A Passion for Footy – Angela Pippos, Michael Hyde and Nicole Hayes.
Footy’s close to my heart. So before hand-balling to the panel, I took to the stage sporting my Collingwood scarf and waving my Collingwood flag. I was hoping to get the modest audience all fired up for a scintillating hour of talk about all things footy. It wasn’t an auspicious start. Star forward Alicia Sometimes was an unexpected late withdrawal after suffering a bilious attack. So plucky Nicole (Hawthorn, ‘I don’t need a scarf, just wear a quiet smugness’) stepped in to chair, despite a sore throat and coughing fit which required constant drink visits from this runner.
Things hotted up a bit when Angela Pippos, veteran of sports broadcasting and making a return appearance at Willy Lit Fest, read a piece from her futuristic story in From the Outer then pulled an Adelaide scarf from her bag. The mainly Bulldogs audience duly booed. Michael told how he’d followed Collingwood since his schooling at a CARLTON primary: it depended which half of the street you lived in! Despite the topic title, and the historic birth of Women’s AFL that week, the main focus was how ‘blokey’ footy and footy broadcasting still is and that booing Adam Goodes had brought the game into disrepute. Not even adding Rebecca Maddern to the Footy Show satisfied Angela. Thankfully the full horror of Eddie’s Caro gaff had yet to emerge! Lots of discussion rounded out a fabulous footy focussed hour!