12.09pm, Friday 14th June, Glenelg Football Club, Jetty Road, Glenelg, SA
It’s a good day to be having lunch with a footy legend, folks … Jason Akermanis … sometimes controversial – always unforgettable … and a big part of the Brisbane Lions’ ‘back to back to back’ three premierships in a row 2001, 2002, 2003. Here’s the advert for the event, and it’s a full house today up in the Glenelg Football Club dining room, overlooking The Bay – home oval for Glenelg since 1920. Those were the days that packed trams would have ferried diehard black-and-gold clad Tigers fans down to see their boys run out on a Saturday afternoon. Great days indeed.
We’re previewing our Yalumba 2010 Patchwork Shiraz today – with beef fillet on potato rosti with field mushrooms – good winter warmer stuff to go with what should be a lot of fun at lunch. See ya later – I’ll let you know how we go.
PS Saturday 16th June – OK folks, here’s how the rest of the day went. I have to admit, I was expecting Jason Akermanis to be the ‘clown prince’ of AFL football that the media would have us believe…..but instead I’ve become a total fan!! When he was playing at the top level, love him or hate him – Anytime he got near the ball at all, you didn’t take your eyes off him because anything spectacular was likely to happen. Yes…..he was that good. But the playing brilliance always seemed a bit overshadowed by the on ground showpony cartwheels and backflips, and the ‘quotable quotes’ in the footy and mainstream press. Well yesterday I – along with 200 of the Glenelg Tigers Football Club faithful – got to see the bloke completely up close and very personal. He has a tremendous story and tells it with both barrels! If you get a chance to go along to an event where he’s speaking, take my word for it ……don’t miss it. And if he’s doing a book signing, track down the second one called “Open Season”, and get the complete story – it’s a pearler!
Oh…..by the way…..there’s also an opportunity to see Aker play, because he’s doing a ‘country league’ tour – playing the odd game for various out of town teams. He played over in Gippsland east of Melbourne for the Morwell tigers against Traralgon last weekend, and took a much talked about – yep, mostly by himself! But he does it so well! – screamer of a mark during the game.
And the big news around the Barossa is that Gawler Centrals have got Aker for one game – their home game on Saturday August 11th against our own Yalumba sponsored local heroes – the Angaston Panthers. So if you’re around – I will see you there! He’s also speking at a club function that night – book early for what I reckon will be a really interesting “double barreled shot from the hip” chat from the still in pretty good shape dyed blonde bombshell.