Norm Smith Medallist
- May 3, 2018
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- Parramatta Eels, Detroit Pistons
Was this one of the abusive Dee fansWhat I really loved about the 87 prelim was the reaction afterwards.
We were doing the classic celebrations - jumping up repeatedly with arms stretched out for a good 60 seconds as you do when you're delirious.
The poor Dee supporters were speechless, gobsmacked and crying with those wonderful blank staring open mouthed faces.
Seconds before they'd been full of arrogance, paying put on Hawthorn supporters especially when Simon Eishold marked the ball on the point post. He was going to kick a goal which would put the Dees 10 points up and into the grand final. Despondent Hawthorn supporters started leaving the ground. The Dee supporters were abusing those leaving - "suck that losers"! Then, of course, Eishold missed and Tucky kicked out - straight down the guts.
That was a wonderful 5 minutes to be at that ground. If you look at the video clip and see the face on the blonde Dee supporter standing and gasping in disbelief as Bucky get the kick for goal. Multiply her face by 20,000 !!
Then jump ahead a year and a week. !988 grand final. The Dees are there. They turned out in the members - the men wearing silly boaters !! Can you believe it? I think they thought they were at a boat race - perhaps Cambridge v Oxford.
The Dee players ran their warm up laps in front of the members to a standing ovation. Stupid thing to do. I think those poor players thought with that applause a win was a formality.
Sorry Dees - record loss, 96 points! Oh the memories.