JUST when it seemed impossible for things to get any better for professional soccer in Australia, a rumour popped up last Friday that super-mega-ultra-star David Beckham was “interested” in coming down under for a short term contract in the A-League.
“Surely not” was the initial reaction but then the story gathered more and more momentum. So much so that at time of writing, up to five A-League clubs have made official approaches to Beckham’s representatives.
Then came the obligatory denials from the man himself and his management team. While some took that as a concrete sign that he won’t be coming to Oz, the denials were expected as Beckham is in the middle of a title challenge with American club Los Angeles Galaxy (keep in mind there were strong denials from Alessandro Del Piero before he ended up with Sydney FC).
If the miracle were to come off, words cannot do justice for the impact it would have. One of the most recognisable faces in the world, Beckham – formerly of Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan – transcends sport and would put his A-League club of choice in headlines across the globe.
Back-to-back champions Brisbane Roar and powerhouse club Melbourne Victory have both said “no thanks”, while Wellington, Sydney FC and Newcastle also seem unlikely destinations.
Personally, I’d love to see Beckham at Melbourne Heart – there, he’d be involved in all the glitz and glamour of a big city, he’d be playing at a world class football stadium (AAMI Park) and it would give the Heart’s crowd figures a much-needed boost.
But in saying that, anywhere in the A-League will do nicely.
SCOTT BURIES BRITISH OPEN DEMONS
Despite a few awkward tee shots on the back nine during the final round, Australia’s top golfer Adam Scott went some way to burying his British Open demons with a sensational Australian Masters win on Sunday.
With star Englishman Ian Poulter breathing down his neck, Scott held his nerve to go five-under par (67) on Sunday (17-under par overall) and claim a four-shot win over Poulter.
Incredibly, the overall lead changed hands between the pair six times in the early stages of the final round.
While some are saying “it’s only the Australian Masters”, I still think it was great to see Scott triumph at a big tournament and it will go a long way to improving his confidence after the year he’s had.
Poulter was gracious in defeat afterwards, labelling Scott a “worthy winner”.
Let’s hope this win will prove to be a stepping stone to a Major title in 2013.
SOUTH SYDNEY’S GLADIATOR TO BID FAREWELL
“Don’t panic” was the message out of Redfern on Monday when it was announced Russell Crowe - otherwise known as “Maximus Decimus Meridius” to us Gladiator fans – would be selling his share in the Rabbitohs at the end of next season.
Crowe has done terrific things for the club, so much so that Oprah Winfrey is now listed as one of Souths’ famous fans, alongside the Bay Post/Moruya Examiner’s very own Josh Gidney!
In all seriousness, the club looks in good shape for the future.