West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers remain on collision course for AFL Grand Final 2015

If you’re of the same ilk as the man who started Motive Travel, George Michalczyk, it won’t have failed to escape your attention that the two Western Australian AFL teams are doing rather well this year. That’s to put it lightly – the Fremantle Dockers, at the time of writing, sit proudly atop the table with 64 points, the West Coast Eagles just behind them on 62. Both are far ahead of their closest competitors, Hawthorn in third and the Sydney Swans in fourth (both with 56 points).

You don’t need to be an expert in this sport to realise what this could mean for the state of Western Australia, but we’re really excited about the prospect so we’re going to tell you anyway – the Dockers and the Eagles are on a collision course to duel it out in 2015’s AFL Grand Final.

With the first-placed team scheduled to play the side that finishes fourth in the qualifying finals, and second due to duke it out with the third-placed club, it’s looking increasingly likely that the two Western Australian outfits could clash at the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne this October – and we at Motive Travel cannot wait.

Derby delights

Even before you take into consideration the mouthwatering prospect of a Western Derby happening across the country under the bright lights of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, you’ll know that it’s one of the most hotly-contested match-ups in the annals of the AFL.

Few such derbies are tighter than this one, with the 40 played so far almost split precisely down the middle when it comes to victories – the Eagles lead the Dockers by a slender margin of 21 games to 19. Even without the Championship up for grabs, this is a contest that is keenly fought, bringing the entire state together in conversation, debates and pinning your colours to the mast.

So what would a Grand Final mean to the two Western Australian teams currently flying high at the top of the table? It’s fair to say that a match of this magnitude would be simply unprecedented. The streets of Perth and the rest of the region’s towns and cities would be empty of people, as they make the pilgrimage to Melbourne, gather round their home television set or pack out the pubs to watch the action unfold.

Melbourne mayhem

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you may even manage to nab yourself a ticket – these are sure to be in hot demand! Though the boys and girls at Motive Travel cannot supply you with this dream piece of paper itself, we are hoping to put together additional airfare and accommodation packages for those looking to go to Melbourne.

George has been to the last 39 AFL Grand Finals himself, and as a proud Western Australian, he’s mightily looking forward to this prospect – should the two teams meet, the atmosphere generated will be simply indescribable.

It goes without saying that interest for this game will be enormous, so much so that we’ve created a handy form* for those of you that will be interested in making the trip (i.e. everyone!) Spaces are expected to be massively limited.

The AFL Grand Final 2015 – beating the odds

To put a little perspective of the chances of the two Western Australian teams meeting in the AFL Grand Final, look at it like this: If each of the 18 teams in the league had a similar chance of success over each other over time, the odds of the Dockers and Eagles clashing in the Grand Final would happen just once every 153 years. However, taking into account form (that is, that every team are not of equal quality) the two teams will meet, on average, every 17 years – still pretty rare!

If you don’t want to wait such a long time for a Western Derby Grand Final, do the right thing and register your interest* with Motive Travel for the potential 2015 event!

*IMPORTANT NOTICE – Please be aware that due to unprecedented demand, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your requests and apologise in advance if this may be the case.

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