Quick turnarounds are hindering player performance

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Sydney and Brisbane played on Thursday night at Leichardt Oval in what should have been an entertaining potential finals football preview.

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The match finished in a stalemate – with both sides given three and four days rest respectively from their previous fixtures.

It comes after publicised scrutiny over whether both A-League and W-League seasons should be moved to winter to accommodate more suitable weather conditions in the future.

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The Sky Blues’ last fixture was a rescheduled match due to hazardous smoke conditions.

Both teams looked lethargic throughout the contest.

Sydney head coach Ante Juric praised his team but lamented the necessity to play the match so soon.

“The club asked me if i would want to do it,” he said.

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“I knew it would be tough but I am happy in some sense in the way they (the team) tried to put in.

“It’s hard work to try and back up three days after a game.”

Asked what the solution to the problem Juric was blunt.

“Don’t play it,” he said.

Juric directed attention to the duration of the season as another reason for short turnarounds.

“The length of the season is not ideal, especially when players come in late,” he said.

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“As a coach it is near impossible to be flying at the start but you are expected to.”

Brisbane coach Jake Goodship agreed with Juric’s sentiment.

“I think the W-League season should be a lot longer”, he said.

“Hopefully we can get to the stage where there is a proper home and away season.”

The match was largely overshadowed with the announcement of Brisbane forward Hayley Raso signing overseas for Everton.

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She will join fellow Aussie teammate Samantha Kerr in the English Women’s Super League.

Goodship congratulated Raso but said the side will not be phased by the transfer.

“Fair play she deserves it, she has been fantastic this year”, he said.

“The defining success of the season to us is improving the players.”

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“If we can push players onto the next level then it’s a success for us.”

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Jordan Warren
Football mad, Bachelor of Journalism student at UOW. Liverpool to win the league. Covering Sydney FC in the A-League and W-League for 2019-20.