Footy-strav­a­ganza for Lin­coln and Michael

Five AFL matches in five states in 72 hours - 6 flights, 11 taxis and nearly 13,000km

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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.

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