Followers sporting the colors of Geelong and Sydney have begun to pour into the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre for the North Melbourne grand closing breakfast.
The occasion has turn into an AFL establishment the place the prime minister and opposition chief take a break from politics to make just a few sporting remarks.
Former prime minister Bob Hawke, as soon as described the occasion as “one in all this nation’s nice traditions”, whereas John Howard referred to as it a “an amazing establishment”.
Rick Phillips flew in from South Australia together with his two sons for the sport.
The die-hard Cats fan has made it a practice having flown into Victoria to look at the workforce play in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
“I used to be dwelling abroad when the Adelaide Crows got here into the competitors, and I’ve supported Geelong for a lot of, a few years and so by no means acquired caught up within the hype of a South Australian workforce,” Phillips mentioned.
“I’ve caught with Geelong from all these 44 shedding years with out it and not using a premiership.”
Phillips, who acquired the Geelong emblem tattoos on his wrist throughout a “midlife disaster”, says the workforce has been a supply of pleasure for a few years, however he desires to keep away from calling a victory too early.
“You’re a Cats supporter for all these a long time. You’re all the time nervous,” he mentioned.
“They’d some, you realize, magnificent wins. After which I’ve had some wins or losses that they only shouldn’t have misplaced.”
The primary grand closing breakfast was held on the Southern Cross resort in 1967 as a method to boost funds for the membership.
The occasion gained significance within the Nineteen Seventies after it started to be broadcast on TV throughout Victoria and was endorsed as an official pre-match perform.