PM backs Tigers in AFL Grand Fi­nal

The Queensland Times - - NEWS NATION -

WITH Mel­bourne’s streets packed with Crows and Tigers sup­port­ers yes­ter­day on the eve of the AFL Grand Fi­nal, Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull showed his colours in head­ing to Rich­mond.

Af­ter vis­it­ing the Tigers train­ing base, the Punt Rd Oval, the PM took a stroll to the Rowena Cor­ner Store, where Rich­mond hero Dustin Martin has been im­mor­talised in a mu­ral.

Tens of thou­sands of fans gath­ered in Mel­bourne’s CBD for the an­nual Grand Fi­nal Pa­rade, be­fore Rich­mond cap­tain Trent Cochin and Ade­laide skip­per Tay­lor Walker raised the pre­mier­ship cup.

With Rich­mond sup­port­ers des­per­ate to se­cure a seat at the club’s first grand fi­nal since 1982, there are ru­mours some scalper tick­ets are sell­ing for $4000.

Mr Turn­bull tipped the Tigers to win by five points and said fans would no­tice an in­creased se­cu­rity pres­ence at the ground.

PHOTO: JOE CASTRO/AAP

IN ON THE ACT: Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull rubs shoul­ders with store owner Con Cous­tas and young Fred yes­ter­day dur­ing a visit to the Rowena Cor­ner Store in Rich­mond.

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