Sydney Tollway Becomes Trollway, Brilliantly Mocking Collingwood
The big game is on Saturday afternoon. But the trash talk has well and truly started.
Collingwood play the Greater Western Sydney Giants at the MCG on Saturday afternoon. At stake is a grand final spot, against the winner of Friday night's Richmond vs Geelong clash.
It's a huge match for both clubs, but especially for Colllingwood. By any measure, the Pies are one of the most powerful, popular and historic AFL clubs. By contrast, the Giants are the league's test tube babies.
Collingwood know that they'll have countless more fans at the MCG than the AFL's youngest club. But the Giants have come up with a clever way to counter this. They're urging any neutral fans at the 'G on Saturday to wear their colours.
"That’s right, we’re not asking you to burn your old jumper, just put it up the rack for Saturday and wear orange at the 'G," the club said in a cheeky statement.
The Giants have come up with a clever "orange is the new black-and-white" slogan for this weekend's game. They've also been joined in their anti-Collingwood crusade by some notable Western Sydney personalities.
Like Wests Tigers NRL superstar Benji Marshall, who said of Collingwood, "no one really likes them".
Even the WestConnex motorway, a currently-under-construction series of mostly underground bits of road which will link some of Sydney's key freeways -- has swooped on the Magpies.
As the WestConnex people said, imagine having to light up in black-and-white indeed! This was funny. Tollway becomes trollway.
Of course, pre-match banter is one thing, football reality another. Pies fans expect to march their way into a second successive AFL Grand Final, and the TAB odds reflect that. They're around $1.32 to win their way through, while the Giants are $3.50.
But Collingwood beat Richmond in last year's prelim final when they were similar odds to the Giants, so much stranger things have happened.
And if the Magpies do lose?
Well, they'll be deeply indignant, which is a polite way of saying very bloody angry. Collingwood president Eddie Mcguire has in the past led the chorus of anti-Giants sentiment in Melbourne, based on concessions the eight-year-old Sydney-based team has enjoyed from the AFL in its fledgling years.
Giants fans counter that by saying, hey, the Gold Coast Giants have had the same concessions yet they've never gotten anywhere. Which is a fair point. Giants coach Leon Cameron deserves much praise for getting the club as far as its third prelim final, no matter what happens on Saturday.
Meanwhile, if a sneaky little part of you has ever considered being a Giants fan, this might just get you over the line. It's spine-tingling stuff.