Finals fever as fans back their team from all corners of globe
AFL finals fever has swept the world with fans set to tune in to cheer the Crows from different corners of the globe.
Crows lover Amanda Wight, who moved to New York two months ago from Melbourne, has been “getting up at all sorts of hours to watch” her side claw its way into the grand final.
The 34-year-old will watch the clash with hundreds of Aussies at a massive event at gastropub 5thandmad in Manhattan’s Midtown, organised by the Big Apple’s only AFL team, the New York Magpies.
But she wishes she could see the Crows flying high at the MCG.
“I can’t believe all my family has tickets. They’re all trekking over from country South Australia, across the border to cheer them on and I’m not going to be there. But I’ll be sure to make a lot of noise and cheer them on,” she said.
Across the pond, AFL fans have pulled all-nighters to secure prime viewing positions.
Pubs across London, especially Aussie-centric Clapham, have applied for extended licenses to accom- modate grand final festivities. Adelaide native Jemma Loewenthal, 31, was just a kid when her beloved Crows won their last grand final.
She’ll watch with bated breath at a party hosted by her local football club, the South East London Giants.
“We are decking it out in both teams’ colours and the pub is putting on a full English breakfast for everyone,” said the Crows diehard, who has even converted her Port Adelaide-loving husband, Nick Orr.
“I made it a point when we met that he wasn’t allowed to have Port as his favourite team, it was a real deal-breaker. I’ve softened a bit now so he does go for both Port Adelaide and the Crows”.
Another Crows supporter who is currently living in the UK, 18-year-old Chloe Gogoll, said she had to get creative before the big game.
“I didn’t bring any Crows gear over with me so this week I’ve learnt to crochet and I’ve put together a scarf so that I have something for the big day,” the South Australian said.
TIMES SQUARE: Kathryn Smith, Caroline Sayers, Edward Smith, Michael Heibl, Amanda Wight and Matthew Wardle.
LONDON: Tom Dean and Jemma Loewentahl.