Let the Season Begin

I’ve heard many words used in the past two days to describe the excitement people feel for the impending football season, the most popular being that people are ‘pumped.’ While I too am ‘pumped-up’ for football to resume in Melbourne town this evening, I decided to I consult Garrie Hutchinson’s book ‘From the Outer’ and see if there were other words we could use to describe our enthusiasm. The following are not words from Garrie’s pen, yet he used them as a starting point for his book.

“The mellow glow of autumn is yet upon the scene, but lengthening shadows and fast deepening tints betoken winter’s near approach while the oval’s heavy thud is heard on many a grassy turf as leather once again rebounds from kindred hide, and the football season of this year of grace gives forth its stirring notes of warning.”

Peter Pindar, The Australiasion, 22 April, 1882.

Let the leathern sphere be ‘struck by foot’ in anger!

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Happy Snap #6

Ok….so I’ve strayed slightly from football, but seeing as the Boxing Day test is currently playing out down at the MCG, and what with my love of grandstands and stadia, this photo seemed apt.

Yes, straight from 1994, it’s mine and my brothers Test Match game on steroids, with much thanks to our extensive collection of lego. Note the Richmond fan standing on the grassed area, and the red & green 3rd umpire lights adoring the ‘main stand’, as was the style at the time.

Click on the below thumbnails and see the oddly placed cameramen (a la Waverley Park cameras in the pocket) and the apparent car accident  in the car park!

Most of the grandstands have survived and are sitting around somewhere at mum and dads, but the test match game has long since disintegrated.

Thanks to mum for the pics!