Rea­son to cheer

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

Moy­ola Gar­dens res­i­dent AFL grand­moth­ers Shirley Harmes and ValMay­nard kept the peace dur­ing the week­end with both grand­sons play­ing in pre­lim­i­nary fi­nals.

Mrs Harmes’ grand­son James Harmes plays for Mel­bourne De­mons and Mrs May­nard’s grand­son Bray­den May­nard plays for Colling­wood Mag­pies.

‘‘We just en­joy it and think how won­der­ful that it’s both our grand­sons, but we’re both say­ing ‘don’t you hurt my boy’,’’ Mrs Harmes said.

Mrs Harmes said James had come along well and she was very proud.

‘‘Now they call him the nut and I don’t know why,’’ she said.

Mrs Harmes said she did not get down to his games any more, but she al­ways en­joyed watch­ing him play from the com­fort of her home.

‘‘I ring him up ev­ery game and send him a good-luck mes­sage and he sends one back, ‘thank-you Nan I love you’ and he is just that type of boy,’’ she said.

When Mrs May­nard told her son Peter May­nard that James’ grand­mother lived nearby, Peter re­sponded with ‘‘he’s go­ing to be a good foot­baller’’.

‘‘We bait each other of course and tor­ment each other, but when her grand­son is play­ing and we’re watch­ing and I’m cheer­ing for the both of them,’’ Mrs Harmes said.

The ladies agreed they would be happy what­ever the re­sults.

‘‘I don’t know if the foot­ballers get on well, but it’s too bad if they don’t,’’ Mrs Harmes said.

Un­for­tu­nately for Mrs Harmes, James’ De­mons were de­feated by West Coast Ea­gles in their pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal in Perth.

But Mrs May­nard gets an­other chance to cheer on Bray­den as Colling­wood de­feated Rich­mond at the MCG.

Colling­wood takes on West Coast in the grand fi­nal this Satur­day.


Proud as punch: AFL grand­moth­ers Shirley Harmes and Val May­nard cheered on their grand­sons in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nals on Fri­day and Satur­day night.Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

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