August certainly brought winter to our doorsteps after a very mild June and July, but what is great about September, is not just slowly seeing the back of winter, but the sun shining and major events knocking.
This weekend is going to be a beauty for the region with the Great Southern Football League and South Coast Hockey Association grand finals and the City of Victor Harbor Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival.
There will be in the vicinity of 4000 people crammed into the Strathalbyn oval to watch the football grand finals and although it is only a sport, tell that to the loyal supporters and players of the clubs that either win or lose.
The difference in mood in the two club rooms after a grand final is incredible.
The losing rooms is like a death has occurred to a loved one and the winning rooms is total euphoria. Of course no one has died and after awhile, depends on who you are, you get over it and move on. But surprisingly it does linger and you feel gutted when you come so close after a long season and fail at that final hurdle.
Sometimes it takes a real life bad news issue to snap yourself out of your wallowing, but you do snap out of it. The winner on the other hand will savour the win and create a bond with his team mates for life. There is the difference. One day and one result can have such an impact on so many lives. That is what sport does, it creates a belonging with people from so many diverse backgrounds, with the only thing in common, the club you support or play for.
Country football is unique and the tribal atmosphere which exits is something which is so special to our indigenous game.
At Strathalbyn oval there will be four different clubs taking on one. Willunga to its professional credit is in every grade on grand final day and like the tall poppy syndrome, many will be hoping they lose every one of them. The Demons will be too good for that and could possibly break all Great Southern records by winning all four grades. The atmosphere will be electric.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival mixes quite well this weekend as its appeal is totally contrary to the sporting culture which will be on display at the Victor Harbor Hockey Club and Strathalbyn oval.
More than 10,000 rockers will come to Victor Harbor and kick start the south coast holiday season and give business the boost it craves after a tough winter.
Buckle up as the good times are coming.