‘They’re all my favourites’: Coach’s daughter steals show as Cats, Swans fans flock to parade
The AFL Grand Final Parade has returned to Melbourne for the first time in three years – and it had a rather different look.
Geelong and Sydney on Friday morning players travelled up and down the Yarra River on boats, before making their way to Yarra Park outside the MCG via cars.
“I went alright. I was just hoping the boat wouldn’t tip over and I’d jump in,” Swans coach John Longmire told Fox Footy with a laugh.
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Legendary goalkicker Lance Franklin, who’ll be attempting to win his third premiership from six Grand Final attempts, said it was “unbelievable” to be back in Melbourne for an AFL decider.
“It’s what we play football for, so to get the opportunity to play in another Grand Final at my age is something I don’t take for granted that’s for sure,” Franklin told Fox Footy.
Cats coach Chris Scott was joined in a car by his daughter Leila, who stole the show in an interview with Fox Footy.
“I’m happy for him and I’m really glad he made it this far,” Leila said of her dad’s achievement.
Asked if her dad had a favourite Cats player, she said: “Um, I’m not sure, but I’m pretty sure he loves all the players.”
“I have four (favourite players): Jeremy Cameron. Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood and … well, it’s hard to have favourites, but they’re all my favourite.”
Scott said it was a special day to be part of.
“I think it’s just good for everyone after the last few years to get back,” Scott said.
“This is what footy’s all about, so it’s a real privilege.”
Victoria had a public holiday with large crowds cheering on the Cats and Swans players as they were presented at the Footy Festival at the MCG.
“It’s been exciting,” Longmire said. “We’ve been in Sydney so been a way from it a little bit, but you get here and you’re right in amongst it. It’s massive to have the crowds back, it’s fantastic.
“There’s plenty of red and white, it’s a fantastic turnout. Huge.”
The final pre-match press conference involving the Grand Final captains and coaches was then held in front of fans.
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