AFL Ground Invasion a throwback to the good old days

Lloyd, who ran to the ground as a child when Hawthorn’s Jason Dunstall scored his 100th goal, now has people who remember when they ran to the ground for him.

“It’s a great tradition,” he said, adding that Franklin behaved extremely well. “It was once again amazing on a different level, just what it could potentially do for kids and AFL football in Sydney where they still face.”

As Lloyd points out, on Friday night everyone in football was galvanized – players, officials and fans – at a time when the game needed a boost.

For the past two years, we’ve had seasons affected by COVID and too many games without a crowd. Shows like the one on Friday will hopefully encourage those who are still hesitant, whether due to COVID fears, complicated ticketing, timetable or disruption to public transportation, to fill in at the bleachers again.

It showed that nothing beats attending an AFL game and creating unforgettable memories.

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Sherryn Jarrett, a member of Richmond’s cheer squad, will always cherish racing on the MCG in 1980 with her sister Deb at the age of nine when Michael Roach scored his 100th goal.

“Running around on the floor and patting players on the back and kicking after the mermaid was part of growing up,” she says.

Cheryl Critchley is a member of Richmond and president of the AFL Fans Association.

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