Footy-stravaganza for Lincoln and Michael
Five AFL matches in five states in 72 hours - 6 flights, 11 taxis and nearly 13,000km
IT’S a footy fan’s dream weekend to make it to five live AFL matches across five states all in one round.
Buller Grocer’s manager, Lincoln Wymer and his boss Michael Reddrop did just that when round 17 rolled around last week.
They went on the footy weekend of a lifetime cutting a lap of the country (from one side of Australia to the other and back again - starting in Melbourne) to make it to matches at the Sydney Cricket Ground (NSW), Subiaco (WA), back to Melbourne Cricket Ground (Vic), Adelaide Oval (SA) and then finally at Brisbane before heading back home.
It started last Thursday with the Sydney v Hawthorn match and ended on Sunday with Brisbane v Greater Western Sydney.
Michael calculated their “footy marathon” required six flights, 11 taxis, two chauffeuring sisters, and 12,847km of travel distance (give or take a few kilometres).
“Lincoln has had this idea of multiple games and states in one round for a few years now and it became a bucket list ‘must do’ for him,” Michael said before the big footy-stravaganza.
He’s just been waiting for the planets and the fixture to align,” explained Michael.
“Earlier this year he sent me a text that simply read “Round 17” - and we’ve been deep in planning ever since.”
The pair spent 72 hours and visited five states in the four days to follow their footy passion. Why was this possible? The key to this has been the Thursday night fixture.
In the past, Lincoln claims the most he has ever seen as feasible was four games, but with the Sydney game being played on Thursday and a bit of luck, it became possible.
When the flights were researched it turned out that they could get to all games for about $1000.
The 18 team competition has helped also with more games to choose from.
Next year and beyond:
In 2017, the guys want to go for maybe six games.
But that will require the intervention and good graces of the AFL to get on board.
There are of course games in Tasmania (all six states) and Canberra and Darwin (the two territories), but only five states represented by teams.
Lincoln and Michael believe they may not be the only footy fans crazy enough to want to do this and with a bit of thought there may be hundreds or even thousands of others who would want to add this ‘footy marathon’ to their bucket list too.
It would be a great way to ‘Footify Australia’, Michael believes.
This might be Lincoln and Michael’s contribution to growing it.
A certain sponsor might see it this way too.
BTW – Michael is a long standing NAB customer.
In fact, this might become the Aussie Rules equivalent to the Hajj (pilgrimage).
A footy fan’s ‘right of passage’ perhaps.
GETTING READY: Buller Grocer manager Lincoln Wymer was preparing for a footy marathon - but had to get over the ‘big weekend’ rush experienced on Saturday, July 9 first.