Perth is in the grip of footy finals fever! The West Coast Eagles, one of the 2 local Australian Rules Football teams, have reached the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne! Famille Chic (we’ve been Eagles members for years) saw them win the Preliminary Final here in Perth last weekend. Our younger daughter in the Uk watched a live stream on her phone whilst she was travelling back to London by coach on the A1 (we’re pretty passionate fans!).
The culmination of the Australian Rules Football season takes place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) traditionally on the last Saturday in September. It is a week later this year as a result of the Cricket World Cup Final being played at the MCG at the end of March. Monsieur Le Chic was last seen heading off across the Nullarbor Desert with some friends on a trek to reach the Grand Final in time (well actually they flew to Adelaide and drove a hire car to Melbourne from there)! If you’ve read my article on Perth, you’ll understand what an isolated city it is. The airlines, capitalising on desperate Eagles fans wanting to travel to Melbourne for the final, have hiked up their prices!
Whilst I’ve stayed back in Perth (just as well as the cat needed an emergency operation on Tuesday to remove a pom pom she had unwisely decided to eat) I have been to 2 Grand Finals in the past. One (in 2005) the Eagles lost by 4 points, the other (in 2006) they won in an absolute nailbiter by a single point against the Sydney Swans! As an auspicious omen, I’ve hunted out some photos from our family trip in 2006 to give you a feel of what it’s like to be at the MCG on Grand Final Day. Tomorrow I’ll be going to a Grand Final party with friends and cheering the Eagles on against the reigning premiers and favourites, the Hawthorn Hawks. Footy does strange things – it brings out all sorts of emotions in usually quite mild mannered folk! Wishing everyone a great weekend and “Carn the Eagles”!
Carn means “come on” and is used by Australian Rules crowds!
Postscript: Alas the Eagles couldn’t produce their best footy on Saturday at the MCG and were soundly beaten by the experienced Hawthorn team. The Eagles had a great 2015 season though and confounded the sceptics. Onwards and upwards for 2016, “Carn the Eagles”!
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