After much to do about Perth Soccer club playing the in the Football West Charity Shield against Floreat Athena at the weekend, they regrettably made a mockery of the day by not fielding a full strength side, and ended up getting hammered 7-0.
By playing their reserves, because they obviously wanted to hold back their first team players for the start of the regular season this weekend, they put the fixture and the chance for football to raise money for charity in jeopardy, as many will think twice before attending next year. It smacked of Manchester United’s withdrawal from the FA Cup to concentrate on the World Club Championship, understandable, yet not in the best interests of the game.
Being Champions comes with a level of responsibility to the game itself. It is not just about trophies in a cabinet. It is very unusual that Perth should have taken this approach, as they have for many years been the benchmark club, but on this occasion they would have been better off being left on the bench.
Maybe this should in fact be a game for the League Premiers and the Cup winners, rather than the Champions?