Have been thinking a lot about the things I used to do to ensure you ‘liked’ me in the early days and how much that has changed in the years since. After ten years, I now feel comfortable enough to tell you that I never liked the Star Wars trilogy. No, I didn’t want to go to your house for our first real ‘date’ to spend 6 hours watching the trilogy. I do wonder if I hadn’t implied that I loved Star Wars, would we be married and have 4 kids now? It was a defining moment to the start of our relationship!
Another thing I implied that I loved was footy and yet nowadays I groan and moan every time I see a footy game pop up on the tele on a Saturday night. For that I’m sorry.
The fact that I have never really got into footy isn’t my fault. I’m a girl and for many girls (and I can’t say all girls) the only time we really and truly enjoy sport is when they’re trying to show a boy they like them. This is often during the teenage years when we would all spend hours in front of the mirror planning our outfits for what we would wear to the annual Joey’s Riverview rugby game in the hope that we would be able to spend a fleeting moment parading past the pimply faced teenage boys that we had a terribly serious crushes on for all of Year 9. That was about as involved in footy as I would ever get.
That said, each year as I do watch my facebook feed over the various other females in my life who are invariably screaming at the tele over their chosen footy team and their wins and losses. I’ve always been envious that their passion is not fake, they really do understand the rules, they enjoy the game, they own the scarf and jersey, they have a favourite player and can make intelligent remarks about the players and their form. Those same friends make the effort to take their kids on public transport to ‘experience’ the games, which let’s face it, is an Aussie tradition. Yes, I know the last time I got on a bus was the Olympics but all of that is about to change.
With this in mind and as the mother of 3 young boys and one girl who’s invariably going to spend her teen years watching them play, I have realized that to ensure they become real footy playing and footy loving Aussie boys, their mother has to encourage this behaviour and love of the game. So this year, I’m going to make a commitment to footy. Yes, I’ll commit to following all codes, I’ve chosen teams to follow and I’ve made a start by understanding when they play and how I can get involved. I may even enter a footy tipping comp.
It’s a big commitment but I think if I can learn the rules, get to know the players and go to a game or two, my passion for footy by the end of the season could be as good as the success I’ve had with Jenny Craig – worth a shot? Hell yeah…..
My previous experience with footy has been a preference (in the following order) of Rugby Union, AFL and then a long way off was Rugby League but given our boys go to a school where a commitment to a League team is as much a part of the curriculum as homework, I have made my call on the teams I will support this year and I will follow League and will try to change my perception of the game! .
Rugby Union – The Wallabies of course, yes I do remember that in my wedding vows you made me commit to supporting the Wallabies at all times despite holding an NZ passport (which has also since been relinquished in favour of the Aussie one, as per the wedding vows)
Super Rugby – Waratahs – this one is a no brainer, we live here, we support the Tah’s – that much I know.
So, here’s what I’m committing to – 4 teams, 3 codes, a shitload of footy and a game of two for each code at each stadium over winter. At the end of it, I’m hoping to be able to tell you all about the players form, the referees mistakes, the table and who I’ll back in the semi’s and finals. All I ask of you is, during the off season can I get two hours every weekend to take our daughter out for a manicure and pedicure?
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