Tonight was going to be a big night, not just for the Roar but for me. Ange Postacoglou's first game at Suncorp was to be my last (for this season at least). Not because I agreed with the bunch of blokes sitting behind me at the last game who swore the would not return after central coast were gifted a third goal, but because my partner and I had given up the lease on the Paddington flat I have rented for six years, sold everything we owned, quit our jobs and are about to move to Vietnam.
Even the lads who had finally given up on the Roars after 5 frustrating seasons were coming along tonight to help me enjoy my last game and welcome the new coach (the lure of $15 tickets didn't hurt either). Tonight was to be just one of several "lasts" one experiences before a big move. Another came on monday night as I played my last game of Futsal during which I somehow ended up upside-down in the net with my leg caught up behind me, rupturing my ACL and damaging my MCL (knee ligaments for those who have spent less time at the physio than me this week) and god knows what else (had MRI this morning). So after 4 days of physio and visits to specialists, tonight I will be watching the game from the couch while icing my knee in a desperate attempt to heel in time to get on a one way flight to Vietnam in a fortnight.
If I make it to Vietnam I hope to continue TRD and stay in touch with the A-League via the webnet which seems to be faster and more ubiquitous in Hanoi than Brisbane. From what I can tell the Vietnamese are football mad with the 2006 world cup tv ratings among the top ten countries in the world.
There is still a chance that I will require surgery and will have to remain in Brisbane for another few months. This would be more than a little inconvenient as we have nowhere to live and I will have to ask for my job back and eat some serious humble pie after enjoying my impending departure just a little too enthusiastically. The silver lining will be watching the Roar's recovery first hand... so Ange, it better be good. Lets start with a win tonight, I think it can happen (mind you, I also thought a failed ACL was like when the Jets didn't make it though to the knock out rounds of the Asian Champion's League).