In A League Of Its Own- Edition 13

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League After the break involving Australia defeating Paraguay and the inaugural Melbourne Derby, the A-League returned as the top footballing code in the nation. This is the time of the season where FFA should look to capitalize on their position in the sporting landscape. One thing that is important and [Read more]

In A League Of Its Own- Derby Edition

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League Ever since the A-League started, I have wanted to be able to realistically compare aspects of it to the English Premier League. Hopeful, yes, but although most is incomparable, one is now not. The standard of the games – incomparable, crowd figures – some teams yes, but on a [Read more]

In A League Of Its Own 11

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League In another week of the A-League, the 5 matches on offer continued a very good theme this season: open, exciting, attacking football with plenty of goals. Not only is there more excitement this year, but the standard is improving every week. The midweek game came to us from the [Read more]

In A League Of Its Own – Issue 10

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League The drawn AFL Grand Final had the potential to bring the A-League to their knees, to be a final nail in this season’s coffin. After the early season turmoil that FFA and A-League has been put through – extremely low crowds, expansion troubles and the Newcastle Jets situation – [Read more]

In A League Of Its Own – Issue 9

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League Last season, we saw the first of mid-week games having a bad effect on the teams who play in them. Melbourne Victory faced Asian Champions League and Hyundai A-League committments towards the end of last season, creating the “Continental Hangover Effect” often seen in Europe. The Victory felt that [Read more]

In A League Of Its Own – Issue 8

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League As a Victorian, it is always nice to see any New South Wales team fail. In the A-League, NSW have three teams: Newcastle Jets, Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners. Newcastle are most likely going to fold by the season’s end or before next season because of a lack [Read more]

In A League Of Its Own

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League This A-League season continues to throw up surprises and upsets every weekend. Last season’s dominance of Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC is now a thing of the past, with Sydney winless and rooted to the bottom, and Melbourne on just 5 points from as many games. Last season’s two [Read more]

In A League Of Its Own – Issue 6

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League Crowds in the A-league are a worry. I’ll probably go on about this for most of the season, but they are getting to a near serious level. Last week, I went to AAMI Park, to see a popular, successful and attractive-to-watch team in Melbourne Victory, take on a team [Read more]

In A League Of Its Own – Issue 5

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League Another week of goals and excitement graced the A-League, proving that this season could be the most unpredictable, open fun one yet. Round three was kicked off at Hindmarsh Stadium, where Adelaide hosted the Heart in an absolute classic. There were five goals (all first touch finishes) and future [Read more]

In A League Of Its Own – Round 4

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League Well, who would have thought that after round two, the three most successful teams and the one new team would make up the bottom four? Sydney FC, Adelaide United, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne Heart are in an unfamiliar position at the beginning of this season. None of these four [Read more]

In A League Of Its Own – Issue 3

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League Of the ten teams that played in round one of season 2010/11, only one took home the full 3 points. Subsequently, the other four matches resulted in a draw. 16 minutes into the new A-League season and Melbourne Heart’s A-league journey, Central Coast Mariners captain Alex Wilkinson tucked away [Read more]

In A League of Its Own – Issue 2

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League The brand new season kicks off on Thursday in Melbourne and I can’t help but look ahead to what should be one very competitive year. Here are my predictions for most of the big topics, and I’m sure there will be plenty of debate over them.

In A League Of Its Own

Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League A new season, a new team, and a new defending champion. This upcoming A-league season (“Version 6”) is shaping up to be the most exciting and competitive yet. Sydney FC are the defending champions, and will be looking to become the first team to win back-to-back championships. In a [Read more]

Tom’s Teams: Players who’ve swapped clubs

by Tom Riordan Amidst the debate about free agency, mid-season drafts and high profile trades, I wondered just how many players on AFL lists had already swapped clubs. Going through The Age’s Footy 2010 magazine, I found 86 players who have been on at least two AFL clubs’ lists and managed to get a team [Read more]

From the couch: A look in all directions – more surnames in sport by Tom Riordan

by Tom Riordan   Tom Riordan: Gee, Marcus North is playing out of his skin. Chris Riordan: Sure is… You know, Marcus North isn’t the only directional surname that there is in sports. TR: What do you mean by directional surnames? CR: Well, say former Aussie ashes one-gamer Ken Eastwood, actually, he was a Footscray [Read more]

Funny teams: Dale Thomas in, Nick Stevens out of line-up of two-first-namers

By Tom Riordan You’d think that the school holidays would bring a break to writing, compiling, or even thinking. But on the first day of the holidays I had the idea, after watching the promising debut of Liam Anthony for North Melbourne at the MCG the day before, of naming a team of AFL players [Read more]