Waves staff members Sue Brand and Tania Preston prepare to decorate the club in Roosters colours.
Waves staff members Sue Brand and Tania Preston prepare to decorate the club in Roosters colours. Mike Knott

Footy fans get ready for feast

THE first and last time Stewy Grills saw his beloved Dragons win the premiership was 31 years ago — and he's doing whatever he can to cheer them over the line for the 2010 trophy.

Mr Grills, who has decked out his Walker Street front yard with a large dragon cut-out and a huge sign wishing his team luck, said he would dearly love to watch St George Illawarra take out the NRL grand final this weekend, after three failed attempts since 1986.

“I'm hoping for a really close game to keep it entertaining,” he said.

“One point will do it.”

He said his yard-decorating effort was designed to help passing motorists get into the spirit of footy finals.

“It's all for a bit of fun,” Mr Grills said.

The diehard Dragons fan will be one of just thousands glued to their TV screens this weekend, as the Dragons and Roosters take each other on just a day after the AFL grand final replay.

Former NRL player Sean Hoppe, who now calls Bundy home, said despite being a Manly supporter at heart, he would throw his support behind the Roosters.

“Neither of the two teams are mine, but the Roosters have come from the wooden spoon,” he said.

“Hopefully it's a good grand final.”

The Waves sports club is expecting more than 100 people to watch the game on the club's big screens.

Marketing manager Selina Ferrais hoped people would come out of the woodwork and get into the football spirit.

“Most people come out just for the atmosphere and a bit of fun, even though they're not following any team,” she said.

“It's normally quite busy for the day. “I'd think I'd prefer a good game rather than a clear winner because it's fun to barrack and it makes for a good day out.”

AFL supporters will also endure the second grand final of the year after a devastating draw last week.

The Collingwood and St Kilda game will take place this afternoon.

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