Feath­ers to fly

Albany Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

It could be a tense two hours on Satur­day in the lounge room of Kylie Tsch­ab­o­tar and Re­gan Lloyd, who are ri­val West Coast and Colling­wood fans.

One nor­mally har­mo­nious Al­bany cou­ple will be en­e­mies for one day this week­end when their favourite foot­ball teams clash in the most im­por­tant match of the sea­son.

Re­gan Lloyd, 24, and Kylie Tsch­ab­o­tar, 30, are life­long Col- ling­wood Mag­pies and West Coast Ea­gles fans re­spec­tively.

The pair, whose foot­ball team al­le­giances hark back to their ear­li­est days, were both sur­prised their teams had made it to the grand fi­nal this Satur­day.

“I thought (Colling­wood) were a chance, but how they won (last week­end) was pretty im­pres­sive, it was nice to be able to en­joy it,” Mr Lloyd said.

“I def­i­nitely didn’t think either team would make the grandie,” Ms Tsch­ab­o­tar said. “I thought it might make a nice (event) for our house­hold, but we’ll see.”

They have man­aged to avoid their spir­its boil­ing over since both teams’ pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal vic­to­ries over Richmond and Mel­bourne, but ten­sions are ex­pected to rise closer to game day, and they ex­pect the ri­valry will sim­mer un­til the fi­nal siren.

“Dur­ing the week there should be a bit of ten­sion,” Mr Lloyd said.

“I don’t know if we’ll watch it to­gether — we’ll see what hap­pens.”

Ms Tsch­ab­o­tar ap­peared more con­fi­dent on Tues­day, say­ing “there’s def­i­nitely some­thing on the cards” for the loser.

“Maybe do all the clean­ing for a lit­tle while,” Mr Lloyd said.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Cou­ple Kylie Tsch­ab­o­tar and Re­gan Lloyd will be ri­vals on Satur­day.

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