The Big Blue and Melbourne in January

This article was written by Melissa Muscat – 2017 Parramatta Eels Members Councillor.

If you’ve been following my articles you’d know by now I’m a bit of a sports fan. Just a bit. But don’t ask me what my favourite sport is, like my local newsagent did yesterday, because I simply can’t answer that question. So many give me so many different emotions, highs, lows, passions…it’s hard to name a ‘favourite’.

I will say though that the Australian Open is my absolute favourite time of year…so that has to be saying something. I have visited Melbourne to watch the tennis for the past 11 years witnessing Roger the Great win the 2010 Australian Open and Novak Djokovic win the 2013 Open. But more on the tennis next week. I’ve also been to the Soccer World Cup in Germany, Sydney 2000 Olympics, numerous NRL Grand Finals and a Grand Prix. All are exciting on different levels.

We’re Off To Another World Cup

This story was written by Melissa Muscat, proud Sydney FC member.

That’s four consecutive since 2006. And what a privilege and wonderful feeling it is to be joining one of the biggest sporting events on a global stage. It’s hard to imagine what 32 years missing from a World Cup feels like…because that was the reality for the Socceroos before that fateful John Aloisi penalty in November 2005.

Before 2006, the Socceroos last appearance at a World Cup was in Germany in 1974. I was fortunate to be at their next World Cup appearance ironically also in Germany. What a time to be alive! That was the first time I realised how proud I was to be an Aussie. Every second person in the streets of Munich would greet anyone in a Socceroos jersey with ‘Hey Aussie’ and ‘There’s a Kangaroo!’. Everyone who wasn’t Australian wanted a photo with whoever was in the green and gold jersey. I guess it was a big deal for our nation to be involved in the world’s biggest sporting event after it had been so long since we had last made an appearance.