Yesterday was a boost because it marked the 1st Qualifying Finial for National Rugby League (NRL) Minor Premiers, the Melbourne Storm who played the Brisbane Broncos at home at Olympic Park in Melbourne. How prescient then is the Photo Friday choice of a topic, Purple.
Olympic Park, Richmond, looking north-east
The crowd waits in the Eastern Stand
Purple, purple everywhere
The scoreboard welcomes everyone
The fans are ready...
...and so does the Melbourne Storm
Storm supporters are warmed up too
At last, the banner goes up,
followed by the Storm
and for one person it was all too much and he streaked across the ground from south-east into the arms of policmen at the north-west end.
Daily Telegraph photo by Phil Hillyard
The Storm won in grand fashion - actually, grand final fashion.
On Sunday 23 September they will play the winner of the forthcoming Eels-Bulldogs match at Telstra Dome here in Melbourne, Storming to the Grand Final in Sydney.