One train, one cho­rus on the best trip of all

The Advertiser - - NEWS - EL­IZ­A­BETH HEN­SON

THE Over­land be­came the “Crowver­land” as 272 ex­cited Ade­laide sup­port­ers, adorn­ing all things blue, yel­low and red, filled the Mel­bourne-bound train yes­ter­day.

De­spite the early start, 7.45am, the Crows fans were in good voice, chant­ing and cheer­ing in the count­down to the MCG grand fi­nal against the Tigers.

Oper­a­tor Great South­ern Rail­way or­gan­ised 10 car­riages for the 10.5 hour jour­ney — the long­est Over­land train in a decade.

Liv­ing the dream of ev­ery young fan was Ai­dan Baynes, of Hazel­wood Park, on his way to watch his first pre­mier­ship clash, aged just 5.

“Crows are go­ing to win,” he said, adding: “Play well”

His mum and dad, Matt and Jenny have been ar­dent Crows sup­port­ers “since day one” and are look­ing for­ward to their team bring­ing home the flag.

“I think we’re go­ing to win (by) 42. I think they’ll over­run them in the last quar­ter,” Matt said.

“It’s been a long wait — 19 years since the last one so it’s taken a long time.

“I was 21 years old at the last grand fi­nal; I’m 40 years old now.”

Jenny said she was ex­cited to be part of Crows his­tory.

“Ev­ery­one is su­per ex­cited, even the busi­nesses... it’s great to see peo­ple on board.”

“I’m sure we’ll be cheer­ing (at the game) and will end up with a very big headache at the end of it.”

Tom Buz­za­cott, Sally Burgess and their three-year-old daugh­ter Jo were also aboard the Crow­s­ex­press.

“We’re very ex­cited — we can’t wait. We’re just re­ally look­ing for­ward to the game,” Sally said. Tom’s mes­sage for the Crows was sim­ple: “Just kick their back­side”.

“I’m a bit stressed, but also very ex­cited — I’m pretty sure they’ve got a good chance of win­ning,” he said.

“It’s been crazy since the first fi­nals. The at­mos­phere, be­ing in Ade­laide, the colours, the peo­ple… there’s just ex­cite­ment.” The group ar­rived in Mel­bourne just be­fore 7pm last night.

Pic­ture: BIANCA DE MARCHI

FAM­ILY AF­FAIR: Matt, Jenny and Ai­den Baynes on board the 'Crowver­land' as fans leave for Mel­bourne to watch the grand fi­nal.

Pic­ture: KELLY BARNES/THE AUS­TRALIAN

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