Australia Must Develop More Football Talent

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Attendances between two international soccer matches played in Australia in early June had a variance and it made Australian fans on social media question the amount of support the Socceroos receive.

When Australia played Saudi Arabia in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier in Adelaide on Thursday evening, only 29,785 people attended the game whereas the friendly between Brazil and Argentina in Melbourne on Friday night had a crowd of 95,569.

It is easy to question the lack of interest in soccer in this country if the other football codes - AFL and rugby - still attract greater popularity but if the Brazil v Argentina friendly as well as Liverpool and Real Madrid tours in recent years are anything to go by, the elite will attract huge crowds, even in a country like Australia.

If Australia wants to see those type of crowds for Socceroos matches, then this country needs to produce footballers of a higher quality than before.

Although the sport is popular at grass ro…

Fagan Must Rectify Issues with Brisbane Defence

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Brisbane has been experiencing numerous problems on and off the field for over a decade and 2017 sadly has not been any different for loyal Lions supporters.
New coach Chris Fagan will need time to truly bring his game plan to fruition but for the time being he has to work with a team that he had inherited from Justin Leppitsch.
Although he cannot be completely at fault for the way the Brisbane defence is set up, he needs to make adjustments to his back six for the remainder of the season. He has reduced the average amount of points conceded per game from over 130 down to 122 but clearly there is more work to do.
One of the problems with the defence is that he has too many makeshift defenders. Ryan Harwood, Daniel Rich, and Sam Mayes have been used as running defenders in the post-Michael Voss era and they have been out of their comfort zone more often than not.
Harwood has played a couple of times for the NEAFL side and he has kicked nine goals in two games as…

Brisbane Must Farewell Assistant Coaches after 2017

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Brisbane needs to offload its assistant coaches at the end of the season if the club is to keep revolutionising its culture and improve on the field.
It may seem premature to make such a suggestion after six rounds but there are remnants of the Justin Leppitsch era that remain in the coaching box and that can still impact on the gameplan implement by new coach Chris Fagan.
Murray Davis, Danny Daly and Ben Hudson were assistants but they remain at the club despite Leppa’s sacking. Fagan can only do so much in the coaches box but he needs support and those men can’t do that.
The Lions have shown moments of brilliance under Fagan like in the Round One victory against Gold Coast and even in the defeats against Essendon and Western Bulldogs but the Richmond and Port Adelaide defeats showed that the players can sadly revert back to their old habits.
These include excessive handballs, the inability to make tackles, the desperation to chase the opposition or pressure t…

Richmond Reaps Rewards with Attacking Style

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Providing both entertainment and positive results is not an easy thing to do in the AFL but Richmond has been doing that in the opening rounds of the 2017 season.
Currently sharing top spot on the ladder with Adelaide and Geelong after winning their opening four games, the Tigers are playing with greater confidence than in previous years.
Coach Damien Hardwick is implementing a more attack-minded gameplan and so far it is paying off. Instead of playing at a slow tempo and emphasising on defending, Richmond is playing in a more direct manner and it moves the ball at a high tempo.
If there is one particular part of the team that has improved more than the others this year, it is Hardwick’s forward set-up.
The Tigers had been lacking in quality small forwards but now they have Dan Butler, Daniel Rioli, and Jason Castagna making an impact.
Butler has kicked six goals since making his debut against Carlton in Round One and he averages nearly 16 disposals a game.

2017 AFL Round 2 Review Part Two

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Here is Part Two of the 2017 AFL Round Two Review, summarising each team from Hawthorn to the Western Bulldogs. If you did not read Part One, click here.
Showing signs of decline in the opening rounds of the 2017 season but facing Gold Coast in Round 3 should give the Hawks a boost of confidence. Hawthorn started in emphatic fashion against Adelaide kicking 6.2 to 2.2 in the first quarter but that momentum wasn’t sustained for the remainder of the game.
New additions Tom Mitchell and Jaeger O’Meara were positive performers for the Hawks gathering 38 and 36 respectively but the remainder of the team was rather uninspiring. The mercurial Cyril Rioli was disappointing, kicking the solitary goal and laying just four tackles.
The Demons broke their Carlton hoodoo and won despite the absence of star midfielder Bernie Vince. It was a tight and low-scoring encounter at the MCG but Simon Goodwin’s team kicked six goals in the final quarter to pull away…

2017 AFL Round 2 Review Part One

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Round Two of the 2017 AFL season has been completed and while some teams sustained their success from the opening rounds, there were others who had once again struggled and underperformed, and there were games in which the result perhaps did not reflect too much on the result.
Port Adelaide is surprisingly on top of the AFL ladder on percentage but the likes of Richmond and Essendon were able to register consecutive victories. Hawthorn, Sydney and St Kilda are not getting the results but it is too early to doubt their abilities and the likes of Collingwood, Fremantle and Gold Coast demonstrated little signs of a promising future.
Here is a team-by-team summary of each club, how they performed, and which players stood out or failed to impress.
The Crows were impressive in their demolition of GWS in Round 1 and they backed their form up with a victory against Hawthorn on Saturday. Despite trailing by 24 points at quarter time, Adelaide won the remaining t…

2017 AFLW Season Review - Intrigue and Potential in Inaugural Campaign

Embed from Getty Images Expectations as well as doubts surrounded the inaugural AFLW season but it proved to be an intriguing experience as groups of women realised their dream of becoming elite footballers.
The 2017 season will be looked at in a mixed light. The nay-sayers will criticise the game for its low attendances and the fact that the crowds had free entry to watch matches but for those who followed the competition intently, they would have seen that women’s football has the potential to grow.
Adelaide – Entertainers and Inaugural Premiers
Adelaide won the inaugural AFLW Grand Final against Brisbane by six points in a tight contest but the Crows were worthy winners. Throughout the season, the Crows were a powerful attacking force capable of outscoring almost any opponent that faced them.
Erin Phillips was the star of the team, displaying great goal sense and also possessing the ability to link-up with her teammates in the forward 50.
The daughter of SANFL legend Greg Phillips …