For those who know me personally, it's no secret I'm proud of my unique mixed heritage. However, nothing makes me feel more Australian than coming together to remember those who have fallen fighting for our freedom, or those who are currently on duty for our country. This round was Remembrance round, and it was a great display of respect from the A League and the clubs in their pre-match presentations.
Lest we forget.
GAME OF THE WEEK
This one really wasn't a hard one for me. Melbourne City have played some very attractive football this season and most of their clashes are entertaining to watch. However it's not to say they're indestructible, as Newcastle really put City to the test. City ran out 2-1 winners, but had a couple of chances gone the Jets' way it could've easily been a different result. Still a great contest regardless of the outcome.
I'm not one to pick drubbings for my favourite game of the week, but a brief shout out to Melbourne Victory for the 3-0 win over the Wanderers, and to Sydney for destroying Perth 4-1 and continuing their incredible start to the season
GOAL OF THE WEEK
As passionate as I am about the Victory I can't turn a blind eye to a great footballer. Yet again Bruno Fornaroli has scored a great goal, a volley that rifled into the back of the net. The quality of his goals have been fantastic and his presence in the league is of another calibre.
He also became the fastest player to 30 A-League goals with his double over the weekend.
If he keeps up this kind of form, he could quite easily go down as one of the best imports the A League has ever seen.
THE UNHERALDED HERO
This one goes out to two A-League old boys. First one is Ernie Merrick, who this week became the first manager to 100 A-League wins between his time at the Victory and his current stint in Wellington. The last two consecutive wins for the Phoenix have propelled them into the top 6 and made them a completely different opponent to what they were.
The other one is Alex Brosque. The Sydney striker marked his 150th game for the club with a goal in their 4-1 demolition of Perth Glory. It's a credit to some of the league's old boys like Brosque. Personally, I thought the riches of Asian and Middle Eastern football would have kept him from returning to Australia but I was proven wrong. Still going strong at 33, he has scored 18 goals since his return to Sydney.
Seeing the Wanderers brought down a peg is always satisfying. Another good sign is Wellington's resurgence in the league. They've certainly got the talent in their squad to be making finals, but they need to ensure they work hard on their chemistry. It's fairly easy to pick the top players, Bonevacia, Finkler, Krishna, Barbarouses, but you can't hinge results on a mere 3 or 4 attackers.
The cringe factor of the round for me was Morten Nordstrand's sitter against City. As Simon Hill aptly put it, it could easily be the miss of the season. There's not much else I can say about a miss from inside 6 yards other than 'it was harder to miss'. You can check it out here.
Jokes aside, I need to be serious for a minute. The damage left due to the earthquakes in New Zealand is absolutely terrible and my heart goes out to any family or friends in New Zealand. Understandably, the game between Wellington and Victory for the round ahead was postponed. Quite honestly football is irrelevant and takes a backseat to a tragedy as this. My thoughts and prayers go out to anyone affected in New Zealand or family and friends abroad.
Yet again it's another topic which, again, I feel will be another major talking point for the season. The standard of refereeing was once again brought into question in the Victory vs Wanderers match. Despite Melbourne running out 3-0 winners, there were two major controversial talking points that seemed pretty clear cut.
The first was Mitch Austin's goal, which was incorrectly ruled for offside. Brenton Speed can say whatever he wants about it, but there was definite evidence of offside. I sit adjacent to the goal so we've got a pretty decent view of those who are onside.
The second incident was more obvious than the first, but Western Sydney were denied a blatant penalty in front of their travelling away supporters. Jason Geria unsuccessfully challenged for the ball against Jumpei, tackled the Japanese midfielder without the ball and I gave up hope. I'd seen it clear as day and lamented having Geria in the squad, but to my surprise we were given a goal kick. Even the random supporter next to me had to ask me to be sure.
Nonetheless, as Ernie Merrick aptly put it, if we've approved the use of video technology we need it now. Fact is the refs just aren't consistently cutting it, so any extra help would be good.