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Sunday, 21 April, 2013

I’ve been planning to go to an A-League (Aussie Soccer) match all season, but to date I never got the chance. So why not pick the biggest game of the season, the A-League Grand Final. Got a ticket earlier in the week (paid well over the odds for it!) and drove up to Sydney on Saturday so that I could have a full day on Sunday.

I was up early, after a quiet night in with Lawrence and Barbara, in order to catch the train into town to meet their daughter Lauren and her partner, Paula for Yum Cha at the excellent Marigold Restaurant on George Street. They both had to shot off to play hockey straight after breakfast, so I decided to take a walk across the CBD to take in the contestants and winners of the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of North South Wales. The Archibald Prize is a national competition held each year to find the best portrait painting and attracts the cream of Australian artists. It was an interesting exhibition with some excellent paintings, but I didn’t agree with the judges pick as the winner.

Time was pushing on by the time I got out of the gallery, so I caught the free bus up to Moore Park where the Sydney Football Ground, better known as the Allianz Stadium, is located. As I walked into the stadium complex I could sense the atmosphere raising with the vast majority of the fans supporting the  Western Sydney Wanderers. Found my seat without too much trouble and settled down to watch the match which the Central Coast Mariners won, running out 2 nil winners. The match itself wasn’t anything to write home about, but what did impress me was the cracking atmosphere created by the Wanderers fans throughout the game, even when it became obvious they were going to lose.

The game didn’t finish till gone six, so at the final whistle it was a dash to the bus stop to catch the bus back to Central Station and the train back to where my car was parked for the three hour drive back to Canberra and bed.

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Posted April 21, 2013 by yermandownunder in Observations, Out and about, Travels

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