Last night Michelle and I headed to the Telstra Dome for the opening round of the Australian Rules Football season. Even though we had seats up in the third level, it was still a good view of the field. There was a good turnout of over 45,000 people for the game. Unfortunately, James Hird hurt his calf during the week, so he did not play for the Essendon side. I'm convinced I am some sort of curse on Hird because he's always injured when I go to a match.
Since the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix is this weekend, they had Toyota driver Ralf Schumacher there to do the coin toss. Essendon won and started off with a very strong first quarter. Matthew Lloyd kicked 6 goals and put the Bombers well ahead of the Swans. Sydney played better the rest of the match, but never came closer than within 3 goals. Thankfully Essendon triumphed with a 27-point victory. Final score:
Essendon- 17.6 (108)
Sydney- 12.9 (81)