- MELBOURNE BRANCH -
TAKE IT TO THE STREETS
50 loyal City fans crammed into the small Keepers Tavern prior to the Canada
game to meet their fellow members who until then for many had been e-mail
serious drinking session started early at midday when Newbridge lad and
NZ resident Will Purnell made the acquaintance of BDU Melbourne’s pin
up boy and ‘fixer’ Bluebird Jones.
Right up there
with the early starters were Phill & Helen Lewis from Cardiff with their
daughter Siobhan who had travelled down from Brisbane for the gathering
and the game. Oh, we are a beautiful race of people!!!!
group that had traveled a long way were Geraint (Taffy) Jones and his mates
from Perth in WA but originally from Porth in Sth Wales. They told your
Captain that they couldn’t wait for Andy Allan to arrive in Perth later
this year to get the Bluebirds DownUnder gatherings started there.
making a heavy dent in The Keepers Arms stocks of Kilkenny and VB, the lads
decided it was time to take it to the streets and show Melbourne how City
boys could make some noise.
was a short march down to the Queen Victoria Markets where the sound of
‘BLOOOOOBIRRRDSSS’ echoed through the old alleyways.
most Melburnians hardly knew that the RWC was even on so what they made
of our lads is anybody’s business. Here Crickhowell lad Phil Ware does
his best to make sure Melburnians get the message, and the message is WE
his element was Cardiff regular and recent arrival in Australia Shyam Gharial
from Llanishen. Shyam still hadn’t got over finding so many City supporters
so far away from Ninian Park, and his up-to-date news on club happenings
was appreciated by all.
one of the difficulties with organizing a march through the main street
of any city is that Welsh lads have great difficulty walking past a pub,
especially when that pub is The Celtic Club in downtown Melbourne.
Barry lads with their inspirational leader Steve (Buttocks) Hewitson (that’s
him at the back with his Bluebirds DownUnder football shirt peeping out
from under his Welsh shirt) make sure that they are well-oiled prior to
the start of the game.
So we decided
to turn the march into a pub crawl but the Celtic was such a great pub
we didn’t ‘crawl’ any further than that. The place was
going off with a Welsh choir (bit of culture lads) and the place was a
smokey sea of red. Lovely!!!
rest of the day was a bit of a blur and the photos cannot be shown here
as they are being used as police evidence. However, on the following day,
a smaller reflective crowd met up again to watch recent City games (courtesy
of DavePovz – our man in Sth Wales.)
day out, and thanks to Peter (Keepers Arms landlord and his team and of
course Gar (Bluebird Jones) for making it so successful. THE MEXICANS
DID US PROUD.
h e e r s !
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