Port Versus Geelong In The 2007 AFL Grand Final

My legs are still sore from the soccer game I played 2 nights ago. It was my first ever game wearing the flat-soled soccer boots commonly used in Turkey and my first semi-organised game since Gaziantep in 2001. Stuff the soccer for a moment.

The real football begins tomorrow morning, 07:30 am Turkish time, when underdogs Port Adelaide (my team) takes on the overwhelming favourites Geelong in the 2007 AFL Grand Final.

In 2004 I watched Port Adelaide win their first AFL premiership here in Mersin at a local cafe. Last year I saw the grand final at Peter’s place on Fox Sports Turkey. This year I doubt I will have the opportunity to view the game and will have to make do with listening to it over the internet.

According to the AFL official website (pdf warning), Eurosport (a channel available in Turkey through Digiturk) will show the grand final on delay. It is not on tomorrow’s schedule so I don’t know when the game will be shown. Hopefully, it will be worth watching wherever you are with Port getting up in a classic encounter… I will also accept Port winning in a less than classic game 🙂

UPDATE (2007-09-29): Tonight’s Galatasaray-Besiktas match looks interesting doesn’t it? Did I ever tell you how much I loved soccer? 😉

Thank goodness I couldn’t watch the AFL final. The song title that comes to mind is Pure Massacre by Silverchair. Geelong beat Port by a grand final record 119 points (1 point less than 20 goals). At least I can ignore aftermath until I return to Australia in two weeks.


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