VAFA B Section – Fitzroy v Something Important: A Moment




An American President, early in the 1900s made a statement along the lines of that the ideal American society would have no government provided social welfare at all but have a Rotary club on very corner and in every town. Being a Libertarian and a Rotarian these are sentiments that I certainly agree with and I think most would say locals caring for locals is the way to go.


I was standing in front of the grandstand at the Brunswick Street Oval yesterday when the above thought surfaced in my mind.


There was a bloke, ‘down on his luck’ standing next to me, let’s call him ‘Jim’, when a cheeky, attractive young tyke came up to us and asked if we had any money. Jim looked homeless and he had no money but before either of us could reply the kid’s dad came over to apologise for the intrusion. Jim and I thought it was funny and we started up a conversation.


We were interrupted by another Fitzroy supporter, who could not be described as one of our corporate supporters, who handed Jim a hamburger and a drink and walked off to stand down by the fence. It was a magic moment. They didn’t know each other.


After the game, I hurried home to tell the Rotarian that I share my life with, not about the come from behind win, lead changing several times win or the impossible bananaed goal-on-the-run win that you can look up on the VAFA web site.


No, something far more important happened off the field yesterday.



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  1. Peter Hille says

    Excellent observation and interpretation Phil

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