Brooksy's Bit

HERE We Go! Here We Go! On into season eight of the Australia-wide A-League. Okay, we have a team from across the Tasman which provides a constant challenge. So the ‘A’ must stand for Australasia. That’s acceptable as Wellington New Zealand is closer to most other teams than Perth.

HERE We Go! Here We Go! On into season eight of the Australia-wide A-League. Okay, we have a team from across the Tasman which provides a constant challenge. So the ‘A- must stand for Australasia. That-s acceptable as Wellington New Zealand is closer to most other teams than Perth.

It-s a bit strange being in a perfectly round arena for a game of football - the world game - to be played on a rectangular pitch. A pair of opera glasses are recommended. Football and Opera in the same breath? Yes, as we who follow the Beautiful Game, so named by the imperious Pele, will surely agree. Two great art forms - both wonderful entertainments.

Those who played in their early years with a pig-s bladder stuffed with old material or similar on rough dirt or on the street can testify to the appeal of proper grass. Even spectating from the terraces of The Cake Tin, as the Phoenix home ground is nick-named, is agreeable. There before our eyes 22 very fit athletes, assisted by only three adjudicators, play for ninety minutes in two exact halves of 45 each. The score may remain the same as it did before kick-off and end at nil all.

The followers of the very parochial aussie rules reckon our game is poor because insufficient points or goals are scored. Well boo! to those poor souls. They just don-t get it. It takes 36 players to make a game for them. Various assistants run on and off with up to 56 people on the ground at any time. Also they have eight adjudicators. There would certainly be plenty of room for them on that Wellington field.

We all hanker after what we call a proper Football stadium. One where the spectators are close to the action. We have that at Bluetongue. Many visitors with other teams say that our home ground is the best in the League. Are there any Mariners supporters who would disagree with this opinion? This is very unlikely.

Apparently the players, our favourites, love playing at home when all we supporters raise our voices in unison to cheer the yellows on.

Go! The Mighty! Mighty! Mariners!