It is a common fact in sport that when it comes to a final they rarely life up to expectations. The reason in the main being that both teams enter the game doing all that they can to make sure that they do not lose. History will show that those teams who enter finals and adopt a more attacking attitude frequently come away having put in a scintillating display, as before the other team can change their mindset the game is over.
The 2012 Football West Night Series, which was expanded this year to include all clubs that play on a Saturday produced some super football and some surprise results, which rattled the established clubs. It was a bold move and one that was an overall success, even though the final was in footballing terms a massive anti-climax.
The games governing body cops a fair amount of criticism from the clubs, sometimes warranted, sometimes a little unfair. However maybe the clubs need to also have a look at themselves as well.
Saturday night’s final witnessed a great crowd in attendance at BGC Stadium – Dorrien Gardens – and it was the perfect opportunity to showcase the game to potential sponsors. Yet the football served up by Perth and Bayswater City in the first 45 minutes was nothing short of disgraceful, with both teams guilty of flagrant diving and play acting. The refusal by three Perth players to walk away following the send off as the referee tried to discuss something with his assistant, was equally distasteful, and one wonders whether the referee should have carded all three. There was a suggestion where we were seated that Prize money should have been with-held and both teams charged with bringing the game into disrepute!
Everyone understands that both finalists want to win, but there is also a responsibility when you play in a showcase game, to ensure that you promote the best side of the game. You may not be able to play the best football, as the other teams tactics may well negate that, but nobody wants to witness two teams doing their utmost to get their opponents sent off, least of all potential sponsors! Something worth remembering when your club takes the field, more sponsors mean more prize money and the opportunity to promote the game to wider audience.
It was a disappointing end to a refreshed and successful Night Series. Here’s to an exciting season ahead!