Bleary-eyed football fans were up with the birds this morning to catch football’s World Cup final live on TV at Queenstown’s Memorial Hall.
The showdown between the Netherlands and Spain kicked off at 6.30am and 133 soccer supporters watched the game on three big screens set up by Lakes Leisure.
Spain snatched the only goal of the match in the dying minutes of extra time at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, to lift the trophy for the first time.
Football fan-atic Bjorn Denijs from Holland has watched nearly every game played in the tournament.
He was “almost” in tears at his team’s loss but is now looking forward to some free time.
“I can’t wait for it to be over and I can get some sleep,” he says.
Arrowtown youngster Quinnton Smith, 10, and his six-year-old brother Ryan had no trouble getting out of bed on the chilly Queenstown morning, dad Glenn says.
They set their alarms for 4.45am, allowing plenty of time to paint their faces with Spanish colours before the game.
Volunteers selling hot food at the venue to raise funds for Queenstown Junior Football Club also had an early start but club manager Damien Hochberg had anticipated more people would pack the hall.
“Numbers to the community event weren’t what I was expecting, especially considering there was $5500 worth of prizes,” Hochberg says.
Money raised from door sales – with tickets $7 for adults – will be split between the Bruce Grant Youth Trust and Queenstown Football Club.