Ten of thousands fans gather for Australia Football League grand final parade   2011-09-30 16:43:48 FeedbackPrintRSS

CANBERRA, Sept. 30 (xinhua) -- More than 100,000 football fans on Friday crowded streets of Melbourne's central business district (CBD) for the 2011 AFL Grand Final eve parade.

Despite the rainy weather forecast, Collingwood supporters dressed in black-and-white, with Geelong's supporters dressed in navy blue and white, packed Swanston and Collins streets into Federation Square of Melbourne.

A procession of players and coaches slowly made its way through the city's main street, in front of screaming fans who sang club songs and cheered for their favorite footballers.

Club captains Nick Maxwell and Cameron Ling shook hands and held up the premiership cup to the receptive crowd.

Geelong coach Chris Scott told reporters in Melbourne that it was a thrill to be part of such a big parade.

"It's one of the biggest days of the year, so to be a part of it is very humbling," he said.

Outgoing Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse said he was not letting emotion get the better of him as he will be very focus on the massive game on Saturday.

Malthouse added that he was 100 percent certain that the two key players who had been under an injury cloud, Darren Jolly and Ben Reid, were right to play on Saturday.

Collingwood and Geelong will play against each other at AFL Grand Final in Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.

The AFL Grand Final is an annual Australian rules football match to determine the AFL premiership champions for that year.

The Sweeney Sports Report published in 2006 claimed the AFL Grand Final is Australia's most important sporting event, with the largest attendance, metropolitan television audience and overall interest of any annual Australian sporting event.

Editor: Xiong Tong
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