Nervous times given such celebrations traditionally revolve around alcohol and letting your hair down away from home.
NICE to see Victoria Police warning Mad Monday revellers that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in our city.
We are moving into the season for Mad Monday celebrations and End Of Year football trips - nervous times given such celebrations traditionally revolve around alcohol and letting your hair down away from home.
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with people gathering and celebrating a year of hard work on the football or netball track with a bit of harmless fun.
Sadly, history suggests trouble and such events are never far apart.
It would be terrible to see people involved in Mad Monday or footy trip celebrations getting hurt or innocent victims happening along into their path injured.
Our city welcomes visitors but expects them to behave properly.
There is no place here for loud and obnoxious behaviour or fights between rival footy clubs.
Leading Senior Constable Todd Deary warned trouble fed off 'group mentality fuelled by alcohol and immaturity'.
Let's hope all those footballers and netballers stepping out in the city in the weeks ahead have heard the police warnings loud and clear.