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    Opening Day Draw In Perth


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    The long awaited opening day fixture saw Perth Glory under new coach Tony Popovic meet his old side the Western Sydney Wanderers in a Sunday afternoon game in Perth, with an entertaining 1-1 draw played out.

    Perth took the lead as a result of an awful defensive pass from Vedran Janjetovic. The goalkeeper fired a pass out of the penalty area to Ruon Tongyik, with his back turned on the rest of the pitch he was robbed by Neil Kilkenny, and from there the ball was sent to Andy Keogh. The striker had his shot saved at the first attempt by Janjetovic, he pounced on the rebound and blasted it into an empty net.

    Alex Grant nearly doubled the Perth lead on the hour mark, from a corner he rose high above the rest of the pack and thumped the ball onto the crossbar.

    Instead the visiting side turned the game level. Tarek Elrich played a wonderful through ball for the run of Bonevacia, despite a hint of offside, he continued into the area and hammered his shot through the hands of Liam Reddy. 

    Wanderers should have been in front in the 73rd minute, tight combination play between Roly & Baumjohann ended with the attacking mid sending a perfect ball into the path of Riera, and from barely 6 yards out the marquee striker sent it into the Swan river.

    With minutes remaining, Ivan Franjic turned around Elrich to knock a cross into the middle of the 6 yard box, Perth débutante and ex-Wanderers Chris Ikonomidis rose to meet with the head but got his angles all wrong and knocked it out behind the far post.

    The final action was Scott Neville with a long range header from a corner in the 94th minute. The teams taking a point each from a back and forth game that Perth dominated the majority, but failed to keep the Wanderers at bay for the full 90 minutes.

    The Wanderers face Sydney FC next Saturday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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    I really like that we are now pressing high up the pitch a lot more than last season when the Spanish bus driver was coach.

    I really like that we seemed to have got back the never say die westie attitude.

    I also like that playing crap, we still get a difficult away point to Perthovic Utd.

    Our boys will improve and fine tune. I think our team will pleasantly surprise a few this season.

    Herr Babbel is laying the foundation mentally speaking this season. I'm sure come next season a lot of deadwood will be gotten rid of and we'll kick ass at our new fortress at Parramatta. 

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    2 hours ago, wswnick said:

    Salary Cap Banking – A Club can access any underspend from the previous two Seasons to be utilised in the current Season, up to a maximum of 105% of the Salary Cap for that Season;

    https://www.a-league.com.au/salary-cap-system

    Thanks.

    Clubs must spend at least the Salary Floor which is $2.635 million (representing 90% of the Salary Cap).

    So 90%. I think it used to be 85%.

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    25 minutes ago, wswnick said:

    So we need to hire a better accountant

    I'm available

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    Maybe whoever ESFC had working for them after they were caught rorting the cap is available, they haven't been caught since.

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    4 hours ago, FCB said:

    The cap is not enforced any longer as the enforcer is paralyzed. 

    By what? congress stuff? Can’t think of other reasons but why would operational stuff come to a halt for any reason?

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    14 minutes ago, btron3000 said:

    By what? congress stuff? Can’t think of other reasons but why would operational stuff come to a halt for any reason?

    employee at bank: oh someone on the board resigned.  I guess I don't have to work until they are replaced...

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    1 hour ago, hawks2767 said:

    Maybe whoever ESFC had working for them after they were caught rorting the cap is available, they haven't been caught since.

    A former FFA employee no doubt

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    1 hour ago, T1m said:

    employee at bank: oh someone on the board resigned.  I guess I don't have to work until they are replaced...

    Yeah but the word “paralysed” suggests they are unable to do it, rather than unwilling.

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    48 minutes ago, btron3000 said:

    Yeah but the word “paralysed” suggests they are unable to do it, rather than unwilling.

    Unless the board members that quit were the people doing the salary checking.  But that shouldn't ever be the case.

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    On 23/10/2018 at 2:55 PM, btron3000 said:

    Yeah but the word “paralysed” suggests they are unable to do it, rather than unwilling.

    Both.

    I had the "pleasure" of working for two companies that were torn apart by infighting at board/stakeholder/shareholder level. It is paralyzing. FFA has been in survival mode at least since the FIFA visit last year in August. That's were their energy went, and the instability and uncertainty is demoralizing, it turns employees into seat warmers.

    At an operational level, FFA neither has the resources nor the will to conduct audits. The last thing they want to see is further damage done to the game by negative press about salary cap breaches.

    Once the new board is in place, a new governance model for the HAL will be put in place, and a more realistic salary cap model will be implemented by those who run and bankroll the league.

     

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    If we can match or improve upon the performance of Hayden Fox in the initial 5 - 6 rounds last season, I'll be happy.

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