Football is different when you are not in Victoria. Once upon a time, there were eight teams and it was all centered in one state.
Now it’s national.
We are watching our team, a Victorian original, playing a relatively new team in Queensland.
For the record, Queensland is a rugby league stronghold and Queensland teams have a lot of difficulties getting crowds to games.
But, in saying that, there is a reasonably large crowd here and they are very vocal. Sorry to say, not a lot of them know the rules, so there’s lots of baying for free kicks when there are none.
However, that’s part and parcel of being a supporter. Make a lot of noise and try to sway the umpire’s decision. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. You need a really large crowd for that and this one is only about 20000 strong, and supporters for each team are equally spread out around the stands.
It is always a surprise to see just how many of the oppositions supporters, like us, are originally from Victoria but having moved up here to live. And no, you do not change allegiance to your team simply because you’ve move state.
Currently, my team is behind, but the infamous third quarter is coming up. This is where one team or the other generally gets away or slightly ahead, making the game more interesting for what might be a crackerjack last quarter
Or it might be where we all go home early.
It’s official. We suck. The third quarter has come and gone, and the plan B I was looking for did not eventuate. We are 27 points down at the end and the opposition had most of the play.
But let’s face it the opposition is playing the better football.
Quarter four is coming up. Can we come from behind, or are we going to sink down the ladder after an ignominious loss, and have to once again regroup?
It’s always a possibility when you play away, and even more so when you’re in another state. Still, that shouldn’t be an excuse.
Sadly by the time the final siren has gone two things are true. We left early, greatly disappointed, and the fact we lost by a rather large margin. I congratulate the winners and commiserate with the losers.