It's all ended in tears for Ernie Merrick in New Zealand.
Chris Dutton Canberra United launched a late charge to beat Adelaide on Saturday night, but had to settle for a 2-2 draw in their W-League clash.
Michael Lynch Melbourne City have come through the biggest week of their six-year history having earned their first ever trophy and in second spot on the A-League ladder, but coach John van 't Schip knows there will be no resting on their laurels.
Dominic Bossi Nico Martinez was frustrated by the work-rate required of him on the training ground when he arrived at Western Sydney. Today he credits that as the reason why he's lighting up the A-League.
Michael Lynch Nothing is as ugly as when friends fall out. Confidences held, secrets shared, dreams forged together and ambitions held in unison suddenly all seem worthless when friendship turns to indifference at best, or enmity at worst.
Michael Lynch The war of words between Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip and his Brisbane Roar counterpart John Aloisi erupted following their 1-1 draw.
Michael Lynch Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar is fast becoming one of the biggest grudge matches in the A-League, and Saturday night's edgy, ill-tempered draw between the teams added another chapter in a rivalry that is becoming characterised by its niggle and spite.
Dominic Bossi Western Sydney Wanderers move back into the finals bracket after sealing a 4-1 rout of Central Coast Mariners despite playing the final third with 10 men.
Dominic Bossi Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan is poised to leave Spanish giants Valencia in the upcoming January transfer window after being reportedly offered a loan deal to join La Liga club Osasuna for the remainder of the season.
Michael Lynch Bruno Fornaroli, the Melbourne City skipper, and Besart Berisha, the Melbourne Victory talisman, are both lauded, particularly in the Victorian capital, for their striking prowess.