One train, one chorus on the best trip of all
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.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Matt, Jenny and Aiden Baynes on board the 'Crowverland' as fans leave for Melbourne to watch the grand final.
BRAVE: Lone Tigers fan Marlene Sharp won’t be silenced.