Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hang in there, Carol Ann.

I’ve previously written of my support for the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League [1, 2]. Especially that I was 11 years old in 1958 when Collingwood won its 13th premiership, and it took 32 years (in which it lost eight Grand Finals) to win its 14th – in 1990 when I was 43 [3]. Last Saturday Collingwood won its 15th premiership [4]. Here are some of my thoughts on this superb effort:

1. Collingwood supporters tend to be pessimists. So after the draw the previous week, I didn’t think Collingwood would win last Saturday.

2. I feel sorry for St Kilda fans. Since it began competing in 1897 St Kilda’s won only one premiership. In 1966. Against Collingwood. So I wouldn’t have minded if it’d won last Saturday. But it was not to be.

3. At the end of last Saturday’s game – which I heard on the radio as we don’t have TV reception here in Mole Creek – I shed a tear. Partly out of happiness, partly due to relief, and partly because I don’t expect another Collingwood premiership in my lifetime.

4. Despite this, Collingwood is the betting favourite to win the 2011 Grand Final [5]. It’ll be played on the first Saturday in October [6], as the 1990 and 2010 ones were, despite traditional Grand Final day being the last Saturday in September. Also Collingwood has a young team – the second youngest average age of any Grand Final winning team – and a playing structure other teams have yet to fathom.

5. So maybe Collingwood will win its 16th flag in 2011. Here’s hoping!

6. In the meantime, I was wrong about it being unlikely the 15th flag would be won in Carol Ann Duffy’s tenure at UK Poet Laureate [7]. And she’s Poet Laureate until May 2019 – when, if I’m alive, I’ll be 71 years old.
Ho hum.

2 comments:

Chrows25 aka Leather Woman said...

Excuse me! IF YOU are alive in 2019 at a mere 71 years of age, I will be an even more annoying 79 year old. You are my most reliable blogger, it almost seems to be the kiss of detah if I follow a blog and then they go AWOL!
So no More of this IF nonsense, you better be alive and your delightful pedantic self so I can annoy you with my randon puntuation and interesting spelling.

Chrows25 aka Leather Woman said...

OK random punctuation and truly bizarre spelling!