AFL grand final: Max Gawn proclaims ‘it’s coming home’ as Melbourne Demons break drought
“After 57 years of pain, it’s coming home!”
It’s set to become a famous sign-off to a famous premiership drought-breaker, proudly proclaimed by the man who led them there.
Max Gawn saluted Melbourne’s loyal fans who have endured so much across more than half a century in the final words uttered before at last hoisting the trophy aloft.
The thumping 74-point win came courtesy of a stunning turnaround, with the Demons rallying from a 19-point deficit midway through the third quarter to storm home.
“I must admit in that second quarter I was a tad nervous, and then we were able to get going in the second half,” Gawn said.
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“It was a tremendous game and we look forward to the battles for years to come.
“To the AFL, Gil (CEO Gillon McLachlan) - we put on a show in Perth and managed to keep the season alive, so thanks to Gil.
“For this group of special people to my left: The staff, coaches, support staff, the players and everyone we left back home, families, friends, everyone in the eastern states that support the Melbourne Demons, this is for you.”
After the obligatory team photograph with the cup, the players raced to the boundary line to show off the spoils to the fans in a lap of honour.
Some players lay down in the confetti to produce ‘snow angels’ as others hugged and embraced, with several phones out and appearing to be on Facetime calls with family and teammates back in Victoria.
The Demons celebrated for almost half an hour before Gawn took the trophy and led his teams into the rooms.
With the trophy in the middle of a massive circle of premiership players, squad members, coaches and support staff, they belted out ‘It’s a Grand Old Flag’ before embracing.
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