Black and white affair for fans

Collingwood supporters Levi Prossliner and Barry Cairnduff.
Collingwood supporters Levi Prossliner and Barry Cairnduff. Mike Knott

LOCAL sport fans will be glued to their seats this afternoon when St Kilda and Collingwood clash in the AFL Grand Final.

But Magpies fan Barry Cairnduff and his family have more than only the big game on their minds.

Today black and white streamers will drape the walls of their home as they play host to the ultimate grand final barbecue.

“We have black and white balloons, black and white cupcakes,” Mr Cairnduff said.

“I asked a mate today how to make black and white burgers; he just said to burn them.”

Mr Cairnduff’s 11-week-old grandson, Levi Prossliner, will this afternoon watch his first grand final, along with friends and family from as far away as Victoria.

Ironically, Mr Cairnduff said most of these visitors were fans of the Geelong Cats, the team knocked out by his beloved Pies in the preliminary final last weekend.

“I was a bit of a black sheep growing up in the family,” he said. “Brought up in Geelong, but barracking for Collingwood.

“But we all appreciate just watching Aussie rules. We all love going to the footy.”

The Cairnduff clan will not be the only ones tuning into the fixture at 2.30pm.

While no grand plans are in place at the Sugarland Tavern, complex manager Rory Connor said he was expecting quite an atmosphere.

“It should be pretty busy,” he said. “We’ve got a footy team from Gladstone coming down.”

This afternoon’s decider is widely tipped by experts to be a close one, but Mr Cairnduff is sure the Pies will have it.

“I don’t think the Colli-wobbles will emerge.”

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