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Being an Aussie in the States at Footy Final Time…. October 1, 2006

Posted by Mick in Diary, Sport.

Friday night at the Embassy of Australia was the place to be if you were an Aussie in DC.

We broadcast the AFL (Aussie Rules) Grand Final live, and we were one of the only places in town, because the Satellite wasn’t in the right position to be able to watch it easily in the DC area. So around 200 Aussies and wide-eyed Americans came down to the Main Hall of the Embassy to watch the game on the big screen along with Aussie beer (VB, Crownies, Hahn Premium and Aussie tucker (Sausage Rolls and Meat Pies, damn they were good).

Not only did we have the big game on the big screen, we had a big name there. Bruce McAvaney turned up (after flying in that day) and I served him some pies during the game. I must admit I have never been the biggest fan of his commentary over the years, but he’s a nice guy in person and it felt good to be complimented by name from the guy. (he liked the pies :))

So yeah, the game was good. I am not the hugest Aussie Rules fan, but it was an entertaining game and when it comes down to 1 point, it’s always going to be exciting!

Then there was the NRL (Rugby League) Grand Final this morning. Melbourne vs Brisbane. I slept. I wasn’t going to get up at 4.30am for those 2 teams! At least my Eels won the Premier League, but is a little bit of consolation after their tumultuous season.

Feels very strange being in another country for the footy finals though. It’s traditionally a time in Australia where the weather is warming up and you have some BBQ’s, beer and mates while watching the games. Instead, here I am on a Sunday arvo, washing my clothes and watching the Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans go at it while drinking Coke.

Well, we have to adapt 🙂



1. Tim - October 8, 2006

Hey Dude. Did you guys watch the Bathurst V8 Race? Bec and I went up with Dad for a few days. It was awesome, there were many great tributes to Brocky. Plus best of all, Craig Lowndes won (his first and only other win was in 1996 for Holden). Bec and I met Craig in the pits before the race too. Great weekend all ’round, just stumbled into work at 10am Monday morning. Hope you are well. Cheers, Tim. PS. still another 8 months until your best-man duties (scary)

2. Mom - October 12, 2006

Hi Kiddo. Whatever you do I am with you…you know that! Don’t listen to anyone just yourself and your heart and you will know the right thing to do. You only have one life so live it to the fullest. Try not to hurt anyone along the way but do what you feel is the best and just live your life with integrity and love and all will be well.
I love you!

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