These are the highlights of Melbourne Victory's 2-0 win over Wellington Phoenix. More impressive than either goal scored is that the match continued on in the middle of a veritable bird storm, with dozens of gulls just walking on or flitting about the field and players like they owned the place.

Our thoughts can't help but drift back to our old friend, the Atletico Junior Owl, who was so cruelly chopped down in his prime by a tempestuous soccer player. Like Moses, the Atletico Junior Owl was never able to see the promised land where man and bird could share a pitch harmoniously, but we've no doubt about the importance his legacy had in getting us where we are today. Siempre recordaremos.