My Lips Are Sealed

Ross Lyon

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Last week on the show we roasted Ross the Boss for announcing the retirements of a couple of his Fremantle Dockers charge’s, however this week – Mum’s the word as Ross has decided that he no longer talks about player futures.

Ross, the media darling, said after his sides loss to the Bombers “I’m not here to talk about people’s futures. It’s not really how we should operate”. This came just a week after Ross spoke about the futures of Danyle Pearce and Michael Johnson with the flippant remark “it’s pretty obvious they’re going to exit” denying the club stalwarts the opportunity to announce their retirements from the game on their own terms.

In what was a typically tense, uptight media conference, Lyon answered very few questions on any topic claiming that from now on he was just going to coach. We’ll believe that when we see it.

WAFL Merger only Option for Fremantle Reserves

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John Townsend has reported in the West Australian that the only way for Fremantle to get a stand alone reserves side in the WAFL competition is for existing WAFL clubs to either fold or merge.

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WAFC Chairman Mark McHenry has stated that the league cannot go beyond 10 teams. The even bigger hurdle for the Dockers is that McHenry has stated that Peel, Swan Districts and West Perth would not be considered for mergers due to their location in vital population growth corridors and given they are the teams that have had the most public financial issues the chances of a merger happening seem slim.

Brucey had his say on Wednesday’s show, saying that there was simply too much bad blood for teams like Subiaco and Claremont to combine. He said that it was utterly ridiculous for that to be a requirement, however he pointed out that the marriage between Peel and Fremantle had seemingly been much more acrimonious than the East Perth/West Coast relationship.

McHenry’s stance really fired up our resident Fremantle fan Sean Oleksenko who felt that the WAFL couldn’t allow West Coast to have a stand alone reserves team and then deny Fremantle the same.

Is this an unfair stance from the WAFC? Can you see any teams successfully merging in the WAFL?

3rd Place Playoff. Yes or No?

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Alby was pretty perplexed at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup with regard to the 3rd place Playoff. He couldn’t understand why this game was played and what point it proved.

David MacRae from Local Media Services Company pointed out that every international tournament had a third place playoff, as did all the team events at Commonwealth Games and Olympics. Brucey was unaware of this and could not recall seeing it in any tournament in the past.

Belgium 3rd place

Fonz Tenaglia from Ellenbrook United points out the financial incentive of finishing 3rd being about $2 million extra, which certainly gives the nations a reason to want to win the match that seems like a non-event. However what about the players? Lee Evans from Ellenbrook Christian Rovers says “The players focus is to start the season in a few weeks with their respective clubs injury free.” He felt that the risk of injury was not worth the reward of finishing 3rd. The Assassin Sean Oleksenko had his unique take on the situation saying that any time you get to see England lose again is a game worth playing.

What’s your take? Is it a waste of time, or is there some value for players, fans and clubs in continuing this tradition?

Play and Referee in NPL

This week Donny brought up a real head scratcher in #ControversyCorner

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During the course of the National Premier League (NPL) game between Perth Glory and Floreat Athena the referee, Tom Glavovic, suffered an injury. Glavovic was duly replaced by the standby referee and all was well with the world, however under NPL guidelines there always needs to be a standby referee in case of an injury. The officialdom scanned the vicinity and no suitable candidate could be found, so in order to allow the game to proceed they grabbed a player from the home teams bench and made him the standby referee.

Now Jordan Barbas, the Perth Glory reserve goal keeper was luckily not required to fulfil his role as an assistant referee at any stage during the match, however it is still a farcical situation for a high level competition like the NPL to be in. For the uninitiated this competition is the equivalent to the WAFL competition. This is just one level below the A-League. We understand that in park footy competitions the officials may be from one of the clubs, but the NPL should be much more professionally run than your Saturday social league competitions.

For the record it was a great match that ended in a 2-all draw. Could you imagine if Barbas was called upon and had to make a crucial call for offside in a close game?

Click here for all the NPL results from last weekend.

What do you think? Does the NPL need to sharpen up their act or are we trying to make a storm in a teacup?

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