Off the foot of a controversially awarded penalty in the dying seconds of the Australia V Italy match, the Socceroos bandwagon has found its tare now thousands lighter. Far from the heavy days following a win of their qualifying face off against Uruguay for entry into the World Cup.
Crestfallen by the freezing conditions of watching another football game large and live on big screens in the city, the froth was scoopable and the beer bottles airborne.
Fervent dismay as Italy's Fransesco Totti's swan dive over Australia's Lucas Neill was enough to spur on the final kick to secure the fate of the hopeful Socceroos and an entire nation otherwise not engaged with other matters.
Many of the fair weathers are now expected to disappear into the fray of speculating and spectating other sports as quickly as they were to arrive on the sidelines and underneath tables at pubs for the campaign.
Written on Tuesday, 27 June 2006