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If you are planning to move to Melbourne, I have one piece of advice for you. Pick a football team carefully. Don’t just throw a dart at some AFL list on the wall and go with the name you spear as you will need to defend this team in many different scenarios. You will be required to defend the team to a stranger in the grocery store and at a cocktail party with dear friends. Your kids will need to be ready to stand up for their team choice on the playground. I even had an AFL onesie for Kieran as a baby and one day when he wearing it a sweet old man peered into the pram and said, “Lovely baby, too bad he will grow up a Magpie supporter.”
Aussie rules football is serious business here.
This was all something I had no idea about when I married the man I did. Nowhere in our vows were the words, “I will barrack for Collingwood.” yet apparently I should have known that team membership came with the wedding ring. Heck, I had no idea what it even meant to barrack.
Everyone also failed to mention that my inherited AFL team, Collingwood, would be one of the most divisive “choices” in the league. People either love them or hate them. There is no one in Melbourne who answers the question “What do you think about the Collingwood Magpies?” with a nonchalant shrug of the shoulders. We were even given a storybook called something like “Why they hate us” to explain what it means to be a Collingwood fan to kids.
Now, here I am five years in and I am the one that goes to the games. I am the one who knows the players’ names. I might even follow a few of them on Instagram.
My kids are blessed with an Australian godmother who takes her football duties seriously. She is responsible for their generous collection of Collingwood gear as well as their club memberships. She is also the reason we started going to the family days where the kids have had a chance to meet the players and get their team shirts signed. Now here is my dilemma.
How was I supposed to wash the darn things? I am a lover of laundry. While I rarely get the large block of time needed to fold it all at once and put it away properly, I consider it a Zen practice. I can even quickly fold a King size fitted sheet (fully elasticized) into such a tidy rectangle that Martha Stewart would be impressed. It is my secret talent. There is not a household task I like more. Clean clothes, clean sheets…sigh. Laundry is a chore that feeds my OCD tendencies as well. I don’t let anyone else in the house do it as they will invariably mess it up. With five of us, I can usually create full loads of colour groups and certainly never have to mix my darks with my lights.
Besides having to stand up for the team on a regular basis, they are out to drive me crazy (clearly) as their team colors are black and white. STRIPES OF BLACK AND WHITE TOGETHER ON ONE TOP. Covered in signatures of players we stood in line a long time for. I was not going to be pleased if those washed off.
The first time Gemma’s team top went down the clothes chute, I pretended it got lost for a few weeks while I sorted out what to do with it. Then I added to our carbon footprint by washing it all on its own. That was a few years ago now and it has never run. The signatures are still clear and the guernseys are coveted pieces of clothing from March to October.
This is not our best year. (See how I even say “our” referring to a football team?) Hopes for another Grand Final are not looking good for Collingwood, but we still go out and enjoy the home games. I really look forward to the season each year, so I was THRILLED to be able to bring these particular contests to my readers. I know how Aussies love their football!
First, Radiant wants you to wear your colours with pride every day of the year!
Radiant Colour Care is the ideal detergent for protecting colours, which means we care as much about your footy team colours as you do. In fact, we’re the only detergent endorsed by the AFL. And with the help of Radiant, you can wear your colours with pride every day of the year – including Grand Final Day.
All you have to do is upload a photo of yourself wearing your team colours with any pack of Radiant washing detergent to go into the running. If your photo is chosen, you’ll win flights, accommodation and 4 tickets to the 2013 Toyota AFL Grand Final with access into the inner sanctum to for a behind the scenes experience.
Enter on the Radiant Facebook page, competition starts Thursday 1st August 2013: facebook.com/RadiantAustralia
Entries close 18th September 2013, and winner will be announced on 20th September.
View the full terms and conditions here.
Here is your chance to win a family pass to an AFL home and away season match!
Are you a big football family? Do your kids play? How on earth do you keep their gear clean?
Just tell me in the comments your best tips for getting out the toughest stains!