You’re a long-suffering football fan who has experienced several years of heartache watching your team fall short of the finals each September.
You feel destined to finish ninth every year before the season commences, and every year your team makes a late dash that inevitably sees you miss out on ‘percentage’ or ‘points’.
It’s enough to make you microwave your membership card.
Then it happens: the wheels turn; the team gels; the young guns play out of their skin; the old stagers squeeze the best they can out of their failing bodies; and, incredibly, you’re going to be part of the September action.
Then another thing happens: you’re presented with unfamiliar life choices that you hadn’t realised existed. It’s been 10 years since your team has made the finals and in that time people have started having weddings, christenings and kids birthdays on Saturday afternoons…
Before you bail on the birthday of your first-born and head to the Grand Final, consider these alternatives for keeping up with the game, while saving face with the family.