but what exactly will “more grit” do if we have another scenario like oz vs oman, with our attacking 4 surrounded by two defending banks of 4?
Even if we had a time machine, and could call up a young harry and a young dukes … would they be able to play through the double teams and triple teams that they would see?
holger, holger, holger … : (
I don’t quite know what to make of Mike Mulvey … a lot of the soundbites about him are about his “no BS” policy … it sounds Harry Redknapp-ish … more emotional than intellectual … but i dunno if that is the full story. the team has gone out there with a plan, with good movement and played some good footy. So does he have a geeky side that he doesn’t talk about. Well, he gets to recruit and set everything up over the off-season. Time will tell? cough – i am copping out on this one – cough. I love the idea of controlling, probing, stretching, tire out the opposition football. Spain as a boa constrictor. But i don’t think Mulvey will take them in that direction.
What to make of Nichols? He can be good. He can also sulk half a season …
What to make of Halloran? Not the greatest crosser of a ball … but he can hit them. Doesn’t quite seem like he has a sense of the game. More athlete than footballer. And he is 20, so i don’t think that will change. Could he be used better? Ala Walcott, another speedster who isn’t a winger … “inside right” is what they used to call it i think. Not a winger, a support striker who lurks in the right channel.
Does Mass have a future with the Roar? Would another club see him as a starter? Hard to say. Almost as marmite as Nichols … but without the stroppiness. I like Mass, and a lustica bratten mass midfield sounds pretty nice to me.
We’ll never see Jurman in a roar jersey again : ) … pity, as a CB he had everything he needed, except for the bits in between the ears. Temperament, ability to size up the situation. No and no.
What would i like to see? More of what they were doing at the end of the season. I’d like to see young local players challenging for spots at every outfield position. Be nice to see the roar aiming for the top … and giving themselves the best possible chance to win every game.
That’s the season over then.
My image of the game … it was actually quite similar to the recent Nick Diaz vs Georges St Pierre UFC match. Diaz, the challenger, did quite well against the champ. Gave the champ a better fight, and more bruises, than anyone had in quite a while. But even in saying that, it was a comfortable win for GSP.
So take the above para, and replace Nick Diaz with Brisbane, and GSP with WSW.
Well, its a season that ended better than it started. But the level has risen again. Will BR make the right choices about personnel? Will they be ruthless enough? What is next for BR?