We made our way to Sydney and booked tickets for Aussie Stadium to watch Sydney take on Newcastle Jets.
I found the quality of football similar to the English League One & Two and that is no disrespect as the aussie league is still very much in an embryonic stage.
The main thing I noticed was that the players were not only a lot slower but lacked the fitness to go the full 90 minutes and the quality really diminished in the final 20 minutes.
However I did enjoy the atmosphere created by the 15,000 crowd and the Aussie Stadium was really nice.
I hope Benito Carbone's stint will help the profile of the game as will the potential arrival of Romario at Adelaide - old players admitedly but ones that should be able to do a job and raise crowds at this level.
I will now be keeping an eye on the results in the A League - unfortunatly we don't seem to get coverage of the matches over here, but I might find some on a channel somewhere?
I wish Sydney the best of luck and of course as an Englishman hope Terry Butcher can help the club retain the championship - although by the looks of it it's going to be hard to stop Melbourne.
Just for the record I support a team in our League One - Gillingham. Not used to any success of any kind but they are my side and I love them. Season ticket holder for 15 years! I must be mad.