Dusty officially now a bona fide champion

2017 Brownlow Medal night was a particularly memorable experience for me. I attended the Richmond Football Club’s special Brownlow Medal Count function which took place in the Maurice Rioli Room. It was indeed an honour and privilege to have been accepted into this tight-knit ambush of avid Tigers faithful.

For the occasion, I chose to don my Batgirl corset bustier as it is one of only two things in my wardrobe that is yellow and black. Needless to say, I stood out somewhat but it definitely turned out to be a conversation starter. One enthusiastic member of the Yellow and Black army even awarded me Best on Ground for most creative couture costume!

Sisters were doing it for themselves at Punt Road Oval.

The evening started off with entertainment supplied by musician Brendan Bruns or ‘Brunsy’ who warmed up the crowd with familiar tracks from a  broad range of artists such as INXS, Powderfinger, Noiseworks, Diesel, Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, Oasis, Matchbox 20, Bruno Mars, U2 and Michael Jackson to name but a few.

MC for the night was Adelaide born Nathan Strempel who first came to the attention of television audiences during his stint on Big Brother in 2008. He’s come a long way since then having hosted game day functions for Richmond Footy Club and appearing on several media including being part of the Australian reporting contingent for Foxtel’s 2012 London Olympics coverage and most recently hosting the online television program Playin the Game alongside former AFL champions, Wayne Carey and Mick McGuane.

MC Nathan Strempel kept the night running smoothly. Photo source: twitter.com/nathanstrempel 

Throughout the evening Nathan conducted ad hoc interviews with several loyal tiger fans with a standout being Michelle from Kinglake West who not only is a mother of eight children but also lost her home in the Black Saturday bushfires and, most significantly for the Tigers tribe present, is a proud player sponsor of the champion Dustin Martin.

Another inspirational interview was with newly appointed General Manager of the AFL Women’s League, Kate Sheahan. Such an impressive young woman. At just 35 years of age Kate has been a professional tennis coach, played as a talented footballer for the Collingwood AFLW team, endured a complicated childbirth bringing her cherished son Will into the world and just three days later was back on the tennis court. I have so much respect and admiration for this woman who has such a determined ‘I want it all’ attitude.

Kate with her son Will (who interestingly is wearing a Batman t-shirt … me thinks I see a theme here!!) and her dad Mike. Photo sourced via Twitter. 

 

Fast forward to the actual Brownlow Medal Count and after Round One’s announcement “Richmond … 3 votes … Dustin Martin” the crowd ebulliently erupted in unanimous cheers and applause. At no point did anyone doubt that Dusty would take home ‘Charlie’.

Another emphatic cheer broke out as twenty year old Daniel Rioli, nephew of Cyril Rioli, was awarded Goal of the Year. Somehow it seemed so apt and appropriate to be celebrating his success in the indigenous heart of the Swinburne Centre at Punt Road Oval – the Maurice Rioli Room. I was particularly impressed and touched to hear the story of how after being drafted in 2015, and without a host family, Daniel temporarily moved in with coach Damien Hardwick. What is more remarkable is that two years later he remains with Damien and his family.

The rest of the night went as was expected with Dustin Martin deservedly awarded the 2017 Brownlow Medal. Dusty’s achievement after a stellar year of football has inspired me to compose the following reworking of the upcoming song “Champion” by Fall Out Boy.

Dusty officially now a bona fide champion by Jennifer Muirden

Based on the lyrics from “Champion” from Fall Out Boy’s upcoming MANIA album (2018)

Champion, champion

I’m calling you from the here and now
I’ve always believed in you … and how!
Yes, there are ghosts from your past
But with footy acumen the die was cast

And you’re back with a gladness
You’re a champion of the people who don’t believe in champions
You’ve got nothing but dreams inside
You’ve got nothing but dreams

You’re just young enough to still believe, still believe
Still spry enough to know how to interweave
In amongst the packs, you know just how to achieve, yeah

(Chorus)
If you can live through this
If you can live through this
If you can live through this
you can do anything
If you can live through this
If you can live through this
If you can live through this
You can do anything

Champion, champion
Champion, champion

You engage every day, on the inside
The thing you won’t do is sit around and kill time
You’re always reigniting your pilot light
You’re reassessing your navigation plight

You’re just young enough to still believe, still believe
Still spry enough to know how to interweave
In amongst the packs, you know just how to achieve, yeah

(Extended chorus mix)
If you can live through this
If you can live through this
If you can live through this
you can do anything
If you can live through this
If you can live through this
If you can live through this
You can do anything

Champion, champion
You can do anything
Champion, champion
And you can do anything
Champion, champion
And you will do anything
Champion, champion
You can do everything

If you can live through this
If you can live through this
If you can live through this
You can do anything
(You can do anything you can)
If you can live through this
(Can do anything, anything, yeah)
If you can live through this
If you can live through this
If you can live through this,
If you can live through, live through this

If you can live through this (If you can live through this)
If you can live through this (If you can live through)
If you can live through this (If you can live through this)
You can do anything
(You can do anything)
If you can live through this
(You can do anything)
If you can live through this
(You can do anything)
If you can live through this
You can do anything

Champion, champion

 

About Jennifer Muirden

Jennifer Muirden has been a keen St Kilda supporter since 1978 and fondly remembers her childhood Saturdays spent at Linton Street, Moorabbin. In her lifetime she hopes to experience the Saints second Premiership.

Comments

  1. Roger Golos says:

    Lovely write up Jennifer. Yes it was a great night and worth the trip over from Perth. We’ll convert you yet.

  2. It looks like it was a great night, Jen.
    “A conversation starter”…that’s an understatement!!

  3. Hi Jen,

    It’s a good story and Dusty got everything this year.

    I really hope we have a similar player at St Kilda and our mighty Saints win the flag in the near future.

    See you at the North Fitzroy Arms Hotel on the 27th. I can’t wait going to Melbourne.

    Thanks

    Yoshi

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