Boy I am angry – by Dianne Waddingham (and yes I am a very proud Victorian Fremantle Supporter)
Boy I am angry. With no disrespect meant to all the feminists out there, but the sound of Person I am angry, just does not cut it, nor have the same impact. If you haven’t guessed how angry I am by the end of this ramble, be thankful you don’t have sound whilst you are reading this. I’m surprised I actually have any keys left on the keyboard and I lost my voice long before I put pen to paper (metaphorically speaking of course).
Boy I am angry. Not so long ago an AFL spokesperson made it abundantly clear there would be no finals played at the Cattery or any other god forsaken place that is outside suburbia, with words along the lines of …. largest possible number of people should be able to attend finals matches …therefore we use the MCG and potentially Etihad….. blah blah blah.
Boy I am angry. The AFL in all its buffoonery then proceed to do a mighty back flip (with a double somersault and triple pike) that would have scored more than a perfect ten at the Olympics. (I’m sure KRudd is narky that someone has taken his gold medal with an honourable mention to Abbott)!! Not even these two can change policy as fast as the AFL and that’s saying something!!
Boy I am angry. Initially Geelong chief Brian Cook knew nothing about this plan to host a final in the back blocks of civilisation (and apologies to all the good people who do reside and live great lives in Geelong). Thanks to the AFL, he thinks all his Christmases, Easter Bunnies and Tooth Fairies have come at once.
Boy I am angry. But me thinks Mr Demetriou, if there are over 42,000 Geelong members, and according to your statisticians there will be less than 1000 Fremantle members travelling (based on last year’s brilliant statistics but for the purposes of this exercise, let’s stick to 1,000 but just in case you don’t know, Freo has over 43,000 members in total) how is everyone going to fit into a stadium that will be lucky to hold 33,000 and that is being generous? Your statistics do NOT compute!!
Boy I am angry. Bloody Demetriou (let’s do away with pleasantries) blatantly showed his contempt for Fremantle drooling over his love child Sydney, stating if Geelong was playing Sydney the game would be at Etihad. Can’t see why when they did not attract a full house down at Simonds only a few weeks ago. A crowd difference during the year of approx 2,000 (between Cats Vs Swans and Cats Vs Dockers) does not equate to changing the venue to reduce the possible crowd by 20,000. Maybe he missed a 0 on the keyboard when he decided on who played where.
Boy I am angry. Great decision to have all finals tickets on sale at the same time. Who thought up that fabulous idea? Cannot see why over 85,000 members in total trying to get the 8,000 member’s tickets available would clog up the system making it near on impossible to get tickets. Not everyone can give up their jobs and stand in a queue to have their tickets given to them. A spokesperson for Ticketek/Ticketmaster (all the same to me) stated the site had experienced a technical glitch for half an hour earlier in the morning. Oh please, don’t get me started with that one……
Boy I am angry. Bloody Demetriou here is some more hullaballoooooooooooo!!!!!
Boy I am angry. It must be payback time for Western Australia. A game of rugby union between the Wobbilies (oops, sorry, I mean Wallabies) and Argentina, where bum sniffing is an acceptable practice between consenting adults, has taken precedence over our mighty game. Even though I tend to agree with the ludicrous scheduling of this friendly at Paterson’s Stadium during the AFL finals series, I do subscribe to the conspiracy theory so feel compelled to portion all the blame onto Demetriou for using this stupid decision and holding it against the mighty Freo football club.
Boy I am angry. We have to play again down at a ground that is totally clueless. When faced with a visiting banner crew requiring access at least an hour before the gates open to poll banner, there were more moves and quizzical eyebrows between officials than you would find at the world chess championships. Silly me. Here was I thinking that opposition banner crews had been travelling to the ground for the past 100 years wanting access prior to official gate opening so they could poll their banner before everyone ran over it in the scramble to get to their seats. It wasn’t like we were requesting the security code of the pentagon!! And to be told there had been a multi million dollar upgrade of the stadium. If our earlier visit this year was any indication we are in for a treat! As far as the small mindedness of security staff, it had to be seen to be believed. How on earth are they going to manage a “full house” when they struggled with far less? Oh please give me a break……
Boy I am angry. How dare Eddie (he does not deserve a surname nor pleasantries) in all his buffoonery, sprout out his mouth that it’s not fair if his Pies have to play Freo next week cause they will have to travel (poor luvs) and have, shock horror, only a six day break. God help us all! Let me remind you Eddie, you have to beat Port Adelaide first and guess what, Fremantle are going to beat Geelong. So if Port and Freo both win, what happens next Eddie?
Boy I am angry. Let me reiterate what Caro (Caroline Wilson) stated on Footy Classified. Geelong finished second (quite a few places above you Eddie) so they should have first preference of venue. I know I will be hounded down but I am sure Chris Scott initially said he would prefer the game to be played firstly at MCG, so what gives you the god dam right to have your game at the MCG. Let me remind you the pies did NOT finish in the top four in case you are delusional!
Boy I am angry. Having to put up with Hutchy’s (also from Footy Classified) patronising comments about this decision is enough to make you spit out your night cocoa. To say Matthew Lloyd’s opinion (which incidentally agreed with Caro’s) was being made because his brother is involved with the Dockers, just shows you how despicable (and desperate) this man really is.
Boy I am angry. As Ross Lyon pointed out so succinctly – “You thought if you finished third you shouldn’t be playing in a regional centre, you would be playing in a metropolis at world-class venues,” Just brilliant! The more this man talks, the more I love him as our coach.
Boy I am angry. For the first time I am in agreement with KB’s opinion about something (this god awful decision) and nothing upsets me more than agreeing with KB (Kevin Bartlett)!
Boy I am angry. Melbourne turns on some stunning Spring weather and I am bed ridden with a rotten lurgy (a very bad case of bronchitis). At least I am keeping the economy and pharmaceutical industry alive with gallons of cough mixture, packets of antibiotics and a tonne of tissues. Please note these tissues are for wiping my snotty nose, not for wiping away my whiney tears.
Boy I am angry. Please don’t hassle me by comments of suck it up…..get over it…. blah blah blah. I have been listening to this drivel since time began. But I do feel a sense of calmness and happiness transcending down on me. Wait until Fremantle smashes the Cats out of the universe on Saturday and I will be strutting my stuff, in all my purpleness, wearing the biggest grin, a Cheshire grin!!!