I think im turning Japanese
Trip Start Jun 08, 2006
8Trip End Jul 10, 2006
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Its so cliche but the emotional rollercoaster was unbelievably.
We were up bright and early with the aim of catching the 7.50am train to K Town. We arrived there by 9.30 and started to soak in the atmosphere. The town itself was only small and was completely engulfed by World Cup fever. By 11.30 the place was pumping. There was a huge Aussie contingent in town and not a lot of Japanese.
We met up with Matt Smith before the match and settled into a beer garden that had been taken over by green and gold and blow up kangaroos. The sounds of ACDC, Men at Work, Midnight Oil, John Williamson and many other aussie legends filled the air
We arrived about 40 minutes before kick off and met Leigh, a fellow TST-7 ticket holder. Our seats were great and we were set and pumped for what was to come
The build was immense. The crowd went wild when the players made their way onto the pitch. The proud feeling to sing aloud Advance Australia Fair was indescribable.
The crowd was on a high. It was hard to explain the feeling of sitting there watching Australia play in their first World Cup since 74. And the football was great. I would almost say it was the best I had ever seen us play. And then disaster struck. A refereeing blunder and we were down. The feeling in the crowd was one of anticipation though. We were playing better and it would only be a matter of time before we equalised. 50 minutes passed, then 60 minutes, then 70 minutes. You could feel the crowds expectations dropping with each passing minute. It felt like the inevitable loss was coming. If only we could sneek a draw and give us some hopof qualifying. Then 80 minutes passed. Desperation took hold. Then in the blink of eye, GOAL!!!!! The crowd erupted like nothing I have ever seen or felt. High Fives everywhere, plenty of hugs and kisses, lots of man love. A glimmer of hope. GOAL!!!!!! Before the crowd had even settled from the first. We had scored the winner. The feeling was exctasy. Were we all of a sudden going to steal a late victory and be witness to Australia's first ever World Cup victory. With that third goal in the dying stages it was confirmed. We Would!!!!
3 goals in 8 minutes and to be a part of history was truly amazing. The party that followed was just as good. Les Murray made an apperance and was swamped.
As we left the ground there were Aussies spread and sprawled under ever tree and on every sidewalk. Its a feeling I cant describe. The highs and lows had taken their toll. But in true Aussie fashion, by the time we made it back to town the party was pumping hard. And already there was whispers of making the second round!!