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So Canberra, did you like the taste of top flight football?

By johnboy - 5 March 2009 59

The SMH brings word of the experience that a decidedly non-capacity 20,032 crowd enjoyed tonight watching Kuwait triumph 1-0.

Having watched WIN introduce the match with a “Green and Gold army” of six drunks at King O’Malleys earlier in the evening I was less than impressed.

For those who were there, how did you see the game?

What’s Your opinion?


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So Canberra, did you like the taste of top flight football?
ebony57 9:14 am 06 Mar 09

You have to turn up early for anything at Bruce, er Canberra Stadium. I’m not saying this is a good thing, just from experience you need to be there at least 1 hour before kickoff. Any later, and you run into what now seems to be the norm of parking/entry issues.

I believe the ticketing system once again couldn’t handle the walk-up crowd – I don’t think this was the Stadium’s fault, I believe the ticketing agent might have some explaining to do.

As to the rows and rows of empty parking, same as the Brumbies, it’s “VIP” parking. So possibly corporate sponsors (for example) who pay a mozza for tickets, and probably quite rightly expect to get parking for it. Still, it would be nice to see that area reasonably full, and perhaps reverted to regular parking if they don’t use it by say 30mins pre-match.

amarooresident2 9:10 am 06 Mar 09

vg said :

You’re biggest issue is equating the behaviour of athletes, and pro soccer players in particular, with that of adults.

I think if we can’t get capacity, or near to it, in Canberra with the national team playing you can well and truly kiss any A-League aspirations goodbye. And of course people will say ‘neither do the Raiders/Brumbies’. Well, they don’t need to.

What’s the capacity of the ground? 25-27,000? If I was the A-League bid team I’d be thrilled at the turnout considering it was a school night and the cost of some of the tickets. If the bid team can bank on a crowd similar to raiders games than they’ll be doing well.

As for the game itself, I thought it was relatively entertaining if scrappy. The crowd was pretty vocal at times, particularly towards the end and certainly louder than some brumbies games I’ve been too.

RAGD 9:08 am 06 Mar 09

Terribly dissapointing game. I believe a couple of the ACT premier league teams would have done better. Australia had nothing other than playing a long ball to Simon. They would play it up there even when he was by himself, with no support around him. What is he meant to do? control the ball in one motion and take on 4 defenders and a keeper and score? No chance. It was woeful.

And whats with the numbers on players? 107, 109, 111?? Seriously, out of every socceroo available to you , you cant pick someone higher than number 107 or 109? in the squad? Worse Socceroos I have ever seen play, on TV or otherwise.

I am dissapointed because like kobez_outlawz I am huge fan as well, but last nights game was terrible.

justbands 9:08 am 06 Mar 09

> also punch ups occur regularly in rugby with no players getting sin binned or anything

That’s simply not true at all. Perhaps you are thinking of Rugby LEAGUE (please, please, PLEASE don’t call it Rugby!!!!!)?

Looked pretty dull on TV, but soccer often does to me. Crowd looked decent, although certainly not full (confirmed) & I also noted the number of completely empty corporate boxes (all of them by the looks)….they need those filled if they want a soccer team here. I was tempted to go…glad I saved my pennies now.

Bluprint 8:06 am 06 Mar 09

I thought the crowd was good, if a little quiet. Kinda got a bit tired of some guys having about 8 attempts at starting a wave.

Traffic was a mess, but that’s to be expected. Once we found “A shortcut” everything was fine 🙂

Neither side played very well, Australia did have problems capitalising on field position and ball control. To me it seems Kuwait took more chances and that’s what got them the win.

Pommy bastard 7:23 am 06 Mar 09

No offense meant to the players, but this was hardly a “top flight” match. Brazil against Italy, now that would be a top flight match…

Gassed 6:58 am 06 Mar 09

Having watched WIN introduce the match with a “Green and Gold army” of six drunks at King O’Malleys earlier in the evening I was less than impressed.

Hmm you were less then impressed about people having a good time. Typical canberrian :/
Anyway was a good crowd to see a hopless side. We deserved to lose. The crowd was well behaved and had some funny sing songs to boot.
Pity our a-leauge socceroos sucked.

montana 2:04 am 06 Mar 09

main points:

– good crowd turn out considering this was far from a full strength team and non world cup related match.

– crowd was fairly quiet, due to the poor on field performance we rarely had things to cheer about. 3rd rate players took the field.

– a bit of a delay getting through the turnstyles, but not too bad (about 5 minute wait)

– i hate it how you cant buy food and drink in the one line you have to line up in separate lines for each.

can anyone comment on how the traffic was getting in and out of the stadium? i walked so i wouldnt know.

kobez_outlaw 12:27 am 06 Mar 09

Juice Terry, people just say dumb things like that because they’re jealous of the big dogs. One player in the Premier League is worth more than the AFL and Rugby League combined. Soccer dominates the world over and over and over again, that’s why the non enlightened hate on it.

Juice Terry 12:11 am 06 Mar 09

darth_baul said :

One factor that seems to be overlooked is the fact that our new brilliant coach did not coach tonight – he was Never have I seen a sport that has such a horrific culture of poor behaviour. Even the recent A-league GF, which is meant to be the showcase, had 2 players sent off. What message does this send to the young kids?

Oh yeah, WON’T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN!!! Dry your eyes tiger. Both A-League red cards were later overturned by the match review committe. The ref had a ‘mare that night.

As for soccer being the leader in the poor behaviour stakes? Give me a break. They’re light years behind their League and AFL brethren in the raping, glassing, and drugging stakes.

If you want to talk of on-field behaviour, I will concede that the diving and arguing with referees is a blight on the game (not so much in the A-League, but certainly abroad) but for out and out thuggery… doesn’t really happen mate.

G-Fresh 12:09 am 06 Mar 09

It was great to have top flight football here! Bring it on!

kobez_outlaw 12:08 am 06 Mar 09

darth_baul said :

Didn’t see the game, but sounds pretty second rate to me.

One factor that seems to be overlooked is the fact that our new brilliant coach did not coach tonight – he was serving a touchline ban.

How many times can professionals that are being paid megabucks be forgiven for acting as children? Fair dinkum – how can a coach act so poorly that he gets banned for 3 games? And how can the media be so willing to overlook it and not consider it a factor in the result.

Never have I seen a sport that has such a horrific culture of poor behaviour. Even the recent A-league GF, which is meant to be the showcase, had 2 players sent off. What message does this send to the young kids?

As opposed to what? Sticking your finger up someone’s ass? Come on people get suspended in all games stop targeting soccer. Of course when the stakes are high people get heated its natural. But games like Rugby league or union you can take it out on the other player by beating them up in a tackle or ruck. Soccer you can’t do that, also punch ups occur regularly in rugby with no players getting sin binned or anything. If a punch up was to start in Soccer all involved would get booked. So stop targetting the game because you have an inferiority complex.

Anyway I was at the game. Easily the worste game I have ever witnessed. No doubt about it. It was worse than watching the Tuggeranong United under 12 D grade play. Seriously shocking socceroos performance. We were outplayed in every single area of the game. Not one short pass the whole game. The midfielders were at least 30 m away from each other and so much boring long ball. It was a joke, a disgrace and an embarrassment to our nation. The counter attack was non existant because it was so painfully slow and every attack consisted of our defenders kicking long ball’s through to Simon who is in no way shape or form the future striker for the Socceroo’s. Todd Carney would play better than him. Anyway basically it was such a shocking display that the criticism of the teams performance could go on for weeks.

Also the game preperation by whoever runs Canberra stadium was disgraceful. The traffic on the GDE going towards the stadium was shocking thanks to the geniuses who built it as only one lane. Because of this half the crowd missed the kickoff and I noticed quite a few people just turn around and go home. The retards organizing parking made us park a few hundred meters away from the normal car park even though as we were walking we noticed hundreds of spaces right next to the stadium empty. The line outside going into the stadium was a joke also. So basically crap night all round. We get the treat of an A international which is at the standard of a Under 10’s match. The crowd lost interest so early in the game because of how pathetic it was. I’m a massive Soccer fan and I say if that’s the best the A-league has to offer, the ACT government shouldn’t even waste money on a team, they should just treat us to some more pointless and ugly public art.

Let’s hope the Wallabies treat us a bit better when they play Italy later in the Year!

MWest 11:59 pm 05 Mar 09

Just got back from the game. Here are some of my photos

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=224634&id=571010303&l=3ef86

It was an exciting and engaging game. The standard wasn’t great and the referee in the first half was appalling. The goal was a bit against the run of play just as Australia were getting into some rhythm. Kuwait did what any team would do with a lead. Sit back and defend (often with 4 defenders back and 4 midfielders sitting deep at the top of the box). Australia weren’t able to break through. We had several chances but just couldn’t put one in. Even with 4 attackers up front at one point.

There was a great atmosphere though and a good turn out. Some of the new players who were blooded performed well, in particular Michael Zullo from Queensland Roar. He and Mitch Nicholls are players to watch for the future.

vg 11:41 pm 05 Mar 09

You’re biggest issue is equating the behaviour of athletes, and pro soccer players in particular, with that of adults.

I think if we can’t get capacity, or near to it, in Canberra with the national team playing you can well and truly kiss any A-League aspirations goodbye. And of course people will say ‘neither do the Raiders/Brumbies’. Well, they don’t need to.

darth_baul 11:33 pm 05 Mar 09

Didn’t see the game, but sounds pretty second rate to me.

One factor that seems to be overlooked is the fact that our new brilliant coach did not coach tonight – he was serving a touchline ban.

How many times can professionals that are being paid megabucks be forgiven for acting as children? Fair dinkum – how can a coach act so poorly that he gets banned for 3 games? And how can the media be so willing to overlook it and not consider it a factor in the result.

Never have I seen a sport that has such a horrific culture of poor behaviour. Even the recent A-league GF, which is meant to be the showcase, had 2 players sent off. What message does this send to the young kids?

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