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Every year passionate football supporters line up to watch the Grand Final and put into play their annual rituals of enjoyment.  Some would say the last Saturday in September is more important than the Melbourne Cup.

What do you do to mark the day? My hubby calls in a few friends, buys a packet of four n twenty pies and a slab of VB and sits down to be totally uninterrupted for three and a half hours of football glory.  It’s the only time he asks for peace and quiet in front of the footy. This year it will be even more important because his long coveted team, the Hawks, are again in a position where they could take the flag. I called a few friends to ask them what their traditions are and they shared and today I hope you’ll share with us some of your favourite Grand Final traditions.






1.  Head to the local surf club for big screen TV, and a fisherman’s basket.

2.  Don the team’s colours, hang the flag and wait for the game with a beer in hand

3.  Sit down in the morning and watch reruns of old grand finals to get them in the meed for the big game.

4.  Invite their brothers around and reminisce the old days of footy, beer and youth…

5.   My sister in law professed that she would paint her nails in Hawks colours and hang out in front of the TV with a bottle of vino and a few bags of chips.

6.  My Mum would always clear her day and sit down for a whole afternoon of entertainment on the biggest TV in the house;

7.  My Dad would bring a TV with him to work in his shop so he could watch the big game while working

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. I get as far away from TV etc as I can. I go to the beach on a fine day or the movies or even just go sit somewhere I won’t see or hear anything about footy and listen to a good book.

    1 REPLY
    • Thank you – there is someone else in the world who is not possessed by this mass hysteria about some silly game. I actively ignore football. The Melbourne Cup on the other hand I actively oppose as it is based on the cynical exploitation of horses.

  2. Nothing is allowed to interrupt Grand Final Day, Beer, wine and party pies. Enjoy the whole spectacular day going for the Hawks today

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