Kathryn (Western Bulldogs v. Adelaide, Second Preliminary Final, 1997)

January 18, 2006

Kathryn was beautiful, funny, mysterious, and all I ever thought about. In fact, after making a date to see a movie on Saturday, it took me a few hours to realise that it conflicted with the Preliminary Final — the game that could see the Dogs make the grand final for the first time in 36 years.

But I didn’t care. I was going out with Kathryn (something that was all too rare, thanks to her over-protective father), and the Dogs were heavily backed favourites. In my mind, they’d already won, and I was too busy being excited about the Grand Final to worry about silly preliminary games.

I picked up Kathryn (and our chaperon Wendy — Kathryn’s Dad insisted we take a chaperon, and Wendy needed cheering up after being dumped) and drove into town, parking somewhere along Exhibition Street.

After the movie, we were heading down the hill at the end of Exhibition Street, getting ready to turn right into Flinders Street, when I saw a swarm of Adelaide fans.

Draped in yellow, red and black, they were waving thier flags, tooting their horns and dancing in the streets. Every smile, every silly little thing they yelled out, it all made me feel nauseous. I can’t remember what I said. I know I felt like crying. I probably pounded the steering wheel within an inch of snapping it off. I’ve got no idea how I managed to drive through it all. The only thing I do remember is turning to Kathryn, looking for comfort, and getting nothing but her saying “ha ha”.

Her voice was so cold, so devoid of emotion, so lacking any kind of empathy. It went right through my heart and broke it in two.

I drove her home in silence, and broke up with her the next time I saw her.


4 Responses to “Kathryn (Western Bulldogs v. Adelaide, Second Preliminary Final, 1997)”

  1. Andrew said

    So ten years later would you still break up with someone over football?

  2. Ten years later I wouldn’t go on the date — I’d go to the Football instead 🙂

  3. Percy Desmond Allen said

    Dude…can you really afford to be breaking up with anyone?

  4. hayso said

    craig…right on, that bitch got what she deserved

    i’m not condoning football, or barracking in any shape or form…but they way she kicked you in the guts when you were down is unforgivable.

    And any chick who needs a chaperone should also be packing some heat and also have a hefty bank account…that will one day support your ass

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