How To Celebrate Grand Final Weekend

grand final weekend

grand final weekendIt takes six months to get to the pointy end of the season, but Grand Final weekend has finally arrived. Yep, that last weekend of September. And while your Grand Final weekend is going to be the ultimate celebration, there’s a host of events in the lead-up to enjoy, that build the excitement.


The Run Down Of Grand Final Weekend

It’s an action packed week leading into an awesome Grand Final weekend. Here’s a taste of what you’ve got to look forward to.

> Brownlow / Dally M Medal
> Selection of Grand Final teams
> Grand Final Parade
> Grand Final Breakfast
> After party
> Victorious Players return to their Club for a family day


Who Was The Best Player All Year? The Brownlow & Dally M Medal Decides

Now you may not be walking the red carpet, or won an invite to the Brownlow or Dally M dinners, so  gather your mates and retreat to the man cave for a nail-biting count and a few frothies. And to kick the night off introduce a little trivia.

See if you footymad mates can name the last ten winners of the Brownlow Medal and the Dally M Medal.


The Grand Final Parade

Being part of the parade on Grand Final weekend is a must. Don your team colours and head for the city. Marching bands and roving entertainers join the parading of the Grand Final teams to whip fans into a pre- game frenzy


The Main Event Of Grand Final Weekend

There’s no better way to build excitement for the game than reflecting on previous Great Grand Final moments.

Here’s 5 AFL Unforgettable moments.

  1. 1966 – St.Kilda’s 1 point victory over Collingwood for their first ever flag
  2. 1989 – Gary Ablett Snr kicking 9 goals against the Hawks in the greatest individual performance
  3. 1970 – Jezza’s mark and Mike Williamsons call – “Jesaulenko you beauty”
  4. 2001 – 2003 – The Lions go Back to Back to Back
  5. 2015 – 100,000 people chanting “Cyril Cyril Cyril” to acknowledge Rioli as BOG

Here’s 5 NRL highlights

  1.  2015 – Kyle Feldt’s miracle try and Johnathan Thurston’s field goal
  2.  2005 – Benji’s flick of the gods
  3.  2003 – The try try-saver to end all try-savers
  4. 2016 – The Sharks defend nine passes, 28 seconds and 45 metres to turn the porch light off
  5.  1999: That penalty try


Guessing Competitions For the Game

You make the game twice as fun when you have a bet on the line. Here are some competitions that will spice up the action:

> First team to score
> Player to kick first goal / first try
> Half time margin
> AFL dash winner
> Winning team and margin
> Most possessions
> Highest individual goal / try scorer
> Norm Smith  or Clive Churchill medal recipient


Tasty Tucker For the Game

What better way to enjoy the footy final than with the traditional meat pie? Then again, your mates may love one of these other recipes:
> Sticky Chicken Wings
> Mini Meat pies
> Homemade sausage rolls
> Tasty Wedges
> Chicken and Mushroom Nachos
> Pizza Popcorn
> Barbecue hot dogs with caramelised onions


How To Distract The Kids So You Can Watch In Peace And Quiet?

Now there are certain rules for Grand Final weekend. The watching of the  game cannot be interrupted. Baracking aside, no distractions. Get ahead of the game by providing fun and games in a quiet space for all the little minds that might wander. Be prepared with some games and activities to keep them amused:

> Sunnylife 10-in-1 Board Games Box
> Kids Build & Play 3D Model Giraffe
> Plug & Play Retro Video Games Controller
> Our World Kids World Map Floor Puzzle 41 x 61cm
> Ridley’s Four in a Row Classic Connect Game
> Make Your Own Bouncy Balls
> Build Your Own Wind Up T-Rex Dinosaur | Fizz Creations
> Evolution: The Beginning Family Strategy Card Game
> Poopyhead Card Game
> Harry Potter Special Edition Playing Cards 2 Pack


What a week. What an awesome Grand Final weekend. What a celebration. Come Monday you’ll be knackered. But wasn’t it fun. Now take a deep breath, relax and recharge. Bathurst’s just around the corner.