A proper 6 pointer !

When: Saturday 7th July 7pm
Who: Joondalup United
Where: Wildlife Safari Stadium @ Hartfield Park
What else: U18 GAME POSTPONED, U20 KO 5pm

The last few weeks have seen the pleasant distraction of the world cup. I am lucky enough (or old enough!!) to say this is the 11th world cup I can remember, the first being in Argentina in 1978. England didn’t qualify, Scotland did, they beat the eventual finalists Holland, but didn’t get through the group stages. Argentina eventually won on home soil with stars like Mario Kempes, Ricardo Villa and Ossie Ardiles. This year has been one of the most interesting and exciting world cups I have watched. Australia battling away, Japan, Croatia, Sweden and Mexico all progressing further than expected and knocking some big names out in the process.

Why I am I mentioning the world cup? Well, it is the biggest competition on the planet. For five weeks it brings billions of people together under the banner of football. It is a timely reminder how big our sport is and a disappointing reminder at how some local governments in our country don’t appear to realise that.

On Saturday we welcome our friends and competitors from Joondalup United. Everyone can see they are finding it tough right now, not least because of the total lack of support from their local government in the City of Joondalup. Maybe the world cup will be the thing that makes the decision makers understand that football is the biggest sport in the world, the biggest participation sport in WA & Australia, and will continue to grow year on year. It’s time for these governments to show that support to clubs like Joondalup United.

For us, we are lucky to have fantastic support from the City of Kalamunda, and long may that continue.

Moving on to Saturdays game. As soon as the teams cross that white line, despite the fact that we are good friends with JUFC, there will be no love lost for the 90 minutes. We are in a battle to survive in the NPL, and we will be doing everything we can to win those three points. The performances of Iceland, Mexico, Russia and Japan in this world cup should be inspiration for every team battling in the lower half of the table, because rankings mean nothing when the referee blows his whistle to start the game.

There are seven matches to go, and with any team from 7th place down at risk of being in the bottom 3 relegation spots come the end of the season, those seven weeks should be a fantastic, exciting, nervous & scary time for all.

Good luck to the team on Saurday, and good luck to you all on being able to manage that work, Forrestfield United, World Cup balance over the next few weeks!! Sleep is good, but not during the world cup !!

Andy Osborne
President FUSC