30
Sep
10

Sydney FC

I had an opportunity to see an A-League – the Australia/New Zealand professional soccer league – match last night. Sydney FC and the North Queensland Fury levelled up at a 1-1 draw. Sydney are, apparently, looking for their first win of the season, and they really should have had it last night. They outplayed the Fury for most of the game, at least at the start, but missed a couple of good chances.

It was a very funny night. It was a mid-week match, and not one of the big-draw games, so the Sydney Football Stadium was pretty empty (fewer than 7000 for the 45,000 stadium capacity). It was freezing cold, and pissed down rain for almost the entire match. But I was lucky enough to be in one of the corporate hospitality boxes with two mates, and the free grub and grog definitely helped. The Sydney fan club – the Cove – were also on fine form, belting out songs non-stop, just as fans would in England.

A-League has only been around for 6 years, I’m told. Might it become another focus for sports-mad Aussies? I don’t know. I do know that if you like mad-enthusiastic sports fandom, the Cove are the real deal.

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