Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Panny in the Picture
I've rarely been as impressed by a state league prospect as I was by Nikas in 2009. Capable of both making and scoring goals, and possessing a sharp football brain for one so (relatively) young, he looked very much ready for the professional arena. Strangely, he put in a subdued performance in Sutherland's grand final victory over Marconi, which suggested that in the "big match temperament" department, he had not quite reached full maturity.
And David D'Apuzzo has probably done the right thing. Although a willing and diligent player, he has never really seemed a class act, either at APIA or the Mariners. Returning to his studies is probably a wise move, and one that plenty of other could-have-beens undoubtedly wish they had made.
Indeed. There is a real feeling up here that we are now being treated to park football that we could have seen for free.