Sunday, 5 October 2014

A night at the football

The day after returning to Australia I attended the 2014 National Rugby League Grand Final which had more interest than usual with foundation club South Sydney (partly owned by Russell Crowe) qualifying for the first time in 43 years and seeking their first Premiership in all those years having previously won a record 20 Premierships in the preceding 59 years.

The pre match 'entertainment' at the NRL Grand Final is traditionally noisy, smokey and incomprehensible and so it was yet again this year.

The pre match noise and smoke
South Sydney won the match over neighbouring club Canterbury Bankstown in a match that was far closer than the final score suggests and were deserving winners thus completing the 'fairy tale' year.

The match is over. Players, officials and the crowd rise to enjoy the moment.

The crowd, most of the 83,833 of whom favoured South Sydney on the night, soak up the result.


  1. South Sydney versus Canterbury Bankstown. Rather different demographics. So the poofs, hipsters, lands dispossessed, gliteratti and literatti and social misfits won against your true blue. Thanks for the info.

    1. Andrew, the 'true blue' side, as you put it, contains some of Sydney's most troublesome individuals who the Police often refer to as being of Middle eastern appearance.