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Old 10-03-2021, 03:48 AM   #1
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Default My club wins Australian Football League title after 57 years

On my previous Small Talk thread "And 2 Gord songs on an Aussie's 60th birthday album", I mentioned James Taylor's song "Angels Of Fenway", which described how in 2004 the Boston Red Sox broke their 86-year title drought. I said that my beloved Australian Rules Football club, the Melbourne Demons, last won the AFL title in 1964 (when I was 2 years old) and after half a century of frustration I wished that they would "do a Boston Red Sox". Finally, on 25Sep2021, my wish came true. Ironically, due to my state Victoria's untimely COVID outbreak and interstate quarantine requirements, the Grand Final was shifted from the Melbourne Cricket Ground (capacity 100,000) to Perth Stadium 2500 miles west (capacity 61,000) and I couldn't attend. Melbourne led the Western Bulldogs 29-8 at quarter time, trailed 40-59 in the middle of the third quarter, then dominated the remainder, winning 140-66. I was especially happy for my mum, who started following the club in 1965 (the year after their last premiership). As she is 90 years old and has a faulty heart and worsening Alzheimers, it was almost certainly her last chance to enjoy a premiership. We watched the game together at her house.


Fox News video highlights (4min):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mjam_u4BY0


AFL website written match report:
https://www.afl.com.au/matches/3738#match-report


Full match video (2hr10min):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quypJblc5_U

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Old 10-09-2021, 11:24 AM   #2
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That's fantastic Dave! How lovely for your Mom to finally see this happen
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Good for them, good for you and yours. Next up back to back titles!!

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Old 12-07-2021, 07:31 AM   #4
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FormerlyLavender and BillW,


Thanks for your kind thoughts. On Sunday 5Dec2021, ten weeks after the Melbourne Football Club won that Australian Football League Grand Final in Perth and broke its 57-year premiership drought, its home-town fans got to celebrate it with the players, coaches and staff. The event was at our home ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (capacity 100,000), where the Grand Final would have been held if a COVID outbreak in our south-eastern state Victoria hadn't shifted the game to the west coast of Australia. The northern half of the stadium was used for this week's event and it was attended by 35,000 MFC fans, making it the biggest event in Melbourne for 6 months. The Grand Final game was replayed on the video screens, followed by presentations to the players and senior coach and a half-lap of honour with the premiership cup. I was there and loved every minute.


Australian Football League website article:
https://www.afl.com.au/news/690713/d...party-at-the-g


TV news report (3 minutes):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpHcNjY4uVU

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Old 12-08-2021, 09:15 AM   #5
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Nice I'm glad you had a chance to celebrate with them. As you know these victories don't happen every year.

Best Of Luck going forward,

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