Indignant followers slam the AFL grand remaining parade because it takes to the Yarra River for the primary time with massive crowds flocking to see Geelong and Sydney stars – however leaving VERY disillusioned
- Giant numbers of supporters gathered on banks of the Yarra River to see stars
- Response to change away from holding parade in CBD was generally brutal
- Many followers complained they could not rise up shut and private with their heroes
Finals fever has begun as footy followers descended on Melbourne‘s Yarra River for this yr’s history-making AFL grand remaining parade – however some offended followers have slammed the change away from holding the occasion on the town’s streets.
The staple characteristic of footy’s greatest week often strikes by way of Melbourne’s metropolis centre with gamers on the again of utes, however this yr the Sydney Swans and Geelong Cats floated alongside the waterway affectionately referred to as the ‘upside-down river’ on account of its muddy brown water.
The AFL scrapped the occasion in 2020 and 2021 when the grand remaining was performed interstate on account of Covid-19 lockdowns in Melbourne.
This yr’s parade featured gamers travelling down the Yarra from the Swan Road Bridge to the Princes Bridge from 10.30am, earlier than turning again to the MCG because the state loved a public vacation.
The history-making parade noticed the grand remaining stars float down the Yarra River for the primary time ever – and followers weren’t pleased with the change
Giant numbers of footy supporters turned out on the riverbanks however have been left disillusioned that they could not see the celebs up shut and private
The gamers have been offered to the gang outdoors the bottom, with the 2022 premiership cup on show.
Nevertheless, the change from the streets of the CBD to the riverbanks has gone down like a lead balloon with many followers.
One of many essential gripes from supporters was the actual fact it was onerous to see the gamers, whereas in years passed by the celebs have been up shut and private.
Sydney Swans gamers wave from a barge on the Yarra – leaving many supporters offended and prompting radio host Tony Jones to name the brand new tackle the parade a ‘catastrophe’
‘No interplay with the gamers and coaches,’ Alex Baskin tweeted.
‘The important thing part of the AFL Grand Last Parade is for the followers to rise up shut and private with the gamers. The concept of requiring binoculars to seek out your hero from a riverbank is not excellent,’ wrote Adam White.
A tweeter named Milly wrote: ‘Sooooo so so dangerous. The boats circled means earlier than anybody on this picture who waited for hours in your ‘viewing areas”.
Geelong fan Sue Garlick stated the parade organisers want a ‘good kick up the bum’.
‘It was the largest fizzle ever. There have been no cheers from anybody. There have been youngsters crying as a result of they did not get to see something,’ she informed The Age.
‘Says loads in regards to the AFL that somebody thought it will be a good suggestion,’ Ashley Little tweeted.
3AW Radio’s Tony Jones was scathing, branding the brand new parade a ‘catastrophe’ and saying: ‘I might put this in the identical class as Meat Loaf, AFLX and the Batmobile … in 10 years’ time we’ll be taking a look at footage of this and utilizing it as a punchline.’
The grand remaining has already drawn hundreds to the town with 75 per cent of Melbourne’s resorts, motels and serviced flats booked out for the weekend.
The parade attracted an enormous turnout, however one fan spoke for a lot of when she branded the Yarra experiment ‘the largest fizzer ever’
‘It is a actually extraordinary growth for us,’ Victorian Sports activities Minister Steve Dimopolous informed reporters on Friday.
‘It is actually necessary nevertheless it’s additionally essentially about who we’re as a group of Victorians.’
Mr Dimopolous stated accusations of racism on the Hawthorn Soccer Membership wouldn’t tarnish the joy of grand remaining week.
‘They’re harrowing and actually disturbing allegations,’ he stated.
‘However the AFL has strongly dedicated to an unbiased exterior investigation, which is the proper factor to do.
‘It is supplied us clear air and a few real alternative for Victorians to benefit from the biggest recreation within the nation.’