Fi­nals fever takes over Karinya

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) - BY SARAH DEAN

Karinya House res­i­dents, staff and vol­un­teers jumped on the AFL Grand Fi­nal band­wagon last Thurs­day ahead of the week­end’s clash be­tween Richmond and Ade­laide.

The aged care facility was a sea of yel­low and black for Richmond sup­port­ers, as well as red, yel­low and blue for Ade­laide.

Jiggs Plun­kett’s room is usu­ally adorned with stuffed Tigers and some mem­o­ra­bilia but the Karinya res­i­dent ramped up the sup­port for his beloved Tigers last Thurs­day when he was decked out in his team’s cloth­ing from head to feet.

The 86-year-old rem­i­nisced play­ing for South Corowa in his hey­day and was re­ally hop­ing the Richmond Foot­ball Club would take out the grand fi­nal.

“They can do it, I know they can,” he told the Free Press.

“They have Dusty Martin and they all work as a team.”

His niece, Wah­gun­yah’s Mar­garet McNa- mara who vol­un­teers at Karinya, was just as keen to see the Tigers bring home a win.

Mar­garet ex­plained that her fam­ily were all mad Richmond sup­port­ers and her son and nephew were lucky enough to get tick­ets to the big game.

The Karinya res­i­dents en­joyed a day of all things foot­ball on Thurs­day and an­nounced the win­ner of the in-house foot­ball tip­ping com­pe­ti­tion – Doug Per­rin.

Doug fin­ished on 137 tips while the run­nerup with 132 points was Dick McCrum.

Mar­garet McNa­mara and Jiggs Plun­kett were ex­cited for last week­end’s AFL Grand Fi­nal.

Doug Per­rin with the per­pet­ual trophy for win­ning Karinya House’s foot­ball tip­ping com­pe­ti­tion.

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