With the A-League coming to a close, it’s become apparent that not all teams progressed at the same pace throughout the season.

While some clubs resembled speedy, efficient modes of transport, others travelled a little slower.

Sydney FC – Uber

This quick and efficient form of transport is generally reliable, similar to Sky Blues. It’s not often you can’t trust Gary with five stars to get you home safely after he picked you up at 3am from the pub. And there’s a lot of depth in this system – if Gary can’t get you, someone else will step in and do just as good a job.

Perth Glory – Ferrari

The Premiers are quite like an expensive, sleek car: a Ferrari, in all its glory (pun intended). They’re good to look at, they’re fast, and they turn heads. They’re number one, top of the table – you envy the guy driving a Ferrari if you don’t have one but you’ve got to appreciate its finesse.

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Western Sydney Wanderers – Bus

It’s been a bumpy ride for the Sydney team from the West: a messy struggle of never knowing when the bus is going to show up (if it comes at all). Just like your daily commute, the Wanderers season has felt like you’re sitting next to a man who hasn’t showered in three days, and there’s a baby crying.

Melbourne City – The Titanic

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Both the Titanic and Melbourne City looked good on paper, and cost a lot of money. A lot of big names are on board, and there’s elaborate plans to keep things afloat. But just like the prominent historical ship, although things were looking good at the start, we all know how the story ends.

Adelaide United – Second Hand Car

When you walk into a used car sales yard to buy your first car, it’s always going to be a bit of a gamble. Will it be a lemon that will hardly even start? Or could it be an absolute gem that will last you for years? Adelaide has been a bit unpredictable this season, but they’re into the finals, so maybe they managed to snag a pearler.

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Wellington Phoenix – Horse

One minute, the Phoenix is a stallion, galloping gallantly round after round. And then, before you know it, the galloping turns to a canter, then a trot, before halting to a stop. Wellington have been a bit touch and go this season, with every week a different performance and a different result: and now that we know the jockey is dismounting, we’re not sure how the stallion will respond.

Newcastle Jets – Hindenburg

After appearing in the Grand Final of the 2017/18 season, Newcastle Jets showed great promise for this year’s campaign. After flying high last season, the Jets were sure to soar like the Hindenburg. But following one successful crusade, Newcastle plummeted, crashed and burned.

Brisbane Roar – Sydney Trains

Similar to the slowly operating, understaffed and inefficient train system of Transport NSW, Brisbane Roar seem to always have young guys on the job, without much depth in the workforce: there always appears to be some sort of track work going on. This mode of transport is mostly unreliable – you’re never quite sure when they’re going to show up.

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Central Coast Mariners – Old Car

Just like an old car, the Mariners were leaking oil all over the place. But after a grease and oil change, things were running more smoothly for a while. Although this side might have finished on the bottom of the ladder this time around, there’s the potential to get some parts replaced so next season might run without so many break downs.

Melbourne Victory – Dodgem Cars

Both dodgem cars and the Victory are quick on the turn, and good on the ground. They’re exciting to watch, and can often wreak havoc on their opponents by smashing them into submission. And just like riding in the dodgems, it’s likely someone is going to put a hard hit on you when you’re least expecting it.

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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