An away trip for any football team is a great chance for review and discussion. To take an inventory of how the team is travelling thus far and to mentally jot down a few points for potential improvement. SL7 being blessed with so many capable public servants in the leadership group could at times be prone to over analysis. So how does one measure success so early on in the season. Is it purely about how many wins and where you sit on the table, is it how your team is coping to adopting the new Gombau-like system and the number of passes and possession achieved? Or is it the manner in which they play, how the players apply themselves and the heart they show on the field. Everyone will have a different answer to this age-old question, however if there is anything to be learnt from the newly crowned champions Melbourne Victory and their star player Terry Antonis is that the most important thing is ticker. Having that will and courage to go on and compete for your team no matter how many own goals you score.
On an unrelated topic SL7 scored 6 goals at Yass winning the game 5-1. The side now fully into the swing of the patented Stockwell/Hawkins Snr 3-5-2 formation played some beautiful football. Possession was maintained, passing was crisp, there was excellent ball speed, wide players were utilised. In fact ANU may have over utilised the multitude of space created down the left wing with Andy putting in a record 17 crossing without a single goal converted. Quite a feat considering the team scored 6. Despite our strikers selective tastes as to when they would score they still managed to bag all the goals put in the correct net with physical presence and athletic ability. As your inside man I can tell you some in the leadership group were left crying out for more goals such was the magnitude of chances created, however in reality a good percentage of chances were converted particularly so when adjusted for the apparent distaste to scoring from chances created from wide positions.