First of all congratulations to Floreat Athena and Sorrento who have both progressed to the Grand Final of the All Flags State Premier League competition; Sorrento beating League Premiers Bayswater City in a feisty match after extra time 2-1.
Next week the two teams will do battle for the title of Champions for 2012. Also next weekend the Hyundai A league gets under way with Perth Glory hoping for a big crowd at a venue far from conducive to watching football Subiaco Oval a.k.a. Paterson’s Stadium.
Perth Glory have gone all out to try and pull in the fans by having a “Legends Game” as the curtain raiser, regrettably with the FFA having worked so hard to push NSL history into a darkened cupboard where no one will find it, the game is likely to have limited appeal. Which is sad for the players of the past and the club.
One can’t help feeling that this game would have been better being held back until later in the season rather than the being played at the opening game. What may have been a better option, especially as we are repeatedly told the relationship between Football West and the Perth Glory is the best it has ever been, is if the local State League Grand Final had been the curtain raiser for the opening game against Brisbane Roar.
One thing is for sure it would have pulled in fans to the Perth Glory who normally do not come, and the state league would have benefitted from Glory fans who rarely watch the local league seeing its showcase game. One can’t help feeling that an opportunity has been lost by both Perth Glory and Football West.
With the “Legends Game” being played prior to the main game, one thing is for sure no one can say it came down to cost!
Whatever the case we wish all three teams the best of luck next weekend.