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'G after party set for return

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Matt Murnane and Karl Quinn

The Swans celebrate winning the grand final.

The Swans celebrate winning the grand final. Photo: Joe Armao

THE presentation of the premiership-winning team at the MCG after the grand final is set to become a mainstay of the entertainment for the AFL's marquee event.

The league yesterday hailed its inaugural ''premiership party'' for Sydney as a success and intends to continue with the initiative.

After their stunning triumph on Saturday, Sydney players returned to the ground - on a custom-built stage - with the premiership cup 90 minutes later to share the moment with its supporters.

In the interim, musical acts The Temper Trap and Paul Kelly performed on stage.

The AFL estimates 11,000 to 12,000 people saw the concert live, but could not say for certain how many of those were fans who had already had grand final tickets, and how many were new patrons.

Only 1000 spectators were permitted on to the ground, but that number could increase.

''It is certainly our intention to make it a mainstay of grand final day and perhaps increasing over time the number of people that were actually allowed on the ground,'' AFL spokesman James Tonkin said yesterday.

''From our perspective, we thought it was a great atmosphere and it was really well received by the players.

''They were really surprised with how many people were there, so they certainly enjoyed the experience. And the fans that were there seemed to thrive on the music and the interaction with the players.

''So we were really happy with the whole exercise.''

Sydney veteran Jude Bolton said yesterday the players loved being able to go back onto the ground and celebrate with supporters.

Tonkin said feedback from the fans suggested the entertainment was well received.

''Apparently The Temper Trap's album was sitting at No. 66 and it's now been pushed up into in the top 10. And they were trending on Twitter very high globally during the performance,'' he said.

Seven's two-and-a-half-hour broadcast was watched by an average five-city audience of 2.94 million viewers, and an average of 4.05 million nationally making it the most-watched grand final since 2006.

The figure was boosted by the 609,000 viewers in Sydney, who tuned in to watch the Swans contest a grand final for the first time since 2006. In Melbourne, 1.33 million watched.

The post-game presentation was watched by a national average of 4.26 million viewers.

13 comments so far

  • Apart from a great footy match what a great result for The Temper Trap. Can't wait to see them return next month in support of Cold Play. Both bands have also been announced as performing their music in the first IMAX film to come out of Australia in ten years (The Earth Wins on Pozible).

    Commenter
    JerryG
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    October 01, 2012, 7:00AM
    • The Temper Trap are just like 1001 other modern bands, boring soundalikes. Time to pull the pin on the GF "entertainment". We're there for one purpose only, to watch a great game of footy. Dragging out the half-time break for this rubbish is a distraction we don't need. At half-time we're going for a drink or food, or queuing up for the dunnies!

      Commenter
      Phil
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 01, 2012, 9:17AM
    • @Phil You sound old.

      Commenter
      Peter Collinson
      Date and time
      October 01, 2012, 9:30AM
    • No, just not too interested in boring mainstream music.

      Commenter
      Phil
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 01, 2012, 10:15AM
    • Hey Phil! Go make yourself a cuppa, put your slippies on, chuck a blanket over your knees and fob off!

      So people who enjoy the music at half-time have to miss out because you think it should be canned? Bit unfair considering you'll be at the dunny anyway. You seem interested in mainstream music enough to comment on it. You're one of those "The music I like doesn't get played on radio". You trendy hipster, you!

      Back to your cuppa, Phil!

      Commenter
      cmac33
      Location
      Melb
      Date and time
      October 01, 2012, 10:43AM
  • Based on the success of it, next year the "Premiership Party" will attract a $30 entry fee for non-Grand Final ticket holders. The money hungry AFL won't let this one out of their grasp!!

    Commenter
    thirtyfiveblack
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    October 01, 2012, 7:56AM
    • Ah the ratings - - surely an understatement of actual viewing figures?

      National ratings still are 5 city plus the 4 regionals (Nth NSW, Sth NSW, QLD and Vic). Tassie, regional WA/SA and NT and footy friendly locations like Broken Hill and Mildura still miss out on being counted in the 'national' figure.

      Do the preliminary figures double dip on the Gold Coast?

      Commenter
      Michael C
      Location
      Melb
      Date and time
      October 01, 2012, 7:56AM
      • I'm puzzled....what is the point of presenting the premiership-winning team at the MCG after the grand final? Ummm, didn't that already occur....STRAIGHT after the grand final!!...lasting 45 minutes?

        Commenter
        Insider
        Date and time
        October 01, 2012, 9:24AM
        • @insider. As a supporter of the winning team, you can't get enough of cheering the players so they would have loved to see them again. The idea of the premiership party is for fans who did not attend the grand final to make their way to the MCG and soak up the after game atmosphere.

          Since this was the first one, not so many would have turned up, however this idea will gather momentum as the years pass and I would expect it to be part of the winning club's supporter pilgrimage.

          As thirtyfiveblack mentioned, the AFL will be tempted to perhaps start charging but this is the sort of community initiative that ought to be kept as a free event.

          Commenter
          unicorn7
          Location
          The Hyper-dimensional field
          Date and time
          October 01, 2012, 9:54AM
      • Zero TV coverage equals massive fail!
        Yes Channel 7 you have an alternate digital channel for a reason!

        Commenter
        Vic
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        October 01, 2012, 9:28AM

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