Punchy Pavlesic saves Sydney

Sydney FC showed exactly what’s been missing this season in one exhilirating 90 minutes in the final Sydney derby at Kogarah Oval. Fight, persistence and finishing were in abundance as the Sky Blues weathered a storm at the end, Rhyan Grant dismissed on his record-breaking appearance, and they rode their luck to give their fansContinue reading “Punchy Pavlesic saves Sydney”

Making Kogarah cavernous

A miniature crowd, generously reported as 1700, braved the elements and an early start to cheer on Sydney FC in the poor man’s Sydney derby at Kogarah. What looked like a training run for Macarthur FC in the first 30 minutes, changed complexion with a Trent Buhagiar goal before the break. An early own goalContinue reading “Making Kogarah cavernous”

Football can be United

After a hiatus in 2021, the Football Writers Festival 2022 was a major event in the diary of any football writer, fan or anyone with an interest in the Australian game. Not only a forum to present new authors and to discuss books, the festival has quickly become a way of sharing ideas, and thisContinue reading “Football can be United”

Oh no, not again.

A-League Women’s Grand Final day. A day of celebration; we’d made it right to the end of the journey, and we’d already wrapped up the Premiership. What could go wrong? In a repeat of the semi-final against a stubborn Melbourne City, Sydney FC found themselves two goals behind with a mountain to climb. They ralliedContinue reading “Oh no, not again.”

SD Raiders 4 Gladesville Ravens 0

Unbeaten coming into this one, Gladesville Ravens were given a footballing lesson at Ernie Smith in this one as a fired-up SD Raiders put their visitors to the sword in the first half. Individual errors and an inability to close down their dangerous opponents were key to Ravens going in three goals down, with goalsContinue reading “SD Raiders 4 Gladesville Ravens 0”

Going home with nothing

Do or die, winner takes all, judgement day, a pivotal night in Australian football. A night when hope was still in abundance with five minutes remaining and one goal would do it, but ultimately a night where expectations were met and the Arnie Out sentiment replaced the positive vibe that had threatened to propel theContinue reading “Going home with nothing”

Gladesville Ravens 2 Blacktown City 0

The bright start to the 2022 season by the Ravens continued on Sunday as they had to grind out a win at Christie Park against a very spirited Blacktown City. After a first half where City had litle trouble containing the hosts, a thumping volley from central defender Aurelia Smith got Ravens off the markContinue reading “Gladesville Ravens 2 Blacktown City 0”

Unexpected cruise reignites finals push

Kogarah Oval on Saturday night was a joyous place to be for the home crowd, for those who had made the effort to follow their beloved Sky Blues and salute Anthony Caceres’ 100th game for the club. Sitting in sixth place, having played way more games than those around them, Sydney FC have not exactlyContinue reading “Unexpected cruise reignites finals push”

Jump up in the Cove!

For those of you not fortunate to be at Kogarah Oval on Friday night for the A-League womens’ semi final, Sydney FC vs Melbourne City, sit back, grab a coffee and have a read. Scroll through the photos. Soak in the atmosphere. For the rest of us, we had 72 minutes of on-field struggle followedContinue reading “Jump up in the Cove!”

Goals, pies and noise : the Amini recipe

When the opportunity arises to follow your team in a continental tournament, you jump at it, right? Tonight the obstacles were there to keep all but the most foolhardy away, another prolonged deluge during the day and promise of more to come, warnings to stay off the roads, a late pitch inspection and all trainsContinue reading “Goals, pies and noise : the Amini recipe”