Saturday, September 25, 2021

Footy Grand Final

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.

19 comments:

  1. That is a lovely photo of your very stylish mother and her friend.
    Football of any flavour is not for me. I have brothers who have played and still watch avidly but I care not.

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  2. Not a sports fan, myself, although I share the house with one. Your mother looks very stylish.

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  3. Me, I like football
    But there's a lot of things around,
    When you line them up together
    The footy wins hands down.

    Go dees!

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  4. Go Demons - Love You Perth

    Cheers

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    1. Demons Crushed Them - Have Some Pretty Photos That Robert Sent Me - Very Festive Atmosphere

      Cheers

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  5. Go Doggies. My daughter in law barracks for them. Go Demons cos they haven't won in forever. But that is the extent of my knowledge and interest in football!
    Love the old photos. I fear that with our digital lives now future generations won't get the same pleasure of looking at the real thing as it was back then.
    (I had to redo this post as I had my footy facts arseaboutface which shows how much I know and care about the sport but I do love how it brings people together - sort of)

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  6. The upper class versus the lower class; what strange folk we are! It reminds me of Liverpool and Everton; Catholic versus Protestant.

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  7. Love the old photo. I hope the under doggies win. I enjoyed Hard quiz. Your sister is full of life and sad that she just missed out from progressing.

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  8. Lovely photo. I'll watch the grandfather whilst I play games on my phone, just to keep an eye on it, the game as I'm not into sport much. I'm lost when they call teams a different names as in a nickname, have no idea who they mean.

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  9. A repeat of 1954 match up. Who will win? I'm not much of a sports fan of any kind.

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  10. I won't be watching the match, but I am glad to hear they have been properly quarantining. Will they have been tested 24 hours before the match?

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  11. Did you play Aussie rules football when you were a lad Andrew? I imagine you as a brutal ruckman and a devil with high balls.

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    1. YP, of course but for some reason away from the ball travelled. When that big brutish leather ball came towards me, I clicked my Dorothy heels and I was away. Ruckmen were invariably tall, strong and handsome and caused my teenage hormones much bother.

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  12. I don't know anything about Aussie rules. They sometimes used to put the games on our football pools coupons when there's weren't any here.

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  13. I heard someone recently describe Rugby as a bunch of big burly guys planing with oddly shaped balls. Giggle!

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  14. It's been crazy here with the AFL match. I just arrived back from Darwin last night, but an AFL match wouldn't have been my priority to watch either, lol.

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  15. Love the old photo! There's a Footscray here, in South London. I guess yours is named after it? Or does the name mean something?

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  16. What a lovely photo of your mom and her friend. I love old pictures. Doesn't matter if I know the people in them or not. I just like looking at everything in them - the clothing, the shoes, the hairstyles, the streets, the vehicles. You get my drift :)

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