While the euphoria of the grand final weekend is wearing off and the sadness of waiting until March sinks in, Ms Tips hears that the party was rollicking along for the rich, famous and powerful at the September Club at the AFL grand final on Saturday. At the $2000-a-head event, baby-faced Liberal Senator James Paterson was seen in the NAB marquee (separate branded tents included SEN, CrocMedia, Triple M, Seven, Telstra and Carlton Draught), while Crikey‘s own Stephen Mayne was spotted in the AFL tent, chatting to Geelong coach Chris Scott, Defence Minister Marise Payne and Daily Telegraph editor Chris Dore.
Our tipster asks “any chance of real-time declarations?”. It wasn’t just a place for luminaries of the media, politics, and business worlds, with many former and current players seen rubbing their muscly shoulders with others. One tipster tells us he saw Neale and Terry Daniher, Brent Harvey, Mick Martin and Taylor Walker, along with Dermott Brereton, Billy Brownless and Jonathan Brown (who was really loving the AC/DC cover band). AFL boss Gillon McLachlan dropped in, while AFL commissioner Mike Fitzpatrick bowed out early in the evening, at 9.30pm, before the official proceedings wrapped up at 11pm.