Ea­gle at home in the en­emy’s nest

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Footy Finals 2015 - Jes­sica Nico

IN the midst of Fre­man­tle’s pur­ple pan­de­mo­nium, there is one per­son who has to keep look­ing over his shoul­der.

Kew­dale res­i­dent Leigh Daw­son works in Fre­man­tle and is a rare West Coast Ea­gles fan work­ing in the heart of Fre­man­tle.

It’s an al­le­giance that rarely af­fects him.

That is, un­til fi­nals roll around and Fre­man­tle’s love for the Dock­ers turns into fer­vent ar­dour and ev­ery shop win­dow, awning, pot­ted plant and even the road it­self is coloured in pur­ple.

Mr Daw­son said there was al­ways go­ing to be a “bit of ban­ter” be­tween sup­port­ers from both teams and he did not ex­pect any­thing less with the pos­si­bil­ity of them play­ing each other in the grand fi­nal.

“It’s all in good jest and ac­tu­ally makes the game that much more spe­cial from a sup­porter’s per­spec­tive,” he said.

“I al­ways re­fer back to the Dock­ers’ premier­ship cab­i­net, or lack thereof, when I need an ul­ti­mate come­back, but maybe those words will come back to bite me.

“As long as the cup comes back to WA, that’s all that mat- ters in my book, and a derby grand fi­nal will be a match for the ages and a mas­sive coup for the state.”

He said de­spite his al­le­giance, he ac­tu­ally got a kick out of see­ing Fre­man­tle turn pur­ple

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d443358 for the fi­nals.

“I think it’s ex­cit­ing and height­ens my pas­sion for this great game, and whilst it’s great to see this com­mu­nity pas­sion, it still won’t pre­vent my sup­port for the mighty Ea­gles,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

The Lone Ea­gle... Leigh Daw­son (cen­tre) sur­rounded by Dock­ers fans Jan Travia, Chris­tine Byrne, Alex Merendino and John Gall.

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