Friday, June 30, 2006

The Soceroos

OK so it's been almost a week, and I guess it's time I blogged my final entry about the Socceroos World Cup 06 campaign. Still pissed off about the Italy game, sure the last second penalty was crap, but we really should have done better against a 10 man Italy. Mind you the sending off was a stuff up from the ref too, so all up the refereeing was just sh!te.

I'm mostly over it though I really can't gather up any enthusiasm to watch any other games. Haven't watched a full game since last Monday. That game really drove home the things I don't like about football, particularly the standard of officiating and the lack of video citations or even post-game penalties for bad play (like in Rugby League).

Still very proud of what the guys did there. We're really gonna miss Guus. Here's hoping for a better showing at World Cup 2010.

Friday, June 23, 2006

World Class

We made the final 16!! Finally we have proof that Australia has a world class football team! Of course we knew that all along. I was quite confident of a win against Croatia, but a draw was enough. There were quite a few heart-in-mouth moments but our guys never gave up and performed brilliantly!

I can't not comment on the quality of the match officials - which was abysmal! I mean Simunic got three yellow cards. WTF? There were numerous tackles (Simunic on Viduka in the penalty area) and hand balls that went unpenalised. Very, VERY poor form from the FIFA officials.

Monday, June 19, 2006

What Could Have Been

I don't think I'm the only one who will be saying, not only could we have drawn that game, if we took our chances we could have won it. The first half was great footbal, but we dropped our concentrationin the second half.

They scored 2 out of their 3 or 4 chances. We got nothing to show for our 6+ chances. That shot from Kewell off Roberto Calos' sky ball should have been a goal. Maybe that's just the difference between a great team and a very good one. But no one can deny that we are a world class football team now.

But I'm still damn proud of our boys. If we play like we did in the first half, Croatia should be worried. We can take them.

BTW I'm writing this at 5am in the morning, it probably doesn' make much sense..

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

3-1

OMG I'm so deliriously happy at the moment. We've just beaten Japan in the 06 World Cup, after trailing them by a goal for 84 minutes!! And it was a dodgy goal anyway, our keeper got taken out.

Was feeling pertty glum all the way through until super-subs Cahill and Aloisi scored 3 in the space of 9 minutes!!! What a come back! A thouroughly deserved win!

We were definately the better team through the game, with lots of posession and way more shots on goal. Hopefully we'll keep the form going against Croatia and maybe we'll make a good showing against Brazil. I'm predicting a draw and a loss respectively, but on our current form, a win and draw isn't out of the question!

Thursday, June 8, 2006

Boozy Week

And Friday, Sat, Sun I expect will be another big weekend in the Blue Mountains. I feel sorry for my liver.

Lesson for this week - you know you've had too much when you spend 15 minutes looking at the shapes the light makes as it refracts through your beer. It's IS pretty though!

mmmmm beer!!!

Friday, June 2, 2006

Too Much Teeveee, Not Enough Time

I've taken some time over the last week to catch up on some TV. Finally watchted all of Scrubs (which I found out has been renewed for a sixth season!) and Veronica Mars.

Scrubs ended up with some big surprises and lots of sweet moments. It really hasn't been going for the big laughs since about season 2, and the current mix of pathos and comedy works really well. The actors are all so comfortable with their parts that they really give the show a lot of zest. I get the feeling that the sixth season will be the last, but it's been a good run. Can't wait to get the whole DVD set.

Over on VM, things ended with a bang! I got the distinct feeling that the writers were wrapping up all the plot threads in case the show didn't get renewed next year (it did get renewed, BTW!) I'm not entirely happy with the Rube Goldberg style complications of the plot with (almost) all the bad things pointing to one person. But anyways, I'm pretty happy with how it ended, but in true VM style it wasn't an entirely happy ending.

So now all I have to do is catch up on 22 episodes of BattleStar Galactica, 24 episodes of Lost season 2, a whole bunch of Top Gear, The Chaser and various odds and ends. There is NO WAY I'll get through it all.

To make things worse, ABC2 is starting to show DiG TV and jTV!