Football in the Capital Archives for January 2008
Canberra A-League Bid on the front foot!
31st October 2008
Fischer-Massa supports Canberra A-League bid
Successful businesswoman and football fan Mrs Millissa Fischer-Massa has thrown her support behind
the Canberra A-League bid.
"We can work together and I look forward to seeing a winning team in Canberra.
Warning: DO NOT WATCH THIS GAME ALONE.
To be seen in GREEN, there is a gathering to watch the Canberra United historic live game against
Queensland Roar in Brisbane on ABC 4pm LIVE this Saturday.
Event Info Host: Dickson Tradies
Time and Place Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008
Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Dickson Tradies
Canberra United are playing Qld Roar live on ABC at 4pm, come support the team at the Dickson
Tradies on Sat 1st Nov.
Former Socceroo Ned Zelic will be on ABC 666AM Canberra at 10.30am Wednesday or shortly after the
news around that time talking Canberra A-League and his whole football journey from Canberra to
Germany, Japan Georgia and the rest!
Quite a journey Ned!
And Ivan Slavich met Ned today and announced Ned is to become the Number One Ambassador for the
Canberra A-League bid.
Local Football podcast featuring Canberra United star Sasha McDonnell
National Show including interview with Queensland Roar Captain Kate McShea.
Well not exactly but as you may or not know I've been retired from work some years ago and turned
my time to blogging to fill the endless void.
But my health is (still) not so good, hence the reduction in posts. And I'm expecting to reduce
blog postings significantly in coming days/weeks, I have already as you may have noticed.
And now everyone flies back and gets ready to travel to their various W-League openers and then
many will head for the Under 20 World Cup Qualifiers in Malaysia in a couple of weeks...never stops
FFA Release below
The Westfield Matildas have triumphed in a tense Final of the ASEAN Football Federation Women's
Championships held in Ho Chi Minh City, with a 0-1 defeat over host nation, Vietnam.
100,000 plus women and girls play football, now we have the W-League...hooray.
Canberra United to win the league, Melbourne to play at the Dome before Sydney Melbourne game this
week, W-League on the telly every week it's all too much and Russ Gibbs and 2XX to call all United
I spent years telling everyone I knew that Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell were good enough to get
this country to a World Cup.
With other players in Serie A, EPL, SPL and Eredivision it wasn't hard to see the potential.
After all even good old Ireland had made it with many lesser known stars and no-one with the
individual talent of Kewell or Viduka.
Ned Zelic: Canberra needs an A-League team,
I would love to have stayed and played in Canberra.
Ned joined us on the Nearpost last night. We had a ball talking football with one of Canberra's
finest footballer. And a great listen for any football fan.
National Show: DownloadNed Zelic talks Current Socceroos, Asia 4th Visa Rule and impact on Aussies,
Adelaide United, Coach Vidmar, Best A-League ground and more.
Lydia Williams will start in goals against Vietnam tomorrow in the ASEAN final.
Matildas Coach Tom Sermanni said, "We decided before we even left for the tournament the
goal-keeping roster and if they made the final, then Lydia would start."
The Matildas probably only have 12 field players available with Amy Chapman and Clare Polkinghorne
suspended, Renee Rollason also in doubt and Elise Kellond-Knight probably won't play.
Wellington and Perth, I've bagged them both here, particularly Ricky Herbert's men.
They both won, but I notice Wellington did it by removing Karl Dodd and Richard Johnson from the
midfield and played Lei Lei Gao from the start.
Not hard is it Ricky, i mean to read the blog and get free advice, and suddenly you look like a
football team at least.
Canberra United Amy Chapman opened the scoring for the Matildas as they romped into the ASEAN final
The Westfield Matildas advanced to the final of the ASEAN Football Federation Women's Championships
tonight with a thrilling 5-1 win over Myanmar (Burma) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - although it is
a victory that comes at a cost with two players suspended for the Final against Vietnam on Monday.
Jon Stanhope (Foundation Member) Zed Seselja (FM) Shane Rattenbury (FM) Alistair Coe (FM) Steve
Doszpot (FM and former President of Soccer Canberra) Brendan Smyth (FM) Andrew Barr (FM) all got
elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly. Football now has seven A-League Foundation Members in
Canberra and a few more over the border in Queanbeyan.
A Wollongong bid, called South Coast FC, continues to lead a tight race that includes
Canberra, western Sydney and, somewhat surprisingly, Tasmania. While the FFA had flagged the
possibility of making a decision before Christmas, the board has now given the interested parties
another four months to shore up their bids.
National team the Matildas, in a final you know. Today. Not a dicky bird on the "We love the
women as well honest FFA site," but the Canberra Times is on the money, although no article on
Queensland Roar keep losing at home. And Frank Farina can't solve the problem. Not last year, not
A team that can cruise past league leaders Melbourne Victory 2-0 at the Dome a few weeks ago lost
to Adelaide United 1-0 last night.....and what is Frankie ever going to do?
Time to tinker Frank.
Jan Versliejan the Young Socceroos Coach will move to Coach the Australian Under 17 side after the
completes his duties with the Under 19's in Saudi Arabia this year.....and the current Under 17
Coach South Australian Martyn Crook will presumabl get the flick.
Makes sense as the intake for the AIS is falling this year and most of the Young Socceroos are off
to A-League clubs.
I received this email this morning, thought I'd reprint it in full:) As a football fan, blogger,
and Canberran I couldn't agree with it more.
Lets get political
For far too long Football (soccer) has been the poor cousin in Canberra. Football is the biggest
code in the ACT yet governments of all creeds have ignored us.
Can the FFA do no wrong?
Adelaide United fly off to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, after tonights game against the Roar in Brisbane
and where better to fly out from.
A home game in Adelaide or away in NZ would have added further hours to the trek.
And tonight's game will be one of the rounds best although I'm expecting The Roar to walk it.
Canberra FC have applied for the NSWPL 12th and remaining spot. Let's hope it's lucky 12th for them
in NSW and for the Canberra A-League side in the A-League.
Then we'd have a marvellous pathway for our juniors. Full release below.
CANBERRA FC MEDIA RELEASE
> > 16 October 2008
> > for immediate release
> > HUGE WAVE OF SUPPORT FOR CANBERRA'S INCLUSION IN NSW PREMIER LEAGUE
> > An army of supporters ranging from Socceroos past and present, politicians,
> > football officials and media personalities have gotten behind a push, to
> > encourage Football NSW to include Canberra FC as the 12th team in the 2009
> > NSW Premier League.
One place up for grabs, five applications, and a decision to be made on Wednesday next week.
One application from Canberra I'm informed, so here's hoping we have another pathway to the
A-League, and beyond, for our Canberra footballers.
Now football doesn't always get the coverage it deserves, certainly on FTA national channels it
hardly gets the coverage crowds and the national team of the World Game deserves.
Even with so many people interested in the last World Cup campaign and numbers involved in the
So I guess there must be a number of media, a few at the elite of the AFL, Rugby League and Rugby
Union who woke up this morning and said,
"Oh no they're off to the World Cup again.
Book your flights Australia are off to the 2010 World Cup.
A thumping 4-0 win over group leaders Qatar and with Uzbekistan drawing with Japan in Saitama the
Socceroos move into pole position.
With Marco Bresciano, Harry Kewell and Nicky Carle :) out Pim's men have sent a huge message to the
rest of the group with a 4-0 flogging of an insipid Qatari side.
It was easy.
The rains poured down, the game was delayed and Australia continued the torrent.
Aussie superstar Tim Cahill was the hero. Finishing superbly in typical fashion in the ninth minute
and Qatar knew it was game over.
Remember Qatar were top of the group going into this one, but the psychological hold Australia has
over many teams in Asia was apparent, will be strengthened after this effort.
I met them in Bangkok for the Asia Cup now they are in Brisbane for tonights game. Tuggeranong
United's Jeremy Butler, Gordo and co are up for the game
Great to see Canberrans making the trip. Great to see the passion for our National team. And no I'm
not in Brisbane I knicked the photo from the FourFourTwo website which has great coverage of
pre-match with the fans.
ACTAS player Steph Tokich has signe for Adelaide United, presumably Steph is guaranteed a start.
Interesting none the less and good to see another Canberran in the league.
Crucial game, every World Cup game is, and more midweek crucial footy on TV. Love it!
And Pim is sounding unusually upbeat. Which must be good. ...
We've beaten Qatar twice and psychologically we'll have an edge, even without "our Harry, our
Marco, our Carl and our mini-Carl...Vince Grella.
Yesterday I was at a meeting at the Hermitage in Canberra. Nice restaurant, nice meeting.
And I believe it was the day when the Canberra A-League bid was sealed. I think we are now
Of course I can't reveal more at this stage but within two weeks, maybe less, I expect to hear the
news spread widely.
We're bagged Football-hater Peter FitzSimons SMH journo (it felt great) for his latest Saturday
Canberra United Coach Robbie Hooker talks player signings. apologies re sound quality
We talk Adelaide United and Socceroos. Yeah Pete you see there is some football going on.
The new Canberra United website was launched today.
Ok so it's no big deal Australia lost to the UAE in the Quarter Final of the Under 16Asian Cup in
Tashkent. Everythings in Tashkent these days!
But what is a big deal is it means the Joeys won't go to the World Cup Under 17 next year. The FFA
don't say so in their release but I'm pretty sure that's the deal.
in case you missed the SBS piece on Canberra A-League last week.
And coming soon "A night with Ned Zelic" November 6th. This is a gala event for
Foundation Members and Corporate supporters.
Invitations will go out this week to all Foundation Members. Numbers are restricted so get in early
and, of course, if you'd like to come but haven't signed up as a Foundation Member, sign-up today
The team will now head to Saudi Arabia in November for the Asian Cup which acts as qualifiers for
the Under 20 World Cup.
James Holland sealed the win in a penalty shoot-out. Take a look at the list of names and see who
is already making an impact in the A-League..or not yet.
FFA report below.
Buckley said that, as part of the agreement, Optus will provide football equipment for
thousands of young football players in regional and urban areas around Australia.
Football has had the highest participation rates of any sport for boys aged 5-14 years for more
than a decade and is also the fastest growing team sport for girls with an average annual growth
rate of more than 6% over the past five years.
The Socceroos take on Qatar in Brisbane on Wednesday. The game is live on FOX.
A win is crucial and would slot the Aussies into second spot after just two games. Most teams will
have played three.
And with the Aussies in second place and two to qualify I'm predicting with this group of players
and an increasingly confident Pim Verbeek we will NEVER be out of the top two again.
ActewAGL have signed up as front of shirt Canberra United sponsor. Good news.
And United Coach Robbie Hooker announced further signings this morning.
Local players Rebecca Kiting, Ellie Brush, Bronwyn Studman, Chrissy Walters, and Dubbo Matilda
Ashleigh Sykes have all joined the club.
Warwick Hadfield on Nearpost Radio on Tuesday.
Despite what you read here, I'm very highbrow and enjoy listening every morning to Radio National's
Breakfast programme with Fran Kelly. Love ya Fran, you are the best.
And at 7.35am every morning Australia's best all-round sports journo Warwick Hadfield fills us in,
as only he can, on the days news in sport.
The Joeys are on track for a World Cup berth. They beat China 2-1 a couple of days ago, see report
below, and beat Turkmenistan 6-0 overnight.
One game to go. The Joeys must beat, probably, Yemen to book their place at the World Cup.
Also Young Socceroos beat Thailand 2-1. Notice the improving Thai football sides.
Matildas beat Thailand 2-0 with two goals from Victoria Balomenos. And that caps a great week for
Balomenos who is good friends I'm told with Fabian Barbiero the goal-scoring Asian Champions League
semi-finalist with Adelaide United.
And Ashleigh Sykes the fastest player in the Matildas, it's official now as she made her debut
NSW Premier League has a spot for another team!
Remember Belconnen Blue Devils or Canberra Deakin taking the league by storm only to be given the
Well on the NSW website they are calling for another team to replace the Penrith and Macarthur Rams
So would Belconnen United or Canberra FC be ready to go round again?
The latest list of voluntary redundancy seekers will decimate the paper's sports
coverage. The list includes irreplaceable sports columnist Roy Masters, sports managing editor Rod
Allen, award-winning sports writer Jacqueline Magnay, top notch soccer writer Michael Cockerill and
two award-winning photographers Craig Golding and Tim Clayton who have decided to follow picture
editor Mike Bowers who left two weeks ago.
I remember watching Celtic defeat Real Madrid 2-0 in the home leg in 1984 in the old European Cup.
Despite Laurie Cunningham's dazzling bending corners and a Scottish team nearly all home grown
Celtic not only managed to beat the Mighty Madrid but beat them by 2-0.
There was bedlam in Glasgow that night!
(Summary is not available.)
Many Canberrans will know Steve Hogg and the wonderful player he was...well this isn't about
Rather Kahlia Hogg, Steve's daughter, has made the Australian Under 17 Squad. Well done Kahlia.
Like famous Canberran footballing names, Milovanovic, Giampaolo, Valeri, Lustica and others it has
to be in the genes.
This is a blog, full of the blarney and here's the latest.
FFA are to renegotiate the Fox TV deal at Christmas. That's it no more no less. That's what I heard
from those who know or think they do.
A new deal, including FTA, maybe with the league expanding a new deal is possible.
Adelaide off to Japan via Tashkent?
Football is a funny game, none more so than in Adelaide tonight. A Rivaldo led Bunyodkor side
silenced the pack crowd with a fluent and flowing performance at Hindmarsh Stadium last night.
At half-time United hadn't had a shot, not one.
Great to see the confidence coming out of Sydney FC's W-League side.
Matildas star Sarah Walsh says, "We're probably the best on paper," and of course every
other team will have something to say about that.
Full Sydney squad below. How strong? Verdict..on paper..very just like their menside:)
Sydney FC's women count down to the W-League
Boasting a potent mix of experienced internationals, talented youth and the guiding hand of Young
Matilda's coach Alen Stajcic, Sydney FC's inaugural Westfield W-League team is looking to shine on
the National stage as the start of the Westfield W-League draws near.
Tonight in Adelaide, new football, takes another step. Appropriately, to me, it is a team from the
old NSL playing in a stadium used in the old NSL, that will take us to a place this game, in this
country, has never ever been.
Semi-Final time. Of the Asian Champions League.
Whatever your sporting passion, when there is a prize on the line, the crowd swells, and the
Nearpost Radio heard from Caitlin Munoz last night and her recent football journey to play in a
seven-a-side tournament in the United Arab Emirates. How times are female footballers.
Unfortunately our local show failed to podcast this week.
Michella, Fitsum and myself talk Adelaide United, Socceroos and A-League and dedicate the show to
Raiders CEO David Furner.
Rivaldo: Is he the best footballer ever to play a competitive game in Adelaide?
Romario...way past his best, anyone else?
Don't miss tomorrows's historic Asian Cup Semi-Final. Adelaide v Punyodkor..Rivaldo v Dodd...not
It's October and the English season in full flight but "The Duke," Australia's greatest
ever forward is back in Australia.
Why? To get treatment on his ongoing injury problem so we are told. Viduka would be the first to
acknowledge he is no longer able to run beyond the defence.
And with an achilles injury and with Viduka being a notorious slow returnee to best playing
fitness, Viduka could be looking at a very long lay off.
Got it in one did you?
Yes, Harry Kewell's got a club now, and he's injured so he's not coming. Heard it all before
More worryingly Marco Bresciano, Vinny Grella are also injured with Carl Valeri suspended our
centre midfield looks a tad weak.
Jason Culina is back but will Jacob Burns or even Stuey Musialik/Mile Jedinak provide the super 2
manscreen that we always seem to need in front of a Pim led team.
Chris Bush (Goulburn) Danai Gapare and Stephen Domenici (2 goals) all played a part in the
Australian Under 16 first game in their attempt to qualify for the Under 17 World Cup.
Australia 3 Saudi Arabia 1: Details below
Monday 6 October 2008
The Qantas Joeys have begun their AFC U16 Championships campaign with a 3-1 victory over Saudi
Arabia in Uzbekistan overnight.
Canberra United start their campaign with two away games before their first home game against the
Central Coast Mariners on Sunday Nov 9th at MacKellar.
Canberra play Melbourne, Queensland, and Central Coast all twice and Sydney, Newcastle and Perth
and Adelaide once.
Canberra's ABC TV live games are expected to be Queensland (away) 2nd Round and Adelaide (HOME)
Full fixtures below.
David Basheer ran a great story on the Canberra A-League bid yesterday.
Ivan Slavich, Walter Valeri and Anthony Hatton put the Canberra/SNSW bid forward on SBS
Watch the video here
Sydney drew with Queensland Roar last night 1-1. A good game and with the Roar leading 1-0,
Australia's fattest import Charlie Miller heading towards goal with a minute to play....there could
be only one winner.
Charlie, okay I'm a Celtic fan, and the wee Ger is scoring goals galore despite his girth, was sure
to score to make it 2-0 at the death.
Were you watching Perth and Wellington?
Canberra Ref Ben Williams sent-off Carlos Hernandez last week.....for what I'm still unsure, but
last night it got worse...that said the Mariners proved why they are the biggest little team in the
Ben Williams gifted Adelaide a penalty in the 6th minute.
Matthew Hall from Sun Herald
All media is good, so some say, particularly for Canberra at this stage. 442, SBS on Sunday at 5pm,
radio stations showing interest so the message that Canberra is serious is slowly building.
We could argue that there's little to do in Canberra except leave so there should be no
problem in drumming up support.
Canberra Raiders CEO Don Furner said,
'It could be going to local sporting teams, it could be going to the new A-League
The ACT Government are considering paying $3 million dollars per year to sponsor the Sydney Swans.
Now the Canberra A-League team don't need more handouts but this is clearly ridiculous.
Sydney to lose at home, Mariners to do wha Japanese Champs Kashima couldn't..and defeat Adelaide,
Melbourne to give Perth a hiding and the Jets to draw with the Wellington mob.
In Canberra news, will Kaz Patafta start this weekend, and what's wrong with Socceroo..make that
former Socceroo Nikolai Topor-Stanley.
4,500 people at the recent Perth Glory/Wellington Phoenix has sent the FFA into realism mood.
Lift the game Perth or you are OUT!
Can the Perth Glory franchise stay in the league? They have the franchise until 2010 but if the
crowds don't improve, to 8 or 9,000 (yes just 8 or 9,000)the Glory could be given the boot.
I like my football, with a passionate crowd, something on the line, plenty of skill and the stadium
They said we didn't care about Asia, and it's football. Who's they? Well all those Aussie
enlightened sports journo's; you know who they are...the ones that give football a fair go.
And the "Dubbo Dasher" Ashleigh Sykes is called up too, well that's nearly Canberra...at
a short dash.
Great to see a player from Regional New South Wales make the breakthrough and good to see another
Canberran in the full squad.
Amy Chapman and Lydia Williams are the other Canberra United players in the squad.
Football Federation Australia announced today can call all the Canberra W-League games live.
Canberra football's Number One Commentator Russ Gibbs will be calling live, with the help of other
"experts" (not me I am disappointed to share:) all the Canberra United Women's games.
And with the W-League Websites expected to go live Monday, TV deal to be announced and further
signings to be announced.
Interesting response from fans of football on FourfourTwo website. In fact there are pages of
A NEW A-League club in Canberra would draw in 15,000 to home games, according to a new study by the
backers of the capital's bid.
Transact CEO Ivan Slavich today released the results of Orima Market Research recently undertaken
for the Canberra A-League Bid Committee.
Andrew Barr signed up early, as did Kate Lundy and Jon Stanhope. Shane Rattenbury paid up and Gary
Humphries, Steve Dozspot, football legend, and Opposition Leader Zed Seselja became a Foundation
Member, along with some other local sports identities Phil Lynch, Adam Friend, and Andrew Fagan.