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Heart so near but draw with Mariners is not enough

Melbourne Heart and Central Coast Mariners draw one-all By Roy Hay Melbourne Heart needed a win over Central Coast Mariners to keep its hopes of a finals position in its first season alive for another week. In the end it got a one-all draw which suited neither team....

Footy celebrations and origin myths

Published as 'PC Footbrawl', Geelong Advertiser, Saturday 17 May 2008, p. 37. Here in Australia we have one of best games of football on the planet. That’s not just my judgment. Way back in 1883, Richard Twopenny, who had played rugby union, soccer and footy...

The future of Australian football

Australian and British Soccer Weekly, Tuesday  27 February 2007, p. 4 Also published as 'There's room for all the football codes' in, Geelong Advertiser, Saturday 24 February 2007, p. 93 In the aftermath of the extraordinary A-League Grand Final when 55,000 fans...

The Victorian Premier League 1991-2006: a short history

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Dealing with Telstra

Published as 'Quality first', Geelong Advertiser, Monday 29 September 2008, p. 17. I hold no shares in Telstra, but I have been a customer of the telco and its predecessor the publicly owned company since we arrived in Australia in 1977. Back in July this year we...

V-League deferred

Geelong Advertiser, Friday 16 February 2007, p. 48. Geelong will have more time to prepare an attempt to join the Football Federation Victoria’s proposed new V-League. Yesterday the FFV deferred the introduction of the new league, which was originally scheduled to...

Victory dulls roar

Geelong Advertiser, Monday 2 October 2006, p. 31. Top of the table Melbourne Victory recorded its sixth win in a row against second-placed Queensland Roar by four goals to one at Telstra Dome last night in front of 25,921 fans. Victory sprang to an early lead in the...

New City go down like old Heart

Melbourne City 1 Sydney FC 3 Roy Hay The new Melbourne City was a bit like the old Melbourne Heart as it went down to Sydney FC at Morshead Park in Ballarat on Tuesday evening in the Round of 32 of the FFA Cup by three goals to one after extra time. On a bitterly cold...

Victory and Roar in six-goal thriller

Melbourne Victory 3 Brisbane Roar 3 By Roy Hay In a six-goal thriller at AAMI Park, Melbourne Victory fought back from two goals down to take the lead at 3–2 deep in the second half before conceding a goal in injury time to give Brisbane Roar a share of the points....

The last Blast

George Jolevski Roy Hay (This was my last Blast from the Past column for Goal Weekly and it will appear in the Goal Weekly annual for 2013 which will be available soon.) George Jolevski was a brilliant junior player who went on to have an equally successful senior...