Australians are sports fanatics. Cricket, footy, racing… we really are spoilt for choice.
Out of all the huge sporting events that happen in Melbourne throughout the year, none unite (or should we say divide?) people quite like the footy.
And with the 2018 season well underway, fans have plenty to look forward to. The coming June in particular, the hallowed turf of the MCG is hosting not just one, but two blockbuster games.
Dreamtime at the ‘G
- Saturday 2nd June at the MCG
- Essendon vs Richmond
Dreamtime at the ‘G is an annual AFL match between Essendon and Richmond. Running around late May and early June every year since 2005, it’s a relatively new event in the footy fanatic’s calendar.
Indigenous Australians have played a role in Aussie Rules for almost as long as the game has existed. In fact, some historians theorise that the very first rulesets were inspired by similar Indigenous games!
Occupying the Saturday night timeslot of the AFL’s annual Indigenous Round, this special game acknowledges the contribution of Indigenous Australians not just to the game but to the country as a whole, promoting understanding and reconciliation.
And of course, it promises an exciting match!
What is the Dreamtime?
Dreamtime forms the foundation of Indigenous culture, with an oral history dating back as far as 65,000 years.
Many people believe that Dreamtime refers specifically to Aboriginal creation myths. And while that’s partially correct, in truth Dreaming is much, much more than that.
While the details vary, one thing that’s consistent across different Indigenous peoples is its importance. Dreamtime covers all aspects of Indigenous spiritual beliefs. From the aforementioned creation of the land, to their connection to the land and nature, it forms the cornerstone of Indigenous Australia.
In addition to shining a spotlight on Indigenous Australians, the AFL’s Indigenous Round also provides an opportunity to educate others about Indigenous culture.
As always, the 2018 Dreamtime at the ‘G will be between the Bombers and the Tigers.
Add line about current positions (so after Round 10 — Richmond vs St Kilda and Essendon vs Giants — both on Sat 26th May)
Queen’s Birthday match
- Monday 11th June at the MCG
- Collingwood vs Melbourne
Hosted on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday (the second Monday of June), this match sees Melbourne and Collingwood take each other on in one of the most watched matches outside of finals season.
Footy has always been played on this particular public holiday, going all the way back to the very first season of the VFL.
It was only in 2001 however that this particular matchup became a permanent fixture of the annual season, played exclusively between the Demons and Pies.
Just like Dreamtime at the ‘G, the Queen’s Birthday clash is an exclusive affair, being played between Melbourne and Collingwood.
Add line about current positions (so after Round 11 — Melbourne vs Dogs Sat 2nd June and Collingwood vs. Freo Sun 3rd June)
Need help finding MCG parking?
And of course, if you’re going to either of these games, you’ll want to find a place to leave your car.
Unfortunately, it’s slim pickings when it comes to MCG parking – worse, for both of these games, there won’t any public parking at the ‘G. Just what are you meant to do?
Fortunately, that’s where we come in!
Le Garage offers plentiful parking near the MCG for all footy fans. Our Flinders Street garage is a mere 8 minutes by foot from Melbourne’s world-class sporting precinct.
Best of all, we make city parking a piece of cake! Go to our secure online booking portal and follow the simple steps to secure your MCG parking. Come gameday, all you need to do is show up!
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