Saturday, 31 May 2008
Port Phillip Council vs South Melbourne Hellas Soccer Club
What the hell is going on here I don't quite get. Anyone out there more smarter in legal type stuff who can explain it? Or do you remember what it was all about? Were you actually there?
Case no. 2
Danny Wright vs South Melbourne Hellas Soccer Club
This one's a bit more obvious. The former South champ coached Hellas in the 2002/03 season, getting the arse late in that campaign after 7 games without a win, the final straw being the 4-1 loss to Parramatta Power. Also included in that run was 3-2 loss to Sydney Olympic at Shark Park, which I note only because of the trip taken up there by a loyal reader which was related to South of the Border this week on the occasion of South going to Canberra on June 22nd. I'll never look at a small fries in quite the same way again. Or dim sims. Anyway, Peter 'Gus' Tsolakis took over the reigns for the final two games of that season (winning both, woot). Looks like the case was dismissed, even though it took some two years to resolve.
Friday, 30 May 2008
Last time they metRound 2, 2008, at Lakeside Stadium
South Melbourne 1 Coburg United 2
Slow paced and cautious game with few chances for either side, but the visitors made the most of their limited opportunities taking a 2-0 lead early in the 2nd half, before South eventually woke up and tried playing football, with De Moraea goal not much more than consolation.
Coburg started off the season in decent fashion, seemingly did a Kingston even faster than Kingston did in 2006, but has recovered in recent weeks to at least beat a couple of fellow relegation threatened sides in the Pines and Zebras, and they still have, on paper at least, a decent squad. South failed last week to take advantage of the opportunity presented them to reign in the top six, but were perhaps shown also that they're not quite at that level this season, and are now back, almost in the relegation dogfight. Indeed, even halfway into the season, this could be the season defining game for both these sides, especially with fellow strugglers Preston and Whittlesea squaring off (with the former also due to play their postponed game against Oakleigh midweek), and Western Suburbs playing Fawkner, meaning that a loss here, especially for Coburg, drags them right back into the thick of the mire they've recently drawn away from Like wise for South though, slip ups against Coburg and Suburbs next week will mean that extra pressure will be added onto the big games against Oakleigh and the AIS. Still, with MacNicol and Kelly joining the ranks, and with some sort of form despite last week's hiccup, Sputh should win this.
Thursday, 29 May 2008
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Plans are currently underway to ascertain costs and interest for a bus trip up to Canberra. More news as it comes to hand.
Maybe I'll even get to say hi to Eamonn!
Scotty MacNicol vs Oakleigh Cannons
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Personally, I don't have a spare $70, I'd rather watch the ressies kick the ball around, am sure of getting the info one way or another before or after it's announced, and have a slim figure that I wish to maintain. How cliche. Really, you wanna go, be my guest. You're grownups. Well maybe not. Unlike certain other sites, I don't have a warning before entering and such. You've got the gist anyway. I'll be with the plebs, Manic Street Preachers b-sides playing in my head.
Monday, 26 May 2008
Sunday, 25 May 2008
Saturday, 24 May 2008
Friday, 23 May 2008
Fucking Season Defining Derby Match of Epic Proportions - Round 14 - South Melbourne vs Heidelberg United
Last time they met
Round 1, 2008, at Olympic Village
Heidelberg United 2 South Melbourne 1
Zoric put South ahead from close range in his debut for Hellas, but the visitors then went to sleep in a scrappy game. A backpass on a bumpy pitch led to the Bergers' winner, with South squandering late chances to level the game.
South hasn't won four in a row since it won five in a row in early 2005. The fans probably shouldn't get carried away with the recent three wins, against two relegation threatened sides and a below par Richmond outfit. Heidelberg has been solid, if perhaps unspectacular, and are looking to consolidate their place in the six, as South looks to bridge the gap. This game looms as season defining for both sides - if the visitors can take three points out of it, they maintain their momentum and put some hefty breathing space between themselves and the sides outside the top six. If South can get the win, that's four in a row, and all of a sudden there is massive momentum heading into the 2nd half of the season, and all the confidence and balls going in instead of out that goes with it. Heidelberg after a sluggish draw ridden start to their season, have registered a six game unbeaten run, 5 of those being victories. South hasn't had a draw for something like 17 consecutive league games, almost certainly a record. This one has draw written all over it. Should be a cracking game played in front of a crappy crowd unless you get your arse out there on Sunday and bring as many people as you can.
Thursday, 22 May 2008
- South of the Border at $461 (with a potential of $65,902)! Ding ding ding! Worth more than smfcboard and the official site combined! Awesome. Fabulous. I'm going to cash that cheque in right now. Other South related sites (that weren't piggybacking off a higher rating site) included
- South official $125
- Smfcboard $95
- South Women's blog $10
a look at some of the other stuff that gets linked here
- Astronomy Pic of the Day $264,309 - can you put a price on such a tremendous site?
- Nearpost, $7,663 - I'll get there soon
- Bolosepako $120 - lift your game po hui!
- Pumpkin Seed Eaters $9 - a) lol. b) kicked their arse c) shows just stupid this ratings site is and d) not quite so funny now they've departed the building.
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
- FFV/Foxtel Cup promotions - no idea how to effectively use their spending money.
- FFV has no money because all money gets sucked upwards. That may change in a few years if the FFA gets better sponsorship and TV deals.
- Victory influence - sit there and take it.
- 2008 Preston/South incidents - not our responsibility, and besides, inside was all fine! Really!
- Summer League - went around and talked to lots of people, and it was the stakeholders who asked for it. Specifically who asked for this stuff is not made clear.
- Summer League clubs will not receive transfers and such... duh.
- They more or less expect clubs within the designated regions to fund it. In effect, still a lot of dithering going on, largely clueless.
- Basically the FFV believes that the 20-30 clubs within a zone, and their supporters, will support the representative zones.
- Clubs will not required to participate in the Summer League, and there is flexibility in how much they may participate.
- FFV to A-League transfers - it's being looked at - lalalalalalala...
- The $3000 rule has been ratified by FIFA.
- Dockerty Cup, lack of a suitable financial model.
- Mark Rendell has a voice which could send anyone to sleep.
Final word from me. The FFV is fond of passing the buck. To the clubs. To the fans. To the FFA. Take little to no responsibility for their own fiefdom. Essentially saying, we are powerless, do it yourselves. Rendell may very well have gone in to this with the best of intentions. as a way of communicating the FFV's stance on a number issues directly to the fans, and not appearing as some mischievous clandestine organisation. But always, in the back of my mind, the attempt to neutralise any backlash by tackling it head on, and therefore taking the sting out if it.
It is quite sad that the Pumpkin Seed Eaters are taking what appears to be a near permanent hiatus. The reasons for this, whether due to legal or time constraints or both and other things, are unknown to me. I've given my fair share crap towards the Pumpkin Seed Eaters, as well as praise. They could've gone in harder at times, and occasionally went in on the wrong target, but the show improved just about every episode. They had a style that saw them reach out to the disenfranchised and captured the imagination of the haters alike, and achieved a rarity in local soccer in managing to unite, for around 40 minutes every fortnight, the disparate and mostly self-interested fans of the local scene.
In closing... thanks for the plugs... the site hits went up considerably whenever South of the Border got a mention. It was nice to contribute some material for the show occasionally... even if it wasn't always intentional. Here's to the future... fight the power. Vale PSE, for now at least.
If someone wants a copy of the episodes... I have all of them, just ask and ye shall receive.
Monday, 19 May 2008
Sunday, 18 May 2008
Saturday, 17 May 2008
through ball through wormhole;
notions of linearity
dashed with defenses
Friday, 16 May 2008
Last time they met
Round 25, 2006, at Bob Jane Stadium
South Melbourne 5 Frankston Pines 1
The Pines hung in there for a while, even leveling the scores after Tavsancioglu put South ahead early, but doubles from De Moraes and De Nittis put paid to any notion of an upset. One team was on the march to the finals, and one was headed for relegation, and it showed all over the field.
South hasn't won three in a row since mid last year. Pines haven't won a game all season, managing only two draws and conceding an average of over of two goals a game. I know who my money's on. And yet this could be the kind of game where the Pines rally, and with Peter Zois now in goals, South's poor finishing this year may find another obstacle to overcome. But really, South should win this fairly comfortably, considering that they've started to show signs of cohesion and form, and continue to close the gap on the top six, and a win here would set up a nice little derby against Heidelberg next week, with the hopes of launching the 2nd half of the season in a much better fashion than they started it.
ฟุตซอลชิงแชมป์เอเชีย 2008 ที่อาคารนิมิบุตร ทีมไทย ชนะออสเตรเลีย ได้สิทธิ์ไปแข่งฟุตซอลชิงแชมป์โลก ที่บราซิล แน่นอนแล้ว 15-05-2551 | 17:55 น.
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Well about a year later and what happened? Well firstly, we certainly are not in there. But would we want to be? What the hell is Teamelbourne all about anyway? It looks like the only people they've managed to rope in are, a glorified pony club, an aussie rules team which stands for nothing, a thugby league team bankrolled almost entirely by Rupes, the city's premier basketball team which plays out of the netball centre, and a netball team. Oh, and the MSO. Whoopee. And what do they do? I can't really tell to be honest. What would be the benefit of joining this illustrious group? You tell me, because I can't bloody figure it out. All that getting your jollies off for nothing, except that like most of your wanks, they weren't memorable enough to file away to reminisce upon during a quiet autumn evening.
So, where to from here? Well, there was this book I read by some schmo called John Carroll, called The Wreck Of Western Culture: Humanism Revisited. It's all about how western society, from the Renaissance onwards, destroyed all its central myths to the point where we believe in nothing and stand for nothing, and therefore our lives have no centre to turn to when it all goes pear shaped. Or something like that. Anyway, even if you end up disagreeing with it, you'll still remember it long after sham enterprises like Teamelbourne end up in the sportsentertainmentmarketing toilet. Well, one can only hope that's how it ends up.
Durakovic gets Victory role
Melbourne Victory has appointed Mehmet Durakovic as coach of its National Youth League team.
Durakovic, who will be assisted by Victory goalkeeping coach Steve Mautone, is an ex-Socceroos defender who made 64 appearances for his country and spent three years as assistant coach at the Victorian Institute of Sport.
“Mehmet Durakovic is a legend in Victorian football,” Victory football operations manager Gary Cole said.
“He was a wonderful player and he’s been assistant coach to Ian Greener at the VIS for three years.”
“He’s been part of their youth development and understands very well the football development program here in Victoria.”
“He’s very excited to be in football full-time and we’re sure he’s going to do a fantastic job.”
“To support Mehmet we’ve got Steve Mautone, who’s currently our goalkeeping coach and also has a terrific background,” Cole added.
“He’s got his International Asia ‘B’ Coaching Licence and has started work on his ‘A’ Licence.”
“Steve now has three roles within the one, he’s still the club’s goalkeeping coach and he’s also got a part-time recruiting role assisting (coach) Ernie (Merrick) and I.”
“As well as that, he’s assistant coach of the club’s National Youth League team and will be heavily involved with Mehmet in the recruiting of players for the National Youth League, which well and truly adds up to a full-time job.”
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Monday, 12 May 2008
A spokesman for the group, who wished only to be known as Hellas4eva, had this to say. "South Melbourne is Australia's most successful soccer club, with a proven ability to attain good crowds even with sub standard marketing and administrative leadership. We also have a tremendous history, which would give this new league the credibility amongst the establishment it so sorely needs."
When quizzed about what some commentators have termed as the obvious difficulties of distance and the fact that South Melbourne FC have never had anything to do with cricket, the response remained unequivocally positive. "We have a stadium, we have the fanbase, and with all the money and marketing now available, there is no doubt in mine (sic), nor in any of the other South fans I've spoken to, that we would be a more than worthwhile and successful addition to the IPL. Indeed, we are firmly of the belief that the league will go nowhere without our inclusion."
Fans of the Albert Park based club had previously conducted a "No South, No APL" campaign, in an attempt at protesting South Melbourne's exclusion from the then fledgling A-League, a campaign which fizzled out over time, even as the new league went from strength to strength. Experts have widely tipped the same result for this new effort. One of these experts, who wished to remain anonymous, had this to say. "The IPL has no place for teams like South Melbourne. They would bring up all the ethnic baggage that has been haunting soccer for generations, and from whose shadow that game is only now starting to emerge. Plus, they don't even play cricket."
The organisers of the rogue cricket competition were unavailable for comment.
with apologies and acknowledgments to George for his idea :)
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Saturday, 10 May 2008
It goes to show that it isn't all strawberries and cream, and that Athletics Victoria will quite likely become the key tenant, with expectations of the privileges of such an arrangement. While the fairness of it all may be something left to desire, considering all the money that we as a club have invested in the venue, it may be the obvious way things were due to turn out, after all, they're probably going to get higher crowds and more event use out of it than we will. Also shows what happens when governments cave in to people like Eddie Everywhere, instead of following a pluralist approach to this kind of thing.
Also note that the 1926 stand is not slated for demolition as hinted in Neos Kosmos English Weekly earlier this week - rather, it appears that it will be converted into the headquarters for the Victorian Institute of Sport. Again, drip, drip, drip, information coming out so slowly. And lastly, where are we? Why aren't we in the segment, as in like, ask us our point of view? Should we have started a brawl first in order to rate a mention?
Victoria's Athletics community lament football's takeover of Olympic Park
Reporter: Kathy Bowlen
RON CLARKE, FMR WORLD CHAMPION: The only world record set in Australia on any track that's still there was set at Olympic Park.
JAMES MERLINO, SPORTS MINISTER: You don't see as many athletes training at Olympic Park. You don't see as many schools using Olympic Park.
ANNE LOVE, ATHLETICS VICTORIA: There's lots of school events that are conducted here at Olympic Park, training most nights, athletes come in to train. We hold - over the summer - we hold all our championship events here.
JANE FLEMING, FORMER HEPTATHLETE: I just think it's really sad. I mean, Olympic Park has been the home of athletics for 50 years.
KATHY BOWLEN, PRESENTER: For the girls competing at this week's Secondary Catholic Sports Association at Olympic Park, there was plenty of history to inspire them. This is the track where Kathy Freeman first ran under 50 seconds. Raelene Boyle, Jane Fleming and Melinda Gainsford-Taylor competed here. Going back further, it was here that John Landy stopped running to help a fallen Ron Clarke before going on to win the event. And some of those champions are among the most strident critics of the Government's plan.
RON CLARKE: It's always been in that area and that city precinct. And so many memories, so many traditions, so easy to get to. And how it can't be combined with everything else they're doing now, I don't know. It just seems strange.
JANE FLEMING: One of the reasons that athletics thrives in Victoria - most of our national teams are made up of more than 50 per cent Victorians - is because of Olympic Park's location. It's very, very central. And I think by moving it to anywhere else, we're going to lose that to start with and we're also not in the middle of the major sporting precinct of the major, you know, of Australia's sporting capital any more.
KATHY BOWLEN: Jane Fleming, who's expecting twins next week, lives in Sydney these days, but she's horrified by what she sees as a blatant disregard for the sport's tradition.
JANE FLEMING: People within athletics are very emotionally attached to that track because of all the history. And, I think that, you know, whilst the Government might have all sorts of, all sorts of reasoning behind what they're looking at doing, I think they need to put a value on the history and the emotion.
JAMES MERLINO: I can understand the heritage argument, but if that's the only basis on which that sport stays at Olympic Park, I don't think it stacks up in terms of the benefits we're gonna see down the track.
KATHY BOWLEN: James Merlino, who's been Sports Minister for 18 months, inherited the plans for Olympic Park. Nevertheless, he's committed to what he says is the future of athletics at Albert Park.
JAMES MERLINO: All of the principal Olympic sports will be based at Albert Park. So, you'll have track and field at Lakeside Oval. At MSAC, you already got the principal aquatic sports, so swimming, diving, water polo - all of those sports based at MSAC. In addition to that, we'll have the VIS base there. So, we'll have a new purpose built facility for the VIS based in the old 1926 grandstand, so that's gonna be completely renovated. We've also got sports medicine Australia, a number of state sporting associations based in that precinct. So, we're creating something quite special.
KATHY BOWLEN: Negotiations have been going on for well over a year and Athletics Victoria is cautiously optimistic.
ANNE LOVE: In a perfect world, no, we'd probably stay at Olympic Park. But, as I said, we've got to do the right thing by our members and our past members as well as our present members and to move the sport forward and to get a better deal for our sport is what we're after. And that's what we're working closely with the Government, you know, towards that. They've been terrific. And we have no doubt that they'll deliver on their insurances.
KATHY BOWLEN: The plan would see athletics share the lake side venue with the South Melbourne Soccer Club, who are also part of the negotiations. The plan is to provide another two ovals so their junior and women's teams can be based at Albert Park, giving the club a proper home. Their lease runs for another eight years, as does the sponsorship deal, which names the venue the Bob Jane Stadium.
The Minister concedes it's an odd name for an athletics stadium.
JAMES MERLINO: So, it's Bob Jane Stadium for a period of time, but what is absolutely crucial to athletics and I agree totally is that this is to be known as the State Athletics Centre or the Victorian Athletics Centre and we're completely in agreement with that. And we'll make sure that athletics gets the recognition that it deserves in this facility.
KATHY BOWLEN: When Melbourne staged the Friendly Games in 1956, Olympic Park was the home of our swimming, cycling and track and field teams. It was the warm up track for athletes competing at the MCG. At the conclusion of the games, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne pledged that the area would always be kept for amateur sports. That hasn't happened. The area now plays host to the Australian Open tennis, the Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Victory and perhaps most controversially, the Collingwood Football Club.
Collingwood now trains at Gosh's Paddock on Punt Road, but when Olympic Park is pulled down it will have a purpose built training facility, right next door to the club rooms.
Collingwood President Eddie McGuire is also a board member of Athletics Australia. Many in the athletics community believe he has a conflict of interest when it comes to dealing with what's best for athletics.
RON CLARKE: I'm flabbergasted why they should even do it. I spoke to Eddie McGuire and - some time back - and he was assuring me that they wanted to retain Olympic Park, they wanted to retain track and field there. And I really can't understand the big change-about. Either - I don't know if this is the State Government or driven by Collingwood themselves.
JANE FLEMING: The Storm and the Victory have been able to share the venue, and it's only really the AFL clubs. And I feel like saying to them: "Don't you have enough already?" You know, in comparison to the amateur sports.
KATHY BOWLEN: Businessman and former decathlete Rob Fildes chairs the sport's governing body in Australia and invited Eddie McGuire to join the board. He says the Collingwood President has acted in good faith.
ROB FILDES, ATHLETICS AUSTRALIA: It hasn't been a big issue at the board level. At our last board meeting, we did however raise it with Eddie and we went through any questions that there might be. And from his point of view, when he comes to athletics he's been very supportive of our sport.
KATHY BOWLEN: As a successful international businessman, Rob Fildes has a pragmatic approach to his former sport and believes funding of athletes and coaches is far more crucial than where they train. But as our competitors invest heavily in their sporting futures, will we come to regret relinquishing the connection to our golden era of track and field?
JANE FLEMING: I just want the Government to think about the next time they want to have a photograph taken with a Cathy Freeman or a John Landy or a Ron Clarke or at the Premier's fundraising for the Olympic Games team about removing piece of integral infrastructure to the history and success of our sport.
Missed the first half of the seniors game, because some people I was with at the game wanted to have dinner, and a sit down dinner with plates and everything, so I was kinda obliged to join them in the unsocial club. Anyway, we caught the 2nd half. It was 1-1 at the break. South copped an early goal in the 2nd half, but managed to equalise midway through said period. Both sides wasted a few chances, but especially South, but credit also to both keepers for doing a good job. One of the people who I was watching the game with was pleasantly surprised with the standard which was good to see, especially considering the two teams are at the wrong end of the table. Shows that the local women's game is gradually getting there. There's still scrappy elements to the game to be sure, but they are amateurs, and I reckon there's been significant progress in the action I've seen over the past 2 and a bit seasons. Overall, good night out, but a missed opportunity to get three points and get clear of the relegation zone.
And in some serious postmodern headfuckery, another plug of South of the Border, with particular focus on my review of their episode 5. Selective quoting? Elaborate gamesmanship in order to receive and send reciprocal plugs, or just an attempt to use South of the Border for certain slightly nefarious purposes? It's all a bit much to think about at the time of writing this, (11:30 on a Wednesday night), but for those of my 10-20 regular readers who haven't downloaded the show by now, you'll want to head straight to 35:25 minutes into the episode and hear it for yourself. But really, you should all know whether you enjoy their stuff or not by now anyway. National audience, does your head in contemplating the ramifications. Soon, like South of the Border, they'll be an international phenomenon. And Zeus help us all when that happens.
Friday, 9 May 2008
Qantas Futsalroos beat Kuwait as preparations continue
The Qantas Futsalroos continued their preparations for their assault at making the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil later this year, with a 6-2 win over Kuwait in Bangkok, Thailand.
The team came back from a 2-1 half time deficit, to overwhelm the Kuwaiti’s who are also participating at the AFC Futsal Championships that start in Bangkok next Sunday.
It wasn’t the best start by Australia as they tried to find their rhythm in the hot and humid conditions, with Kuwait taking advantage and grabbing the half time lead.
But the second half was a different story, as Australia scored five unanswered goals with experienced Futsalroo Lachlan Wright snaring a double. Other goalscorers were Danny Ngaluafe, Chris Zeballos, Greg Giovenali and Fernando de Moraes.
The team will conclude their preparations with a hit out against the Thailand U21 team on Thursday.
Australia begins their AFC Futsal Championship campaign with a game against Turkmenistan, followed by matches against Chinese Taipei and No.2 ranked Japan. The top two from each group will progress to the quarter finals, with the four semi finalists qualifying for the World Cup that will be played in Brazil in October.
Last time they met
Round 11, 2007, at Epping Stadium
Whittlesea Zebras 3 South Melbourne 2
Lively enough game in their only meeting for 2007, but Whittlesea's counter attacking style won the day, despite Ramazan's South of the Border goal of the year effort. South at the time were scoring goals like they were going out of fashion, which they did a few weeks later. Whittlesea ended up making the grand final.
No Nando. Possibly no Billy Nats. Out there in the freezing cold. Alone. Wait, back up. Should be a tough game, both teams on level points and all, seven points behind sixth placed Heidelberg. A win here for either side could mean the start of something good, a loss, and well and truly back into the relegation battle. The Zebras coach, former South player and Socceroo Peter Ollerton has left, but there's still the nucleus of a good side there, including lively Floreat Athena recruit Jerry Karpeh. Still, South has finally seemed to get on a bit of a roll performance wise, even though everything isn't quite clicking 100% yet. Last week's win was a pretty big one, but now, with two of the league's strugglers to come in the Zebras and Pines before what could possibly be a massive match against Heidelberg in the context of the season, anything less than six points may well seem to fall short of the target. Still, four points would also be good, but seeing as we haven't had a draw for a long time - 15 consecutive league matches - one can only see a comfortable win or a heartbreaking loss on the cards.
...Peter Zois is wanted by 'mixmastermike' at south but Anastasiadis's father and dean will fight tooth and nail to keep the zoismeister away for this season so dean can go out on a high in his "last" season. Its almost like KISS announcing another final tour. Whats the bet he will play one more year and the conversation with mike m will be a little like this...
DEAN: C'mon Mike, I'm turning 40 next year, I wanna be the first keeper since Maurice Raponi, Jeff Olver and Robert Brian to play in my forties and hinder the progress of today's young keepers.
MIKE: But I have Zois, Kenny and that chick from Box Hill that played in the Richmond Ressies wanting to come down.
DEAN: What if I give you 10c off every litre of regular unleaded you buy at my servo?
MIKE: My X5 needs premium malaka.
DEAN: Um... I think only my dad can give discounts on premium. (Long pause, Deano's soccer career is flashing before his eyes) Probably best if you speak to him.
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Should Australia reach the semis, Nando will miss not only this week's clash against Whittlesea, but also next week's game against Frankston Pines. Nevertheless, South of the Border has no hesitation in wishing Nando, who is always glad to have a quick chat when he can with your correspondant, and the Australian all the best in their Thailand adventure. It's always an honour to represent your country at the elite level, and even better when one of our own South boys gets out there on the big stage. Hopefully as with the Kuala Lumpur tournament from earlier this year, there'll be footage made available by the smfcboard forumite known as Brazuca of Nando slotting a few away. You can try to keep up with the latest from the tournament via the AFC's brilliant official site, or something.
The rest is a press release as seen and nicked from Football in the Capital via the FFA, but I'm sure Eamonn doesn't mind.
QANTAS FUTSALROOS TO COMMENCE WORLD CUP JOURNEY
The Qantas Futsalroos will open their qualifying campaign for the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup on Sunday with Scott Gilligan's side looking to maintain Australia's record of having appeared in every FIFA Futsal World Cup since the inaugural version in 1989.
The Qantas Futsalroos have been drawn alongside number 2 ranked Asian side Japan, along with Turkmenistan and Chinese Taipei for the Asian Football Confederation's Futsal Championships being held in Thailand.
The four semi finalists at the 16 nation tournament will represent Asia at October's FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brazil.
Gilligan has chosen an experienced 14 man squad for the qualifying tournament which features seven veterans of the 2004 World Cup campaign.
Australia’s first Group B match is against Turkmenistan on Sunday, followed by Chinese Taipei on Monday and Japan on Tuesday 13 May. The all-important quarter finals will see the top two teams in Group B meet the top two teams in Group A that features Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq and Indonesia.
Australia will complete their final preparations with matches against Kuwait tomorrow and against the Thailand U21s on Thursday, having demolished New Zealand 11-2 in Sydney on Saturday immediately prior to flying out to Bangkok.
The Qantas Futsalroos squad for the qualifying tournament is:
Tuan Cao (NSW), Fernando de Moreas (VIC), Trent Flanigan (ACT), Greg Giovenali (NSW), Luke Haydon (QLD), Simon Keith (NSW), Angelo Konstantinou (ACT), Dean Lockhart (NSW), Danny Ngaluafe (Qld), Gavin O’Brien (NSW), Peter Spathis (NSW), Adrian Vizzari (NSW), Lachlan Wright (NSW), Christopher Zeballos (NSW).
The four groups are:
Group A – Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, Indonesia
Group B – Japan, Australia, Turkmenistan, Chinese Taipei
Group C – Uzbekistan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Korea Republic
Group D – IR Iran, Tajikistan, China PR, Kuwait
Australia’s matches are:
May 11 v Turkmenistan – 6.45pm (local time)
May 12 v Chinese Taipei – 12 noon (local time)
May 13 v Japan – 6.45pm (local time)
All matches in the tournament will be played at either the Nimibutr or Hua Mark stadiums in Bangkok, with the final to be held on May 18.
Media Release from Martin Foley's Office - State Member for Albert Park
Wednesday 7th May 2008
IMPROVING SPORTS FACILITIES FOR THE COMMUNITY IN OUR FAVOURITE PARK
The future of the Lakeside Oval and the South Melbourne Football (Soccer) Club was today secured with the State Budget Announcement of $50.3m for a package that includes for the biggest makeover the old oval will have seen.
State Labor Member for Albert Park, Martin Foley welcomed today’s budget announcement by saying "This is great news for the Lakeside Oval, great news for athletics in Victoria, great news for the South Melbourne Football Club and great news for local community sport. Best of all, this is great news for Albert Park, delivered without any loss of open space."
Albert Park is already home to many local community and sporting groups including golf clubs, rowing clubs, walking and cycling clubs as well as boating and fishing enthusiasts.
PREMIER ATHLETICS FACILITY IN ALBERT PARK
Mr Foley said "The package includes relocating Athletics Australia, Athletics Victoria, together with the Victorian Institute of Sport to the Lakeside Oval. It will make the Oval the premier athletics facility in the State. It will be the home of the state-of-the-art training and competition facilities - bringing most Olympic athletics sports in Melbourne to Albert Park alongside the existing Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre."
SOUTH MELBOURNE FOOTBALL CLUB: A PART OF OUR COMMUNITY
“More importantly, the project will allow the South Melbourne Football Club the opportunity to consolidate its community links and operations locally by bringing junior and women's club activities back to the club base. It will also allow a modern and accessible set of club facilities to be developed - something the club has been crying out for" Mr Foley said.
Currently the club is spread across three locations. The men are at Albert Park, the women are in St Kilda and the juniors are out at Caulfield. The new development will provide the club with an opportunity to bring all of these clubs together at a completely redeveloped facility.
South Melbourne Football Club President, Leo Athanasakis welcomed the commitment from the Brumby Government saying "This is great news for our Club. The announcement will help us secure our future as not only Melbourne's Premier Community based Football Club but will also allow us to become an even more integral part of Our Local Community.”
Mr Athanasakis said “By the program of building a new state of the art pitch in a revamped standium, plus new all weather and turf pitches in the park we will not only secure our senior team, but we will build football links with our juniors and our women's team. Our new club facilities and function areas will help make us a viable and strong club for the future."
For more information contact South Melbourne FC, Bob Jane Stadium, 9645 9797; the office of Martin Foley MP on 9699 6755; or visit www.budget.vic.gov.au.
It all sounds good, but where are the plans? Devil's in the detail, and we haven't seen them yet. So far it's been drip, drip, drip, and not enough to drink. Are we being buttered up? Would we abandon our Caulfield junior base and relocate to Albert Park, or have a split system? And where is everyone going to end up without a loss of open space? All a seems a bit suss at my end, to be perfectly honest. Somehow it all seems too easy. You let us put a running track in and here's a whole bunch of stuff just falling into our laps. I'm also concerned by all this South Melbourne FC love all of a sudden, local community, police, government, all against us for ages, and now we're flavour of the month? Wait and see people, interesting times ahead.
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
There's also the addition of another South related site, something to do with some South Supporters mob or something, I'd tell you more, but their website doesn't have too much info at the moment. However, legend has it is populated by a shy, largely nocturnal beast, which thrives on the risottos and chicken parmas of Clarendon Street and its surrounds, and I'll stop right there or else I could get myself into serious trouble, because who knows what primordial powers I could be messing with?
Also, because you all asked for it, here is the finished version of my Lakeside redevelopment article, on the Neos Kosmos English Weekly site. Kewl. More important and less self-indulgent stuff tomorrow, I promise.
These two galaxies are fighting a multi-billion year war against each other. Some day, one of them will not exist. The scale of the battle is ridiculous. Astronomy Picture of the Day is now available as link on the side, for those times when it seems we're going nowhere, and it's simply not enjoyable anymore. Just to put things in perspective, as well as to awe and amaze.
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
Monday, 5 May 2008
The Victorian Government announced last Monday that Athletics Victoria would be moved from its current base at Olympic Park to a redeveloped Lakeside Stadium. The work needed to accommodate the move, which would include the reconfiguration of the venue to incorporate a running track, would reportedly begin later this year at a cost of $50 million. The redeveloped stadium would have a capacity of 10,000, with seating for 5,000, though no plans were released with the announcement.
Lakeside Stadium is currently the home of former National Soccer League side South Melbourne FC since its own enforced move from its former Middle Park base in the mid 1990s. The club, which still has several years remaining on its lease of Lakeside, would remain as a tenant. Currently the venue also hosts finals matches for the Victorian Premier League, as well as training sessions for the Socceroos and overseas sides while visiting Melbourne.
Talks between the parties have been in operation for the past two years. The announcement by the Minister for Sport James Merlino has seemingly ended the constant speculation over the future of Olympic Park, as well as the future of Lakeside itself. The former will almost certainly end up as a training venue for the Collingwood and Melbourne Football Clubs.
In a statement on its official site, South Melbourne said it was “pleased that the Victorian Government has recognised the area as a major sporting precinct”, and emphasised its nearly 50 year association with the Albert Park area. For their part, Athletics Victoria and Athletics Australia were caught out by the announcement, declining to comment on the day announcement was made, and released a joint press release on Tuesday. Many in the athletics community have been angered by the moves to oust them from their base of over 50 years, especially in the perceived conflict of interest of Eddie McGuire, who is both president of Collingwood and on the board of Athletics Australia
The redevelopment could be a major boon for South Melbourne FC, with the right deal possibly securing their future for many years to come. The possible benefits could include a clean slate in terms of the catering and naming rights contracts which currently exist at the venue, additional training grounds in the area, upgrades to its own facilities, as well a new lease which could see the club secure its home at Lakeside for as much as 40 years.
While many in the local athletics community are angry at the enforced move from their traditional home, many South Melbourne fans view this as a terrific opportunity to cement the club’s future, despite the increased distance from the playing field that would ensue. South supporter and volunteer John Kyrou said he’d be disappointed at having the state’s premium soccer facility altered in such a fashion, but ultimately the club’s future viability was a more important issue.
“If having a track in the way is the sacrifice we have to make in order to ensure that Hellas will be around for many years to come, then so be it. Many of our supporters have been to Olympic Park many times to watch South matches and it hasn't been that bad. We would eventually get used to it.”
“I don't like the fact that our ground - one of the very few purpose-built football venues in the state - will have a running track around it. However in saying that, I believe that if the South board can play their cards right in negotiations with the relevant parties and do things the right way then this proposal has the potential to land the club an enormous amount of continual income that will set us up for a long long time.”
The announcement also failed to shed any light on the future of the old grandstand, the last remaining element of the former Lake Oval, which has fallen into serious disrepair. Sources have hinted however that it has been slated for demolition. Previous attempts to convert it into the Melbourne base for the Sydney Swans, incorporating among other things a museum, never came to fruition.
Sunday, 4 May 2008
Saturday, 3 May 2008
Structurally, this started as a strict 17 syllable piece, then it was broken down slightly, rebuilt, and ended up having 18 syllables. I had another word in place of 'obsolete', but it just didn't fit the poem in. The joggers and possums were the start of it, as you may have guessed, were the non-negotiable part. I like it, but I don't love it. Better than last week's to be sure. No season word, but the balance between structure/nature/humanity/choice/destiny, seems to sit there fairly well.
an obsolete temple;
choosing paths which lead away
joggers and possums
Friday, 2 May 2008
Last time they met
Round 17, 2007, at Lakeside
South Melbourne 0 Richmond 1
Thoroughly dull match, decided by a monumental fuck up by Langerak. Henry Fa'arodo crossed low and seemingly harmlessly from out wide into the box, but the ball slipped through Langerak's legs with Steve Burton scoring one of the easiest goals of his life. On balance though Richmond were the better team, with South showing little of note.
Richmond should win this. They've been one of the best teams of the early part of the season, scoring goals almost at will, and yet they aren't invincible, having lots to Whittlesea and Heidelberg within the past 4 games. The loss of Stuart McCluskey and Pablo Cardozo to suspension may test their depth a little, but with a solid, experienced and obviously capable squad, Richmond would still have to be favourite for this game. South on the other hand, even when playing well has managed to lose games, and still hasn't quite settled under new coach Michaelokopoulos. The defense is still over the place, and the overwhelming majority of their goals have come in two games. Will the opening of the transfer window solve some of these problems? Certainly in regard to some of the central midfielders being suggested it could well do so, still, avoiding relegation will sadly be the goals this year, with a genuine push for the finals delayed for a season. It sucks, I know. But then again, maybe this will be the start of the great Hellas revival of 2008? One can only hope.
Thursday, 1 May 2008
COMMUNITY Football in Victoria received a boost with the announcement of a $750,000 commitment from the Victorian Government on Tuesday at a pressconference held at Telstra Dome, one of the first steps in Football Federation Victoria’s Strategic Plan for 2008-2011.
A host of Melbourne Victory stars were on hand at Telstra Dome as Football Federation Australia, FFV and the Victorian Government, through its Department of Sport and Recreation, confirmed the funding.
Victorian Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs James Merlino made the announcement alongside FFV CEO Mark Rendell, FFA Head of Game Development Matthew Bulkeley, and Melbourne Victory CEO Geoff Miles. Rendell said the financial commitment fell directly in line with the initial stages of the FFV Strategic Plan for the next three years.
“We believe the funding made available by the Victorian Government will have a direct impact on football in this state,” Rendell said.
“We outlined in our Strategic Plan earlier this year the need to generate additional revenue to invest in the growth of Victorian Football, and this falls into line with that.
“The commitment of $750,000 from the Victorian Government is a great start to what we are trying to achieve.”
The funding has been allocated to initiatives and programs that will benefit Victoria’s football community, both in a club and school context, and has provided the FFV and Melbourne Victory with a unique opportunity to conduct new and exciting projects.
The new projects, which include the Melbourne Victory Schools 5-a-side, a Volunteer Recognition Program, Grassroots Certificate Training and Small Sided Games Communication Strategy, have already received excellent feedback throughout the state.
FFV has been a major force behind the success of the projects, which also aim to strengthen the connection between Victory and Victoria’s football community and encourage participation in school football by teachers and students alike.
“We are excited about the opportunity to be involved in grassroots football through the Melbourne Victory Schools 5-a-side,” Miles said.
Next up, an open letter from the CEO of Football NSW, Michael Quarmby, to his constituents.
There has been a lot of talk recently on the viability of clubs competing in the Premier League. Football NSW (FNSW) itself is receiving a fair share of criticism in this regard. While we do not have any control over the spending of clubs, we do have a level of responsibility to help clubs compete with an economically sound model.
The biggest expense item is players salaries. As an ex player many years ago it was nice to receive hundreds of dollars per week but the reality today is there is not enough revenue streams for clubs, ie. supporters and level of sponsorship, to sustain the costs of players wages and the rest of expenses that go towards putting a team on the park.
Part of our responsibility to help the clubs is to have the highest level of promotion that we can do. The one thing I am sure you will agree is that this level of promotion has increased dramatically over the last few years. The players and clubs are promoted on TV (Football Stars of Tomorrow), magazines (FourFourTwo), newspapers (The Daily Telegraph, Australian British Soccer Weekly, local Cumberland and Fairfax papers), radio and our website.
We receive fees from each Club for the conduct of the first grade and Under 20 competition. However, these funds fall well short of the expenditure incurred in the administration, marketing and promotion of the TeleChoice Premier League. As part of our overall responsibility to the game, Football NSW underwrites the gap between fees received and expenses. This underwriting is made possible from commercial revenues generated by Football NSW from activities separate from that of the TeleChoice Premier League competition. With the administration costs of running the League (ie. Referee fees, processing registrations and contracts, general daily correspondence and communications, match commissioners, judiciaries, fulfilling media commitments above including journalists, staff etc), there is a significant net cost to FNSW that we budget for each year in the interest of the competition and the pathway to the A-League for the players and coaches.
As I mentioned earlier, our responsibility is to help minimize the costs of clubs. The Premier League Standing Committee represented by all Premier League clubs and our competitions department are assessing all income and expenses in this regard. They are currently working on a player points system linked to a salary cap which would help in financially running their clubs for next year.
I expect that and other initiatives from the committee over the next couple of months in order that they may help the clubs for next season.
I intend where practicable to make this a regular column where I can address your issues as well as communicate initiatives we are working towards. So please do not hesitate to speak your mind in relevant issues affecting our game.
Next week a snapshot of Football NSW and what we do….
Notice any difference? Now, one wouldn't want to generalise about other federations and their motives, and make grass is greener statements. There's plenty of hatred directed at Football NSW from its own constituents to make that mistake. But look at the first article. Pay attention to how Melbourne Victory is mentioned no less than six times in about a dozen sentences. Then see the other piece and how it's all about promoting the local scene, minimising costs for clubs etc. Take note FFV. The Victory is not your concenr, They run themselves, for a profit, and will use any means and anyone necessary in order to attain it. You are there to support the people who pay your wages. Comprehende?