We made the GF for the first time in 10 years and the first thing the club does is put up an auction with a starting price of $800 to have your photo taken with the team on Monday morning. Now this little gem pops into my email box: EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE GRAND FINAL AFTER PARTY AUCTION This is an amazing once only offer that will go to a very lucky highest bidder. After the Grand Final, Players, Coaching Staff and VIPs will return to the Manly Leagues Club for a Private Grand Final After Party Function and you could be coming along! The winner of this auction will receive a double pass to the Private Grand Final After Party Function which includes all food and drinks for a set period* plus the chance to rub shoulders with Sea Eagles players past and present. This exclusive and private function is not open to the general public and we will not be selling tickets. Its mind blowing to think how sensational this function will be when we come home as 2007 Premiers**. A once in a lifetime experience. Well that is just great. In 1996 after our first GF win in 9 years I came home on the club bus from the SFS and the Club forced me to wait in the rain for 1 1/2 hrs before they let me in. Despite that I did get to share the moment with all the other faithful and well remember standing on a landing chanting 'Dessie is a legend' with 50 other joyous supporters. The best part was in the auditorium where I, and my brother-in-law, held aloft the Winfield Cup flanked by the team and is probably one of my most cherished memories and we partied with them for most of the night. BUT THIS YEAR??? Probably consigned to the Corporate set who would be looking for their Coronas stuffed with fruit. Are we going to be made to bid for every moment of any glory our team has? Just how far are they willing to sell the supporters another piece of something that we should, in my opinion, be able to take as right considering the **** we have put up with this decade?