother showing up next season when we move back to Parra" crap they can get forked...too I've been to every derby..lots of away games. Only missed a handful of games since club came into existence due to illness. We deserve better than this sh@te week after week and now season after season..big club my ass . if the club are deluded enough to think that moving back to New stadium will be enough to pacify us but continue to put together mediocre squads is enough they grossly underestimate us IMO. Sure the whole game day thing New stadium will be great. But ultimately I go to be entertained by watching my team play consistent competitive football not rubbish every week. The novelty of the new stadium will wear off pretty quickly if we don't field better teams, might have best purpose built stadium in A League with sub par 10k crowds every week Could be a watershed season for the club next season..time will tell Good morning and enjoy your sunday..
  17. 21 points
    Played a false 10 for most of the game, drew out the Nix cbs in the process which created the space for treejack in the box. Was travelling up and down the goal lines, attacking, defending, holding the ball, distributing it. Considering the result and the performance the game plan worked. That'll do me just fine.
  18. 21 points
    Yeah we have been totally falling apart when we go behind for a while now. Mental resilience can obviously come from within, it can be ingrained in the DNA of a place, and it can be learnt or improved upon through experience. It also comes from knowing your role, trusting the guy next to you and trusting that if you stick to your guns when things go wrong you will come through it. We have young guys in the middle of the pitch who haven’t learnt how to deal different situations, and we’ve also had four coaches in one year. Even though the appointment of Corica looks like a cheap, easy appointment, he can stay with the same structures that they have been using successfully and that the players know so well. Their back 7 has only had one change, and that was bringing in a Dutch CB. So as far as resilience goes, those guys all know their roles. When things start to go wrong, or when they are under the pump, they all know what to do. Our guys, because of their inexperience and the instability they have faced, don’t know what to do. Our midfield in particular, can’t tell when to put a foot on the ball, speed the play up, kick someone, needle someone in back play to put them off etc. They’re a bit lost. Also, when we got behind, a few of our players started trying to do things on their own that they don’t normally do, like beating a man or trying passes they don’t normally. This is a sign that they don’t trust the team or the tactics. It’s also not uncommon in a team with a new coach because players want to win and so start doing their own thing as they have no norms to fall back on. When the smurfs get behind, they all just fall into the roles they know so well. Whilst it wasn’t an enjoyable experience, last night was a really good opportunity for the coach to help his players grow, to teach them about how to react in certain situations. But mostly, we need experience in the centre of midfield. Without it, this will be a season of growing pains.
  19. 20 points

    A letter from the Chairman

    You'd be surprised the amount of WSW fans are completely unaware of the academy and HQ developments that are about to open and (hopefully) pay dividends to us for the foreseeable future.
  20. 20 points
    Oh FFS, I can't stand the complaining Everyone got shafted in this move. Red moved grandstands, Black moved to the ends and everyone else moved elsewhere to accommodate this. No category gets any preferential treatment over another. I agree with Taurus' comment. Everyone knew this was happening and knew what the plans looked like (if you bothered to research). I upgraded to Red this season knowing that if I wanted good seats, I would have to pay for it. Don't blame others for your inability to research and inquire about what was going to happen. If you're a foundation and red member, you will be rewarded for your attendance and financial loyalty. I'm sorry but if you don't want to pay the premium, you will get seats commensurate with what you are willing pay. Also, I think people are forgetting that the stadium will be bigger and have a better layout. People are imagining their new seats at the old stadium. Even on the ends, you will probably have a better view than at the old Parra or Spotless. With the new rake, you will be basically sitting on top of the field. At the Northern and Southern ends, the top bays will have a great view up high. Plus all the bays will be a lot bigger with more seats. And for all those people complaining about the sun - suck it up princesses. I spent seasons getting roasted, now everyone can enjoy the pain together. If you don't want the sun in your eyes, buy on the ends or pay the premium price for the few seats in the Western Stand. I dislike people who think the club owes them something more than what they deserve. If you are unhappy with the changes, feel free to not renew. You go to games to support your team, not to bitch about your view. I know that even if I had the shittiest seat in the new WSS, it will still be better than what I have at ANZ and Spotless now.
  21. 20 points

    VAR & FFA Must Go After Derby Disgrace

    Bozza at Foxsports: "this game is going to go under"; WSW web page: "controversy"; A-League web site: "what happened? what controversy?". Hmmm. But Bozza, you are a bit late to the party, really. S3: red card against Saba for hitting the ball; S4 Sotirio goal disallowed; S5 Zullo handball in the box missed by Beath; S6 Carney is awarded a dubious penalty; S7 Roly goal disallowed and Treejack penalty not given. Hmmm. My suggestion: FFA deduct the three points by default and award them to Smurfs; Smurf fans watch a re-run of above mentioned highlights with life expert commentary from Robbie Slater; WSW have a training session in Blacktown, and the WSW fans stay home instead of yet again being used as backdrop for the annual FFA sponsored ESFC show. Also, how did Grant manage to say on the pitch? Oh, I forgot, Beath and the VAR experts. Hmmm. From the press conference https://www.wswanderersfc.com.au/video/full-press-conference-markus-babbel-0 Q: "Does communication have to be better with VAR?" MB: (frowns) "No, not the communication, they have to watch on the television what's going on. This is the only problem what I saw, not the communication. [...] This is football. I was thinking I come to Australia they all [unaudible] rough, but at the moment we play basketball. If someone gets touched here they only need to scream and there is a free kick. It makes me mad. Maybe I am old fashioned, but this is not my game at the moment. [...] The boys in the box have to make better decisions." Hahaha. You tell them Markus. And no, there was nothing wrong with your body language. Not at all. Welcome to the HAL, Markus.
  22. 20 points
    I’m just here to say I love Markus Babbel and I love Mark Bosnich
  23. 20 points
    WSW have been invited to play in an u17's tournament in China, against clubs from other conferences including Benfica & AC Milan. Tournament will take place in mid August & will necessitate our u18's NPL2 game v's Bankstown Berries on the 18th, being rescheduled. Participation in the tournament will be financially lucrative for our club, as we'll receive an appearance fee & all expenses are covered by the hosts.
  24. 20 points
    That's because there hasn't been a Wanderers home game in a while.
  25. 19 points
    i have hated VAR from the start. 2 biggest reasons.... 1. Undermines the authority and confidence of the onground officials. last night 's incident occurred 5 metres from the AR & 10 from the centre ref. If they can't see a foul/offside in real time then it's play on and we all live with decisions right or wrong. 2. It makes you look and feel like an idiot as a fan. You celebrate and jump around when the ball hits the net. Then you stand around for five minutes then you are told it wasn't a goal. It's not football. as a ref myself (at much lower level of course) - I hate the VAR. as a fan at the ground I REALLY hate the VAR. even when implemented 'well' as at the world cup I still don't want it.
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