& # 39; It was like a wake & # 39 ;: photos showing how long GWS should go in Sydney, as only a handful of supporters showed up on their fan day – while the AFL grand final had the lowest TV viewing rates in 26 year
- Calm celebrations on GWS Giants fan day after AFL major final loss
- Sunrise presenters described a small audience as a vigil on Sunday
- AFL large final viewing figures dropped to their lowest audience in 26 years
Tragic photos came from GWS Giants' quiet return home from supporters on a fan day after their humiliating performance on AFL & # 39; s biggest stage.
The Giants returned to Sydney on Sunday, a day after they were surpassed 114-25 by the Richmond Tigers in their first AFL final for 100,000 fans in the MCG.
Viewers watching from home tuned in to the one-sided affair when AFL grand final TV reviews fell to their lowest audience in almost three decades.
As more than 15,000 jubilant Tigers fans performed Punt Road Oval on Sunday to celebrate the club's second premiership in three seasons, the mood was much gloomy on a Giants fan day in Sydney.
Destroyed GWS players set brave faces as they headed straight from the airport to Sydney Olympic Park to meet the small army of loyal fans to greet them.
A small army of loyal supporters greeted defeated GWS players on a fan day on Sunday
Young Abigail still loves the GWS Giants, despite their disappointing grand performance
Images of the restrained parties did not go unnoticed by Sunrise presenters on Monday morning, where Natalie Barr described the fan day as a vigil.
& # 39; How difficult is it for GWS to stand before the wake after that performance on Saturday, & # 39; said Natalie Barr.
Sports presenter Mark Beretta added: & # 39; The result is that they arrived there, but failed. & # 39;
Barr replied: & # 39; If you walk out there and hardly see anyone there, you would think they just want to go home. Very sad. Sorry for Dave Matthews and the boys. & # 39;
Fans had no trouble getting photos & signatures from GWS Giants players on the fan day
A small army of Giants fans attended the fan day to show their appreciation after a big season
Meanwhile, Punt Road Oval in Melbourne was packed with supporters from Richmond
Photos show how long the latest AFL club must go to win the hearts of fans in Sydney.
With a club membership of more than 25,200, a scarce audience is present to celebrate the most successful season of the Giants to date.
There were minimal queues with easy access to Giants players for photos and signatures.
There were similar scenes on Saturday afternoon at nearby Cathy Freeman Park, where hundreds of hopeful Giants fans gathered to watch the grand finale.
Photos show a sea of empty seats after the rest when the tigers of the Tigers had questioned the result.
There were enough seats on Saturday after the rest in Cathy Freeman Park
& # 39; If you walk out there and hardly see anyone there, you would think they just want to go home, & # 39; said Natalie Barr. GWS Giants players are shown who face their fans on Sunday
There were still smiles from Giants fans and star Phil Davis, despite the gloomy mood
The one-sided 89-point thump resulted in the lowest television audience for an AFL grand finale in 26 years, TV Blackbox reported.
An average national audience of less than three million viewers tuned in, the lowest since ratings were first recorded in 2003.
It was the lowest metropolitan since the 1993 grand finale, where the Essendon Bombers rode to victory against Carlton while 2,171 million viewers watched.
A third of the viewers on Saturday came from Melbourne with 991,000, followed by Sydney with 372,000.
A few hours later on Saturday evening, the Sydney Roosters victory against Melbourne Storm attracted the biggest television national average audience for an NRL provisional final in five years.
A national average of 1.7 million people agreed to view the book of the roosters back to back with grand final performances, an increase of 13 percent compared to last year and the best figure since 2014.
Despite the demoralizing loss, Giants fans came together to celebrate their best season to date
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