A sea of brown, gold and purple flooded Swanston Street on Friday as the fans came out in droves for the AFL Grand Final Parade, ready to see their favourite players and scream their battle cries.
Among the fanatics were the Letherage family, who travelled from Perth to wish the Dockers luck.
“We think they’re going to do really well and I think Hawthorn should be scared,” Helen Letherage told the Newsroom.
The Hawthorn fans were enthusiastic, screaming “Up the Hawks!” in response.
Diane and Peter were among the passionate Hawks fans decked out in guernseys, scarves, dreadlock hats and badges, screaming their support.
“We’re going to win by at least minimum 25 points,” Diane said. Peter backed her up: “We’ve got home ground advantage, last year’s Grand Final advantage.”
Last year’s parade-goers had to contend with typical drizzly Melbourne weather – par for the course at this time of the year – and weather reports suggested the same today. But beautiful sunshine lit up the faces of the fans as thousands flocked to cheer on the players.
Whether the Hawks redeem last year’s heart-breaking 10-point grand final loss to Sydney or the premiership makes its way to Western Australia’s shores, footy frenzy is guaranteed on Saturday.
Expectations are high for a great match worthy of the Dockers’ feat in reaching the decider for the first time. Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson will be under huge pressure to deliver a better performance this time around. – Report and photos by Jackson Miller
Top photo shows Diane and Peter – married to each other and the Hawks.