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A Day that Will Live in History

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 29 Oct 2008 at 19:56

We made a deal with Milissa, that if we gave her tickets to the Currie Cup Final, she would write us a piece about her experience that was much shorter than her last piece for Sharksrugby last year. Herewith she delivers.

There has been not a moment that has passed since Saturday evening, when we lifted the Cup that I have not considered myself incredibly lucky to witness rugby history in the making and it goes with out saying that I owe a great portion of that to my fellow supporters here at Sharksworld. Without your love, support, friendship and understanding I would not have had the privilege to be in attendance at Kings Park this weekend. So before I go any further in the telling of my Currie Cup tale, I want to say Thank You to everyone who helped make this trip such a success.

As most of you know I have a rather long trip to get to Durban and my first flight was rather boring, just a bunch of suits traveling for business. However, my flights to and from Johannesburg seems to always have at least a supporter of the sport that will acknowledge my Sharks apparel with at the least a nod. Thursday was a bit different, I was the last one onto the plane and you can imagine everyone’s attention was on me as I made my way through the aisle to my seat. About a quarter of the way through I drew the attention of a large group of young men, carnival workers I later found out who were going down to Cape Town on holiday. However, they weren’t Bulls supporters (they were too good looking) but they weren’t Sharks supporters either, just men who were rather surprised that this little 5 foot 3 inch American born and bred was embarking on a flight halfway around the world to their native country for the rugby.

After that the flight was about as eventful as any twenty plus hour flight could be, especially when you chase down an Ambien with the complimentary soda. It wasn’t until I was walking through the domestic terminal in Joburg that I really began to feel it, the shops selling both Sharks and Bulls gear but even more telling to me was the amount of people I was running into dressed in their finest Black and White and the rarity of seeing someone wear the sky themed colors of the Bulls. Durban’s airport was no different, well aside from the fact that the Sharks colors and signs of support seemed to be covering every available surface (or maybe I was a bit hallucinatory by this point in my trip), making it abundantly clear whose city we had just landed in.

Friday was spent with my wonderful host Me2 who took me down to Ushaka where I had the pleasure of meeting up with Nessa who sadly would not be making the game on Saturday. It was a wonderful afternoon of pandering to my touristy side (yes..it is still there, I blame the fact I am never on the ground for more than three days) and taking my mind off the upcoming game and the additional information that a meeting with Fred may occur. Friday evening was spent with Me2’s son Rory and his friends enjoying countless vodka based drinks with a shot of tequila thrown in for good measure. The crowd was thick and full of Sharks supporters to the displeasure of the one table who made the mistake of buying a Bulls flag and served to be the perfect appetizer for Saturday.

Saturday arrived quickly after that (maybe it was the alcohol) but none the less I awoke clearheaded (thankfully) with my pre-game superstitions starting from the moment my feet hit the floor. I won’t list them all but it is sufficient to say that every move of my morning is orchestrated in a particular manner in which I think brings good karma to our boys. After a quick breakfast (Strawberry Pops!) we were on our way to King’s Park to prepare for the game, the braai afterwards and of course for my shopping spree in the Shark Cage (R1400. I think I beat my record from back in May). During this time we also met up with Villie and Debs to watch some of the oddly attired Bulls fans and to confirm the plans for after the game. Even though we were hours early, I honestly think this is the part of my weekend that seemed to fly by and before I knew it we were headed up the ramp to our seats. I loved our seats, almost perfectly centered with a clear view of the field below but most importantly was the atmosphere around us. A healthy mix of Sharks and Bulls supporters surrounded us providing me with an authentic experience. It was here in the third seat from the aisle that the most important piece of my lengthy superstitious ritual was completed the donning of my Sharks shirt. My shirt which was purchased just prior to the start of the S14 is the axis of all my superstitions. It does not get washed unless we lose and between games it is kept in a sealed Ziploc bag with a spritz of my perfume in a hidden corner of my closet (unless I am traveling then it is kept in my purse or carryon for safety). There is something so electrifying about completing that step in SA and in King’s Park and this Saturday the feeling was multiplied. It was in that moment as the soft material settled against my skin, that I knew that no matter what happened in the next 80 minutes that our boys were going to come out on top.

Despite that I spent almost the entire game on the edge of my seat watching the action and during what was the ‘scariest’ moment, when Habana intercepted that pass I was on my feet, my Sharks necklace clutched tightly in my hand as the French words of prayer slipped from lips (another of my quirks, always the Hail Mary and always French) and the relief that flooded through me at the sight of Fred’s well placed ankle tap, the slight adjustment of gait and then the beautiful tackle by Frans had me sagging back into my seat in utter relief. If there was ever a moment that could have ruined the night for us that was it. The rest of the game seemed to fly and Fred’s conversion was another memorable moment for me since his kicking in the past (like his tackling) has been a bit hot and cold but he did a marvelous job of slotting it right through the posts to make the most out of Frans’ try. In all the game was amazing and each man who donned the black and white that day and during the course of the season deserves more congratulations than I think I could ever write and I’d also like to extend a special congratulations to John Plumtree who I believe was crucial in our success. Under his leadership a group of extremely talented men came together to be a truly unstoppable team.

The feelings after the final whistle after the game are still indescribable. Relief, joy, excitement, gratitude and a mite bit of sadness because of Fred’s return back to France (which results in my inability to see him play until 6Ns). As the game seemed to fly by the time after seemed to move in slow motion, the dejected Bulls initially off to the side while our guys celebrated, the interviews, the fireworks, the chaotic exuberance that reached from the highest seats in King’s Park down to the field was a moment in my life that I will never forget.



  • Great Piece.

    Man Three supporters and three great pieces!!!!!!!!!!!

    What more can we ask for.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.10.08 20:12:29 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Are we getting a seperate piece JUST covering the meeting with Fred? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.10.08 20:13:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : More money :-)

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.10.08 20:17:42 by robdylan (CC Champ '08) Reply
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  • It does not get washed unless we lose and between games it is kept in a sealed Ziploc bag with a spritz of my perfume in a hidden corner of my closet

    Not getting washed for a while then. :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.10.08 20:20:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Awesome article! I love all this reminiscing. Have such vivid images of Habana running straight for me, busy commentating on the phone since SS lost their signal, and feeling completely desperate. I think the phone was put down on me with the cheering after he was taken down :cool:

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.10.08 20:58:58 by Frisbee Reply

    FrisbeeVodacom Cup player
  • Finally! Good article Mils! Don’t think that I didn’t pick up the pagan omission of a couple of ‘u’s and the inclusion of a stray ‘z’ (zed) though. :wink:

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.10.08 21:14:13 by klempie Reply

    klempieTeam captain
  • Hey Milissa, Letgo & Villie…..you done ole Mama Shark proud!!!!
    Great articles!

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.10.08 21:46:46 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama SharkCurrie Cup player
  • @Me2 (Comment 7) : Evening Mama Shark! :smile:

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.10.08 21:50:36 by klempie Reply

    klempieTeam captain
  • Hi Klempie!!!

    When the final whistle went I started waving my flag & shouting out the names of all my blogger mates who were not at the game……the “Fat Lady” sang1 :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.10.08 21:57:52 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama SharkCurrie Cup player
  • @Me2 (Comment 9) : Hope that included me! :wink:

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.10.08 21:59:47 by klempie Reply

    klempieTeam captain
  • OF COURSE :shock: you followed Ice & Nessa, they had to come first, they are my oldest mates! :wink:

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.10.08 22:01:52 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama SharkCurrie Cup player
  • @Me2 (Comment 11) : I picked up my brother on Thursday from the airport who blithely informed me that he’d been offered tickets to the game but had turned them down because he was coming up to Joburg. :shock: I nearly tossed him out of the moving car.

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.10.08 22:07:45 by klempie Reply

    klempieTeam captain
  • Evening…great article Milissa. So glad you enjoyed it…it was like the oscars for me when they handed that trophy over…hehehe felt like thanking everybody for their support the last couple of years…silly i reckon.
    Hey Mama Shark…how you…so you getting that tattoo or not…Ness just went all silent today.
    Howdy Klempie…good on you i also would have tossed my brother out the car if he had tickets andnot go

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.10.08 22:11:37 by Debs Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : :smile: Yes at some point there will be a piece about Fred and I but adding it to this one would definitely defied the length restraint.

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.10.08 22:12:37 by Milissa (2008 CC Champs!) Reply

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  • @Milissa (2008 CC Champs!) (Comment 14) : heheheh Milissa great pics of you and Fred by the way…how is B and Max. Did max like his snack

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.10.08 22:15:29 by Debs Reply

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  • @Debs (Comment 13) : Hey I’m on google talk. Come chat. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.10.08 22:20:10 by klempie Reply

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  • @Debs (Comment 15) : Max liked it very much and Brian I haven’t seen since Monday night because he left on a business trip 5.5 hours after I got home. He’ll be home again tonight though.

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.10.08 22:23:34 by Milissa (2008 CC Champs!) Reply

    MilissaVodacom Cup player
  • @klempie (Comment 12) : Soe!!!! You got a :twisted: bru, hey?

    @Debs (Comment 13) : As I said, my old man will have aheart attack….I read this morning’s e-mails to him & I could see he was not amused!! :roll:

    @Milissa (2008 CC Champs!) (Comment 14) : Very good article, felt like I was reliving it all :cool:

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.10.08 22:24:30 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama SharkCurrie Cup player
  • @Me2 (Comment 18) : I do. And he’s not a big sports follower. :mad:

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.10.08 22:25:24 by klempie Reply

    klempieTeam captain
  • hehehe ME2 i had a giggle at Ness’s mail…so sounded all nervous…hehehehe maybe we should all get it done…dont think my husband would like it one bit. he said one tattoo is enough…
    Oh and that other thing we talked about the other day on mail….beeeg s#$T hey…but i knew it! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.10.08 22:27:42 by Debs Reply

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  • WOW!! Massive lightning strike just set some car alarms off! :shock:

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.10.08 22:28:12 by klempie Reply

    klempieTeam captain
  • Klemp ja we also having massive storm..struggling with my internet connection at the moment…

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.10.08 22:30:52 by Debs Reply

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  • @Debs (Comment 20) : :roll: but it was all worth it, hey? s#$T can be flushed down the loo, but the fun & laghter will always be with us :grin:

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.10.08 22:33:15 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama SharkCurrie Cup player
  • hehehe just confirmed it…i am having cocktails with Percy Montgomerie on Friday night and then spending the whole saturday with him…. :razz:

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.10.08 22:33:57 by Debs Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 23) : You can say that again….there is something however i wanna ask you tomorrow…will mail you in the morning

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.10.08 22:34:41 by Debs Reply

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  • K I’m off to bed everyone. Ciao ciao.

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.10.08 22:35:05 by klempie Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 23) : By the way did you get the pics i mailed you…just love them.

    Ciao Klemps

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.10.08 22:37:12 by Debs Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 26) : Me2!!!

    @Debs (Comment 25) : OK…will answer to the best of my ability…enjoy the rest of the evening.
    *Hugs* to you, Milissa and of course Klempie :wink:

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.10.08 22:40:27 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama SharkCurrie Cup player
  • @Debs (Comment 27) : Yeah…also love them!!! Just been soooo busy trying to catch up….had nearly 2 days off!!!!!
    Hope to have time over the weekend to catch up on my personal life…ie FB Etc. Falling asleep @ the computer right now!!! :smile:

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.10.08 22:44:07 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama SharkCurrie Cup player
  • Another great read… particularly for us that couldn’t make the trip…

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.10.08 02:58:25 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • It does not get washed unless we lose

    When was our last loss again? :mrgreen:

    Great article Milissa…spread the word about the Mighty Sharks and this beautiful country of ours. Hope you’ll be back for the S14 final. :wink:

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.10.08 07:52:16 by just blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!Super Rugby player
  • @Me2 (Comment 11) :

    Heheheh – I was FIRST!!! :lol:

    @Me2 (Comment 18) :

    Ma, Old Man wont be upset if *I* get one. hey??? :wink:

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.10.08 07:57:47 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • Sorry Mills!!! Great Arti …as always!! :wink:

    I am looking forward to the article on the Meeting with the French Prince of Toulouse! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.10.08 08:00:17 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • Hello Ppl.. I also met Michalak.. was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.10.08 08:09:37 by Reds Reply

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  • Very nice article Melissa!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.10.08 08:15:03 by Reds Reply

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  • @Reds (Comment 34) :

    Geezie Reds…Long TIME!!! You can tell ME so long… :wink:

  • Comment 36, posted at 30.10.08 08:15:04 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • Hi Ice!!! :mrgreen: yip been very busy. Was surpose to meet Me2 at the staduim but hubby lost the tel nr. :evil: but what a game and what fun afterwards. Met Michalak, Burdon, Muller, Keegan..whooo was awesome!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 37, posted at 30.10.08 08:19:48 by Reds Reply

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  • @Reds (Comment 37) :

    **Sigh**…my time will come… :cool:

  • Comment 38, posted at 30.10.08 08:35:22 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • I said it yesterday, I’ll repeat it today – Not only have we got great supporters but they write such lekker feel good articles. I like.

    Well done Milissa.

    BTW I enjoyed Milissa’s serialised writings of her last visit.

  • Comment 39, posted at 30.10.08 09:08:56 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • The world, and American football already has the “Hail Mary pass”, could Milissa have just given birth to the Hail Mary tackle.

  • Comment 40, posted at 30.10.08 09:12:42 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Loved the article but am so jealous i wasnt there!

  • Comment 41, posted at 30.10.08 11:03:38 by billy Reply

    billyVodacom Cup player
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 39) :

    Thank you. Once I am finished with my bloody exams, I’ll put up a longer piece on my blog which will end with meeting ‘my’ Fred and Rory.

    @Salmonoid (Comment 40) : Maybe. I have to say out of the 3+ years of French I’ve taken the Hail Mary is the one thing that is firmly entrenched in my mind and it’s come in handy throughout the season.

  • Comment 42, posted at 30.10.08 16:48:05 by Milissa (2008 CC Champs!) Reply

    MilissaVodacom Cup player
  • @Milissa (2008 CC Champs!) (Comment 42) :
    Seems like you have found a way to pay pennance, watch rugby and help the Sharks all at the same time – and in French as well.

    Im looking forward to the end of your exams.

  • Comment 43, posted at 30.10.08 17:11:22 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Great Effort Sh :mrgreen: rks,
    more of the same.

  • Comment 44, posted at 30.10.08 22:36:28 by Duiwel Reply

    DuiwelVodacom Cup player
  • Very Nice article Milissa, I really would not have minded if you made it longer, I always enjoy your articles and how detailed you make it. I love reading about everyone’s experience at the game.

  • Comment 45, posted at 30.10.08 23:21:01 by Letgo Reply
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