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Offline sbahnhof

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Australia W-League 2016-17
« on: January 21, 2017, 10:05:06 AM »
A world of wide skies, well-travelled teams and 8) drinks breaks...

And thanks to YouTube, some of the full games are online currently.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIHswrriDPdmaWIZXzdLmQw/videos

On the field, the level of skill and excitement is higher in some games than others across the league – and there are plenty of players from overseas. Of British interest, Jess Fishlock is at Melbourne City, now the interim coach, and Natasha Dowie is at Melbourne Victory. Sadly the Youtube channel is missing the match where Dowie laid into the refereeing in a post-game interview, alleging that she was held back when through on goal.

A couple of games worth a look:

From the opening weekend:
Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory
1st half


And a game between two of the title challengers:
Melbourne City v Perth Glory, 27 December
1st half
/ 2nd half

And if the vids don't survive, read about it here & here.


A matchup between Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City
(pic: Chris Simpson)

I'd be interested to know, what do you think of holding women's games as a curtain-raiser for the men's? I'm not sure it works (in this case) for the atmosphere. Usually they end up with a big stadium that looks empty even when it isn't. It's good that there's co-ordination with the men's A-League clubs, but maybe the W-League needs something more to give it its own identity. It gets TV time on 2 channels, and they'll be hoping to emulate the success of women's T20 cricket, although cricket's popularity eclipses football and every other sport.
« Last Edit: February 14, 2017, 07:38:07 AM by sbahnhof »

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Re: Australia W-League 2016-17
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2017, 03:06:30 PM »
W league is very good for young players, will give 15/16 years experience of decent football.
Then again Australia football lets 15/16 year ols play senior football in the leagues below it.
The English FA is stuck with age group mentality which hinders players development.
As for curtain raisers , works down under as it is played in summer and no effect on pitch for the mens game.
Also at least they have naming rights for the League thanks to the Lowey clan at the FFA.

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Re: Australia W-League 2016-17
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2017, 07:45:29 AM »
The Grand Final was played on Sunday evening:

Perth Glory v Melbourne City
at Perth Oval
- 1st half


- 2nd half video


If the videos don't work for some reason, try this article or another report on the final.

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Re: Australia W-League 2016-17
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2017, 08:23:41 AM »
As for curtain raisers , works down under as it is played in summer and no effect on pitch for the mens game.

On a similar subject - https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/womens-blog/2017/feb/01/is-sharing-the-limelight-with-men-good-for-womens-sport