It’s almost AFL grand Final time and fans from Richmond and Adelaide are praying for a break in two of the longest droughts in the game’s history. They lined the streets of Melbourne for the annual Grand Final Parade.
Emily Kuehner reports.
The CBD was packed with eager fans trying to catch a glimpse of their favourite players.
It’s traditionally one of the city’s biggest and brightest days for both the footy faithful and the players.
Rory Sloane, Adelaide Crows: “Yeah it’s unbelievable. This is, I’ve always wanted to be part of this, I think everyone does, so this is truly amazing.”
Josh Caddy, Richmond: “Obviously the turnout at training this morning and then the crowd here today, it’s pretty special.”
The parade winds it way down Spring Street, before ending at the AFL’s holy grail of sporting grounds the MCG.
Both captains raised the Premiership Cup in front of the enthusiastic crowd, but only one will take it back to the club tomorrow night.
Earlier in the day thousands of Richmond fans gathered at Punt Road for the final training session.
VOX 1: “It means the world, we’ve been waiting for a long time for this – Dad brainwashed me to be a Richmond. So it’s about bloody time we got something like this happening.”
It’s just a light run for the team.
But for fans the build up to game day and a long awaited win is overwhelming.
VOX 2: “37 years since the last one, really excited.”
This is the third year a public holiday has been held in Victoria on Grand Final Eve.
Supporters of the winning team may well need a break on Monday too just to recover.
Emily Kuehner, QUT News.