Handful of supporters flying high after win
The eagles which soar over the Southern Riverina were not the only ones flying high on Saturday, with local West Coast Eagles fans celebrating an AFL grand final victory.
Living in an area more than 3000km from Perth, there are only a handful of West Coast supporters in the region.
Finley locals Sasha Wood and Paul Massingham were both in full voice cheering on the West Coast Eagles, who beat Collingwood in a thrilling grand final by five points at the MCG.
Going into Saturday both Ms Wood and Mr Massingham were in enemy territory watching the game with opposition supporters, or in Ms Wood’s case a few people going for anyone but Collingwood.
The loss now means Collingwood supporters including Berrigan Shire Mayor Matt Hannan face the prospect of a return of the dreaded ‘Collywobbles’, after the Pies blew numerous chances to win the big match.
Mr Massingham said he knew with 12 seconds to go the game was won.
‘‘The highlight was probably Dom Sheed’s game Massingham said.
‘‘I was pretty nervous when Jack Darling dropped the ball because there was plenty of time for Collingwood to get the ball back up the other end and kick a goal.
‘‘I had to celebrate by myself because my mate Grant Martin left; he was a big angry.’’
The win was the first time since 2006 the West Coast Eagles have won an AFL premiership. It brings their total to four flags, with others coming in 1992 and 1994.
Ms Wood said it was an impressive victory for the undermanned team.
‘‘We didn’t have (Andrew) Gaff and (Nic) Naitanui, where in 2006 it was pretty much a full strength side,’’ she said.
‘‘I can’t tell my work colleagues until we get back to school in two weeks how good the win was,’’ the Finley Public School staff member said.
So why support a Western Australian team? Ms Wood lived in Perth until she was 18, and Mr Massingham said he simply liked the colours at the age of four. winning goal,’’ Mr