Perth parties hard into the night after hosting its first AFL Grand Final – despite few caring about either team – while locked-down Melbourne is empty after curfew goes into effect an hour before the final siren
- Perth footy fans party into the night while Victorians supporters were stuck watching from home
- The Melbourne Demons beat the Western Bulldogs in front of 60,000 at Optus Stadium on Saturday night
- Tens of thousands of fans spilled onto the streets of the West Australian capital to celebrate the win
- Melbourne fans meanwhile had to celebrate from home as curfew hit the city from 9pm on Sunday night
A couple were pictured embracing on the street wearing Melbourne gear after the stunning comeback win on Saturday night
Perth footy fans have partied late into the night after an all-Melbourne AFL Grand Final while diehard supporters in Victoria watched from their homes.
The Melbourne Demons outscored the Western Bulldogs 100-7 after the 16th minute of the third quarter in Saturday night’s final, with the 61,118-strong crowd spilling out onto the Western Australian capital’s streets to celebrate.
Meanwhile in Melbourne, fans were forced to watch locked inside their own homes as the city’s curfew slammed into place an hour before the final siren.
The crowd, which was largely Demons bandwagon fans and Melbourne transplants, partied in the precinct around Perth Stadium.
Fans dressed in red and blue celebrated the 57-year premiership drought breaking victory, hugging strangers in the Covid-free state.
Impartial Perth footy fans have partied into the night after an all-Melbourne Grand Final while diehard supporters in Victoria watch from their homes
60,000 screaming footy fans descended onto Perth’s streets after the AFL Grand Final on Saturday night
Demons fans celebrate the club’s first flag in 57 years on the streets of Perth
The-sell out crowd at Perth’s Optus Stadium watched Melbourne outscore the Bulldogs 100-7 after the 16th minute of the third quarter
The images from Perth Stadium contrasted those of the MCG, with the 100,000-seat cauldron completely empty on Grand Final day for the second year in a row
One couple were photographed embracing on the street wearing Melbourne gear after the stunning comeback win.
Those scenes were a world apart from Melbourne’s empty streets and its home of sport the MCG, which had 100,000 vacant seats rather than 100,000 screaming fans.
Melbourne’s curfew slammed into effect at 9pm, more than an hour before the final siren, leaving the Victorian capital eerily quiet as opposed to the mayhem it would be seeing if people were allowed outside.
The state recorded 779 new local Covid-19 cases and two deaths on Sunday as the latest coronavirus outbreak continues to spiral out of control.
A couple celebrate Melbourne’s premiership drought-breaking on Saturday night in Perth
A Melbourne fan poses in front of Perth’s Optus Stadium on Saturday night
The crowd was mostly Demons fans which catapulted Melbourne home after being down 19 points near the end of the third quarter
The MCG casts a sad picture on Saturday night as the empty stadium lights up in blue and red for the Demons
Melbourne fans were forced to celebrate socially distanced at parks and then go home before half time while the city remains in a strict lockdown with a 9pm curfew
Premier Dan Andrews announced Victoria would celebrate its first vaccination milestone on Tuesday, when the state hit its 80 per cent single-dose target.
In Metropolitan Melbourne residents will be able to enjoy ‘contactless’ sports in outdoor facilities with the 10km rule to be extended to 15km. The low-risk sports permitted include golf, boating and tennis.
The gathering size outdoors has been increased to five fully vaccinated adults from two households.
The changes come too late for the climax of the AFL season, with Victoria set to hit the 70 per cent target and end lockdowns in late October.
A man and his son watch on as Melbourne win the 2021 AFL Grand Final