Our family are relatively new converts to organised sport. It all started last year when the NSW AFL hosted an introduction to Auskick at Ronan’s school, which culminated in them participating in an Auskick during half time at a GWS Giants game mid-season. We found it interesting enough that we bought an adult and junior membership to see us out to the end of the season, with Kathy and I tag-teaming each other for the home games while we encouraged Ronan in his newly chosen sporting endeavour.
What we found was a very young set of players, but despite their inexperience, what we also found was our team. Somewhat unusually for sports fans, we’re supporting a team that hasn’t yet won a game this season, and we’re well past halfway.
What makes them different though? I can’t really put my finger on any one trait that says that these are the guys to root for rain, hail or shine, or I suppose from a sporting perspective, win, lose or draw. We’ve never really understood the fervour of sports enthusiasts, as we’re more inclined to spend time reading or fishing. As for the blinker vision of AFL supporters…
There are a few obvious things that they do though :-
When they’re down, they get up again.
They take time for the fans (even us)
There are moments during a game where you can see that they’re not afraid to punch above their weight – last week was a classic example where they nearly took down the Collingwood magpies, including a couple of nasty pitch bounces resulting in concussions for Tim Mohr (my personal favourite – go 39!), Will Hoskin-Elliot and Adam Kennedy, who I think was subbed on for Tim when he was knocked out during the first quarter. Talk about giving your all. Such heart!
Anyway, despite we’re facing the possibility of finishing a season completely winless, I have just one thing to say.
Let’s go Giants! Let’s Go!!!