Friday night at the Embassy of Australia was the place to be if you were an Aussie in DC.
We broadcast the AFL (Aussie Rules) Grand Final live, and we were one of the only places in town, because the Satellite wasn’t in the right position to be able to watch it easily in the DC area. So around 200 Aussies and wide-eyed Americans came down to the Main Hall of the Embassy to watch the game on the big screen along with Aussie beer (VB, Crownies, Hahn Premium and Aussie tucker (Sausage Rolls and Meat Pies, damn they were good).
Not only did we have the big game on the big screen, we had a big name there. Bruce McAvaney turned up (after flying in that day) and I served him some pies during the game. I must admit I have never been the biggest fan of his commentary over the years, but he’s a nice guy in person and it felt good to be complimented by name from the guy. (he liked the pies :))
So yeah, the game was good. I am not the hugest Aussie Rules fan, but it was an entertaining game and when it comes down to 1 point, it’s always going to be exciting!
Then there was the NRL (Rugby League) Grand Final this morning. Melbourne vs Brisbane. I slept. I wasn’t going to get up at 4.30am for those 2 teams! At least my Eels won the Premier League, but is a little bit of consolation after their tumultuous season.
Feels very strange being in another country for the footy finals though. It’s traditionally a time in Australia where the weather is warming up and you have some BBQ’s, beer and mates while watching the games. Instead, here I am on a Sunday arvo, washing my clothes and watching the Dallas Cowboys and Tennessee Titans go at it while drinking Coke.
Well, we have to adapt 🙂