Mother does not actively follow Australian rules football, but having grown up in Melbourne, it is ingrained into her. Her team is Footscray, latterly known as the Bulldogs or the Doggies. Western Oval, Footscray's home ground, perhaps has a commercial sponsor name now. You may have guessed that I don't care for commercial names, especially not for historic places.
Mother used to get on her bicycle at Clarinda and ride to the local bus stop. She would leave her bike and catch the bus to get to Oakleigh Railway Station. Upon her arrival at Flinders Street Station, she would change trains to get to Footscray and the Western Oval where should could see her hero Ted Whitten playing. She often stood in the mud, with rain falling.
I think I've published this photo before. I can't remember now. Mother is on your right.