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Old November 27th, 2010, 04:01 PM   #1461
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Classy Jets steal Becks show
27 November 2010

David Beckham couldn't quite reproduce the magic of his last Australian visit as his Los Angeles Galaxy was again sent packing with a loss, this time 2-1 at the hands of Newcastle Jets on Saturday.
Goals to fringe Jets strikers Sasho Petrovski and Labinot Haliti in front of 23,317 fans saw the Jets continue their encouraging form in the friendly match after US star Landon Donovan had put Galaxy up early.

England superstar Beckham showed only rare glimpses of his class but was clearly hampered by a pre-existing back problem, though he showed his professionalism by playing a full game on a patchy EnergyAustralia Stadium pitch.

After thrilling a sold-out ANZ Stadium with a trademark free kick in a 5-3 loss to Sydney FC in 2007, Beckham almost repeated the dose with a powerful shot on the stroke of halftime that sailed just across the face of goal.

He also came close with an audacious chip in the dying stages of the match but it looked like it wasn't going to be his night when he sent a curling free kick well over the bar after four minutes.

"Some go in some don't, maybe in another game," a smiling Beckham said after the game.

"We've had a fantastic stay here in Newcastle ... the fans deserve the applause for coming out."

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder did produce some exquisite balls in the second half and the virtual sell-out crowd showed their appreciation.

Beckham did kick-start the move that lead to Donovan's opener.

His pass found striker Edson Buddle, who combined with Chris Birchall before Sean Franklin whipped in a dangerous cross.

Jets defender Taylor Regan and inexperienced goalkeeper Matthew Nash both missed the ball in a clumsy mix-up, allowing Donovan the easiest of finishes.

Galaxy should have been 2-0 up minutes later when a long-range shot from Juninho struck the underside of the bar and appeared to cross the line.

The Jets almost equalised in the 14th minute when Petrovski forced a good save out of Donovan Ricketts but he made amends when he cleverly side-footed home an Ali Abbas cross in the 39th minute.

Both coaches made several changes at halftime, and it was substitute Haliti who put the Jets ahead in the 52nd minute when he beat off AJ Delagarza to claim a Kasey Wehrman long ball and hammer a shot into the back of the net.

Tarek Elrich almost added another for Newcastle while Bryan Jordan twice came close to finding an equaliser for Galaxy.

But the home side held on as coach Branko Culina injected a handful of youth players to enjoy the experience.

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Old November 28th, 2010, 11:25 AM   #1462
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SALLY Shipard has seen her sport take monumental strides recently but she reckons hosting the FIFA (men's) World Cup in 2022 would take women's football to a different level.

The benefits to men’s football in Australia has been discussed at length but the Qantas Matildas midfielder said the women’s game would benefit immensely, highlighting football’s wide-reaching power.

“When I was growing up in Wagga I always knew football was the fastest growing sport,’’ she told www.australiabid.com.au.

“And since I’ve travelled with the Matildas it’s overtaken netball in terms of participation level and that’s just in the past five or so years and that can only be a credit to the growing popularity of football and the more exposure can only help it grow.

“Having a World Cup here wouldn’t be until 2022 and already we’re surpassing the likes of netball and basketball yet we’ve got so much potential for growth.’’

But Shipard said the benefits of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on home soil would go far beyond women’s football and even football itself. The well-travelled 23-year-old said the tournament would bring out the best in us Australians, much like the Sydney Olympics.

“Apart from how amazing it would be for football, as a nation it would bring us all together,’’ Shipard said.

“The Sydney Olympics are a perfect example with the amount of people that volunteered. Sport brings people together and it would only leave a positive effect on the nation.’’

Mirroring the Qantas Socceroos rise in recent years Shipard competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics before her and the Qantas Matildas took the world by storm at the 2007 FIFA women’s World Cup followed by this year’s Asian Cup victory in China.

Shipard said FFA was trying to align the Qantas Matildas with the Qantas Socceroos, so playing a World Cup at home would be a massive shot in the arm for the women’s team too.

“It would be such a boost for the Matildas and FFA is trying to align us to them as close as possible,’’ she said.
“Whenever the Socceroos play off the back of their fixtures it only creates more attention for us as well. When speaking to people, if they are unsure of the Matildas it’s always been a case of saying ‘well you know the Socceroos, we’re the women’s version’ so you’re always incorporating the Socceroos into your story.

“So it’s great to align ourselves with them and it always enhances the story when we rub shoulders with them.’’ Shipard is sharpening her teeth with Canberra United in the Westfield W-League in preparation for next year’s FIFA women’s World Cup in Germany (the draw takes place November 29 in Frankfurt).

She said a recent chance to train with the Qantas Socceroos was an experience her and her Qantas Matildas teammates would never forget. “We trained with them just before we left for the Asian Cup and kicking balls with players of that calibre was pretty special,’’ said Shipard. “Vince Grella gave us all a few tips, but it wasn’t a matter of being verbal just the way he trained was incredible and Jason Culina, he was ridiculous - the tempo and their intensity.’’

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Old December 1st, 2010, 02:22 PM   #1463
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Please post the list and images of all the venues again! thanks
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