Bronwyn Tyrell wasn't born when Melbourne last lifted the premiership cup.
But the lifelong Demons member couldn't be happier after her beloved side stormed into its first grand final in 21 years with a massive victory against Geelong on Friday night.
While it's bittersweet she won't be able to watch Melbourne attempt to break a 57-year flag drought, with the grand final moved away from the MCG for a second straight year, she's thrilled they've made it.
"I sit through every game, I never turn the TV off or walk away. I've suffered through so many," she said.
"I made the kids (Ella and Ayden) members when they born, so they haven't really had a choice, but it's taken them this long to finally be proud to say they go for Melbourne.
"We have reserved seats, so when we go to the football we sit with the same people all the time and you become such good friends, so it's hard not to watch it with them.
"You know what each other has been through, it's that compassion you really miss.
"I sent some scarves over to some friends in Perth to wear to the game and they said everyone is cheering for Melbourne over there."
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Bronwyn's mother, Joy Jacob, watched on in the stands as Essendon downed the Demons on the last day of the season in 2000, 12 years after she saw Hawthorn dismantle them to claim the 1988 premiership.
But the heartache will be worth it if they go one better against the Western Bulldogs in this year's decider.
"My comment on Friday night was 'if this is a dream, please don't wake me' because it seemed too good to be true," Mrs Jacob said.
"We were at the grand final when St Kilda won their first (in 1966) and I can imagine us winning after all these years would be like a first again.
"I just hope they get a win for (former coach) Neale Daniher."
Mrs Tyrell plans to get as many family and friends together at her house as she's allowed for the big day, but when there's a Melbourne game on, she often becomes the star attraction.
"All of my friends like watching me watch footy. It's like dinner and a show," she laughed.
"I literally have friends lining up wanting to watch me at the footy, some even asked me why I don't live stream it."
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