A “rival full of filth” is developing between Grand Final fighters Melbourne and Western Bulldogs, according to Sports day co-host Sam McClure.
The Dogs and Dees faced each other in the decider last month, in which the Demons broke a 57-year premiership drought in style, winning by 74 points.
In the run-up, Dogs players were filmed singing and dancing to ‘Freed from Desire’ in the rooms after their preliminary final win over Port Adelaide, with Luke Beveridge later admitting he was “disappointed” with club staffers filming and leaking what became meant to be a private party.
McClure, who was in Perth for the grand final, said there were senior figures at both clubs who were at odds with each other, and said he later also saw Melbourne players singing the same song on the Optus Stadium grass hours after. winning the premiership.
“I don’t think too much love has been lost between (these) two clubs, both the managers and the players,” he said. Sports day.
“This is a rivalry full of filth and there are a few things that come out of that. There are senior players from both sides who don’t really get along.
“The fact that Melbourne was singing the same Bulldogs song they sang in the rooms (after their preliminary final win over Port Adelaide) that leaked on social media got back at the Dogs and things didn’t go too well.
“A few hours after the game everyone had left and one of the great Grand Final moments is when the team walks back on the ground with the cup, they have a few beers and sing the song a few times.
“The only people left in the ground were the media and suddenly you hear ‘Freed from Desire’ and you realize this was the song the Bulldogs sang a few weeks ago, that returned to the dogs and I don’t think that they were happy about it.
“For me, one team lost and one team won and we’re moving on and getting over it, but I think this will be a rivalry (ahead) not necessarily like Hawthorn and Geelong with the Kennett curse, but it will be in the same being a suburb.”