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Granny Day!

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!

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6 thoughts on “Granny Day!

  1. hi, it took me a while to remember the name of the place with the vanilla & apple mojito. even though it is just down the road from me…it’s called nataraj. really nice food too: http://www.nataraj.com.au/

    if you would like any recommendations or have any questions about aussie culture you are more than welcome to drop me a line!

    aussie rules is one of those games you sort of have to grow up with to understand, although that being said i have learned the rules of soccer. i even understand the off-side rule! (or do i just think i do…?!) afl is a pretty rough game, but one good thing to be said for it is that all the fans intermingle. i was so shocked when i worked in a pub in surrey and we had to ask anyone wearing a team jersey to take it off or turn it inside out for fear of provoking violence. that would never happen here. and the fact that the crowd has to be separated by fences at so many events. football hooliganism is so sad- not at all what sport is supposed to be about.

    anyway there is my two cents about aussie rules football/football in general!

  2. Thanks for the recommendation I will definitely check it out. I am always looking for a good mojito.
    To be fair I don’t understand the rules of English Football either! But I agree with you, I think it is ridiculous that people get physically violent over a game! (I will duck now to dodge things being thrown at me for saying ‘it’s only a game’) πŸ˜‰

  3. coloursofsunset on said:

    Southern Aussies go crazy for it. We can mostly take it or leave it up this end of the country. Although, we are a bit nuts for our rugby league! I have friends in Victoria whose little girl is always disappointed b/c half the family don’t come to her birthday parties b/c they always fall GF weekend.

  4. I did notice that there seems to be a million Melbourne clubs and only a sprinkling of other ones. I wonder what it is about it that makes it so big here then. :-/

  5. haha. sometimes when i watch sports coverage i have the same comments as yours about running, throwing, sweating, fighting over one ball. this is a funny post πŸ™‚

  6. Thank you! Glad it is not just me then. πŸ™‚

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