THE PREMIERSHIP CUP NOTHING MEANS MORE TO OUR GAME
This cup is our keeper of history. For decades now, it has told tales beyond our wildest imaginations.
The day was perfect, the house was filled to capacity, but the granny was hijacked, hijacked by Covid19 for the second time. For Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs diehard fans sitting at home in lockdown, they would have to be content with watching their teams from afar.
The stage was set, will it be “The Dogs” chasing their third Premiership in 96 years, or will it be “The Demons” to win their first flag in 57 years.
The opening bounce is scheduled for 5.15pm local time, which is 7.15pm AEST.
In front of 61,118 ravenous fans at Optus Stadium, it was time for perhaps the greatest 17 minutes in Melbourne history, kicking 12 unanswered goals to beat the Western Bulldogs by 74 points and win the 2021 Grand Final.
The Demons, who hadn’t won a premiership since 1964, looked in serious trouble when Marcus Bontempelli kicked his third goal of the night to put his Dogs up by 19 points midway through the third quarter.
Goal after goal in the final term the fans got the result the Demon army has been waiting for since 1964. In the space of 17 minutes, the Demons went from 19 points down to 24 points up.
In the end, the final margin was harsh on the Bulldogs, as Tom McDonald goalled after the siren and Melbourne took the flag final scores showing Demons 21.14 (140) to Bulldogs 10.6 (66).
As for the pre-game and half time entertainment spectacular, Perth didnt disappoint, choosing mostly local artists before the game and with Perth-based alternative rock group Birds of Tokyo headlining the Grand Final’s halftime show alongside the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.