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AFL Grand Final border breacher Hayden Burbank throws lavish 50th birthday party in Melbourne

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Millionaire bar owner who illegally sneaked past WA’s hard border to watch Melbourne win the AFL Grand Final throws a lavish Great Gatsby-themed 50th birthday party with the team’s players as guests

  • Hayden Burbank celebrated his 50th birthday in Jay Gatsby-themed party 
  • The 50-year-old hosted more than 150 guests including Demons players
  • Sam Newman, Campbell Brown and Jack Watts among celebrity guests 
  • He breached border restrictions to watch Melbourne play in the AFL Grand Final 

The millionaire bar owner who illegally sneaked through border loopholes to watch the AFL Grand Final has thrown a lavish Gatsby-themed 50th birthday party.

Hayden Burbank was jailed for three months after he hopped the border into the Northern Territory before travelling to WA to watch his beloved Melbourne Demons win at Perth Stadium in Perth last September.

The trendy Melbourne bar owner hosted more than 150 people on Saturday night, including Sam Newman and some of the Demons’ premiership-winning stars.

Hayden Burbank threw a lavish Jay Gatsby-themed party for his 50th birthday on Saturday night in Melbourne

Hayden Burbank threw a lavish Jay Gatsby-themed party for his 50th birthday on Saturday night in Melbourne

More than 150 guests were in attendance at Burbank's 50th including the director of The Hitman's Bodyguard Patrick Hughes (pictured)

More than 150 guests were in attendance at Burbank’s 50th including the director of The Hitman’s Bodyguard Patrick Hughes (pictured)

The 50-year-old hosted the celebration at a ritzy Toorak establishment, with entertainment including DJs, dancers, gambling tables, and even a barside pool.

There were showgirls and synchronised swimmers who regularly performed for guests, with everyone decked out in costumes inspired by the novel. 

Former AFL stars Campbell Brown and Jack Watts were there alongside current footy players, bar owners and even his former partner in crime.

Mark Babbage, who last week was banned by ASIC from working in financial practices for 10 years, was also there as they celebrated Burbank’s landmark day.

Attendees were asked to make a donation to bushfire efforts rather than bring gifts for the Prahan publican.  

Burbank opened up about his time behind bars after he was jailed for infamously breaking Covid-19 border rules to attend the AFL Grand final in WA (pictured, left)

Burbank opened up about his time behind bars after he was jailed for infamously breaking Covid-19 border rules to attend the AFL Grand final in WA (pictured, left)

Mr Burbank falsified a rental agreement at a Darwin address while also fraudulently obtaining NT drivers’ licences to dodge WA’s strict border rules.  

However, his love of football would cost him 90 days behind bars at WA’s maximum security Hakea prison, and earn him the jailhouse nickname of ‘border breacher’.

Imprisoned alongside heroin addicts and bikies, Mr Burbank described his experience at one of Australia’s toughest jails as ‘the ultimate game of Survivor’.

‘You have to form alliances and not do anything stupid and get through each day by day,’ he told the Saturday Herald Sun. 

‘They are the longest days of your life. I’m not built for jail. Nobody is built for jail.’ 

The Chapel St bar owner shared a cell with one of the prison’s top dogs, a bikie, who would wake him up each morning and taunt: ‘Border breacher, border breacher’.   

Burbank's (pictured) love of football would cost him 90 days behind bars at WA's maximum security Hakea prison, and earn him the jailhouse nickname of'border breacher'

Burbank’s (pictured) love of football would cost him 90 days behind bars at WA’s maximum security Hakea prison, and earn him the jailhouse nickname of ‘border breacher’ 

Burbank and Mark Babbage (right) were caught by WA police after posting a series of pictures on social media showing the pair posing with Demons players and the AFL premiership cup (pictured)

Burbank and Mark Babbage (right) were caught by WA police after posting a series of pictures on social media showing the pair posing with Demons players and the AFL premiership cup (pictured)

But the cellmates soon found out they shared a similar passion for footy with Mr Burbank describing him as a ‘ripping bloke and a mad Sydney Swans supporter’. 

‘One of the first things he said was he would have done the same thing if the Swans were playing,’ he told the publication.  

The bikie, who is rumoured to be the head of the Comancheros, told Mr Burbank: ‘Border Breacher, I got your back’.

The unlikely friendship would help him survive mob bashings and strung out junkies  in one of the prison’s toughest wings, The Ghetto.    

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