Saturday, October 2, 2010


Australia, or a very large proportion of it is a little obsessed with a rough old game called Australian Rules Football, largely characterised by a lack of rules. It's a game that the boys in our little family are destined to love even if we don't live IN Australia. My five year old headed off for his first father/son match on our trip to Melbourne earlier this year.

My husband is a very, very big fan of the much maligned Collingwood Football Club. The Magpies.
'What do you call a Pies fan in a suit? The defendant.' The jokes go on and on.

So the Grand Final last Saturday. 100,000 roaring fans, a nailbiting match and unbelievably a draw, 68-68.

Even more unbelievably no provision for extra time, just another Grand Final a week later.  So today  another 100,000 people in roaring form at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.  My husband, poor man, watched it alone in Auckland pacing the room shouting at the television. I am rather glad I wasn't there.

But I am very very glad for him that they won. By rather a lot.

This is the last time I will ever mention AFL, I promise. I can't say the same for my husband.


  1. Oh, Ann, I'm pleased for you as well! You're right, enough said about that, the better ☺. J x

  2. I love it, my Mum is from Melbourne, and is the only one in my family that understands AFL (she supports the Bombers), but when we were over in Melbourne last year my husband made a point of going to a Friday night game, I pushed our treasured reservation at Momo back to 9.30 so he could at least enjoy the first half, all a bit lost on me!

  3. We are Saints fans here so I will say no more, today.

  4. Ohhhh....aren't they just fanatical, though??! It truly is unbelievable. And what is even more unbelievable is that they all got back up for it this week....I simply don't have that much dedication/passion! Especially for a game that just seems to go on and on and on and on and on and on...

    Very pleased for your husband - am sure he will be riding high on Cloud 9 for a good few days over such a good win :)

  5. Winners are grinners, and I'll bet your hubby is grinning from ear to ear! I'm more of a league/union fan myself, but pass on my congrats on the 'pies big win. K xx

  6. That was fun to read. I love the picture, too. I didn't know about Australian Rules (or, as you suggest, No-Rules) Football.

  7. Love the post! After years of living with sports fans.. i now live in a sports free zone. Ahhh bliss.

  8. Or even - Q. Two Collingwood supporters in a car without any music - who is driving?
    A. The policeman!
    Sorry, couldn't resist this one, but those Pies certainly had the last laugh on Sat. Now would be a good time to ask for anything you want, while your dear husband is in a state of black & white euphoria.
    Millie ^_^


Thanks for taking the time to write, Ann x


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