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2008 AFL Grand Final Parties

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The AFL Grand Final is fast approaching, with the event celebrated by footy clubs, expat Australians and other assorted sports fans across the globe. This year's GF will kick off on Saturday September 27th at the MCG in Melbourne, with TV coverage starting around 12pm AEST.

For many international footy clubs, the Grand Final party is the year's major fundraiser, for others it's been the key meeting where footy fans in a far-off city have realised they weren't alone and started a new team.

At WFN we also get a steady flow of requests from people who want to know where to see the game overseas. We've put on a very short list of ones we've heard about so far, if you aren't on the list yet, leave a comment on this story and we'll add you in!

Also, a reader in Germany sent us a message saying: "We have found one option that will work. We are likely to subscribe to EuroSport2 via the internet (around €5 per month, and hopefully cancel later). We are lucky that we can plug a laptop into the TV and watch it semi-normally from home at stupid AM German time."

Click on Eurosport 2

Some other coverage details are also given on the AFL website in Global game: watching the GF overseas


Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Friday, September 26 at 10:00pm
Bench Warmers Sports Grill
2775 Clairmont Rd. Atlanta, GA 30329
PH. 404.321.0303
$20.00 per person gets you your drinks. Excellent food available.
Tickets limited, visit the Atlanta Kookaburras' site to book.

Boston, USA
Saturday, September 27, 1.30pm (replay)
Tommy Doyles - Harvard Square
96 Winthrop St, Cambridge
Entry Fee: $20, free meat pie and beer to first 75 people.
Raffle - Aussie food and wine hamper, meat tray, other great goodies. Meat pies and Aussie beer, lucky door prize giveaways

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Friday, September 26 at 7:00pm
Bottlescrew Bill's Old English Pub
140 - 10 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB

Cayman Islands
Friday, September 26 at 10.30pm
The Dog House
Grand Harbour, Prospect, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Contact: +1 345 947 3456

Chicago, Illinois, USA
Checkout www.chicagofooty.com for presale details...
$20 entry, to be held at the Globe pub.
Limited to 200 people with a trip for 2 to Australia to be drawn at half time and cash prizes as well.

Dallas, Texas
Friday, September 26, Doors open 9:00pm - Game time is 11:15pm (finishes about 2am)
Tucker Restaurant (Victoria Hall)
Ross Ave and I75 near Downtown. We have a huge private catered hall for this event.
Entry $20 per head
Why: This is the only location in Dallas showing it on 2 big screens! Food and drinks available for purchase.
Enquiries: EMAIL: dpr@dallasfooty.com

Denver, Colorado, USA
Friday, September 26 from 8.00pm
Casey's Bistro & Pub (Stapleton)
7301 E 29th Ave, Denver
Meet the Denver Bulldogs team, raffle, drinks, food 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Live Footy Action - 10:00pm ~ 2:00am
Entry $15 includes two free drinks of beer and/or wine (beer courtesy of Sam Adams, wine provided by Casey's Bistro & Pub)
One Aussie Meat Pie or waffle
LIVE AFL Grand Final on all TVs (with the sound up!)
For more info contact James Waddell 720-530-5894

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Friday September 26th 2008, doors open at 9pm
McGuire's Hill 16 (spelled Maguires Hill on the building)
$20 a person includes entry, a drink, and your choice of raffle tickets or Tshirt.

Kansas City, Missouri, USA
810 Zone - Plaza
4686 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64112

Las Vegas, Nevada
Friday, September 26 from 8.30pm
McMullins Pub
450 W. Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Friday, September 26th, Game starts approx 11:00pm
Brit's Pub, in the Long Room
1110 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Ph: (612) 332 3908
Admission FREE
Visit the Minnesota Freeze footy club at: mnfooty.com.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Friday, September 26 at 10:00pm
Sports Forum Bar
AMC Building, Level 4
Corner Atwater St and St Catherine St downtown Montreal.
Nearest Metro is Atwater.

New York, USA
Friday, September 26 at 9.00pm
Pressure, Union Square
110 University Place between E 12th & E 13th Street, Manhattan
Entry $30, tickets available from the NY Magpies.

Philadelphia, USA
Friday, September 26 at 9:00pm
Fieldhouse Philly
1150 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA
Entry $15 at the door gets you all you can eat dinner and game.

Phoenix, USA
Friday, September 26 at 8.30pm
Churchill Pub & Grill
2050 N. Alma School Road, Ste. 8
Chandler, AZ
Visit ArizonaHawks.com to register.

Portland, Oregon, USA
Friday, September 26 from 8:00 pm onwards
517 NW 21st Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 248-6317

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Friday, September 26 from 10:00 pm onwards
Woody's @ City Market
205 Wolfe St., Raleigh
Hosted by the NC Tigers.

San Diego, USA
Friday September 26th from 7pm onwards, game starts around 9.20pm
Bare Back Bar and Grill
624 E St (between 6th Ave & 7th Ave), Downtown, CA92101
Bare Back has drink specials all night ($3 draught beers) and food specials, and will be giving back 10% of all money spent during the game to the club.
Contact admin@sandiegolions.com

Seattle, USA
Friday, September 26, coverage from 8.30pm, game starts 9:30
Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub
7305 Aurora Ave Nth, Seattle WA

Toronto, Canada (Downtown Dingos)
13th Annual Grand Final Party, hosted by the Toronto Downtown Dingos AFC
Friday September 26, doors open 9pm, game starts 11pm
Sports Centre Cafe
49 St Clair Ave West, Toronto
Cover Charge: $10
There is a trip for 2 to Australia to be won in our Grand Final Raffle Draw at half time.

Toronto, Canada (Central Blues)
Friday September 26th, doors open 9:30pm
Ferret & Firkin
720 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
Just a few steps south of the Spadina TTC subway station (Bloor & Spadina)
Cover Charge: $10
Plenty of raffles, footy tipping, and many great door prizes.

Vancouver, Canada
Friday September 26, 7pm
Mahony's Bar, University of BC, Vancouver
Entry - $10, Entry plus a beer and burger - $15 (plus processing fee)
Buy online at the Vancouver Cougars website.

Delta B.C. Canada, hosted by North Delta Junior AFL
Delta Lion Pub back room.
Family friendly $10.00 include 1st beverage, unlimited pop for the kids.
Door prizes, pools and Silent auction. All details at ndfooty.org


Berlin, Germany
Saturday, September 27
Starting around 5am, but either do an all-nighter or get there earlier as it will be packed!
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 39 - 41, 10178 Berlin
Subway station Rosa-Luxemburg-Str.

Cologne (Köln), Germany
Saturday, September 27, Replayed at 12 noon.
Friesenstr. 45, Köln

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Saturday, September 27, live from 4.30am.
The Globe
"Its in that wee street next to the Bank Hotel, between the Royal Mile and the Cowgate."

Florence, Italy
Saturday, September 27, doors open 5.30am, game from about 6.15
Red Garter
Via die Benci 33 - 35R (Near Piazza Santa Croce) Entry 5 Euro

Frankfurt, Germany
Saturday, September 27, doors open 5am
Yours Australian Bar
Rahmhofstr. 2-4 (near Hauptwache), Frankfurt
Big Breakfast Buffet

Helsinki, Finland
Saturday, September 27, Doors open at 7am, game starts at 7:30
Molly Malone's Irish Bar
Kaisaniemenkatu 1 C
00100 Helsinki

Krakow, Poland
Saturday 27th September, doors open at 6:00am, game at 6.30
Sport Bar
Address: ul. Rakowicka 17 (behind main train station)

London, UK (Camden)
Saturday, September 27, Doors Open at 4:30am
48 - 50 Camden High Street, Camden, NW1 OLT
Entry £10

London, UK (Clapham)
Looking for somewhere to watch the AFL Grand Final? Fancy being in with the chance of winning a VIP Box for you and 5 mates? Then head along to the AFL Grand Final party at the Clapham Grand!
With reportedly the biggest screen in London and at just half the price of other comparable venues, the Clapham Grand is a great place to find out who will be crowned 2008 Premiers!
For the chance to win just e-mail info@activeantipodean.com with ‘Win VIP box' in the title - that's it!

London, UK (Fulham)
Saturday, September 27, Doors Open at 4:00am
Durell Arms
704 Fulham Rd, Fulham SW6
Tickets £10 available from the pub or the Putney Magpies

Munich, Germany
Saturday, September 27, Doors open 6am
Ned Kelly's Australian Bar
Frauenplatz 11
80331 Munich
1 Minute from Marienplatz

Munich, Germany
Saturday, September 27, Doors open 5am
The Arc
Schraudolphstr. 24
80799 Munich

Paris, France
Saturday, September 27 from 6.30am
Café OZ - The Australian Bar
18 Rue Saint Denis 75001 PARIS
Tél :

Prague, Czech Republic (Stare Mesto)
Saturday, September 27 from 5.30am
Fat Boy’s Bar
Mala Stupartska 5, Stare Mesto, Praha 1 (near Old Town Square, close to Dlouha Trida tram stop)
Bacon and eggs BBQ Breakfast and coffee available
Visit Fatboys' site for more info.

Prague, Czech Republic (Nove Mesto)
Saturday, September 27 from 6.00am
The Three Lions
Krakovska 19, Nove Mesto, Praha 1 (near Muzeum metro and Vaclavske Namesti tram stop)
Bacon Roll and 2 beers plus entry 200CZK, see www.thelionsbar.cz/contacts for more.
Czech Australian Football League: www.cafl.cz.

Riga, Latvia
Saturday, September 27 from 7:15am
Franks Hostel
Novembra Krastmala 29
Old Riga, Latvia
Tel: +371 2599 0612

Rome, Italy
Scholars Lounge Irish Pub and Club
Via del Plebiscito, 99
00145 Roma (RM), Italy
(near Piazza Venezia)
Tel: +39 06 6920 2208

Stockholm, Sweden
Saturday, September 27, doors open 6am with game at 6.15
The Hard Rock Cafe
Cnr of Odengatan & Sveavägen, T-bana Odenplan (back of train from T-Centralen) or Rådmansgatan (front of train from T-Centralen).
Nearest Pendeltåg is probably T-Centralen, then catch the green line heading north & west a few stops.
Entry is 180kr, which includes a Buffet Breakfast and your first drink of the day.
There is no general entry, but we think you'll be more than pleased with the buffet breakfast offered.
RSVP to this email address to guarantee your entry: aussierules.se@gmail.com

Stuttgart, Germany
Saturday, September 27, 18:00 (German time)
Biddy Early's Irish pub
Marienstrasse 28, Stuttgart
Hosted by the Stuttgart Emus.

Tel Aviv, Israel
Saturday, September 27th from 7am
275 Dizengoff St.

The Hague, The Netherlands
Saturday, September 27 from 5.30am
O'Casey's Irish Pub
Noordeinde 140
2514 GP Den Haag
Tel: 070 3630698

Utrecht, Netherlands
Saturday, September 27th, 6:00am (5:45am to build the tension)
Mick O'Connells,
Jansdam 3, Utrecht.

Vienna, Austria
Saturday, September 27 at 6.15am
Roo Bar
Hegelgasse 8, First District, behind the Radisson Hotel
Nearest subway station - Karlsplatz (U1, U2, U4), Stubentor (U3), Stadtpark (U4).

Zurich, Switzerland
Saturday, September 27 from 5.30am
Oliver Twist
Rindermarkt 6, Zurich


Bali, Indonesia
Saturday, September 27 from 9am-4pm
Bali Senia Hotel
Jl. Danau Poso 23, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali
Ex-West Coast player Peter Matera special guest. Peter will be returning to Perth next week as he has taken a position as the Eagles skills coach.

Bangkok, Thailand
Saturday, September 27 from 9am-4pm
Witch's Tavern
Soi Thong Lo (Sukhumvit 55)
Entry 1,600THB, includes champagne breakfast, pies, & free flowing beer / wine
Contact Andy Teague for more details +668 1911 2670; andy@intrepidthailand.com

Beijing, China
Saturday, September 27 from 11.30am
All-Star Sports Bar and Grill
Solana #5-1, 6 Chaoyang Park Road, Beijing
Entry Y200 BARFC and AustCham members, Y250 non-members, Y70 kids, includes Australian beer, wine and soft drinks and an extensive buffet lunch from 11.30 to 3.30.
More details at the Beijing Bombers website

Hong Kong, China (SAR)
Saturday 27th September, 11:00am – 4:30pm
Holiday Inn Ballroom
50 Nathan Road, TST, Kowloon (TST MTR, Exit C1)
$290 (Association & Dragons members paid in advance), $390 (non-members), $100 (children 6-12) (5 and under free), $400 (non-members at the door)
Lunch including beef and vegetarian lasagne, curries, salad, pies, sausage rolls and hotdogs. The game live on big screens, huge professional memorabilia auction, door prizes, raffle, cheap beer, wine and soft drinks.
Contact Carole Laird at the Australian Association Office: T: 2530 4461. Email: office@ozhongkong.com.

Jakarta, Indonesia
Saturday, September 27, 8am-5pm
Biggest Event on the Expat Calendar in Indonesia.
MC will be Nick McArdle from Fox Sports + AFL Players will be there, and local entertainment, including popular local band Josh & the Animals.
Contact: Michele +6281546194721 or micheleb@austarnet.com.au
See www.bintangs.com for further details.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Saturday, September 27
Malaysian Warriors AFL Grand Final Function
Ballroom, Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Special guest St.Kilda Legend Kevin "Cowboy" Neale
Visit warriorsmalaysia.com or contact MANZA.

Hanoi, Vietnam
Saturday, September 27 from 9am-4pm
Jaspas Bar & Restaurant
Level 4 Hanoi Towers, 49 Hai Ba Trung Street
Entry US$30, includes breakfast, lunch and drinks
Vietnam Swans website

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam
Saturday, September 27 from 9am-4pm
No. 5 Bar & Restaurant
43 Mac Dinh Chi Street, District 3
Entry 500,000VND, includes breakfast, lunch and drinks
Vietnam Swans website

Shanghai, China
Saturday, September 27
Big Bamboo
Nanyang Lu, JingAn District
Costs 300rmb, food and beer (Crown Lager) provided.

Saturday, September 27 from 11:00am - 4:00pm
Orchard Hotel, Grand Ballroom, Singapore
Entry SG$110 members, SG$140 guests
Visit SingaporeWombats.com for more details.

Tokyo, Japan
Saturday 27th September, 10:00-12:30 Champagne Breakfast, open to public at 12:20
Paddy Foleys Irish Pub, Roppongi
Champagne on arrival, beers , discounted drinks throughout the day including a footy trivia quiz & betting (for those inclined). Premier seats to watch the 2008 AFL Grand Final Live.
Price: Members: 3000 Yen – pay on door / Non Members: 3500 Yen – pay on door
RSVP via Tokyo Goannas website.


Auckland, New Zealand
Hosted by the University Blues FC
Saturday September 27 from 3pm
The Paddington Hotel
117 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell
$10 buys you a discount card which gets cheap drinks (either a "bucket" of 4 beers for $20 or 3 champagne piccolos for $20), food and nibbles all day.

Christchurch, New Zealand
The Craic
84b Riccarton Rd, Riccarton.
All CAFL players & supporters will recieve discount drinks & finger food.
Details on the Canterbury AFL website.

Samoa (note the game is on a Friday Samoan time)
1. Hennies sports bar
2. Zodiac bar/cafe/beer garden