Monday, August 08, 2011

Sydney Double Header

Making the most of my accidental extra day in Sydney, I booked tickets for the rugby for the Saturday night, and then joined Belinda and Belinda at the SCG to claim our seats for the footy in the Members.

Beers and a quick lunch at the Fox and Lion at the Fox Studios complex, Dillo met us before we made our way back to our seats, and the opening bounce.

Sydney verses the Western Bulldogs, and being Barry Hall's last match on the SCG, albeit for his newer club, set the scene. Being a guest in the Member's provided a pretty good view of the match, and Barry sticking it to his old club with 5 goals. But the Swans had the last laugh, with a massive 39 point win, easy in the end.

Making our way from the SCG to ANZ Stadium involved a walk and then the train for myself, Belinda and Belinda, before being upstanding for the anthem in preparation for the pre-World Cup, Tri Nations clash between the Qantas Wallabies and South Africa. My first live rugby match!

Not really knowing anything about the game, and shivering through flu symptoms and the cold conditions of the night, the Aussies dominated the night, and the crowd were totally into it.

Catching a very, very early flight back to Melbourne at last on the Sunday morning, and after a little nap, Jenny and I made our way into the MCG, for my third footy match of the weekend. We got in nice and early, to be sure of our presence for the tribute and minute silence to mark the passing of the great Allen Jeans.

An iconic, paternal figure throughout those years through the 80s, myself, Jenny, Jessica and Mum took in the images of the successes of this great man, and his role in the history of our club.

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