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The Jets soar

The Jets success has continued in the awards arena with Joel Griffiths winning the Johnny Warren Medal plus the 2007-8 golden boot for his 12 goals this season.

The award for Griffiths is not surprising for a player who was so influential for the Jets throughout the season and had 12 goals to his name.

The other awards won by the Jets were the A-League Coach of the Year Award won by their coach Gary Van Egmond and A-League Fair Play Award.

The Jets on Sunday denied the Central Coast Mariners the double after beating them 1 nil in a tight contest but once again there has been some controversy after the Mariners were denied what appeared like a clear cut penalty.

At last year's grand final the controversy came from comments from Adelaide United especially from their captain at the time Rossi Aloisi after their humiliating loss to Melbourne Victory but I think this year the controversy has come from Danny Vukovic who was send off for striking the referee Mark Sheilds.

He has since been banned for 15 months with six months suspended, a ban which is less than what I expected. That ban means that he will be back in November and therefore he will miss around three months of action because between now and August its off-season.

I actually think the ban should have covered a whole season but I am waiting to see what happens on appeal.

I don't think there is any need to talk about the ban for the Olympics or not because he should simply be banned from that because he will not be participating in club football.

My focus A-League wise will now turn to the Asian Champions League where Melbourne will play their first match against Chunnam Dragons at the Telstra Dome. With just one team getting promotion into the next stage its going its going to be tough but whatever happens I think the experience will be worthwhile.

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