SAMPIYON! (‘Champion’ in Turkish)

Yesterday, in a great game, Port defeated Brisbane by 40 points to win the 2004 AFL Premiership.

My telephone’s alarm woke me up at 7am and I chucked my clothes on. Although late summer, it still wasn’t too hot to wear my Port jumper and scarf. It is impossible to be too hot to wear them on grand final day!

At Sirinler Fast Food Center I had to wake up the worker. Sleeping outside, just in from a noisy street, it took me several attempts to wake him up. Once awake, he set up the TV to Fox Sports and I was away!

Fox took Channel 10’s coverage and commentators. Anthony ‘Baby face’ Hudson, Tim Lane and Robert Walls were in the box at the ‘G. For the first 3 quarters the game was close and hard-fought but Port won convincingly at the end by 40 points, to my great delight. I had the TV to myself except for a few times when the odd restaurant worker watched briefly and asked me some questions about the game.

During the game I didn’t feel like eating and settled for a carrot juice and a cup of tea. In the after-match presentations I enjoyed a bowl of lentil soup.

BBC News almost never have AFL coverage on their website and it showed when they wrote about the game. See the screen capture below:

Adelaide?????????

For those who don’t know, “Adelaide” is the name of a completely separate team to “Port Adelaide” – a major faux pas!

Later, BBC News modified the title and story, changing all the mentions of “Adelaide” to “Port Adelaide”. See:

After the game I went to work. In the afternoon, I bought a cream fruit cake to celebrate. Here are some photos: