In A-League of its Own 14 (2011/12)


Tom’s weekly outlook on the A-League

Melbourne Heart have moved a step closer to securing their finals position following a 1-0 win at home to ladder leaders Central Coast Mariners at the weekend. The second half was just 5 minutes old; when youngster Eli Babalj slid the ball past Matt Ryan after Fred’s shot was blocked. The win puts Melbourne Heart one game and two positions clear of seventh position on the A-League table. The Mariners however, have had their lead at the top sliced to just 3 points over the Brisbane Roar.

The circus that is Gold Coast United continued to take its victims on the weekend, following a controversial 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory. In torrential rain, the Gold Coast came out in a kit with the front reading “Freedom of Speech”. The FFA reacted during the course of the game, issuing a fine for the club for playing in an unregistered kit. The match itself was also full of action, with Gold Coast opening the scoring just after halftime, before the Victory equalised soon after, thanks to a clinical finish from Carlos Hernandez.

The Brisbane Roar has again put their hands up as the team to beat this season following a comfortable 3-0 win away to Perth. Henrique opened the scoring 21 minutes in, before star forward Besart Berisha netted 2 goals for the visiting team in the second half to make the final score line a resounding 3-0.

In other fixtures, Wellington Phoenix has maintained their spot in the top 4 with a gutsy 1-0 win away to Sydney. Paul Ifill scored the lone goal for the game 13 minutes in, but Terry McFlynn had a golden opportunity to make it 1-1 later on when he missed an open goal. And there Newcastle Jets have defeated Adelaide 1-0 at home thanks to a Tarek Elrich first half goal.

About Tom Riordan

Tom Riordan is in his second year of a Bachelor of Journalism at Swinburne University. He loves all sports, and plays for Brunswick Cricket Club. He supports the Western Bulldogs and can be found on weekends among half a dozen others in Q38 on the top level of the MCC.


  1. 3 lazy forwards is a recipe for disaster….Victory have to restructure.

  2. these boys from heart will win the flag, just you watch, quality writing though

  3. Good reportage Tom… and… I assume then that Gold Coast United won’t mind others exercising their right to “Freedom of Speech” – to criticise GCU breakaway from FFA!

  4. strangely enough, Clive Palmer and Wayne Swan seemed to be on the same push but received totally different coverage!?

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