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I admit it. The main purpose of traveling to Melbourne for the weekend was to see Collingwood play at the MCG. Nay had never been, so it was a great excuse. But that was Sunday.
On Saturday I decided to show Nay a little bit of the ‘countryside’ close to Melton. We drove to Woodend and visited a micro-brewery, which serves ‘paddles’ of beer for tasting. The glasses, seven in total, sit recessed in wooden paddles that have labels to show what each beer is.
After a short browse, we then drove back to Melton via Wombat State Forest and the quiet hamlet of Myrniong.
That evening we ventured to Olympic Park to watch the all-conquering Melbourne Storm play Manly. It was their last ‘home-and-away’ game. My sister TJ and her boyfriend Craig have taken to rugby league and they certainly picked a good year for it.
Tickets were easy to get, despite being a small stadium. It seems that despite having won a premiership in 1999, and being the short-priced favourite to claim it in 2006, the Storm can only attract a modest crowd (by AFL standards).
It was a great game, peppered with some rowdy banter from the Manly supporters in the corporate box behind us.
The following day, Nay, Craig and I (poor Daniel was ill in bed), headed to the home of AFL – the mighty MCG. It’s the first time I’ve been since the new stands have been completed. It’s like a modern-day colosseum.
We spent the game surrounded by families that had large numbers of children – I don’t recall seeing creche section on the tickets. Some of children in front were playing game boys after half-time, others constantly ate food dished out by the mothers.
The game itself went as predicted, with Collingwood’s skill and fitness showing in the last quarter. The downside of the result – Collingwood now plays Western Bulldogs in the first Elimination final on Sunday. The result of this game is sure to please one half of the family and disappoint the other. As a result, we’ve decided to remain silent before and after the game. For the trivia buffs this is the first time in 32 years the two teams have faced each other in the finals (read more).
On paper it was going to be a great game – Bulldogs vs. Broncos, or second against third. I thought that I’d be one of those annoying idiots that turn up to a game with the colours of a team not playing – Melbourne Storm.
We met up with Nay’s work colleague Sarah and some of her family. I brought along the sports ears and relayed most of the referees calls to bemused fans.
After 20 minutes, it was pretty clear that the game was a bit one sided. The Bulldogs has three injured players, one other on report and were three tries down. It didn’t get any better and the final result of 30-0 was flattering to the unlucky Bulldogs.
On the walk home we spent some of our time staring up at the Holden blimp with its enormous bright television screen on the side. Luckily I didn’t fall into the swamps.
Nay and I walked from our to Telstra Stadium and met with John Eales. He took us into the players’ changing rooms before the game and told us a number of the stories. He is a great speaker and had many entertaining stories.
Part of the tour involved a trivia challenge amongst the 40 people in the group. You won’t believe it, but I won by guessing exactly the size of the largest crowd to a rugby union game. For the record, the answer is 109,874 (Guinness Book reference).
My prize for winning the quiz was an FM radio that also allows you to listen to the Foxtel commentary and/or the referees microphones during the game. It was amazing to hear the referees and understand all the decisions he made during play. We heard a few players as well, but it wasn’t exactly G-rated.
The game wasn’t pretty, in fact it was quite weird, but we won in the end. I think we’ve got a long way to go to beat NZ.
You can read more about the game and how Australia escaped with a two point win in the last ten minutes.