A day at the Park. The story of what could have been…

Written by Jan Dyman (JD)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Reader Submissions, Sharks on 13 Nov 2017 at 11:29
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As usual the best laid schemes of mice and men did not become a reality as due to work commitments my friend could not go on the trip. With the “Manne Naweek” a thing of the past I decided that the family would do a quick trip to Durbs with me and my lovely wife going to watch the final!

With pies, meatballs, biltong and droë wors packed we had an early start to the weekend, leaving Middle Earth Saturday morning before 6 o’clock.

The customary stop at Van Reenen’s pass had the usual “how you’re doing and where you from” with another couple of Sharks supporters. Turns out they were from Bloemfontein and they were going to watch their son (Marius Louw) play in the final. They were brimming with pride and after a good season and a decent game (with a wonderful break that lead to Odwa’s try) it was clear to see why!

Just before midday we arrived in Durban and headed straight to the Tank to collect our tickets. With a contagious buzz in and around the stadium it was there and then decided to buy another two tickets so that the kids could join us for the final.

After unpacking at the Lodge we headed back to the Tank via a short detour to the beach. Arriving at the stadium (with enough time to update my wardrobe at the Shark Cage) it seemed as if Poisy and I would never meet as time after time we missed each other due to the rushing crowds trying to get parking and everything else they needed before kick-off

Picture1With the shopping done and cold drinks in hand we arrived at our seats where we finally met Poisy and his girlfriend. A bit later Karl and his wife (both from Richards bay) also joined the party. Unfortunately even our loudest support and the “Dyman magic” (that we had in Bloem and Welkom) did not help the Sharks win. The atmosphere at Growth-Point Kings Park was great despite the people dressed in blue and white that cheered for the wrong team! For me the best part of the whole outing was meeting people from diverse background and living so far apart but still united by Sharksworld and a united passion for the Sharks.

At least my day did not turn out as bad as Poisy’s. His soccer team (Tottenham) also lost this time to my team (Man United) who nailed them 1-0! Now as for Karl who I’m sure will try to add his 2 cents, I must just say even after Chelsea beat Man United on Sunday they still suck and it’s time for a new team Karl, as no decent Shark supporter can also support Chelsea! 😉

Sunday morning all our troubles and sadness of losing the final was washed away with a visit to the beach and a quick swim in the ocean before departing back to Middle Earth and the reality of the working life!!!

Big thanks to Rob and the Sharks for the tickets, to the players and staff, well done on finishing top of the log. Maybe next year…


  • Nice one JD, glad you could make it and could meet other Sharksworld bloggers.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.11.17 12:40:58 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 1) : Proudly Blues, Ireland and the Sharks in no particular order! It was great to meet you guys. The wife and I were keen to make our first long trip on the new bike one to KP, but the weather coming out of Richards Bay was terrible. Luckily it cleared for the game. I must say though, that even though I’ve seen a few losses at Kings Park, the beer there is always sweet irrespective.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.11.17 13:07:22 by Karl Reply

  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 1) : thanks.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.11.17 10:11:22 by JD Reply
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  • @Karl (Comment 2) : Ja must say was nice meeting you and Poisy. Glad you enjoyed the quick bike trip!

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.11.17 10:14:55 by JD Reply
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  • Thanks JD!
    I posted on Sharksworld that I was there but got no response…pity we didn’t get a chance to meet. Next time!
    Great write-up!

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.11.17 22:12:21 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 5) : thanks! Ja with the trip down to Durbs and “rush” to get everything done (and have time for a quick trip to the beach) before the game I did not check in on Sharksworld until after the game. Thus I only saw you were also there later that night while braaiing at the Lodge
    Will for sure make a plan to meet when the Sharks play in the 2018 Super rugby final in Durban!

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.11.17 13:53:08 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 6) : I like the way you think… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.11.17 22:48:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Lol oupa :mrgreen: you couldn’t resist the dig at spurs huh. It was an awesome day regardless. And how could you not mention the flashers completely ignoring us!!! We must file a complaint. Hope the daughters are doing okay and studying hard.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.11.17 02:45:44 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 8) : hahaha Ja just had to! As for the flasher girl will have to speak to them about ignoring the poor people sitting in the corners! Ja daughters are doing great and almost done with the exams. Hope live in Durbs is still good!

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.11.17 19:38:52 by JD Reply
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