ONE GOAL IN
Cats army hits the road as Tigers prepare to take over the town ... again
THOUSANDS of footy fans are gearing up for this weekend’s preliminary finals — with Cats supporters preparing for a cross-border confrontation with the Crows, and Melbourne expected to be awash with yellow and black.
The Tiger army will pack the MCG on Saturday in what could turn out to be a sellout against the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
The rush for tickets begins this morning when seats for competing club members go on sale from 9am. Sales to the general public for both matches start at 2pm.
MCC members can claim their seats from noon, and AFL members from 9am tomorrow.
The Mosley family will be among Richmond fans ready to bask in the atmosphere.
British-born Krysia Mosley is the mother of seven dedicated Richmond supporters aged 3-14 and wife of long-suffering Tigers fan Lachlan.
“My husband is a mad Richmond fan so I was pushed into it pretty quickly,” she said.
“It’s in the blood really, all the kids are members. As soon as they’re old enough to do Auskick, we send them along.
“We’ve painted our front gate yellow and black, and my husband promises he’ll paint the roof if we get into the Grand Final ... it’s so exciting.
“My husband was five when Richmond last won a Grand Final. It’s a long time waiting for him.”
Hundreds of fans are expected to show up from 10am on Friday when the gates open for the Tigers’ 10.30am training session at Punt Rd.
A bus convoy has been organised by Geelong Football Club to get fans who missed out on flights to Friday night’s game in Adelaide.
Geelong cheer squad president John Van Lith said fans would do anything to get to the game.
“We saw what happened on Friday night and we know the team has what it takes to get to the Grand Final,” he said.
Richmond hoteliers are bracing for a big weekend as footy crowds swamp the suburb.
London Tavern Hotel duty manager Tamara Broadsmith said extra staff would be called in to handle demand.
MCG spokesman Shane Brown said it was too early to tell if Saturday’s RichmondGWS clash would be sold out.
“We will have a better idea from what happens in terms of ticket sales on Monday,’’ Mr
Brown said. Across the border, concerns were mounting over the increase in ticket prices at Adelaide Oval.
Prices have doubled since the qualifying final two weeks ago when Adelaide defeated GWS.
Adelaide Crows supporter club president Kevin McCall said some fans were being “priced out” of following their club.
“It’s a sad part of modern sport that the average supporter will be charged through the nose,” Mr McCall said.
A beefed-up police presence is planned for the MCG this Saturday.
Victoria Police Acting Commander David Clayton said fans would notice police at the ground, public transport hubs and across the CBD.
“Anyone attending a finals game is advised to arrive early as the standard bag checks and wanding will be in place and parking limited,” Cdr David said.
A group of diehard Geelong fans who are making the trip to Adelaide this week.
The All Nations Hotel’s facade has been painted yellow and black. Picture: TIM CARRAFA
The Mosley family of Bronte, Oscar, Leo, Kitty, Erik, Alfie and Jasmine have painted their allegiance on the fence.