Sep
22
2010

Going to the AFL Grand Final

This Saturday I’ll be attending my 4th AFL Grand Final in a row, my 8th in the last decade and 9th overall. A lot of people don’t get the chance to see one, let alone one with their own team, let alone one where their team wins, let alone THREE where their team wins! I’ve had an amazing amount of luck with ticketing ballots over the years and following a successful team!

I’ll be posting a post-match report with some photos post-game, but since Life Fish now has a wide reaching international readership I thought I’d post this now to make everyone aware that the game is happening this weekend and you can easily watch it in most countries! Australian Rules Football is going to be unlike anything you have ever seen before. Contrary to popularly held overseas belief it is nothing like Rugby!

Unfortunately, my team, the mighty Brisbane Lions didn’t even make it to September this year. So during the AFL Finals Series, my focus has turned to rooting heavily against the Collingwood Magpies, a team that I love to hate as much as I love to love my own team.

Unfortunately, this is going terribly. Collingwood have won their two finals very convincingly and head into the Grand Final as massive favourites against the St. Kilda Saints. My Dad is a lifelong Saints fan, has travelled interstate for away games the last few years and has had to suffer through 44 years since their last premiership. For his sake alone, I hope the Saints can do it! I have a lot of fear when it comes to the big game this Saturday though, if Collingwood win it will be depressing enough, but if it’s an absolute thrashing that will be even worse.

USA TV Coverage
ESPN Classic – LIVE 23:30 EDT Friday 24th of September
ESPN2 – 01:00 EDT Saturday 24th of September

UK TV Coverage
ESPN – Saturday 25 September 04:30 BST

Europe TV Coverage
Eurosport 2 – Saturday 25 September 06:30 CET

Canadian TV Coverage
TSN 2 – Friday 24 September 23:30 Eastern

New Zealand TV Coverage
Sky Television – Saturday 25 September 10:00 NZT

This Saturday I’ll be attending my 4th AFL Grand Final in a row, my 8th in the last decade and 9th overall. A lot of people don’t get the chance to see one, let alone one with their own team, let alone one where their team wins, let alone THREE where their team wins! I’ve had an amazing amount of luck with ticketing ballots over the years and following a successful team!

Unfortunately, my team, the mighty Brisbane Lions didn’t even make it to September this year. So during the AFL Finals Series, my focus has turned to rooting heavily against the Collingwood Magpies, a team that I love to hate as much as I love to love my own team.

Unfortunately, this is going terribly. Collingwood have won their two finals very convincingly and head into the Grand Final as big favourites against the St. Kilda Saints. My Dad is a lifelong Saints fan, has travelled interstate for away games the last few years and has had to suffer through 44 years since their last premiership. For his sake aloe, I hope the Saints can do it! I have a lot of fear when it comes to the big game this Saturday, if Collingwood win it will be depressing enough, but if it’s an absolute thrashing that will be even worse.

I’ll be posting a post-match report with some photos, but since Life Fish now has a wide reaching international readership I thought I’d post this now to make everyone aware that the game is happening this weekend and you can easily watch it in most countries! Australian Rules Football is going to be unlike anything you have ever seen before. Contrary to popularly held overseas belief it is nothing like Rugby!

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USA TV Coverage

ESPN Classic – LIVE 23:30 EDT Friday 24th of September
ESPN2 – 01:00 EDT Saturday 24th of September

UK TV Coverage

ESPN
Saturday 25 September
04:30 BST

Europe TV Coverage

TV
Eurosport 2
Saturday 25 September
06:30 CET

Canadian TV Coverage

TSN 2
Friday 24 September
23:30 Eastern

New Zealand TV Coverage

Sky Television
Saturday 25 September
10:00 NZT

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