Last-minute dash to see West Coast on big stage

Augusta Margaret River Times - - FRONT PAGE - Steve Bolesta is off to see the Ea­gles at the MCG.

Mar­garet River-based land­sca­per Steve Bolesta de­scribes him­self as a “closet tragic” for the West Coast Ea­gles but when a mate bought him a ticket to this week­end’s grand fi­nal, a lit­tle Mar­garet River magic helped his plans fall into place.

An­other Mar­garet River iden­tity, Sul­li­van McLeod, who is cur­rently work­ing in Mel­bourne, reached out via so­cial me­dia to of­fer Mr Bolesta a place to stay, and Mr Bolesta said it would be a nice sur­prise for his English-born girl­friend, who re­turns from abroad to­mor­row — just in time to get on a flight to Mel­bourne for the big day.

“She’s not that into foot­ball but she sup­ports West Coast,” he said.

“I never miss a game, though I usu­ally en­joy watch­ing the Ea­gles play at home on the tele­vi­sion.”

The chance to land on an­other Mar­garet River lo­cal just south of Rich­mond was too good to pass up.

He said he and friends would be front and cen­tre on the big day, but it was a quick visit to Vic­to­ria be­fore re­turn­ing to work on Mon­day.

Mr Bolesta also said he was look­ing for­ward to the roar­ing crowds at the MCG, seen at least by Vic­to­ri­ans as Aus­tralia’s home of foot­ball, though he lamented few in Mar­garet River had come out to fly the flag for West Coast com­pared to the pas­sion of foot­ball trag­ics over east.

Mr Bolesta tipped the Ea­gles to win by two to three goals.

An­other Mar­garet River iden­tity — for­mer Ea­gles leg­end and Norm Smith Medal win­ner Dean Kemp — is also fly­ing out to Mel­bourne this week­end after he was asked by his old club to present the premier­ship cup if the Ea­gles win.

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