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Calls for Grand Final crowd to give Victoria a STANDING OVATION as Melbourne loses the AFL highlight

Calls for AFL Grand Final crowd to give Victoria a STANDING OVATION as Melbourne loses its marquee match, suffers through the world’s longest lockdown, is rocked by an earthquake AND it will rain on the weekend

  • Perth Mayor Basil Zempalis called for standing ovation at AFL Grand Final 
  • The AFL personality said WA locals wanted to show support for Victorians  
  • Melbourne rocked by lockdowns, protest and an earthquake in recent months 
  • Saturday’s Melbourne v Western Bulldogs game will be played in Perth 
  • The WA capital is in for perfect balmy Spring conditions while there’s rain in VIC


The AFL Grand Final crowd should give Victorians a standing ovation as a show of support after the state has endured two of the toughest years in memory, Perth‘s mayor said. 

Basil Zempalis – a familiar face to AFL fans thanks to his role as presenter – was elected the WA capital’s leader in 2020 and petitioned for the moment on Friday morning’s Triple M breakfast show. 

‘The empathy towards Victorians this week has been really good and maybe we could create a magic, iconic moment on Saturday during the game,’ the 50-year-old said. 

WA premier Mark McGowan (pictured) speaking at the Optus Stadium ahead of the AFL Grand Final in Perth on Saturday

Melbourne has been in lockdown longer than any other city on the planet (pictured: Melburnians in August)

Melbourne has been in lockdown longer than any other city on the planet (pictured: Melburnians in August) 

The idea was floated to him by former Fremantle Docker Paul Haselby, who said West Australians would be keen to to do something as a sign of respect for Melburnians who’ll miss out on their biggest sporting event for the second year. 

‘I thought that’s not a bad idea what about a standing ovation for our friends in Victoria at a certain point in the game just to simply say thank you we’re thinking of you,’ Zempalis said. 

‘If 60,000 people at the Grand Final suddenly stood up and applauded Victorians that would be pretty special.’ 

Melburnians have been doing it tough with the Victorian capital locked down longer than any other city in the world. 

A protester stands by a flare at Tuesday's protest as thousands of tradesmen wearing hi-vis rallied against lockdown measures and their right to refuse a Covid-19 vaccine

A protester stands by a flare at Tuesday’s protest as thousands of tradesmen wearing hi-vis rallied against lockdown measures and their right to refuse a Covid-19 vaccine

On Friday the city is in its 236th day of shutdown since the Covid pandemic began in March 2020.

If the city reopens as estimated on October 26 when 70 per cent are fully vaccinated the days in lockdown will sit at 267. 

That beats London’s lockdown by 60 days, Beunos Aires’ by 22 days, and Sydney by 100 days.  

Considered by many the sporting and cultural heart of Australia, their cafes, pubs and laneways have been deserted for months and this will be the second year the Grand Final has gone to another city, with the event hosted in Brisbane last year. 

The city was struck by a magnitude 5.9 quake on Wednesday as protesters swarmed the city

The city was struck by a magnitude 5.9 quake on Wednesday as protesters swarmed the city 

Perth Mayor Basil Zempalis tweeted his idea for support towards Melburnians missing out on their Grand Final

Perth Mayor Basil Zempalis tweeted his idea for support towards Melburnians missing out on their Grand Final 

The city has also been rocked by protests which have seen unruly crowds descend onto CBD streets and clash with police in riot gear – scenes which many have called un-Australian. 

And to top it all off an earthquake – the largest in ever recorded in Melbourne –  literally shook the city to its core on Wednesday. 

The magnitude 5.8 quake in Mansfield about 100km east of the city was felt as far away as Sydney and Tasmania. 

‘What do you think, has that idea got merit?’ Zemaplis asked. 

‘I thought about when you would have the standing ovation and I had and idea. What about for 60 seconds at the 20 minute mark and 21 seconds – 2021?’

Co-host Jenna Clarke (pictured) agreed the move would be a "beautiful" moment in an otherwise tough year

Co-host Jenna Clarke (pictured) agreed the move would be a ‘beautiful’ moment in an otherwise tough year 

‘I think that’s a beautiful touch,’ co-host Jenna Clarke replied. 

A bit of morale boosting could be just the ticket for Victorians who’ll sit through a weekend of rainy weather watching the Melbourne v Western Bulldogs game at Optus Stadium being played in perfect balmy conditions. 

According to the Weather Bureau, Perth is in for a pleasant spring evening with the mercury hitting about 21C in time for the first bounce and no rain during the game. 

‘For those lucky enough to have a ticket to the grand final, it could be worth packing a jacket as conditions will cool down during the game,’ meteorologist James Ashley told The West Australian. 

But Melbourne is in for a wet and chilly Saturday with showers early on – though they should east by the afternoon – and a maximum temperature of just 13C.  

Riot police are seen outside the Victoria's Parliament House during Tuesday's protest, which came a day after violent demonstrators damaged the CFMEU head office in Melbourne's CBD

Riot police are seen outside the Victoria’s Parliament House during Tuesday’s protest, which came a day after violent demonstrators damaged the CFMEU head office in Melbourne’s CBD

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