The Geelong Cats have secured their spot in next weekend’s AFL final, beating the Brisbane Lions by 71 points at the MCG on Friday night.
More than 77,000 spectators cheered with delight after each of Geelong’s 18 goals, but their cheers were repeatedly drowned out by the thumping guitars and thumping drums of AC/DC and The Killers.
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One of the most exciting aspects of final footy is its unique atmosphere – the screams of tens of thousands of fans after watching the Sherrin fly through the sticks is exhilarating.
But fans were again robbed of that spectacle on Friday night, with the MCG speakers pumping out pub rock anthems at every opportunity.
Not only is it unnecessary, but it ruins the match day experience for the spectators – and football fans unanimously expressed their frustration after the first preliminary final.
Sports reporter Matt Turner tweeted: “When there were no crowds during Covid, everyone missed the buzz and sounds of the fans. The sound in a game is so pure. Music between goals is so artificial, let alone unnecessary.”
Peter Ryan of The Age wrote, “Do they play footy flashbacks at music festivals?”
A poll by the AFL Fans Association on Twitter found that more than 90 percent of footy fans don’t want music between goals during matches.
The Cats showed why they were the best team in the league this season in a bloodbath under the bright lights of the MCG.
After a solid battle in the first quarter, the Cats began to flex their muscles as they raced away to take the decisive 18.12 (120) to 7.7 (49) win.
The win puts them in the season decider for the 19th time this weekend, where they will face the winner of the Preliminary Final between Sydney and Collingwood tomorrow.
Patrick Dangerfield led from the front with arguably his best game of the season, finishing the game with 28 disposals and two goals. Tom Hawkins buried some yips in the first half to end the game with 4.3 in front.
Unfortunately, the evening ended in heartbreak for the extremely talented Geelong youngster Max Holmes, who appeared to have contracted his hamstring in the third quarter.
Immediately after kicking the Cats out of defense, Holmes grabbed his right leg and immediately came off the ground.
As soon as he reached the bank, he went to the turf and buried his face in the grass, looking totally distraught.
Originally published as ‘Horrendous’: Footy Fans Smoke MCG Music Between Goals