Fan the flames for your tribe
It is easy to discover why footy is more than a game with a visit to the hallowed turf of the MCG, writes Peter Spida’ Everitt
AT LEAST once each season, if you are able, it’s nice to fly the flag for your footy club at the home of the Australian Football League, the MCG.
If it is in your blood and you are a diehard, seeing a game at the G is something you simply need to do.
I suggest you arrive in Melbourne a day or two before the bounce to get some rhythm, absorb the atmosphere become brighter. Then it’s a two-hour roller-coaster ride.
From my 17 years playing AFL, there is nothing better than running out of the tunnel and looking up at the crowd, soaking up the excitement and enthusiasm. It’s what pumped me up and I would look forward to that feeling every single week. It was contagious.
As you leave the ground, the party is only starting.
If you are in the colours of the losers, many will offer you their condolences sarcastically, but in fun. They’ll remind you that there’s always next week.
And if you win, you’ll have even more new friends, many of whom have developed by this stage of proceedings into fine singers. Don’t be shy, this is your time to shine.
Top off the day with a feed on Chapel St, Lygon St or Fitzroy St.
Force yourself to get up early the next day and take a stroll along St Kilda beach, where many teams do their recovery the morning after the game, normally between eight and nine.
Expect to see players from St Kilda, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Collingwood or Essendon.
GOING OFF: There’s plenty to do before and after the game.