Wow what a big day it was over here in Perth yesterday. And what a roller coaster of emotions too.
I couldn't get into the usual pre-match festivities as early as I'd like due to the game being brought forward 90 minutes. I act as a Race Director for the WA Marathon Club and I was in charge of a race on Sunday morning. Fortunately everyone was well aware of my allegiances and once the race was over I was packed off and told not to bother about the usual 2 hours of post race work, it would be done for me.
So it was down to JB O'Reilley's for a quickie having seen most of my drinking buddies on their way out as I was on my way in. Once in the ground the pre-match entertainment was up to it's usual Glory standard i.e. for us football fans I couldn't give a tinkers cuss but the families seem to love it AND it was very well done.
I'd tipped Glory to win 3-0. At half-time I felt I was dreaming. To me the turning point was the 'gongs first goal. Glory heads dropped and Wolves were on a roll. Horsley started to run Glory ragged. Once Afkos was brought on it helped but the tide had turned. Still Glory couldn't blow a 3-0 lead, could they?
Well we've got all 'Monday's experts' (as Paul Kelly so aptly christened them) out in force toady. "Oh Stange should never have done this", "Wehrmann should never have done that, "Edwards didn't do anything other than miss a penalty". Isn't 20-20 hind-sight a wonderful thing.
I'd just like to congratulate Wolves and their faithful fans who were sat just below us. At half-time you looked pretty down in the dumps, but you kept behind your team. Well done to one and all, you deserve your success. I don't think anyone who was at Perth Oval a few years back will ever forgive the Wolves players and Nick Alphabet for their disgraceful behavior that day, but they were light years away from that yesterday. In victory they conducted themselves with great dignity.
Well done Wolves!
This poem was read out this morning on Perth's 720 6WF. Just about sums up the feelings of all us Glory fans I reckon :-).
National Soccer League Grand Final - 2000
I faced the starting of the match With feelings of misgiving If Glory didn't win the game Life wouldn't be worth living. At half-time we were three-nil up The fans were quite ecstatic To beat us Wollongong Would have to do something dramatic. And when they scored their first goal I wasn't really fazed The second had me worried The third one left me dazed. But hey, we still had extra time In which to score a goal But 90 minutes of hard play Had clearly taken toll. I watched the penalty shoot-out With pounding heart and head Each time it seemed we had a chance The Wolves would knock it dead. The match was quite terrific No-one deserved to lose And deciding it on penalties Was not a way we'd choose. But don't give me that crap about It's how you play the game 'Cos when your team's the one that lost It's still a bloody shame! *Lesley Adams 11.06.2000