It’s that time of year when Aussies in the US confuse their American friends and colleagues by shouting at the TV, laptop, Iphone or anything they can get their hands on to watch their beloved team in the Australian Rules Football Finals(Playoffs). They forget about any new found allegiances to US sporting codes and teams, as their old and true sporting rivalries and emotions rise to the surface for the game that’s in their blood.
The AFL Grand Final is a playoff between the top two teams that have made it through 3 weekends of finals to decide the champion in the Aussie ‘Superbowl’ on the last Saturday in September. As Aussies commonly find themselves in all parts of the world, AFL Grand Final parties can be found going on in most countries and cities – whatever time of day it is. Attending an AFL Grand Final Party with your fellow expats, travelers and curious locals has become a September tradition. There are even dedicated webpages that collate overseas Grand Final parties to make the search easier. Two of the main sites are:
This year’s AFL Grand Final will be between the Hawthorn Hawks vs Fremantle Dockers. The game is on this Friday 27th September 11.30pm US CST – however most parties start a bit earlier to get the beer and fun flowing!!
In Texas, three of the USAFL’s clubs are hosting GF parties in their cities:
Where: The Phoenix on Westheimer(previously the Firkin & Phoenix), 1915 Westheimer Rd, Montrose.
When: Friday Sept 27th 7.30pm-3.00am
Details: $20 pre-paid ticket entry($25 on night). Ticket includes entry to venue with 6 Huge Projection Screens, 11 LCDs, a Commemorative 2013 Lonestars Pint Glass, $5 Boags & Coopers, $5 Margaritas, Aussie Menu, Sausage Rolls, Lamingtons, Handball Comp, Raffles & Door Prizes on night. Indoor & Outdoor VIP tables available for 10. Kids and Families all welcome! Dress in your team colours!!! Prizes will be given for best dressed supporter/footballer.
AUSTIN – Hosted by the Austin Crows
Where: Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Rd, Downtown.
When: Friday Sept 27th 9.00pm-3.00am
Details: $20 entry includes appetizers and game shown on the Hyatt Conference Room Projection Screen. Cash bar – Aussie and import beer and wine at discounted prices. Raffles and games throughout the night. No age restrictions.
For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
DALLAS – Hosted by the Dallas Magpies
Where: The Londoner, 2909 Thomas Ave, Uptown.
When: Friday Sept 27th 9.30pm-3.00am
Details: Come watch the AFL Grand Final with The Dallas Magpies. $5 Ketel One shot/drink specials, and look for an appearance by the Ketel One girls too! Over 21 only.
Email email@example.com for more information.
Let us know what your plans are to watch the 2013 Granny?