It's pretty hard to ignore the red, white and blue fever that has swept across Melbourne this week, as the Western Bulldogs prepare for their first AFL grand final in 55 years. The Sons of the West will take on Sydney on Saturday, and you don't need to know anything about sport to jump on this bandwagon -- you don't even have to be from Victoria. So even if you don't know why everyone is screaming "BALL!" all the time, here are some reasons to get behind the Scraggers this week.
The Western Bulldogs, formerly known as Footscray, represent Melbourne's diverse, working-class western suburbs, and the club is an integral part of the community there. The club works with the Immigration Department to deliver settlement services to newly arrived migrants and refugees. The club's home ground, Whitten Oval, has played host to the annual CALDplay Football Carnival in conjunction with Footscray Adult Multicultural Education Services as part of Refugee Week, with men and women from many different cultural backgrounds competing in matches. The club also runs the Sons of the West men's health program, with 500 men graduating from the program this year.