The Australian Rules Grand Final football match is normally at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with its always sold out capacity of 100,000 spectators.
I'm not a great admirer of the avaricious Australian Football League but it has for the last two seasons managed the changing Covid landscape and state lockdowns so well.
The football grand final will be played in our far western capital city of Perth. Tickets to watch the match were sold out quickly with a stadium capacity of 60,000. I am not expecting to see Grace or Sami in the crowd. Western Australia is Covid free and the players and AFL have been bubble quarantining in Perth for the proscribed two weeks.
The grand final teams of Footscray and Melbourne are now known respectively as the Doggies or Bulldogs, and the Demons. The two teams last played a grand final against each other in 1954 and Footscray had a resounding victory.
Below is photo of Mother with her friend Rita in 1954. They were going to see a film and film listings were in newspapers back then, hence her carrying a newspaper. Yes, I have used the photo before.
Mother was a supporter of the Footscray team and was at the match at the MCG Grand Final in 1954 when her team won. Sixty seven years later, again the working class team of Footscray, from the wrong side of the river, is playing the posh Melbourne team. Well, it was very much like that in 1954. Not so much now but there are still attitude vestiges of the times.