Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory wants a “bumper crowd” to its 'Super Sunday' of games ($) at AAMI Park which includes the W-League semi-final against Perth Glory, and a top of the A-League table clash, also against Perth Glory. The W-League semi-final kicks-off at 2pm; the A-League match at 5pm.

Thomas Deng says it's important that Melbourne Victory do not have a “sloppy start” to their match against Perth, and that they must ramp-up their mental preparation for the game.

Remember James Troisi's “spray” about the selections for the Socceroos at the Asian Cup? Well, he doesn't regret them, but observes: 

“It’s funny, everyone wants truth and honesty. Then when you do, everyone wants to smash you.” 

Adelaide United

Adelaide United's Football Director, Aurelio Vidmar, has resigned from the role after just five months saying he found the administrative requirements of the position not quite to his liking. 

Central Coast Mariners

He scored two curling free kick goals last weekend, but Andrew Hoole claims he's still not quite sure how he did it. He says he “didn't even know [he] had them in the locker”.

Melbourne City

You could have put your house on this story appearing ... lifelong Spurs devotee, Michael Lynch, interviewing new Melbourne City recruit and Spurs Academy player, Shaylon Harrison (picured) who has been with Spurs since he was nine years old. (Lynch would say he's been with them since age 0). Lynch notes that Harrison is “in desperate need of first-team action and the chance to toughen up playing in a senior competition” and Melbourne City needs players with a nose for goal. Lynch says it could be a “football marriage made in heaven”. Harrison says he is keen to learn from Warren Joyce. 

Perth Glory

Perth Glory owner, Tony Sage, says he has lost $27.5 million bank-rolling Perth Glory since 2007, but it will be worth it if they qualify for Asia

Sydney FC

Rhyan Grant has signed another three year deal ($) with Sydney FC which takes him through to 2022 by which time he will be 30 years old and have spent 13 years with one club. Quite an achievement. And we get to look forward to more hair styles ... hopefully. The same story repeated here.

Grant took “the continent by storm” at the Asian Cup, when he got his chance after Josh Risdon's groin injury. Vince Rugari writes that he was considered “the best right-back of the entire tournament” by many commentators. 

Western Sydney Wanderers

Mitchell Duke is back in town, and keen to give his teammates a “pump up” to help save the “failing season”. He says it starts on the training ground and continues into match day. 

Olyroos camp & Hakeem Al-Araibi

And here, journalism students, is a lesson. 

Yesterday (Wednesday 6 February 2019) at 6.02am we published our story here about FFA's planned training camp for the Olyroos in Bangkok, at a time when NPL player Hakeem Al-Araibi has been in unlawful detention in Bangkok since November 2018. 

More than three hours later, FFA issued a media release advising that they were withdrawing from the training camp in Bangkok, without any reference to the fact that only three days beforehand (Sunday 3 February 2019) they had written to A-League clubs outlining the arrangements for the Under-23 players to travel to Bangkok on 11 March.

In terms of the issues associated with Hakeem Al-Araibi, FFA came to the right decision. Eventually. 

In terms of some of the 'reporting' of FFA's statement, what you are mostly reading is the FFA media release, which some people actually prefer. 

We're pleased to see exceptions in Emma Kemp's and Tom Smithie's story and Vince Rugari's story.

Kemp and Smithies mention that it was a last minute “reassessment” by FFA, and also pointing out the implications of some other sponsorships - for example, Western Sydney Wanderers and Thai Airways on a day when the Thai Government was trying to absolve themselves of any blame in the Al-Araibi detention. Rugari also notes that it was presented by FFA as a “reassessment” by Graham Arnold on his return from the UAE, but also notes our publication of the memo of just three days before. 

Some of the issues inherent in this example will be the subject of discussion at the first Football Writers' Festival at Jamberoo from 23-24 March with the opening session on 'The Daily Grind v Gig Journalism'. 

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