Saturday, 28 February 2009

Fill the Stadium: Football on the verge in Canberra?

FFA Ben Buckley will meet the a-league4canberra consortium this week.

Speaking on ABC Grandstand today FFA CEO Ben Buckley said 15,000-20,000 will show a stong level of support for football in the region.

With ticket sales at 13,500 on Friday evening you'd think we'd go to the upper end, at least, of that target.

Get to the game. Bring anyone you can and cheer for Australia and get the A-League bid over the line.

And please get your pledge forms in ASAP and still time to join as a Foundation Member before the a-league4canberra got in. Go on, be a true believer


Monday, 16 February 2009

Socceroos to Canberra


Socceroos Coach to Canberra:

Canberra: Are you ready for the Socceroos?

When was the last time a Socceroos Coach came to Canberra to announce his team?

Tuesday 24th Feb Australian Coach Pim Verbeek will announce the Socceroos team in Canberra for the Asian Cup Qualifier Australia v Kuwait March 5th to be played at Canberra Stadium

Clearly, Canberra needs a big crowd if we want more games in the Capital region.
A-League4Canberra needs a big crowd if we want more football in the region.

So get to the game this is our chance to show Australia the passion and interest we have for top level football....and the Socceroos will be back if the crowd is significant. Have no doubt about that.

Socceroos will be in Camp in Canberra all week before the game.

Spread the word about the game and you can get your tickets from today!


Sunday, 15 February 2009

Lydia Williams: Nearpost Player of the Year

At last nights Canberra United award night The Nearpost's Russ Gibbs presented the fans player of the year.

And presented with the winners trophy by Nearpost Host and Football Commentator Russ Gibbs was our inaugural winner:

Lydia Williams.

With Cian Maciejweski in second place and Amy Chapman in third.

Thanks to all who voted, we had a great response. And of course you can buy the Canberra United Review of the Year for just $5. Email If you need postage it will cost you more.

Articles from Ellie Brush, Robbie Hooker, Merryn Sherwood Mark Parton Tom Sermanni Heather Reid and more...Russ Gibbs did the whole thing himself, it's a great job.

Type rest of the post here


Thursday, 12 February 2009

Volunteers desperately needed for ANU O-Week

Ben Sakker-Kelly our a-league4canberra volunteers co-ordinator has been called away first to the Queensland floods and now to the Victorian bushfires. Need less to say he's had to drop all a-league duties. We wish him well.

We consequently have no confirmed volunteer pledge getters for O-Week at ANU.

Could you please encourage anyone at ANU in any capacity to contact me. Even if they can only do one hour, we can usually get around 50 signatures and hour and we are targeting 1,000 pledges across ANU in O-Week

Can you help or know someone who can? Contact me on


Socceroos march on...but still no shots.

It's fantastic football, when you are top of the group on the way to the next World Cup.

0-0. Love it.

So I reckon we had one shot against Uzbekistan but played well. 3 points
One late late shot against Bahrain, totally outplayed 3 points.
No shots against Japan unless you count Tim Cahill's (a striker?) pass back. 1 point.

It's not pretty upfront, but defensively we are reasonably sound and thank god we come up against the ever pretty but ever toothless Japanese attack in front of goal.

Still we're on the way but the lack of depth for Emerton, Kewell and Viduka is beginning to stand out.

With any of those three on the park last night we would have created one, just one chance. That could have been enough to win the game.

For those without Fox think yourself lucky.

The crowd was awesome. It was tense. Endo showed the J-League can waltz over Adelaide in ACL finals but he's still got a way to go against the European boys.

Japan pretty to watch, pretty toothless though in front of 65,000.
Australia...tight enough in defence, miserable to watch.

And Brett Holman..the instructions were NOT to give free-kicks away out the box...guess you weren't listening Brett!


Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Nearpost podcast returns

Nationally we talk Socceroos Matildas and A-League and we got stung by that Viduka story as well:) and Andrew Baresic from Gold Coast United, Katarina Vrkic and Christina Matkovic from Canberra FC are our special guests. For our podcasts......


Locally we talk to:


Andrew Baresic of Gold Coast United, formerly Canberra FC and to Katarina Vrkic Canberra FC on all the happenings at the club including the news Canberra FC are to join with Canberra Girls Grammar.

And Christina Matkovic, Canberra Spirit, Canberra FC and W-League aspirant.

Katarina and Christina will be collecting pledge at Canberra University O week and at Canberra FC this weekend. Fantastic job.


Saturday, 7 February 2009

Canberra being watched: Canberra Times

Get the latest from the Canberra Times on the bid.


Matildas game: Kick-off delayed until 6.30

Due to Sat 7th v Italy at Canberra Stadium