A marvellous Marco Rojas free kick and a deft Besart Berisha strike, both goals coming in the last 25 minutes of an entertaining contest, was enough for Melbourne Victory to secure a 2-1 win over struggling Adelaide United at AAMI Park and reatin their slim hopes of overhauling Sydney FC in the race for the Premiers Plate.
Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
They call him the Magic Man, and star Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira sprinkled stardust all over Caulfield on Saturday when he showed just why he is so highly rated by booting home a double, including the Group One Oakleigh Plate aboard the flying mare Sheidel.
The Group One Futurity Stakes was always likely to become a Darren Weir benefit, and that's just how it turned out when his stable star, Black Heart Bart, got up in the final strides under regular partner Brad Rawiller to see off stablemate Tosen Stardom to give the Ballarat based handler a big race quinella.
Thank God that Australia has a finals system, Melbourne City coach Michael Valkanis declared after his 10-man team had eventually capitulated to league leaders Sydney 3-1 on Friday night.
Graham Arnold and his Sydney team have ticked off their first box.
When you fall off a horse the best way to regain confidence is to get straight back on.
Australia might have a reasonable claim to collectively be home to the best group of jockeys regularly riding against each other in the world.
Steven Lowy, the under-pressure chairman of the FFA, would do well to heed the advice of the soothsayer in Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, who warned the emperor to beware the Ides of March.
Big games demand big performances from big players.
Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou will stick to the tried and tested rather than throw in any wildcards as he looks to guide his team through a series of difficult tests over the next five months.