I was brought up with a lot of passion, particularly for football.  My Dad was one of the most devout Geelong fans you could ever meet.  And from as early as I can remember, we cheered through every Geelong game.  We stood out in the rain, we watched on tv, we wore our stripes with pride, and there was never a question of who to barrack for in our house.

I spent my whole life hoping to see a Geelong premiership.  And finally, in 2007, my Dad and I sat at the MCG and saw our beloved Cats win one of the most amazing Grand Finals of all time.  He passed away just months later.  I was so grateful to be able to share that with him and I can still see his face so clearly – full of relief, gratification, and adoration, his heart almost bursting with happiness.  We spent the ride home as if in a dream!

It was wonderful to share the love of the game and the Cats with my Dad.  I have so many memories of cheering along with him, side by side.  I hope I can pass on that passion to Sophia.

With the anticipation of another premiership this weekend, I found the cat my Dad kept in his office at work.  Faded and dusty, but treasured.  And I can still hear my Dad yelling “Carn the Cats”.  And what more perfect a subject could there be for Day 23 of the September Challenge – Sport.



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  1. Julie Cannon October 7, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    Hi Mel, I just read your post about the Geelong Football Club and your memories of you and your dad going to the 2007 Grand Final together. My love of the Geelong Football club came about the same way. Because of my dad. Your story is so similar to mine. Unfortunately my dad never got to see this wonderful side as he passed away 25 years ago but every time we win a premiership I know will be smiling. Go Cats!

    PS love your photos 🙂

  2. melriddell October 7, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Thanks so much for your lovely comments Julie, and I always imagine my Dad beaming with pride at the Cats winning too! Especially this year. xx

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