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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 🙂


“If he’s going to do things like that, maybe it’s a good thing he is retiring…” July 9, 2006

Posted by Mick in Sport.
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Commentator Martin Tyler’s comments after Zinedine Zidane headbutted the chest of Marco Materazzi.

Crazy stuff this game. It’s all done and dusted and in penalties again.

I found myself switching allegiances during the game. I wanted Zidane to go out a winner, and then when he did ‘that’, I started to ‘root’ for the Italians.

In the end, I guess I didn’t really care. I just wanted my fantasy team players to get goals!

So Italy win…. At least Australia can say we were beaten by the eventual winners of the tournament.

I still think we matched them in our game and could have very easily won.

2 words. June 26, 2006

Posted by Mick in Sport.


Yeah, we lost.

Yeah, we are out of the World Cup.

Yeah, we weren’t expected to even make it to the second round.

Yeah, we all still feel like shit.

In our own heads we all know that we probably weren’t going to make the Quarter Finals of the World Cup. The Final 8. But we all secretly also knew that we could give those big teams a shake.

We gave Italy a good shake. We should have gone to extra-time. It was a bullshit penalty and we all know it.

But I know we are all proud.

Only 4 years to go everyone….