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The Roar win the A-League final
Soccer tragics, Roar fans, and everybody who's ever wanted to see an A-League soccer game but not at A-League prices -- listen up.
The Brisbane Roar are playing a series of pre-season community soccer games across Brisbane in July and August, and you can see Australia's A-League champions for just a gold coin donation.
With the 2012-2013 A-League season starting in October, the Roar are starting to rev up their training schedule. Their first pre-season forays onto the field not only get them back into action, but give them a chance to connect with soccer fans across Brisbane, with a series of matches against local clubs.
The very first game will be on Tuesday 24 July at the Olympic Football Club at Cansdale Street, Yeronga. This is where my own two boys recently did a holiday soccer clinic with the Michael Theoklitos Soccer Academy. Theoklitos -- the Roar's famed goalkeeper, with nerves of steel -- was there in person, along with Roar captain Matt Smith and players Massimo Murdocca and James Meyer.
All the Roar players were coaching, and my boys were in ecstasy at being so close to these high-profile champs. My older boy even got his boot autographed! So we'll definitely be heading along to Yeronga to watch the Roar play the Olympic team come the 24th.
All matches are basically free, with a request for a gold coin donation that goes to charity. The on-field Roar team usually features a fair swag of the 'marquee' players, but you may also see some of the youth players taking the field -- so don't go along expecting to necessarily see an all-star team for the whole game.
As well as the match, the players often do a meet and greet, sign autographs, etc. If you're a soccer family like ours, this is one of the main attractions. Check the club websites closer to the time for more info.
I saw in today's paper (6 August) that players Mitch Nichols and James Meyer are both out with injuries at the moment, and star Thomas Broich has also rolled an ankle and may not play next weekend. I'm sure it'll still be a great game out at Ipswich, but don't expect to see the full team take the field.
Update July 24th 2012
Well we got along to the Yeronga game and saw The Roar triumph 5-0. Olympic put up a good fight, but what can you do when Besart Berisher is in form?