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Our first AFL game at the famous 'G'!

Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The sport theme continued for the rest of the weekend as we were going to see our first AFL game at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground also referred to as the 'MCG' or just simply 'The G'. This stadium, which is the home of Aussie Rules Football has been a constant part of our time in Melbourne as its bright lights can be seen from our flat. Today thanks to some spare tickets from our friend Mary we would finally be watching the action under those lights ourselves, as Richmond Tigers take on St Kilda Saints!

The morning kicked off with views from our balcony of the Leukimia Speedo dash that was starting off by the river on Southbank. This sees a stoic group of fundraisers making a dash along the streets of Melbourne with nothing but their bathers and a few large sunflowers to protect their modesty to raise money for the Leukimia Foundation. Don't be fooled by the sun, its still nippy here!

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Before heading to the game in the afternoon we were able to meet up with one of the rugby fans who had come to Melbourne, my brothers good mate Will! We nursed hangovers and the disappointment of the previous nights loss over a few drinks and some great pizza at our local, The World bar. It was great to speak with someone who knows my family well and it was like having a bit of home with us.

Somehow we had all turned up colour coordinated! Thanks for lunch Will, great to see you :)

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It was a short walk along to river to get to the MCG and we joined the crowds heading to the game. An estimated 56,000 were expected to be coming to the game which was more than normal for this kind of match, undoubtably swelled by the touring rugby fans who were taking the opportunity to see what all the AFL fuss is about whilst in town.

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We met up with Mary who surprised Dan with an early bday present of a Richmond Beanie... And knowing that we lived with a West Coast Eagles supporter and that Dan risked being chucked out of the flat for wearing Richmond colours she also gave him a West Coast scarf too :)

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As Mary had season tickets she was able to take us down to pitch side for some pics before we took the stairs to the higher level to be able to get a view of all the action.

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As the drummers got the crowd going even the seagulls jostled to get the best seats.

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Mary told us that the members are at the MCG was one of the only stadiums where there is one way glass in the mens toilet so members can keep an eye on the game whilst they are visiting the little boys room!

As the players came on the pitch the Richmond supporters left no doubt who they thought would win.

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Come on TIGERS!!

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It was a fun match to watch and easier for us to follow once we had realised how the score board was tallied up, showing over all score and how the points had been achieved! At half time it was a chance for the girls to show what they were made of. So cute!

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Richmond pulled through for the fans with a convincing win. It is tradition for the winnings team to sing their team song if they win and the crowd bellowed out the Richmond lyrics...and you have to shout out the 'YELLOW & BLACK' part...

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Another fun night in Melbourne. Thanks Mary!

Sxx

Posted by doyledan 03:55 Archived in Australia

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