Okay. So I’ve been informed not everyone is excited about Grand Final day. I know, it’s hard to believe but some people aren’t behind the national past time aka footy (notice I didn’t qualify it as AFL because everyone knows NRL is not really football *ducks*).
I’m a footy fan. At least I really, truly was. In the year 2000, which admittedly was 16 years ago now, my team the mighty Demons made the Grand Final. And after lining up through the night for tickets, I watched their heartbreaking defeat.
I cried into my red and blue beanie the whole way home, and I haven’t been to a game at the MCG since.
Me circa September 2000. Devo.
While I'm not the dedicated Dees supporter I once was (and, to be honest, I'm a little rusty on how it all works), I can still get around the occasional clash. Especially on Grand Final day. And especially when I've had a few pints.
Whether you love footy. Or loathe it. Or simply don't give a f*ck about it... We've created the everywoman's guide to getting through the day in six easy to follow steps.
Step one: Pick a side.
Seriously, any side. Either side. Whoever.
Today the Sydney Swans will come up against the Western Bulldogs, so if you're NSW born and bred or a Victorian after my own heart, just pick the team from the state you live in. Easy.
OR be contrarian and pick the opposite. Just have someone to cheer for. And someone to yell at.
(Addendum: it's the first time the Doggies have played a premiership since 1961, so get amongst it. Just for the feels.)
Step two: Know the basics.
Alright. The game starts at 2.30pm, it's at the MCG. It'll be on your TV.
The pre-game entertainment will inevitably suck, but honestly just try and enjoy the spectacle.
The Swans finished on top of the ladder. The Bulldogs finished seventh and it's the first time a team that's finished lower than sixth has made the final. I mean, c'mon. It's a fairytale. Don't you just wanna support them?
Apparently, this Sydney player is very nice too though.