Dockers diehard’s dedication pays off
■ 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.”
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.