Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Best Weekend Ever

Geelong - Premiers - 2007.


I really never thought I'd see this day. Geelong are reigning premiers. I'm 37 years old. I've been consiously following the Geelong Football Club for 30 years. I was a member for about 10 years late '70's and through the '80's and finally re-joined with Kieren this year (Kieren, at 6, doesn't realise how lucky he is that 2007 was his first year as a member). I'm sure he'll now expect this much success every year.

Last Saturday, after probably the most successful season ever, Geelong capped everything off by winning the most important one of them all. Geelong smashed Port Adelaide, 24.19:163 to 6.8:44. That is a record winning margin for a Grand Final smashing the previous 96 points by Hawthorn over Melbourne in 1988.

The town of Geelong has gone crazy. People are chearing, tooting horns, smiling, and just generally partying. Everyone, from all walks of life are just best of friends this week.

Heading to the ground for the family day, a couple of rough looking individuals, probably in their 20's were dancing and singing their way back down Moorabool street against the traffic. These two were the type you generally looked the other way and try to avoid eye contact with, but not this day. Everyone was "high five-ing" them, smiling and joining in, from the youngest kids to the oldest of die-hard supporters - no hard feelings anywhere.

For the record, Geelong lost just 4 games for the entire 22 game season, then won three finals by 106, 5 and 119 points respectively. They also took out the VFL premiership, the Best and Fairest award in the VFL, the Rising Start Award in the AFL, the Brownlow Medal in the AFL, and had 9 All Australian representatives, again smashing another previous record (6).
It's hard to imagine how this season could've been any better. Jonathan Brown from Brisbane can count his lucky stars - he took out the goal kicking award - maybe next year, we aim for that too ;-)