Reason to cheer
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