From near, far, and at the ‘G, they will gather for footy’s holy day
HE’S the Employment Minister hoping the state won’t benefit from the economic boon that could accompany a Crows’ premiership.
Kyam Maher was born just after Richmond’s 1973 flag and had no choice about who to support, courtesy of an uncle who played a handful of VFL reserves games for the Tigers.
Maher, right, road tripped from Adelaide to Melbourne for last weekend’s preliminary final with his wife and three sons, but ministerial duties mean he’ll be leapfrogging be- tween remote indigenous communities this weekend, rather than joining the pilgrimage to the MCG. He will catch the game at a pub somewhere between Port Lincoln and Ceduna – clad in one of the many Richmond outfits in his suitcase.
“I made a commitment some time ago to go on this trip and as a Tigers fan, late September is normally pretty free for me,” he said.
The game will attract a global audience with former Foreign Minister Minister Alexander Downer, right, gathering with fellow expats in London at 5am to watch the game. Downer is backing Adelaide and Rory Sloane to win the Norm Smith.
Defence Industries minister Christopher Pyne, far right, with AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan) will be watching the game at home with his family and tipping Eddie Betts for best-afield.
Pyne was at the Oval for last Friday’s preliminary final win . “When I was leaving, 200 fans must have called out positively to me! It was ridiculous,” Pyne said. “But as my wife said: ‘They would have been happy to see (evil A Nightmare on Elm Street character) Freddy Krueger if he was wearing a Crows scarf!”
Police Minister Chris Picton was fortunate his number came up in the ticket ballot and he’ll be watching at the MCG with the cheer squad.
“At three-quarter time from the (Adelaide Oval) stands last week (during the preliminary final I booked a Tiger Airlines flight over (this) morning,” Picton said, adding the trip was entirely self-funded. He’s tipping Tom Lynch for the Norm Smith Medal.