A local Carlton supporter says she’ll cherish this weekend as it will be the last one for a while that won’t be ruined by the poor performance of her football team. After a JLT series in which the Blues soundly beat Essendon and almost toppled Collingwood, Grace McIntyre said she’d enjoy one last weekend on freedom before the next six months become dominated by the continued frustration of watching her team play football.

While McIntyre said she didn’t have any concrete plans for the next few days, she told The Watsonia Bugle that she intended to “just be”, and cherish the calm before the storm. She said, “It’s the same every year. We have the build up of expectation and hope before Round 1, and then we fall down that rabbit warren of despair. Week after week of middling to deplorable performances, each slowly eroding any remaining speck of joy.”

McIntyre insisted that she wasn’t always this pessimistic on the eve of a new footy season, but that almost two decades of disappointment had worn her down. She said, “I keep a brave face in front of most people. And I can still remember the glory days of the 90s, and that keeps me warm in the depths of winter, but I’m pretty much beaten now. Not even the false dawn of Chris Judd resonates with me these days.”