Went to the final.
Shame it wasn't at Sydney Olympic Park, because there would have been many more seats filled than the Sydney Football Stadium can accommodate. Screw the 'lack of atmosphere', it's the number that stays in the history books, and we lost a chance to set a very historic number.
Pre-match - terrible, gates were supposed to open at 2pm but on the western side it was 3:40pm by the time fans trickled in one by one, being let in by stadium staff with handheld scanners. The actual gates weren't used
The match - very poor from WSW, but intelligent and well executed by Central Coast, very deserved winners. Great to watch ol' Mile Sterjovski and Ibini especially, whilst only Mooy had a decent game for the Wanderers.
The fans - very passionate, loud, colourful and plentiful, but for me somewhat artificial. Not a lot of football intelligence, so a lot of it isn't reactive to the match and therefore irrelevant. I do appreciate the passion, I just don't really 'feel' it. I hope in time they'll try and learn to react to and influence matches rather than do things for the sake of doing things (i.e., turning their backs on the match at a point where the team needs them most and is actually pushing players forward, and singing "we'll follow you forever" after it ... illogical).
Post match - really great to see almost the entire stadium stay for the trophy ceremony and break the Australian tradition of presenting the prize in an empty stadium. Nullified however by the jeering/whistling Graham Arnold and his team copped as they received their medals, the trophy and made their speeches. Very tasteless and a bit of sportsmanship and respect wouldn't have gone astray.