A grand final we won't forget, but may want to

A grand final we won't forget, but may want to

For most of us who grew up in Victoria an AFL grand final was always something to look forward to.

Pies, snags and when we were old enough, beers, in the backyard with the door open and the television blaring.

Just because you didn't know who was playing until the day before and hadn't watched a game all year, it didn't matter. On game day you were a die-hard fan.

This year, nothing quite says 'subdued event for social-distancing purposes' like the AFL grand final breakfast.

Usually a high-powered function filled with sports stars, executives and politicians, this year's highlight appeared to be a pre-recorded video message from Australia's, apparently well-to-do, Prime Minister.

"I am so proud of what your code, the AFL, has achieved," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said to his screen. "Today is happening because an entire code stepped up."

It will be the first time the grand final has been played outside Victoria, as Melbourne maintain's one of the world's longest lockdowns. The United States, which has taken a much more relaxed approach to social-distancing, continued to see numbers soar this week.

While NSW announced its easing of restrictions after no new cases of coronavirus case were detected on Saturday, our southern state suffered.

Another jump in numbers on Saturday saw Premier Daniel Andrews dig the knife in further for Melbourne's miserable footy fans, telling reporters the public should lower its expectations.

"I just want to caution people from banking that tomorrow I'll be making a whole series of detailed announcements about opening up," Mr Andrews said.

In a year of online grand final breakfasts, it's hard to imagine how much lower they could get.

Stay safe.

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