I'm not such a mad footy fan, but I am a fan of the now-grown kids who never missed a game, stayed true, and bonded over the wins and losses. Eliza flew in at 8am from Bangkok, had a shower , put on the footy jersey and went off to the Grand Final with Paull's footy "brothers", Ben and Danny. It was like old times to wake this morning and find them draped across various couches and beds. Meanwhile Paull was at the Australia Hotel with loyal US friends Chase and Heather, who kept him company despite the 3am start and their incomprehension of the game. These guys will be friends for life, I'm sure.