First-half blitz sees Matildas home

A devastating first half of fast-running, direct football from the Matildas blew away their opponents Spain in the big-ticket fixture of the 2023 edition of the Cuppa Nations at Sydney’s Commbank Stadium on Sunday. The visiting powerhouse was wasteful in front of goal until late in the game when they clawed back two goals toContinue reading “First-half blitz sees Matildas home”

Ravens burn brightly in balmy Bathurst

The Gladesville Ravens Girls Youth League Division 1 Under 16s team for 2023 gave a positive account of themselves in the Proctor Cup this weekend, a pre-season tournament in Bathurst where youth teams test their pre-season credentials against each other in preparation for the new season. Ravens boasted a strong squad, and paired with fellowContinue reading “Ravens burn brightly in balmy Bathurst”

Penalties : some yes, some no

A day of pure drama at Allianz Stadium on Saturday as Sydney FC Women were denied a stonewall penalty in the opening moments as the last defender handled on the line to prevent a Madison Haley goal right in front of the Cove. Luckily, with no VAR to cause an unwanted pantomime, the footballing godsContinue reading “Penalties : some yes, some no”

A warm welcome to 2023 for Ravens

Gladesville Ravens NPL1 Under 16s made their first appearance of the year in a trial game against two different opponents at Majors Bay on Sunday. Inter Lions and a touring South Melbourne team played two 30-minute halves each in beaming conditions, the hosts wilting in the sun and dispatched for six, while South Melbourne keptContinue reading “A warm welcome to 2023 for Ravens”

Ufuk it’s another home defeat

Sydney FC confirmed their status as the laughing stock of the A-League with an appalling performance at Allianz Stadium at home to Wellington Phoenix. Already a goal behind, the Sky Blues saw their opponents eventually reduced to nine men, and even a comical two-penalty sequence of events couldn’t put a goalscorer on the board forContinue reading “Ufuk it’s another home defeat”

Cove cavalry inspire Sky Blues to win

According to Scottish folklore, the first person to enter your house on New Year’s Day is the bringer of good fortune for the coming year and also brings gifts for the household. Sydney FC were meant to carry out that first-footing tradition at McDonald Jones Stadium, but the script was torn up as the SkyContinue reading “Cove cavalry inspire Sky Blues to win”

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”

Good Sydney, bad Sydney

Double headers involving Sydney FC are good for one thing only, and that’s reinforcing the chasm in quality of the men’s and women’s squads in their respective leagues. Yes, the women are a class outfit, they know the way to goal, they create chances, they might not score them all, but there’s a constant streamContinue reading “Good Sydney, bad Sydney”

Sat 03/12/2022 : Argentina given a fright by battling Aussies

There was no way that our first, and probably only, meal of the day was going to be labelled as a breakfast. No one was surfacing at any time that resembled breakfast time, and rightly so after another night that extended into the early hours. This was it, the final game of our World CupContinue reading “Sat 03/12/2022 : Argentina given a fright by battling Aussies”

Fri 02/12/2022 : Uruguay on their knees, angry Serbs undone by Swiss

We arrived at the final day of the group stage games with a lot on our minds. We had managed to get our flights changed (and free of charge!) so we could attend the Socceroos’ Round of 16 game against Argentina. We didn’t yet have match tickets though, but there had been an expression ofContinue reading “Fri 02/12/2022 : Uruguay on their knees, angry Serbs undone by Swiss”