The streets of Melbourne were eerily quiet, not a soul could be seen not a sound heard. Tumbleweed blew across the road and the smell of acrid smoke hung in the air.
A lone, empty tram trundled its way up the High Street, coming to a creaking, unnesscesary halt at the empty tram stop, the doors swishing open, no one got on, no one got off. The tram driver sighed, glanced at his watch repeatedly and continued on his route. Today a waste of time.
But, there was something else, every now and then I felt a hum of? . . . something? something else hung in the air – besides the acrid smoke.
What was it, this strange feeling, anticipation maybe? Excitement perhaps?
This odd atmosphere in Melbourne was something I had never before experienced during my time here.
All the TV channels showed the same programme, all radio channels tuned to the same broadcast.
What was this parallel universe I now found myself in ?. . . . .
Answer: Melbourne Town on ‘Granny Day’.
Wow these Aussies must really love their Grandparents I hear you say, but no not Granny Day like Mothers/Fathers Day, this was ‘Granny Day’ as in ‘Grand Final Day’
AFL Grand Final Day more specifically.
The Aussies go crazy for Aussie Football League here, I am talking absolute mentalness of epic proportions, it is practically a religion. Hence the deadness in Melbourne town.
And this day was the pinnacle of 6 months of Australian Football.
Hawthorn Hawks vs Sydney Swans was the game everyone was talking about from fellas in the pub to mothers at mum and toddler groups. Literally everyone!
Personally, I don’t get it
Not I don’t get it, as in I don’t get the obsession, I mean I don’t get it, as in I don’t understand it, I don’t get the game. I just don’t understand the rules and I’ve tried, I really have.
You see to me, football is kicking a ball with . . .well with your foot isn’t it? AFL footie seems to involve a bit of kicking, a lot of running with the ball and some throwing and quite a lot of fighting and swearing. You can’t really hear them but you know what they are saying.
So thats why I don’t get it.
By the way Sydney won the game, so I am very upset apparently because I am told that as a Melbournite I was supporting the Hawks!
Grrr we was robbed, what a shocker and other sporty chat!