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Everything posted by btron3000

  1. Our new team and stadium. Olympics next year. But yes, the struggle that is Australian football continues. Apart from the glorious Hiddink era, it’s always been this way! Ah those two weeks in glorious European sunshine seem like a dream now. When we scored in the 83rd minute today - the same minute Timmy scored against Japan - I thought we’d run over Norway in the same fashion. But no, back to typically bad luck Aussie football!
  2. I disagree that Norway were clearly better. We were all over them second half, goal had to come. We lost this tournament in the first game. Just like at the past couple of tournaments. Even a draw with Italy and the Netherlands were the toughest team between us and a semi final. That said, they weren’t good enough and all the top teams would have beaten them. This campaign just had the feel of one being one big struggle. Off the field you had the sacking, the team talking themselves up way too much, Sam firing off about “the haters”. On the field we had too many players out of form/coming back from injury, and the crazy idea to change defensive style with only a handful of games to implement it. The team was better a year or two ago. All the important players were in form and they had more stability and versatility, a combo that is hard to find. De Vanna is cooked as an international player, Sam’s touch was poor and she was snatching at and rushing chances. Caitlin Foord still hasn’t got back to her best since injury (the amount of times her or Sam gave the ball away was shocking), and the injuries at the back were costly, as was the desire to play a certain way, which was surely the reason Catley - who is a quality left back - was selected ahead of Polkinghorne (ability to pass, so jeopardising defensive solidarity to pick the best passer). We were also one dimensional in this tournament - use our pace. That was it. When we had Michelle Heyman and Kyah Simon at their peak we had more options. Heyman can hold the ball up and Simon can do a bit of everything, including find space with good movement and passing. I think we looked our best in the brief moments of Brasil and Norway games where Sam played out wide and Foord played up top. The worst part is this was our best chance. Like when we won the Asian Champs League, we did so when the opposition were on the verge of significant investment. South America are finally starting to take women’s football seriously, Europe are pumping heaps of money into the game (watch out if England make it to semis or beyond), and Asia are improving. With the way the FFA are going it’s hard to see how we’re gonna keep up. It’s really sad to hear all the girls say that they feel they let people down. They were the ones let down, by the FFA. But it was the first time that they went into a tournament with significant public support and this idea they could win it. Not sure they handled it well. Hopefully they’ll take stock, go back to being the humble Matildas (e.g. realise that telling people to suck it after one win is a bit premature, not talking about winning it all when you’ve never been to a semi etc.), put their heads down and bounce back better for it.
  3. Today’s games show why 24 team tournaments where best 3rd place teams qualify are shite. China parked the bus, knowing a draw was good enough AND that coming 3rd meant they missed playing the US, while Spain couldn’t afford to lose the game but could only look forward to playing the US. Ridiculous. They need to work out a way where the 3rd places teams play off before the round of 16, or have to play the top ranked teams or something.
  4. Golf claps from the US team when they score. Doubling down. Way to get everyone offside with you. Geez I hope someone knocks them out.
  5. No doubt it’s tough, and none of us know what it’s like. But everyone in the public eye cops it on social media. They’d be wise not to read anything and just let the offical “send your messages to the Matildas” type thing be the only connection they make during the Cup. And let’s not pretend that the dyke thing wasn’t a cover up for a more generic “suck on that” to all the naysayers. For the record, I don’t mind it. Say what you think, it’s better than a cardboard cutout, media trained bore. But if you go off for the wrong reason or it’s not clear why then you are gonna cop more criticism. Look at Babbel - throws his jacket and goes off about refereeing and everyone loves him. But if you whinge at criticism of your play then people will fall out of love with you quick smart.
  6. It’s sad there are homophobic trolls out there, but most people who were giving opinions on the team were doing so regarding their performance and the Stajic thing, nothing more. I didn’t even know Sam was gay until that came out as a defence for her words. The girls have to realise the honeymoon is over. Once you graduate from selling raffle tickets to fund your passion, to being full time professionals playing in numerous leagues per year and making ads where you say you are gonna win the World Cup, then expectations change. Whether Sam was right or not, whether she showed passion or not, they have to be careful. The more they lash out, the more they talk about how good they think they are, the more they’ll turn people away. They used to be the humble battlers. If they shed that image - which they may very well want to do - they will want to act in a way that the image that replaces it is just as acceptable to the public, otherwise they’ll be constantly fighting the haters. https://amp.abc.net.au/article/11214906
  7. Maybe a leak?? Wouldn’t surprise me if people already know who’s playing where. Probs Qatar will play where they want! Are they one of the counties that loves Brasil?
  8. Great gift. We don’t do purchases.
  9. Where did you get that we are in south zone? I thought the zone for Qatar and us was yet to be determined? Whichever group we are in, I hope the knockouts are at the other place. Very likely to go to this, would love to go to both Argie and Colombia - two of my favourite places.
  10. Yeah for all their quality they have not played in a semi of a World Cup or Olympics. I think they lack a bit of composure at times. If they make it that far I’d be surprised if a couple of them didn’t struggle or get shown up by smarter teams.
  11. One extra goal last night would have really put us in a good spot. Would have meant our GD was same as Brasil. If they beat Italy we’d only have to match the score from that game in our game against Jamaica (or overtake Italy GD if they smash Jamaica). 3rd in this group is a death knell. If we qualify at all we’d almost certainly (90%) play France (10% chance we play winner of group B) then USA (or Spain if they beat them). 2nd is tough. Almost certainly play Norway then likely England/Japan in Qtrs and then France or USA (or a team who are good enough to beat both France and USA). I fear the last minute goal against Italy is going to cost us a much easier run.
  12. What a gutsy team. Revived the old Matildas attitude. They are still a rung below the likes of France, Germany, USA etc. though. I can’t believe Steph Catley got away with that grapple in the box at the end, given how many pens VAR has given for that. I was feeling ill waiting for that decision. For a team that had been in the top 10 for so long, there is still a lot of naivety. Leading with a few minutes to go and they are jumping into tackles in midfield and letting the opposition get past them instead of jockeying . They need to do better than that if they want to beat the best teams.
  13. Totally. 2 min to get the ref to go take another look. Then another min waiting for her. Then the arguments that ensue because no-one understands the decision. Just overrule or get on with it within 30 seconds. The sideline tv is stupid.
  14. No. The logic is that being in an offside position and having an impact on play should be offside. Kerr didn’t play at the ball? What is jumping for it? Lol Didn’t get an advantage? The defender jumped for the ball because she was there. The advantage is an own goal that wouldn’t have occurred had Sam not been in the vicinity. It’s the biggest advantage you can get. Tell me that the defender would have jumped for the ball like that had Sam not been there. That should be the ONLY test of “interfering with play”. How anyone that has played or watched football for any length of time can suggest Kerr wasn’t having an impact on that play is beyond me. The offside rule is a farce.
  15. If Kerr isn’t there then the defender just leaves it for her teammate or keeper. Terrible decision. We’ll take it though!
  16. Mate. She was the reason that the defender had to jump to try and clear it.
  17. Kerr was offside and got involved in play. Tell me she didn’t have an impact on that.
  18. This is ridiculous. Kerr clearly offside. They take 2-3 minutes to decide not to overturn it.
  19. Exactly. Crazy to try and instill this style in just a handful of games. Just nuts.
  20. This is the excuse that’s been bandied around. So how do they explain Megan Rapinoe, who is playing in her third WC and scored a zillion goals? She did the run and slide and kick her legs up after the 9th goal.
  21. Gotta agree, sure score as many as possible (especially in the first game, maybe chill out a bit if it’s the last group game and you know you are top of the group), but show some respect with celebrations. But what about this for a defence of the team: https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/stop-judging-these-women-wambach-defends-usa-s-excessive-celebrations-during-thailand-thumping Apparently if you dare to criticise them you are wearing patriarchal glasses! LOL THIS is what people are talking about when they say “it’s political correctness gone mad”. Stupid comments like these do more to undermine equality movements than help them.
  22. Which shows the folly of playing on when it’s obviously offside. Why should someone get a card when they are desperately trying to stop something that shouldn’t have been happening? I still think some cynical defender is gonna hack someone down out of frustration at the play stupidly playing on, then there’ll be controversy.
  23. Yeah the form of many of them is really poor. I think they’ve been bad since they started banging on about winning it (about a year or more ago).
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