April 8, 2022 By Jordan Off

Newsletter (10) Term 1

And that’s a Wrap!

What an exciting term of training we’ve just completed as these 10 weeks just seemed to fly by.

Throughout the term we’ve had a front seat view to the development of all our players. Our Mini Mongo groups are showing a greater understanding of the ball and a strong development in their coordination. The Pre Academy groups have shown significant development in their technical dribbling and passing abilities with the Advanced Pre Academy group have been exhibiting a greater affinity to possession and in game transitional play. Both our Academy groups are presenting a deeper understanding of tactical components of the game.

We would like to take this opportunity to with all our parents and players a safe holiday and a happy Easter! Similarly, safe travels to our U16’s team who will be traveling to Melbourne on Monday to compete in the Macca’s City Cup. If this rain continues we may be waiting a little while longer before our first winter competition games. We encourage parents and challenge players to practice and beat their juggling records over the break!

Looking to the footballing world, We have been graced with some very interesting games with the commencement of the champions league quarter finals! They say lightning doesn’t strike twice…. But Benzema does! Another Hatrick put Real Madrid 3-1 up against Chelsea. Villarreal shocked many with a 1-0 upset to Bayern Munich. The premier league provided an exciting battle against relegation as Everton fell to Burnley.

Stay safe everyone,

TD

Relegation looming?

Premier League stalwarts Everton are now among the favourites to be relegated this season, but when did they last suffer that fate?

Everton are a cornerstone of Premier League football The Merseyside club are the second-longest continuous serving club in the top-flight, with 68 straight seasons under their belt (only Arsenal, with 96, have had more). They also rank third in the all-time points ranking, ahead of Manchester United and Chelsea. 

There have been plenty of trophies along the way too, with nine league titles, five FA Cups and one European Cup Winners’ Cup. 

Everton’s status as an ever-present in the Premier League is under serious threat. Frank Lampard’s team tumbled to within a point of the relegation zone after conceding in the 85th minute to lose 3-2 at Burnley in a wild, end-to-end match on Wednesday night.

Everton, who recently announced losses of more than 100 million pounds ($130 million) for the third straight year, have nine games to save their season but are facing an extremely difficult run-in. They still have to play Manchester United, Leicester and Chelsea at home, as well as trips to Anfield, the Emirates and Leicester. 

Everton have not been relegated since the 1950/51 season; 71 years ago. On that occasion, they finished bottom of the league and went down alongside Sheffield United. It was a sign of the times that Blackpool finished third that season. Everton came straight back up the following year and have been enjoying top-flight football ever since. 

A demotion to the Championship this season would be a huge shock in general terms, but would also come as little surprise given the club’s behaviour over the past several years. Vast sums of money have been squandered on players and coaches with no clear long-term strategy. Lampard’s appointment in January appears to be the latest misstep, with no real upswing in results since the Englishman took the helm.