27 September 2006
Every September marks the finals in the two football codes which are predominant in Australia - these are the AFL (Australian Football League (Aussie rules)) and the NRL (National Rugby League). Traditionally Melbourne, with 9 of the 16 teams is the home of AFL, while Sydney is the main home of NRL. Melbourne has one NRL team, and Sydney has three or four! Well as luck would have it, not one Melbourne AFL team made it into the AFL Grand Final, which will be held in Melbourne (according to tradition) between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles this weekend. In the NRL code, not one Sydney team made it into the Grand Final, which will be played between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos, on the same weekend in Sydney, as that code's tradition dictates.
Well the airlines are smiling! Because team supporters of the AFL teams are making their way to Melbourne, and the other supporters of the NRL are making their way to Sydney; I for one cancelled a trip to Sydney, because getting back was too much of a challenge, and even though some tickets were still available, their prices were becoming ridiculous, for all but the mad footy fans! (Pic shows 95000 fans packing the MCG during the match on ANZAC day earlier this year.)