Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

Thousands of die-hard Melbourne fans have relived the Demons AFL premiership glory and seen a repeat of the grand finale at their home ground, MCG.

It’s been just over two months since the club broke its 57-year-old premiere drought, but the celebrations continued in a sort of homecoming for supporters who had long been hungry for ultimate success.

Most fans had to watch September’s grand finale from their lounges as Victoria’s coronavirus lockdown forced the AFL to move the decision to Perth for the first time in the competition’s history.

The team followed the Western Bulldogs before producing a brilliant third quarter to grab the game en route to a 74-point victory.

The Melbourne fan club sat in the MCG while looking up at the stadium’s big screens to watch the replay, breaking out in loud applause every time their team kicked a goal.

Melbourne AFL fans sit in the stands at MCG waving flags and fluttering during a premiere celebration.
It was time to head home for the Demons fans as they relived their team’s long-awaited premiere at MCG.(ABC News: Tom Maddocks)

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After the replay, the team song resounded throughout the ‘G’ and the victorious team went into the ground.

The players were presented with their medals, including Norm Smith winner Christian Petracca, before greeting the fans with a round of honors.

Demons coach Simon Goodwin was present along with former star striker David Neitz and Melbourne icon Neale Daniher, who coached the team in their previous major final appearance in 2000 and were there to celebrate.

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It was a bittersweet moment for the retiring stars Nathan Jones and Neville Jetta, who did not play in the grand finale but who were able to say goodbye to the fans.

The club estimated that 35,000 of the faithful’s faithful were on the ground.

The Demons’ premiere defense starts in March 2022, when they play the Bulldogs in a magnificent final replay to kick off the season, uniquely on a Wednesday night.

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