Like alot of you I was at Bankwest last night and had a fantastic evening watching the team tear The Tigers a new one. There's nothing like heading out on a cold winter's night and watching a victory along with thousands of other Parramatta faithfull.
Last night was a bit different than normal for me and I just wanted to share it with the Parra fanatics on here;
I have relatives in town this week including a young couple with a almost 2 year old son (his name's Arthur - no, he's not named after our coach) These rels aren't Parra supporters but they love footy and wanted to experience Bankwest. We went together but I sat in my usual season ticket seat while they sat at the Parra Leagues end of the ground in section 124 about 20 rows back from the fence. I agreed to meet up with them after the game just behind where they were sitting.
Before kick off the ground announcer started with an announcement regarding the passing of a former director (name escapes me) then went on to announce the passing of our own Sir Col. He spoke of Col's life and his love for the club. He also announced that the team would be wearing black arm bands in honour of the two men. It was a great tribute and I felt honoured being one of the relatively few people in the crowd who actually "knew" Col. For me, this was my moment where I silently bid Col farewell.
Fast forward to full time. I headed down to section 124 to wait for my relatives including young 2 year old Arthur. They finally appeared and the first thing I spotted was Arthur, being carried by his dad, holding a full size Parramatta steeden footy, both arms wrapped around it and squeezing it tight. Turns out after the game players were kicking balls into the crowd, our towering forward Shaun Lane booted one straight toward Arthur and his dad plucked it out of the air.
Arthur held that footy all the way home including falling asleep in the car with it in his arms. When he woke up this morning he went straight for it again. That's when his dad (a Saints supporter) quipped " ah well, looks like he's gonna be an Eels supporter"
That's when it hit me: Last night I bid a great Eels supporter farewell and shortly after maybe, just maybe, I welcomed a brand new one into the fold.