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Wednesday, 18th June, 2014
The World Cup is in full swing at The Fraternity Club, with hundreds of fans turning out this week to support their teams.
Eager supporters from nations around the globe have been flocking to The Fraternity Club throughout the week at all hours to experience the World Cup action.
Both Saturday’s Australia v Chile match, and Sunday’s match between Italy and England drew crowds of hundreds, with atmosphere at The Fraternity club described as ‘electric’. Daniel Perkiss, General Manager of The Fraternity Club, says “we have been extremely happy with the turnout for all matches so far, especially the weekend games. Australia performed better than many expected which gives us a bit of hope going into the next matches that we might take the world by surprise!”
Although the odds are still against the Socceroos making it past the ‘group of death’ into the knock-out stages, football fans were excited by the skill and fighting spirit displayed by Australia during their first clash, especially the finesse displayed by veteran Tim Cahill.
A photo by supporters and Fraternity Club Correspondents in Brazil posing with a banner reading ‘keep calm and cross it to Cahill’ went viral as Tim reposted their photo prior to the match. His repost of the photo received over 3000 likes on Instagram, with 3 photos of the Illawarra fans broadcast via Twitter to his 608K followers.
The excitement continues as Australia faces the Netherlands this Thursday morning at 2am, who are fresh from a 5-1 win over world and European champions Spain, a match which will set to test the inexperienced team. Both Cahill and fellow veteran Mark Bresciano are looking to follow up on stellar performances in the display against Chile, with Bresciano stating "The confidence is building with every training session and we are all very positive. This next game is our last chance to make an impact in this group, we know how important it is.”
The Fraternity Club is set to be the hub for both the Australia games (2am both Thursday 19th & Tuesday 24th June), as well as Spain v Chile (following Aus. v Netherlands, 5am Thursday 19th), along with huge clashes over the weekend, including Italy v Costa Rica, Argentina v Iran and many more.
Illawarra Mercury Story, 15/06/2014.