Perth partying late into the night after hosting the first AFL Grand Final Melbourne Demons Bulldogs

Perth partying well into the night after hosting the first AFL Grand Final – despite few caring about either team – as the locked-down Melbourne is empty after curfew goes in an hour before the final siren

  • Perth footy fans party into the night as Victorian supporters keep watching from home
  • The Melbourne Demons defeated the Western Bulldogs for 60,000 at Optus Stadium on Saturday night
  • Tens of thousands of fans flocked to the streets of the Western Australian capital to celebrate the victory
  • Melbourne fans meanwhile had to celebrate from home as the curfew went into town from 9pm on Sunday night

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A couple was pictured hugging on the street in Melbourne outfit after Saturday night’s stunning comeback win

Perth footy fans partied late into the night after an all-Melbourne AFL Grand Final as diehard supporters in Victoria watched from their homes.

The Melbourne Demons defeated the Western Bulldogs 100-7 after the 16th minute of the third quarter in Saturday night’s final, with the 61,118 crowd flocking to the streets of the Western Australian capital to celebrate.

Meanwhile, fans in Melbourne had to watch as they were locked in their own homes as the city’s curfew struck an hour before the final siren.

The crowd, mostly made up of fans of Demons bandwagon and Melbourne transplants, partied in the precinct around Perth Stadium.

Fans dressed in red and blue celebrated the premiership’s 57-year victory over drought and hugged strangers in the Covid-free state.

Impartial Perth football fans have partied late into the night after a Melbourne Grand Final, while diehard supporters in Victoria watch from their homes

Impartial Perth football fans have partied late into the night after a Melbourne Grand Final, while diehard supporters in Victoria watch from their homes

60,000 screaming football fans descended on the streets of Perth after Saturday night's AFL Grand Final

60,000 screaming football fans descended on the streets of Perth after Saturday night’s AFL Grand Final

Demons fans celebrate the club's first flag in 57 years on the streets of Perth

Demons fans celebrate the club’s first flag in 57 years on the streets of Perth

The sold-out crowd at Perth's Optus Stadium saw Melbourne beat the Bulldogs 100-7 after the 16th minute of the third quarter

The sold-out crowd at Perth’s Optus Stadium saw Melbourne beat the Bulldogs 100-7 after the 16th minute of the third quarter

The images of Perth Stadium contrasted with those of the MCG, with the 100,000-seat cauldron completely empty on Grand Final day for the second year in a row

The images of Perth Stadium contrasted with those of the MCG, with the 100,000-seat cauldron completely empty on Grand Final day for the second year in a row

A couple was photographed hugging on the street in Melbourne gear after the stunning comeback win.

Those scenes were a world apart from the empty streets of Melbourne and the home of sports the MCG, which had 100,000 empty seats instead of 100,000 screaming fans.

Melbourne’s curfew went into effect at 9pm, more than an hour before the last siren, leaving the Victorian capital eerily quiet in contrast to the chaos it would be if people were allowed outside.

The state recorded 779 new local cases of Covid-19 and two deaths on Sunday as the latest coronavirus outbreak spirals out of control.

A couple celebrates the drought breaking in Melbourne on Saturday night in Perth

A couple celebrates drought breaking in Melbourne on Saturday night in Perth

A Melbourne fan poses in front of the Optus Stadium in Perth on Saturday night

A Melbourne fan poses in front of the Optus Stadium in Perth on Saturday night

The crowd was mostly Demons fans who catapulted Melbourne home after dropping 19 points by the end of the third quarter

The crowd was mostly Demons fans who catapulted Melbourne home after dropping 19 points by the end of the third quarter

The MCG casts a sad photo on Saturday night as the empty stadium lights up in blue and red for the Demons

The MCG casts a sad photo on Saturday night as the empty stadium lights up in blue and red for the Demons

Melbourne fans were forced to celebrate social distancing in parks and then go home before half-time, while the city is strictly closed with a 9pm curfew

Melbourne fans were forced to celebrate social distancing in parks and then go home before half-time, while the city is strictly closed with a 9pm curfew

Prime Minister Dan Andrews announced that Victoria would celebrate its first vaccination milestone on Tuesday, as the state reached its target of 80 percent for a single dose.

In Metropolitan Melbourne, residents can exercise ‘contactless’ in outdoor facilities, extending the 10km rule to 15km. The permitted low-risk sports are golf, boating and tennis.

The outdoor space has been increased to five fully vaccinated adults from two households.

The changes come too late for the climax of the AFL season, with Victoria set to hit the 70 percent target by the end of October and end lockdowns.

A man and his son watch as Melbourne win the 2021 AFL Grand Final

A man and his son watch as Melbourne win the 2021 AFL Grand Final

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