66: We Qualify Top!

 15 April 2021
Newcastle, Australia

Well we managed to qualify top of our group with a game to play. I am pretty pleased with this result. What I am not pleased with is the fact that we are in the hole financially. We picked up £25000 for winning the league, and paid out £216,000 in bonuses! There is something wrong with the financial model in the competition I think.

The board have come to me and said that we have to sell players. I am going to resist and see if we can’t keep the squad together and win the Champions League, and then bugger off to pastures greener.

Hyundai A-League – Match 25/27


Back against the Phoenix looking to stop the slide in the league. The Phoenix sit in 5th and we should be able to take control of this match.


“Boothie” and “The Count” were both suspended for yellow cads so sit this out. “C.K” and “Dobbie” get a rest, however we have a strong side on the park. “Scruffy is getting another chance on the left.


Our fourth straight loss in the league and we need to rethink what we are doing. Something is broken in our play but I am not sure what it is.


Hyundai A-League – Match 26/27


To say that the Phoenix result was a disappointment is an understateent. I called a team meeting and told the boys that we needed to get our shit together.


We field a full strength side for this match. “Warrior” gets the game off as “The Count” deputises at DM.


Ok. This is unacceptable. five league losses in a row is not the look we are going for here. I really can’t put my finger on why we are losing. We are creating good chances but the luck is not going our way.


Hyundai A-League – Match 27/27


Final regular season game. I don’t want to go into the finals on the back of a six game losing streak.


I decide to pull something different out of the bag today. See if this new shape can make something happen.


Well we did it. We finally managed to score goals and win a league match again. I am relieved camper!


News Updates


I don’t think it was new tactics as we reverted at half-time.I think it was the guys getting their shit together!


It was good to see “Dobbie” pick up the player of the year award.


“Mr Li” didn’t get the golden boot. However there was some consolation with the most POM awards.


“Gopher” picks up young player of the year which is well deserved.

A-League Team of the Year


Five players in the team of the year isn’t all that bad.

AFC Champions League – Match 5/6


We need a point or simply results to go our way to guarantee our progression. It would be better if we got the point I believe!


Fatigue will be a factor. However we have a week off after this so I am not to worried. “Narcoleptic is suspended and “Taffy” is not registered for the competetion so “The Count” will fill in at left back today.


We continued with our fine run in the Champions League, winning comfortably and qualifying top of the group.


Results Summary


We went on a five game league losing streak, and yet won all five Champions League games. I have no idea what happened.

League Table


Final standings. We saw our lead shrunk by the run of poor results, but still finished well.

Champions League


Top qualifier from our group is really special. I am happy with the lads and their efforts this season.

Next Episode


Final champions league game and the finals series. Tune in to see how we go!

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