Sunday, September 12, 2010

Would you like some pie?

Haha, well last night was pie night! It was pie night hosted at Lion Kaye and Lion Wayne's home where everyone watches footy and has a pie or a sausage roll, or in my case - both! Haha the night was fun and enjoyable, filled with nice little games, and as we sat and watched a tight match between the Swans and the Doggies, we had a handballing comp, and some footy trivia (both I must admit are not my strong points :s). Through it all we also managed to raise a bit of money for the Biggest Aussie Pie night, which is a fundraiser to support kids with cancer.

Overall, the night reminded me of how I originally became a fan of the Doggies, although through the years as underdog team, they were a team that were quite heartbreaking to support at times. Nonetheless what I'd like to share with you today is why I began to follow them and my story starts when I was a kid in primary school...

As a kid, I think I was like most kids, in that I was quite easily moulded and influenced. Probably as I was still learning about myself, about the world around me and the people that make up that world and why I fit into it all...


I recall a day as what seemed like a quite normal day at school expect that we were visited by the Western (Footscray) Bulldogs. They didn't do anything outrageous or fancy with us but I think it must have been their friendly and down-to-earth nature and the fact they had taken the time to visit - that must have appealed to me. As I still recall the little footies we kicked, the pies and pasties that were kindly given around to each of us, and the smiles we all had all around. The experience was joyful and special for me, and it was certainty something that lit my appreciation and, in the following years, my support for the team. 

I think I will always follow the team, perhaps as they seem close to home for me, being growing up in the western suburbs with them or perhaps it is the idea of that underdog can rise up above all odds through  perseverance and hard work. Either way, I will always remember the day that they came to visit my school, and I hope that they like many other footy clubs, they continue to do create similar experiences into the future and beyond...