Archive for July, 2013

Dees go to Beirut

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Its white , tight and outta sight . The AFL Melbourne Demons football jumper , guernsey , jersey is en route to Beirut . Its owner an enthusiastic , 22 year old woman , trainee journalist , and friend to my 22 year old , journalist daughter .

proud 150th anniversary jumper

proud 150th anniversary jumper

Their friendship was forged in Aarhaus , at the Danish School of Journalism . Disparate backgrounds . One  , a middle class , catholic ladies college educated , laterally an RMIT graduate , from inner Melbourne . The other a Paris raised , Lebanese national from an exceedingly wealthy background , born post  Civil War   . One thing they have in common , apart from a shared education and a passion for the written word , is a love of AFL Football . Unusual , but it is here they found a common ground .

Dees 33

Dees 33

Dees Jumper in Lebanon

Dees Jumper in Lebanon

Sensing the association would be a long and fruitful one , I generously gave a Dees footy guernsey , a new home in Lebanon . May was thrilled , Bridget was tearful , and I was ecstatic that I didn’t have to part with one of my beloved Saints , vintage football jumpers . Ah footy , the great communicator . Its a sport that speaks at all levels .

Upsets

Monday, July 8th, 2013
Bombers Guernsey

Bombers Guernsey

Some upsets occurred in round 15 , of the AFL Home and Away Football Season . Richmond , despite being very competitive for most of the Season , where thrashed by the mercurial Kangaroos  .Essendon beat Port on Sunday , but at the high cost of losing captain Jobe Watson , for at least a month through injury . St Kilda , rejuvenated by Lenny Hayes’ return , played some good footy to test Freo in the West , but ultimately Freo took the points . Arch rivals Collingwood and Carlton battled on friday night , with the Pies being victors , despite the absence of Harry O’Brien , who has reportedly had an argument with coach , Nathan Buckley . Geelong , who are second spot on the ladder beat top spot team Hawthorn , whilst the Bulldogs narrowly defeated bottom dwellers GWS . In the Queensland Derby the Lions were triumphant over the Suns , and the Eagles narrowly defeated the Crows .

 

Bombers Football Jumper

Bombers Football Jumper

Drugs , fights on and off the field , losses by winners , and wins by losers , equals AFL Footy action . Talk is rife as to who will make the final eight to play off in the Finals . Fans are revelling in the action , the notoriety and spectacle of AFL Footy wearing their football jumpers , jerseys , guernseys.

Womens Round

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Round 14 of the AFL Season was celebrated as Women’ s Round . Women support footy at every level not just in the wearing of footy jumpers , jerseys , guernseys. Players , supporters , sponsors , mentors , coaches , fitness staff ,  women are involved at every level . On the playing field , the inaugural AFL Women’s Exhibition game was played , prior to the match between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs  . In the not to distant future ,it is believed each AFL club will have a women’s representative side.

Hafey's Tigers Footy Jumper

Hafey's Tigers Footy Jumper

 

The beleaguered Bombers , dogged by a drugs scandal , beat WCE in WA , hoping to silence critics and appease fans . Sydney beat Carlton at home in the teeming rain , and Port Power beat the Pies . The Saints got thrashed by the Tigers , and Melbourne squeeze out a 3 point victory over the Dogs . Hawks , Crows and Cats continue to win , and Kangas annihilate newcomers GWS.

Great legend of AFL Footy , Richmond Tiger , Tommy Hafey was spotted at St Kilda Beach preparing for an  early morning swim , last Sunday . His jovial reply , when queried on who would win between the Saints and Tiges , was ” Saints are pretty good ” An ironic response from the affable Richmond stalwart !

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