Carbo's Classic Hits

I'm an aspiring sports journalist and am currently studying Professional Writing & Editing at RMIT with a view to completing a journalism degree. Sport plays a big part in my life and I don't think you will ever be able to take sport away from me no matter what I am doing or where I am in the world.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The ABC's coverage of VFL football.... partly banned?

For those of you who are regular viewers of ABC TV's coverage of the VFL on a Sautrday, there has been something missing in recent weeks and I'm sure you know what it is.... the coaches addresses during the breaks.

These have been a highlight of the ABC's coverage since 1988 and due to yet another batch of complaints from disgruntled viewers with regards to swearing from coaches, network executives made the decision that such verbal beaviour would no longer be tolerated.

Despite the coverage being of a live nature, surely there could be something done to ensure that viewers are still able to see what the coaches have to say and although it might prove a little difficult it could be done in my opinion.

It could be done in a way where what the coaches say is recorded and replayed at a later time during the broadcast, although it might have to be edited a considerable amount due to the tough deadlines the ABC have.

The majority of VFL coaches are well behaved in front of the cameras and ABC management need to take this into consideration, banning the addresses takes away from the coverarage that sets it apart from it's commercial counterparts when they cover AFL football.

On another note, it has angered my greatly me in recent weeks that there are so many people out there who think its's quite accpetable to verbally bash referees who are involved in the World Cup.

People are forgetting something here and this is that these people are human just like us which means they are not going to be perfect with every decision during a match which is only natural.

Without the referees, we wouldn't have a game and people need to understand this which I doubt many people would be prepared to do so.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Queensland Firebirds, the real deal in 2006

The Queensland Firebirds have long been a struggling team and have not played Commonwealth Bank Trophy finals in the history of Australia's highest netball competition since it began back in 1997.

Under new coach and Australian netball legend, Vicki Wilson the Firebirds are now ranked as one of the top four teams in the competition and look like they will stay there if they can overcome a determined Perth Orioles outfit.

With the addition of New South Wales based veteran, Jo Morgan the Queensland team are now playing a much more determined brand of netball and not just going through the motions like they did many times last season.

With a new coach and a much more determined group of players, the Queensland Firebirds are one of the teams to keep an eye out for during the second half of season 2006.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Our first World Cup win.... Johnny Warren told us so

After 32 years, Australia finally recorded it's first victory in a World Cup football tournament.

For a long time, the round ball code in this country has struggled for acceptance because Aussie Rules and both rugby league/union have reined supreme over a football code which is extremely popular in Europe.

For over 80 minutes, all hope was lost and the Socceroos would have gone down in history as still not yet recording a victory against anyone in World Cup competition until the genuis of Guus Huddink decided to introduced the duo of Cahill/Aloisi.

Aloisi's celebration was virtually the same as the famous finger waving effort that got us into the World Cup into front of a huge crowd at Telstra Stadium last year.

What happened last night was an event in Australian sporting history and all the we should all be proud of, regardless of whether we have any sort of interest in a game which played all around the world unlike Aussie Rules.

Aussie Rules football is a great game and although I have a strong involvement in that particular code, the world game has received greater recognition since the restructure of the FFA and the new A League competition that pulled huge crowds in the inaugural season.

Monday, June 12, 2006

The VFL.... a great competition

The Victorian Football League is not simply an AFL reserves competition under another name and it's about time that those within the general football community look at it as a proper football competition.

Every time I hear someone call the VFL "the reserves" it really does frustrate me and telling them that calling it such a term devalues the competition sometimes brings with it some snide remarks.

While the alignments with the AFL clubs have been benefifical both on and off the field since the restructure in 2000, there have also been issues which have angered many old VFA supporters who have become disenchanted with the comepetition since 2000.

One particular problem is the issue of VFL listed players being pushed aside just so an AFL listed player can play senior football and it was this very issue that led to a serious war of words between Port Melbourne coach Saade Ghazi and Kangaroos coach Dean Laidley.

This incident, coupled with Port Melbourne president Peter Saultry becoming involved lead to the alginment being discontinued and the Borough choosing to be a stand alone club for season 2006.

Players that deserve a spot in the seniors should be included based on form, not just because they are AFL listed and shouldn't be expected to languish in the reserves whilst an AFL player is taking up a spot which could be given to a talented youngster to show his wares.

Take David Pitt for example, a great VFL player who has played over 100 games but was forced to spend long periods of time on bench when Port were aligned to the Kangaroos.

It's all well and good to develop AFL listed players, but the VFL listed players should really be given the same opportunities to develop and impress recruiters who might be interested in drafting or rookie listing them.

With that alignment no longer in place, it has seen Pitt flourish as a player after being given a greater chance to impress everyone with his on field performances rather than warm the bench for extended periods of time.

Phil Cleary, who has been a commentator for ABC televsion for many years is angered by the number of young AFL listed players who call it "reserves" and not the VFL which is the official name of the premier football league in Victoria.

The VFL is a great competition, but it needs to shake off the reserves tag and that really does hang on whether or not the football community can give it the respect it deserves.