Dock­ers diehard’s ded­i­ca­tion pays off

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

■ pas­sion for Fre­man­tle means a Kar­ratha man will hap­pily have a way to go af­ter his pur­ple fever won him a 4600km trip to the AFL Grand Fi­nal in Mel­bourne.

For the past three years, Nathan Ryan has gone down to the shed to craft a ply­wood sign, for the stretch of high­way be­tween Kar­ratha and Dampier for public art in­stal­la­tions known as An­chovy Flats, which reads “Go Freo” in sup­port of his club durother ing fi­nals time. His wife Belinda took a snap of his hand­i­work and put it on pic­ture-shar­ing web­site In­sta­gram for a chance to win the Dock­ers’ Fly the Flag com­pe­ti­tion.

To their as­ton­ish­ment, they were picked from 25,000 en­trants in WA to go to the big­gest game of them all.

Mr Ryan has been a mem­ber of the Dock­ers for 21 years but hasn’t made it to a game all sea­son.

How­ever, he has high hopes he’ll be see­ing his side have anA crack at win­ning their first flag. As to why he built the sign, Mrs Ryan of­fered a small glimpse into his psy­che.

“He came home one day and said ‘I’m gonna be late, I’m go­ing out to build this sign’,” she said.

“So I said ‘build your sign and I’ll take a photo and hope­fully we can win a trip to the grand fi­nal’.

“I think he just drives past (An­chovy Flats) ev­ery day for work and sees all the other things and thought there’s a per­fect spot.”

Pic­ture: Belinda Ryan

Nathan, Kasey and Lucy Ryan with the Fre­man­tle Dock­ers sign at An­chovy Flats that won Nathan a trip to this year’s AFL Grand Fi­nal.

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