Tom Pollock

I'm an 18 year old Australian who loves all things football. I passionately support Liverpool FC in England and Melbourne Victory in the A-League. I will be studying Journalism at Swinburne Univeristy in 2012 and hope to one day become a leading sports/football journalist. I run my own blog called Blue and White Kopite and write The Oz Files for World Football Columns.
Tom Pollock has written 15 posts for World Football Columns

The Oz Files: Lucky Brisbane Clinch A-League Title

For the second time in the playoffs, the A_League’s dominant side, Brisbane Roar, were faced with the daunting task of fighting back from a 2-0 deficit to Central Coast Mariners in order to salvage their season and become champions. Continue reading »

The Oz Files: A-League Grand Final Preview

The Brisbane Roar must overcome one final obstacle to culminate the most dominant season in A-League history and be crowned Grand Final Champions. In their last meeting against that obstacle, however, Central Coast Mariners struck early and dominated the first half of their Preliminary Final second leg before the Roar found their way back. This time, the Mariners are determined to finish the job. Continue reading »

The Oz Files: A-League Playoff Thrillers

Brisbane Roar continue to be kings of the A-League jungle after a stirring fight back in the second leg of their semi-final match. Only two other teams remain and will battle it out this weekend for the opportunity to journey to Brisbane for the Grand Final. Continue reading »

The Oz Files: The A-League Finals

The first matches of the A-League playoffs have been played and, as expected, Brisbane have continued their unbeaten run, topping their rivals to host the Grand Final, Central Coast in the away leg of their tie. Meanwhile, two of the four lower seeds have been sent packing. To see who and catch some match highlights, read on… Continue reading »

The Oz Files: A-League Finalists Decided, Jets Crash, Phoenix Soar

With the conclusion of the regular season this weekend, the line up for the first week of the finals has been decided and boy, are football fans in for a treat. This season has been the best in the A-League’s short history with a new pace-setter, in the Brisbane Roar, playing an attractive brand of … Continue reading »

The Oz Files: The King Is Dead, Long Live The King — Sydney Fall, Brisbane Roar

This week saw the Brisbane Roar officially crowned the premiers of the 2010/11 A-League season. Adelaide’s shock loss to the Wellington Phoenix and the Central Coast Mariners draw with Melbourne Heart means the title of best team during the regular season goes to the impressive Roar for the first time. The dominant Brisbane outfit joins … Continue reading »

The Oz Files: Socceroos Heartbreak

Asian Cup Final: Australia 0-1 Japan The Socceroos’ Asian Cup campaign has ended in heartbreak thanks to a fine strike in the 109th minute by Tadanari Lee. The momentary lapse in concentration by the Aussie defence gifted the trophy to Japan who secured their fourth title. It could be argued that Australia had the better of … Continue reading »

Asian Cup Final Preview

The 2011 Asian Cup Final pits two of Asia’s heavyweights against each other and promises to be a game no football fan will want to miss. Australia and Japan will fight it our for the title of the planet’s most populous continent’s best footballing nation at the Al Khalifa stadium in Doha on Saturday, the … Continue reading »

The Oz Files: A Record-Breaking Week In Australia

Australian football has seen all sorts of new records set in a memorable week. The Socceroos have progressed to the Asian Cup semi-finals for the first time after eliminating Iraq in the 118th minute. Back in the A-League, Adelaide United recorded the highest score in the league’s history, along with its largest margin of victory, demolishing … Continue reading »

The Oz Files: Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar Share Points In a Thriller

It’s all happening in Australian football. Week 23 of the A-League gave us plenty of great games and great goals. The Socceroos set their Asian Cup campaign off on a good note while if you read my previous article, you’d have seen the great lengths Australian players and clubs are going too to help Queensland’s flood … Continue reading »

Australian Football Community Rallies Behind Flood Victims

The flood crisis in Queensland is the worst Australia has seen for a long time.  The floods have been devastating, inundating homes and taking lives. Thousands of people have been forced to move into evacuation centres indefinitely and are in desperate need of help. Times like these bring out the best in people and support has … Continue reading »

The Oz Files: Adelaide United Shake Off The Melbourne Monkey

January is a hectic month in the A-League with a ton of matches. The race for the last remaining playoff positions is on and all games are being hotly contested. January also means transfers, giving A-League clubs the opportunity to sign the talent they need to bolster their chances of winning the title. On top … Continue reading »

Interesting Socceroos Squad Announced

Holger Osieck’s final 23 man squad for the 2011 Asian Cup next month was recently announced and while there were a few surprises, the general feeling in Australia is there is enough quality for the Socceroos to go all the way. Captain Lucas Neill, Harry Kewell, Tim  Cahill and Mark Schwarzer found their way into the squad as was expected, … Continue reading »

Hyundai A-League: The Unique Football League

For Australian sport, 2005 was a landmark year.  The new Hyundai A-League was launched, promising to ignite Australian interest in football, a game which traditionally played second fiddle to the likes of Aussie Rules, cricket and both forms of rugby. It replaced the old National Soccer League (NSL) which had fallen from grace thanks to the loss … Continue reading »

Have Melbourne Victory Permanently Ceded Their A-League Throne To Brisbane Roar?

Melbourne Victory, for so long, have been the power club of Australian football. The 2006-7 and 2008-9 champion have been the most consistent club since the inception of the A-League, in 2005. Memories of a disappointing first season when Victory were the worst Australian club in the league were quickly erased in the second season. … Continue reading »

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