Brisbane Roar 7 - 1 Adelaide United

Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
Trip End Jan 04, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, October 28, 2011

I've enjoyed Brissy. It's been an easy few days. I won't try and pretend it's a tourist delight as it isn't the easiest place to fill 3-4 days, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it. We've done the obvious tourist things such as the Art Gallery, the Museum (closed), the Botanical Gardens, Roma Street Gardens, the XXXX factory etc and beyond that nothing really interested us. But it's a very likeable place with a mix of much older architecture with newer shiny skyscrapers, lots of nice parks and greenery, and some places to enjoy a drink (Fortitude Valley for instance); It's the first place we've been to and I've thought to myself, "Yep, it's not a bad place to stay - we could have stopped here a bit longer". Everywhere else up to now, except for maybe wanting to spend a bit longer on the beach, we have felt that we have stayed just long enough before we started to dislike the place. Brisbane is somewhere we could have 'lived' for a bit longer, not being tourists in search of things to do all the time.

That being said, we have had a nice quiet day and as we have been shunned by the weather yet again our original plan of sitting around the pool fell by the wayside early. We left the hostel after a lay in (Kate didn't manage to get to sleep until after 2am because her mind was busy 'thinking too much' - who would have thought?!) at about 11.30am and went in search of lunch. After a long walk northwards along Ann Street and passing many different churches (I don't think I have ever seen so many churches along one road) we thought it wise to pop into one to take a ganders. This one in particular was the newish looking St Johns Cathedral. On entry we were greeted by a nice little old lady who gave us a leaflet and explained the history of the place. Essentially this newish Cathedral was only finished 2 years ago. The foundation stone however was layed back in 1901 and building commenced in 1906. Not the most efficient builders in the world. I know the Aussies are laid back, but 108 years is a little too much.
The Cathedral had been built in three sections over the century as money would allow; it is beautifully crafted with coloured stone and the stained glass showed a progress of style throughout the age. Nice place.

We took lunch in Fortitude Valley which is known for being a little more 'hip' and 'with it' or words to that effect. We just liked that it had Lasagne for $6. It looked pretty trendy and suited to those in search of a few drinks but we were only on a lunch break and so didn't take in the essence of the area past Lasagne.

A bit of a quiet afternoon back at the hostel was filled for a while with Kate giving me a swimming lesson in the pool on the roof. Kate not swimming herself (which has become the norm) but finding the time to both laugh at my poor swimming style and give me advice to improve while I paddled around frantically in the freezing water left me nicely tired and my eyes aching from chlorine and salt water exposure. It was pointed out to me by my cousin years back the irony of Pike's not being able to swim, however I am a fair example of this trait.

After visiting the Suncorp Stadium in passing the other day I had a look on the website and found that the stadium would be hosting an A-League Football match this very evening. I looked into the details of the 52000 capacity stadium that was probably built for rugby and such and found the Brisbane Roar play their home games here. It is the fourth game of the season, Brisbane are top of the league in the premier football league of Australia and they are averaging a crowd of about 11-12 000. The stadium would not be full.

I convinced Kate we should go, just to say we have and we arrived at the ticket office, bought a couple of the lowest priced tickets ($24) and made our way to our gate. Our seats were in amongst a group and right at the front so we waited until the match was about to start and then found some alternative seats further back where we could see the other end - thank god we did.

After a dismal start in which Adelaide took the lead, Brisbane responded with 5 goals in the space of about 30 minutes. Before half time. Excellent stuff. The normal chants you get in England were repeated, just with a strange difference in the melody and the 20-30 Adelaide fans that had made the taxing trip from the south coast were under the cosh in terms of abuse. Whereas in the UK the away fans might be outnumbered 10-1, it was a case of 500-1. This is probably down to the distance the fans have to travel, this match being either a couple of days on a coach, or more likely a flight.

After going to a rugby game earlier in the year at Twickenham in which a set of under enthusastic rugby fans made a quarter empty stadium feel....well...empty (most of the fans were chatting amongst themselves trying to provide the entertainment that the game couldn't provide), I was impressed by the atmosphere created by such a small crowd.
The second half followed much the same with 'The Roar' camped outside the Adelaide box, the goalkeeper being taunted near constantly by the crowd. The crowd had grown at the Adelaide end for the second half, clearly it wasn't just us that didn't want to sit in their original seats. Everyone wanted to see more goals (Except Kate who had starting feeling sorry for United).

"ooooooooooooOOOOOOOO Your shit...Arghhhhhh" getting louder and louder as the half went on, and followed once by one guy shouting "See!" when he inadvertantly kicked the ball straight off for a throw in. The goalkeeper did find a little bit of humour within him to fake his kick once and try to confuse the crowd mid chant, but when you've conceded 5 (at the time) I think you should be more worried about saving goals then saving face.

A total of 4 goals for Brisbane's new striker from Albania left the crowd happy (well all but about 20 of them) and Kate and I also enjoyed the noise and spectacle of a 7 - 1 drubbing. These Queenslanders love their sport, it's probably why I like them.

Being an Arsenal fan and having such a hard time at the start of this season it was nice to see 7 goals go past United. I know its not 'The' United, but it's as close as I'm gonna come to it at the moment.

Such a shame but I missed the 6 City rattled past them last week - what goes around, comes around it seems.

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