Matildas patience pays dividends

With the FIFA Women’s World Cup only five months away, Australia hosted its first international fixtures for the national team in 2023, the first a match-up against a relatively unknown quantity in the country formerly known as the Czech Republic. With Spain having dispatched Jamaica in the opening game of the Cup of Nations, itContinue reading “Matildas patience pays dividends”

2022 : A year in football pictures

The footballing year has come to an end, here’s a brief look back on the year in a few slideshows of photos from my phone. The number of these photos taken in wild weather is testament to the crazy conditions we’ve faced as supporters, players and referees this year. I’ve attended a 30-game season ofContinue reading “2022 : A year in football pictures”

Northbridge Bulls 2 Gladesville Ravens 2

The free-scoring Northbridge Bulls were tested right to the final whistle by a dogged Gladesville Ravens side in a pulsating Girls Youth League Division 2 encounter at Northbridge Oval on Sunday. Maya Jones’ sublime finish from a route-one attack had Ravens in the lead early on before Lucy Henry finished well to level for theContinue reading “Northbridge Bulls 2 Gladesville Ravens 2”

Gladesville Ravens 4 Central Coast Mariners 1

Gladesville Ravens welcomed the first pre-season fixture of 2022 in preparation for a massive 30 game season in the newly named Football NSW Girls Youth League 2 with a chance to set the tone for the year ahead against one of last year’s entertainers, Central Coast Mariners. Two well taken goals from Ravens new strikerContinue reading “Gladesville Ravens 4 Central Coast Mariners 1”

Did 2021 do it for you…?

If we don’t grab our opportunities while we can, we’ll be commenting at the end of every year to come with “thank god that’s over … ” Whilst we’ve all been through the Covid ringer this year, with normality disrupted, travel restrictions imposed and everyday events cancelled, this year has still seen some remarkable milestonesContinue reading “Did 2021 do it for you…?”

Central Coast away. Everyone’s on holiday.

The most anticipated away trip of any A-League season brought out the best and the worst of Sydney FC. The best was the way the fans kept the singing going all the way through the 90 minutes and beyond, the worst was the horrid first half performance from the Sky Blues. It failed to spoilContinue reading “Central Coast away. Everyone’s on holiday.”

We forget that Brazil are really good

A Tuesday night game back at CommBank Stadium in Parramatta saw our Matildas given a reminder that we’re not going to have it all our own way when the big show comes to town in 2023. We’re going to have to earn it. A late midweek kickoff that coincided with a return to school forContinue reading “We forget that Brazil are really good”

Books and marketing

So, you’ve realised your dream and your book has been picked up by a publisher. You’re eagerly awaiting the release, finally getting your hands on the printed version, the result of months of re-reading, editing, smoothing of edges and many last-minute changes of heart about a character’s name or the colour of their shirt. TheContinue reading “Books and marketing”

Such a feeling I cannot stop

Saturday night at Kogarah, where else would you want to be? There was something special about this week’s game against the much-fancied Brisbane Roar. I couldn’t put my finger on it at the time, but on reflection this was probably the closest to the pre-Covid football experience that we have come. In fact no, itContinue reading “Such a feeling I cannot stop”