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Letter from Australia

Posted 06-18-2009 at 12:36 AM by RichardCranium
OK, the feature is here, I might as well start trying to use it.

The theme of my occaisional posts here is stuff related to Australia, mostly sports ('cause this is a sports board after all) but politics or Australian views of America will be there too.

Tim Cahill 2 Japan 1.
In last nights (17 June, 2009) Australia-Japan dead rubber World Cup qualifier Australia allowed the first Goal Against in its WC campaign. 70,000 people sat in 4c degrees at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The MCG is an oval ground and the stadium holds 100,000, so the game was a long way away and it was hard to get up a "crowd feel" but Melbourne showed its the Soccer captial of Australia.

Tanaka scored for Japan at 40 minutes, then Tim Cahill hit a header at 59 and a footer at 76. Here's the story at The Age.

Neither team was fielding its best team, resting or protecting them for the WC. Both have qualified for South Africa.

Here's a link to a story from an Aussie writer who is doing sort of a sports tour of the US, I guess. Cyborg's full-throttle approach leaves this reporter gasping.
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How is the Professional soccer league holding up down under ? I see that Robbie Fowler is set to play down there.

Also, did the Australian basketball league fold or is it just on a year hiatus ? That surpised me seeing that the league had been around for over 20 years. I assume it is due to global economic recession affecting team sponsers ?
Posted 06-24-2009 at 12:05 AM by ZONA ZONA is offline
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The A-League is doing fine. Adelaide just finished runner up to the Japanese team (forget its name, the big one) in the Asian Cup. I think they are expanding this year, but can't swear to it. Don't have time to research it just now.

The NBL basically terminated at the end of last year, and reorganized from scratch this year. Two teams folded in during the season last year due to sponsor bankruptcies. Neither was due to GFC, but one (Sydney) was due to massive fraud (Ponzi Scheme).

The new league has formed, not without some birthing problems, but there will be an 8 team (I think) competition. There are bonds that have to be put up before the start of the season to ensure that the teams will finish the season. The two Melbourne teams didn't think they could organize that yet, but in the end the Melbourne Tigers (last years runner up) came on board but the Southeast Dragons (last years champ) didn't. Looked like they'd miss a year if the Tigers had dropped out. So no team in Sydney this year, but at least there will be a league.
Posted 06-25-2009 at 07:00 AM by RichardCranium RichardCranium is offline
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