Teams: Australia & Newcastle United
Couldn't agree with you more.
But you have to wonder why the AFL has sent us to WA in Round 22 in three of the past five seasons (1998, 2001, 2002). Hardly an ideal preparation going into the finals.
The 'home' semi-final against Melbourne was purely the AFL's choice as well - not affected by the contractual agreements.
"They picked on the wrong man - and the wrong country. It was like pouring petrol onto a fire as far as I was concerned.
There's an old saying that the dog that barks loudest never bites. They did a lot of barking but we bit them pretty hard. Uruguay's attitude just showed how scared they were of us - it was their last resort."
- Vincenzo Grella, Parma & Australia.