ONE Albury teenager found the perfect way to celebrate his 18th birthday at the weekend.
Elijah Brooks was treated to his own private celebration at Soden’s Hotel after his father, Matt, won the hotel’s competition to stage a football party with six mates.
Comfortable couches, endless jugs of beer, food, and a big screen to watch Hawthorn take on Fremantle in Saturday’s AFL grand final were all part of the deal.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday,” Mr Brooks said.
“Now the Hawks just have to win.”
Further around the corner in the sports bar, Hawthorn supporter Lea Dyer, of Wodonga, was surrounded by friends and family who barrack for different teams but on Saturday they were all hoping the Hawks would take home a premiership.
“We came here last year and decided to do it again. There’s a great atmosphere here ,” she said.
Over at Albury’s Commercial Club, Lyndell Picone was wearing her lucky Hawthorn scarf and had put a $20 bet on her team to win.
“I will be disappointed and everyone will hear about it if the Hawks don’t win,” she said.
Ms Picone explained she had organised a girls’ get-together.
“It’s all a bit of fun to get out of the house and watch the mighty Hawks,” she said.
Her friend, Johanna Mroz, agreed except she was supporting the opposition.
“I like the Freo colours better and I am a Melbourne Storm supporter and they are purple,” she said.
“I think you also have to support the underdog when your team is not in the final.
“Freo can and will succeed.”