I found myself listening to Melbourne Heart vs Brisbane Roar on ABC Radio, disappointed that I couldn’t make it to AAMI Park. One commentator suggested that if Melbourne Heart were to pull off the unthinkable and win the A-League Championship this season then Hollywood might come knocking.
No doubt, that is a long-shot. With just six matches to go even making the finals would require consistent wins and probably some slip-ups from the teams above. However the incredible turn-around in form has been very enjoyable to watch and experience.
Daring to dream can bring about varied results however there is still a lot to play for in the remaining six matches even if finals do fall out of reach. The form shown by Melbourne Heart for the remainder of the season will have a large influence on how we shape up for next season where the Manchester City ownership will have much more influence.
Most of the squad are out of contract at season’s end and will need to impress to be there next season. John van 't Schip could be in a similar position as the consortium has not made any clear statements to indicate the magnitude of the expected shake-up.
The opposite effect could be in play for marquees Orlando Engelaar and David Williams - good performances to end the season could be an incentive to stay for 2014-15 if other offers come their way.
These are exciting times for the fans; a strong finish to the season but with the team falling short of the finals would be frustrating but would give fans, both new and existing some real reason to get behind the team next season.
Motivation exists for everyone involved and whilst finals football remains possible it should certainly be a goal. Nor should motivation be an issue this Saturday night in the derby against Melbourne Victory. The team is in form and hopefully still hurting from the poor showing pre-Christmas, because the fans certainly are and want to see that cancelled out.