Gill = Daicos !!

I’ve lived in Melbourne for 10 years, and I couldn’t give a rat’s arse about AFL. I’ve upset many people by claiming to be a ‘conscientious objector’ when it comes to the the game that Victorians call ‘football‘. I could go on for days… but, on Sunday I put all my prejudices aside and joined 10,000 other ‘music lovers’ to support the 2010 Community Cup. With the likes of Chris “The Macedonian Marvel” Gill, Ethan “Manchild” Hill, and Zack “Rampage” Rampage taking to the field for the RRR/PBS Megahertz, I felt it my duty to at least go for a look (laugh).

For my first venture into the realm of Victorian Rules since moving to Melbourne more than 10 years ago, I have to admit it wasn’t actually so bad (but it wasn’t actually footy either??). There were streakers, strippers, rock dogs (and their dogs), copious amounts of ice cold Melbourne Bitter, thick plumes of green smoke and more beer guts than I’ve ever seen in one place. The only resemblance to real football (AFL that is) as I understand it, was the sheer volume of tattoos! (oh, and Chris Gill’s shorts).

In what can only be described as a ‘miracle’, the RRR/PBS Megahertz staged a final quarter revival to snatch victory in the dying seconds and take out the 2010 Community Cup. (sadly, I’d had all the footy I could take by this stage and left with about 10 minutes to go – certain that the Espy Rock Dogs would run out comfortable victors). With the final score 41-40 in favour of the the Megahertz, there is no doubt that the real winner on the day was music and the punters, followed closely by CUB. A MASSIVE congratulations goes out to Chris ‘Peter Daicos’ Gill for his his sterling performance which earned him the much-prized Steve Connelly medal for “Best on Ground”. Never again will anyone even imagine telling Chris that his son Otis might have to sit out of of the ‘half time’ Aus Kick game between Collingwood and Essendon (on Anzac Day), or even worse, suggest that Otis “could maybe have a run for Carlton next time”. Good on ya Chris – that’s one way to show those fools!

One of our Northside regulars managed to loiter around long enough to capture this fantastic image of Chris leaving the ground afterwards. The knock on the head he received early in the first quarter certainly didn’t upset his sense of style! Obviously – his dunlop volleys are in the yellow bag along with the Steve Connelly Medal and his heavily soiled Megahertz shorts and singlet thing. If you want the full rundown – tune into Chris’ radio show (Get Down on RRR) this Thursday from noon, where you’re sure to get the insider’s critique on what was arguably the greatest game of football ever!

Congratulations to all the players, organisers and bands who made it such an auspicious occasion. Who knows… next year I might even stick until the final whistle blows.

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