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  1. It's true. The largest indigenous population is in Western Sydney - Western Sydney Uni also confirm this fact
  2. Thanks - some interesting and good thoughts. Do you think Vuck have replaced and improved their squad that much? They lost some very good talent but could only make 3rd last year - are their replacements a big improvement? Will Kruse make it through the season? Does SFC have the depth to play ACL? What about Perf? Who is the 3rd team in ACL? How will ACL impact their season? What will determine how well we go? Where do you see the strengths and weaknesses of our squad and do we have the depth?
  3. I'd be interested to hear anyone's analysis behind their predictions - are they just guesses or based on some analytical insight. Who will be the significant/influential A League players this season?
  4. This is on the Western Sydney Wanderers FC facebook page - response to the club's brief report on the game. Peter Williams Hopefully rectify the deficiencies with the formation, faster teams are just going to pick the boys apart on the counter. Zeigler, Jurman and McGowan all looked like they had differing views on how the back three should be operating. Hopefully they get on the same page. Did look better in the 2nd when Kamau and Elrich sat back further
  5. Yeah other reports suggest Zeigler, Jurman and McGowan all had different thoughts on how to play back 3. Looked better when Elrich and Kamau dropped further back. Still 3 at the back.
  6. Link for game time changes: https://www.wswanderersfc.com.au/news/kick-times-changed
  7. Assume we are the first ABC game and the new time of 5:00 next Saturday (not the previously published 5:15)
  8. If last night's FFA Cup match was any indication they need more than Troisi! Can't help thinking that any team that trots out Blackwood as striker isn't in the running - much the same for a team trotting our Simon.
  9. Zopar, Lopar - what's an L/Z between friends. I think that Duke and Yeboah would operate in a quite different way behind the front line - much in the way we have been working prior to Majewski coming into the line up. The 3 front men can move and run off each other. Meier holding the ball up and laying off to Duke and Yeboah running through... It would be a modified style but could be effective given Duke's work rate in particular. Depending how Meier turns out (and we've seen nothing of him as yet) he and Duke alone match up to any of the top attacking lines in A-League. We may lack the very creative spark in Majewski but perhaps pace, intensity and desire from the other three will make up for something of that. We will need to play to our strengths, which do seem to be quite significant! Let's hope!
  10. Would we assume that the formation, providing all are fit and ready, moving forward might be: Zopar 3 of Zeigler/McGowan/Jurman/Tass/Elrich (possible 1st 3?) Schwegler/Baccus DM's Georgevski/Kamau Wing backs Duke/Yeboah AM's - perhaps 1 as 2nd striker Meier - Striker Adam/Grozos back ups on bench for attacking mids.
  11. Or teach him how to miss the sitter in the first place!!! Plenty of the winner against CCM is S1 will do!
  12. I disagree with the sentiment that the only media releases are 'big names' who will win us the title. The young blokes coming through are important names - yes it is part of the future where they will ultimately prove themselves. They are part of the team now! Mo Adam played very well and had a significant role in winning the game the other night. The fact that we have so many coming through is both fascinating and quite remarkable - it also dilutes the reality that we have some very good young players who will make a different on the pitch this year. This is a great credit to the staff of the Academy and the coaching staff at various levels, including Babbel.. I think it is newsworthy that this club is producing quality youth who are now ready to come into A League consideration at such a young age. I think it is a different newsworthy release to advertise a big name signing. Yes, they are different but actually this news of the young players stepping up is the really amazing thing because it isn't happening elsewhere. These are the players who will help us win because they are replacing A League journeymen and that is a radical change for us and the league.
  13. Interesting night when last year's 7, 8 and 9 defeated last year's 1, 2 and 3. Whilst everyone is most surprised by SFC going down to BR (yes, a true surprise), the best team all last season went down to the 8th placed team last season in a convincing loss (in terms of the dominance of play after the first 25 minutes or so. We really played well, with more players to come in. Once we settled into the game and our rhythm and confidence, we were the better team, although they had the better and more dangerous front line. Our defence held up very well. We scrambled at times and Lopar is all class and skill (we'd have been 2 goals down in the 1st 20 minutes last year). Elrich recovered very well and changed his game against a player clearly much faster. I do like Elrich! He epitomises Western Sydney and never stops fighting. He is always fighting, trying, working hard and never gives up even when he is absolutely stuffed!! That is what we've missed from the bigger names (eg ABJ). There is a strength, dare I say 'mentality' in the team and a composure that wasn't there for most of last year. They believe and the young fellas are a delight to watch - Babbel has really worked hard in developing them. The backs kept a classy Fornaroli quiet and Castro was frustrated, as was Kilkenny. Much improvement to come over the next couple of months but really good signs!
  14. I reckon Majewski is a better player for u than ABJ ever would be. Watching a bit of SFCvBR last night he wandered, no strutted, around doing very little until the ball came to him. He is good on the ball and can keep it well but cannot defend, chase the ball, win the ball or provide regular incisive passes (hope this doesn't come back to haunt me but based on last night nothing has changed). Radi ran all night and was often chasing the ball, defending and working in with others - not as glamerous but a solid, hardworking player with good skills! ABJ was quoted on the World Game after last night - seems the FFA Cup isn't worth wasting time on according to him> "The 2019-20 draw gives another recruit Alexander Baumjohann a quick opportunity to face his former club Western Sydney Wanderers in an early-season derby at Bankwest Stadium. "I'm very happy and excited that we can play them already in round three and I'm really looking forward to it," Baumjohann said. Sydney were upset 2-0 by Brisbane on Wednesday in the Roar's first competitive game under new coach Robbie Fowler. It was the first time Sydney had fallen in the round of 32, the stage at which A-League clubs enter the competition. Sydney had reached the last three FFA Cup finals but now cannot achieve their annual goal of winning all three domestic trophies. "The FFA Cup is a nice competition for pre-season, but to be honest the most important thing is the league," Baumjohann said."
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