Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Shame There's Gotta Be a Loser

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Shame There's Gotta Be a Loser

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ARCHIE

THOMPSON

FOOTBALL: Melbourne Victory is my team - I always say I bleed blue - but if I could pick another side I am a fan of and enjoy watching, it's the Newcastle Jets.

If there is one game I would love to be a draw, tonight's A-League grand final is it.

If only we could come to some agreement where we said, "OK, you be champions for six months, we will be champions for the next six months and then everyone is happy."

Sadly, that cannot happen and there must be a loser, just like Sydney FC last week.

That was a shame because the loss almost overshadowed the Sky Blues' whole season, which was outstanding.

Unfortunately, that's going to be the same on Saturday if Victory wins - all the hard work Newcastle has will be largely overshadowed.

Hopefully it won't - I don't think it will, but we will see.

I am just buzzing for both teams, especially Newcastle.

Not many teams from regional areas managed to get to grand finals over the past few years and the game sold out on Monday, which was fantastic.

The Jets deserve to be there, but I am excited about my own club being there too.

Big-game experience will be key in the game at McDonald Jones Stadium and the Victory has several game-changers in the team.

Kostas Barbarouses has been there and won a championship, James Troisi who has been part of grand finals and Besart Berisha has won so many.

It will be interesting to see who steps up.

Roy O'Donovan will be one of the Jets' key players. He was at Central Coast last year and they slumped to last on the ladder this season.

Against Melbourne City he was a bit quiet, but hopefully he can change it around because if the Jets are going to have any chance they need him firing.

He's probably not used to this environment pressure- wise. …

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