With no game in Qld for 2005 (besides the last minute practice match we received), the Qld Magpies thought we would try something new. We packed up all our goodies, gathered around 50 members and headed to Melbourne for a couple of days.
It was quite remarkable to get so many members travelling to Melbourne for a glimpse at our team in its home environment. For many it was the first trip to Melbourne, for some it was coming home, for all it was a chance to experience something new. Anzac Day at the MCG!
The trip started with about 20 of us gathering at the MCG on Sunday afternoon for a tour of the ground. The tour lasted about 90 minutes, and was very informative. It was a chance to experience the ground as you would otherwise never get the chance to. Visiting the long room, seeing the memorabilia, the change room, and walking up the race was a special occasion for us all. Sunday night a few of us went to a show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and when on a Collingwood trip, why not see a Collingwood Show. Kieran Butler Claims Collingwood Ruined My Life, is a must for any Collingwood fan. When I left my jaw was sore from laughing so hard. Every Collingwood fan can relate to a lot of what he has been through, and this is what makes the show even more appealing. Kieran is planning on heading up to Qld in the near future, he has promised to keep in touch so we can let our members know when he will play. Visit his website for tickets and more information. http://www.kieranbutler.com
Monday morning most of us headed to the Bob Rose Oval for a chance to watch the boys train. For some it was also a chance to meet Jana Pitman who was also training there as well. Lucky for us she is a Magpies supporter.
Monday night was a sensational success. The function was attended by around 100 people. Our guests included Kieran Butler, Gavin Brown, Glenn McFarlane, Joffa and Len Thompson.
Kieran started the show, and gave our group a taste of his show with 5 minute sample. Everyone was unanimous in agreement that the show is one to catch. We really do thank Kieran as he had another 2 shows to do that night, and to fit us in at the last minute was a fantastic effort.
Gavin Brown discussed his 1990 triumph and went on to explain that we have picked up two sensational recruits this year in Thomas and Pendlebury. Pendlebury is already exceeding all expectations already after starting the year with glandular fever.
Glenn McFarlane discussed his books and the passion he shares with the club. After the show he talked Joffa into putting pen to paper for a new book coming out "The Barrackers Are Shouting"
Joffa came out and with the passion only Joffa has, he made his point as to why we should not be made to change our stipes. It was a passionate and rationale speech. Joffa has a lot of time for the supporter groups and we thanked him with a presentation of one of our Qld Magpies polo shirts.
Len Thompson was last, and stole the show. He was humorous, entertaining and informative. He discussed the '77 grand final and the legend of what "really" happened at the training session before his first game.