An Aussie Male's Perspective on AFL Finals
Written by Ash Jurberg (AFL enthusiast and partner of AWA member Cece
The smell of September is in the air. Melburnians have a spring in their
step. The scarves and beanies begin to disappear (except for hipsters who
for some reason wear beanies even in summer) and the birds are chirping.
Is it the weather that causes it? The flowers that bloom? No, it's the
arrival of something far more important - AFL finals time.
We all know that AFL is a religion in Melbourne. A team is chosen upon
birth and you are part of that tribe for life. Win, lose or draw (yes, we
have draws in sport, none of this extra time for us). Monday morning talk
in any office is about footy tips, fantasy league results and the wins
and losses on the weekend. Anyone who can't participate either needs to
Google or be ex-communicated. If you can't discuss Buddy's knee or Nat
Fyfe's Brownlow chances, then you can forget about a pay rise. And all
this talk and hype culminates in a month long celebration.
If you were in doubt about how serious September finals is then look no
further than the newly installed Premier of Victoria, Dan Andrews. In his
very first day on the job he didn't look at budgets. Or proposed
initiatives. He didn't even bother with the IT orientation. His first
order of business was to proclaim a public holiday in Melbourne for the
day before the AFL Grand Final. Bear in mind he had just won an election
and didn't need more votes - he just knew that it had to be done. A three
day weekend to celebrate our great game. In the self-proclaimed sports
capital of the world, it just made sense.
So for the next four weeks be prepared for non-stop talk on finals,
Brownlow medals, Rising Stars, All Australians, Norm Smith favourites and
more. And if none of that makes sense - start Googling. Remember, you
have a three day long weekend coming up - its worth it!