Cheer cheer the red and the white, but no luck for last-minute ticket hopefuls

Sydney Swans fans Peter Thomas, his wife Maree Thomas and their grand daughter Elena Tulloch at the Sydney Swans training session at the SCG. Sydney Swans fans Peter Thomas, his wife Maree and their granddaughter Elena at the team’s training session at the SCG. Photo: James Brickwood

When Peter and Maree Thomas came to Sydney 43 years ago the only thing missing was the AFL. And then the Swans came.

Since then it has been a true red and white romance for the diehard supporters who are holding their breath for a victory on Saturday.

But having been the designated Swans No.1 ticket-holders for the past year, the Sydney couple feel like they have already won.

“It has been the best year. To be announced as No.1 ticket-holders was a total surprise, a huge honour and a huge privilege,” Peter said.

Each year the Swans rotate their No.1 ticket-holder, but unlike most clubs that select well-known identities, the Swans choose their lucky ticket holder from the general club membership.

“They rotate every year in keeping with the club ethos, so we’ll relinquish it in 10 days,” Maree said.

The couple were out in their best red and white, along with about 2000 fans at Tuesday’s open training session.

Adoring fans lined the fence at the SCG, the youngest of whom repeated a desperate call to star Buddy Franklin to look “over here, over here”.

While fans could sit just metres back from the sideline at Tuesday’s training, come game day most will miss out on the live experience.

Fifteen thousand tickets were allocated to each grand final team and were dished out to the lucky members via ballot on Monday.

But for anyone still hoping to snag a ticket there is only bad news, as the AFL media manager confirmed on Tuesday that there will be no public sales.

“The ticket allocations for both the Sydney Swans and Hawthorn were all taken up by club members in their respective member registrations and ballots,” he said.

Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum has warned that any would-be grand final ticket scalpers will face hefty penalties, including fines of up to $442,830.

“We have one message to ticket scalpers: you will get caught,” Mr Drum said.

Under the Major Sporting Events Act 2009, individuals caught scalping tickets face fines of up to $8856 per offence, or $88,566 for multiple offences. Organisations caught scalping tickets face fines of up to $44,283 per offence, or $442,830 for multiple offences.

Mr Drum also warned consumers about advertising tickets online at a price above face value.

“Websites such as eBay and Gumtree will be monitored for ticket scalping activity in the lead up to the grand final and offenders will get caught,” he said.

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