Footy fever / by Mario Mirabile

Did I mention it was footy season? I probably did, but it's the sort of thing that bears repeating. Melbourne (and Victoria generally) is the home of Australian football. It was invented here and is firmly ingrained in the local culture. Week after week the faithful turn up in the hope that their team will reward their loyalty with a win, even when their team has not tasted the ultimate success for more than 50 years, the passion runs deep.

Club allegiances start young, usually last for life and can be expressed in the most outrageous ways.  But no matter how you choose to express your passion, it's the game that draws us. While today's game didn't rise to any great heights as a spectacle, and in the end was too close for comfort, at least Geelong came away with the win and sent me home happy.