GRAND finals are always passionate affairs, and 2021 will be no different.
As families make preparations, gearing up to watch the AFL's biggest show, tensions inevitably soar as emotions are riding high.
The Farr household will be one such locale, as it's split right down the middle between the two sides.
Dad Stuart and daughter Pixie, 9, are passionate Dees fans, while mum Casey and son Oakley, 12, are diehard Bulldogs supporters.
"We never would have expected it to be these two (teams)," Casey said.
And why would they?
The Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs haven't met in a grand final since the Dogs maiden win in 1954, which was the first of a record seven consecutive grand final appearances for the Demons between 1954 and 1960.
Before the Dogs' miraculous 2016 premiership, neither team had won a premiership at all in fifty-two years since the Demons 1964 flag.
However, all members of the Farr household are riding high on their teams' successes this year, and the living room is suitably decked out in team colours.
Flags, posters and an assortment of other decorations ensure that the footy fever affliction gripping the family can't be missed.
"We haven't set any rules in place yet, but some of us might be watching it out in the shed," Casey said.
Pixie, the youngest of the Farr clan, followed in her father's footsteps in supporting the Dees.
Her favourite players include ball-magnet Christian Petracca and superstar Max Gawn, whose goal after the siren in round 23 gifted the Demons the minor premiership for the first time in 54 years.
On the other side, Oakley's favourite player is the Dogs' tough midfielder Tom Libertore.
"We hope he doesn't turn out as wild as that!" Casey joked.
Supporting the Dogs may have been a random choice, according to Oakley, but he's enjoyed seeing them on the big stage.
In 2016, Stuart took him to see the Dogs' drought-breaking flag in 2016.
"Maybe it's my turn this year," Stuart said.
Everyone's excited for the weekend to watch the big game, and although it'll be a bit different as the COVID-19 pandemic rattles on, there's one day of the year that brings together every footy fan in the country - grand final day.
May the best team win.
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