Not just another ordinary night at Etihad but the first Melbourne Derby between Melbourne Victory & the Re-branded Melbourne City F.C. In front of a sold out crowd, spectators were spoilt with goals in an entertaining first half with Melbourne City F.C with the assistance of World Cup Winner David Villa, seeing their side go into half time at 2-2 against the highly rated Victory. The second half however was one way traffic with Melbourne Victory showing why they are the standout side so far this season ending up victors 5-2.
From a photographers point of view, as always i ended up shooting at the end with the least amount of goals. Even the rare chance to shoot a football superstar in David Villa proved to be anti-climatic as his teammates (albeit for a brief period of 4 games) hardly passed him the ball. Anyway below are a few of my selects from the evening.
At 8am this morning (19/9/2014) Australian customers were amongst the first in the world to purchase the new iphone 6 and iphone 6 plus. Some customers have queued for 3 days, by 8am this morning the line was literally out the door and into the car park of Chadstone Shopping centre in Melbourne’s South East.
On a more humorous note, here is a photo taken by Getty Images Photographer Michael Dodge of Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes slipping and nearly taking me out, thankfully he didn’t, i am quite a big “unit” & he probably would have injured himself.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou announced this week that (former) Socceroos captain Lucas Neill wouldn’t be in the World Cup squad for this years World Cup In Brazil.
It wasn’t really a surprise, Neill has been in questionable form for a while and has struggled to find a respectable club let alone playing time. He was one of the last standing of the ‘golden generation’ and in the opinion of many, Australia’s best football captain. His socceroo career whilst not officially over but inevitably so, Neill’s contribution to Australian football has been immense, it would be a real shame if he didnt get a proper send off in the green & gold.
Below are two photos from one of his last matches during the World Cup Qualifier against Jordan, in which Neill scored in the 85th minute.
The photo below of Neill walking down the tunnel being congratulated by David Gallop is a personal favourite. This win by the Socceroos was a massive relief for the whole of Football Australia, a loss or even a draw would have put the Socceroos in a very precarious position, potentially seeing the Socceroos not qualify at all. The 4-0 win meant the Socceroos were just one win away from Brazil, much to the relief of David Gallop and the F.F.A Bank balance.
20 years ago today many of us lost an ‘idol’. I’ll never forget that night. I was 9 years old at the time, Aryton crashed out, i didn’t think much of it at that moment so decided to go to bed not thinking id be waking up to one of the saddest moments in sports history.
Hard to believe this was 20 years ago now, looking back it was one of those ‘where were you when..’ moments.
The photo below (taken by me at age 8) was from the Adelaide GP in 93, Aryton’s last ever race win. For all the photos i’ve taken, its this one that means a lot.
RIP Aryton Senna.