ALL Rise For Timmy
Scoring 2 against Syria and off to the final qualifying round we go.
The World Cup Qualifiers were the games that had the entire nation on the edge of their seats, if not already on their feet.
Oh Captain, My Captain
The curtain close, second and final leg at ANZ stadium, 3 on the night, a hat trick and a spot in the World Cup, all thanks to our Captain.
Now it’s time to take on the world.
The second time on home soil, resulting in a 2-1 win and a massive crowd attendance of 15,089 in Penrith. Then the final match, meeting only days later, ending in a 3-2 win and an even higher crowd attendance of 16,829 in Newcastle.
It’s safe to say the future of women’s football in Australia is safe, with a team like this and the likes of our young goal scoring, multi award winning star, Samantha Kerr, there is nowhere to go but up. And up is exactly where our ladies went on the FIFA ranking ladder, now sitting 4th in the world.
“Invincible” they said
A-league title, Premiers Plate and the FFA Cup. The sheer skill and strength this team has at the moment is admirable, unstoppable, unbeatable, invincible…well, that was until cross town rivals, the Western Sydney Wanderers, ended their unbeaten run during the 16/17 season.
It is also no secret how unlucky the Western Sydney boys have been on the field but that one night, they shone brighter than any team in the league.
The player who stood above all, “Brendon Santalab, Santalab, Breeendon Santalab, la la la la la la la la la, Brendon Santalab” was chanted throughout the city that night. 1-0. Leaving Sydney FC fuming, out of all teams to silence them, the only loss their entire season was to their most hated rivals.
It lasted 2 more derby games before Sydney FC reclaimed the city in an embarrassing display for the red and black, ending in a 5-0 win. But hey, it was fun while it lasted. Until the next Derby.
History repeats itself – The Big Blue Grand Final
It was Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, two historic rivals who have both claimed the prize in the past and both eager to have their names etched into the silverware again. Besart Berisha with the first goal in the first half, shaking Allianz to it’s very core. The second half came with an equalizer with a frantic goal from Sydney FC’s Rhyan Grant, sending The Cove into a frenzy.
Into extra time we go, chances from both ends but none good enough to give them a lead. PENALTIES IT IS.
All seemed to be going so well until the miss from Alex Wilkinson, seemed like all hope was lost for FC. Victory lead. Until Valarie hits the cross bar, “Clink”, a sound that haunts Kevin Muscat and now Carl Valeri too.
And then it could only get worse for Victory as guardian of the goals, Danny Vukovic stops Marco Rojas in his tracks, the perfect Mark Schwarzer style save. And Ninkovic sealing it for the Sky Blues, the champions of Australia again for the first time in 7 years.
Here’s to the new year, it’s gonna be a grand one.