Congratulations to Brisbane Roar on their epic victory in the Grand Final of the Hyundai A League. It appeared they were dead and buried at 2-0 down but somehow they managed to squeeze a draw in the last six minutes and take the game in a penalty shoot out.
The Central Coast Mariners should also be applauded for the part that they played in the game. There is no doubt with the squad they had they punched above their weight all season and for that Graham Arnold should be applauded. The worrying thing is the expectation that this season will give the fans for next.
The referee Matthew Breeze also had an outstanding game. So often we abuse officials when they make mistakes but he kept the game flowing and was hardly visible, which is the sign of a good referee.
One thing that did seem a little wrong was hearing one of the commentary team refer to the trophy as “the toilet seat.” Everyone knows that this is what it is affectionately known as around the game, but it did not seem right to hear it called that officially on air. One still has to wonder when the FFA commissioned this trophy and did not see the obvious ramifications!
Another thing that raised its head again in this game is how in Australia when teams are losing their fans shut up. We would love to hear a psychologist explain why that is. In Europe when losing, the team’s fans sing louder, but here their silence is deafening. Maybe it is the Australian mentality that they are just not used to losing.