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Monday, April 26, 2010

ANZAC Day and the AFL

In Melbourne, the birthplace of AFL (Australian Football League) there is another tradition on ANZAC Day, this is a football match between 2 of the leagues strongest clubs, Essendon and Collingwood.

Photos won't enbiggen, quality not high as the stolen images were very small.

This annual event attracts crowds that seem to vary between 85,000 & 100,000 spectators, this could probably only happen in Melbourne which is the undisputed capital of Australia (and possibly the world) when it comes to spectator participation.
It was no accident that Essendon and Collingwood were chosen as the 2 teams to play on this special day, they have the biggest supporter base and the most dare I say "rabid" supporters, add to this that most AFL supporters follow 2 teams... their own AND whoever is playing Collinwood you are just about guaranteed a huge crowd... regardless of the weather, and Melbourne has a well deserved reputation for producing some BAD weather.

This years game attracted 90,000 spectators even though rain was forecast and the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) has no roof.

An ariel shot shows the arena and stands packed with "footy" fans.

The history of this annual match for the last 15 years was;
Essendon 7 victories.
Collingwood 7 victories.
And one match drawn.

I am sad to report that Collingwood won the 2010 encounter convincingly, so now have an 8 - 7 advantage.


Merle said...

Hi Peter ~~ Good post for Anzac Day and the Football which was a bit of A washout - too one sided.
I liked the game on Monday much better with a 6 goal win to the Blues.
I hope you are enjoying your retardment - I am, more or less.
I don't know when I will hear from the Specialist, but will be guided by him I think.
Take care, Cheers, Merle.

Walker said...

Wow thats one big stadium and alot of people.
Its good to see fan support for their teams.

Pamela said...

a year has really flown. just seems like this was a topic on AU blogs just a few months ago.