WHETHER it’s going to a mate’s place for a barbecue, sitting with the family nibbling on party pies or going to the local pub, everyone seems to have their own grand final traditions.
However, Royal Oak Hotel owner John Turner said he has seen change in the past few years over grand final day.
His pub used to be packed with AFL fans and people getting in the grand final spirit every year.
“We used to put on a big grand final day, but the past few days it’s been quieter,” he said.
This year John celebrated with a couple of regulars.
“I just sit back and enjoy the game with whoever comes in,” he said.
“It would be a lot better if the Western Bulldogs were in the grand final.”
For newly-renovated pub The Western Hotel, bar staff dressed up in footy colours and the hotel was filled with people watching the game.
Owner Dan Cronin said they were planning on making a special day for most major events.
Rohan Brown celebrated his bucks party watching the game at The Western. His big day will be on October 12.
“It’s a good to day to celebrate with all your mates,” he said.
Bartender Adrian Beer, a Fremantle supporter, juggled keeping one eye on the screen while he was working.
“There aren’t too many Hawthorn players about here, so it’s not too bad,” he said.