MP squawks in Ea­gles’ nest

Albany Advertiser - - AFL GRAND FINAL - Toby Hussey

Al­bany MP Peter Wat­son’s blood is black and white, with the Colling­wood fan say­ing the West Coast Ea­gles hype ahead of this week­end’s AFL grand fi­nal only strength­ens his re­solve.

Mr Wat­son, orig­i­nally from Mel­bourne, said de­spite com­ing from an avid Carl­ton fam­ily, he had been brought into the Mag­pie nest at an early age.

“The man who used to de­liver the wood and ice across the road was a Colling­wood sup­porter,” he said.

“He used to come in when I was in a high chair, pinch me on the cheek and say, ‘Don’t you vote for Carl­ton like the rest of your fam­ily’.

“He bought me a Colling­wood guernsey and I’ve been a sup­porter ever since.”

Mr Wat­son, who has been alive for four of Colling­wood’s 15 VFL/ AFL pre­mier­ships, said sup­port- ing a Vic­to­rian team while be­ing a WA MP did not make his life much harder — and he en­joyed the ban­ter.

“When Colling­wood came down and played the Ea­gles in one of the pre-sea­son games, I wore all my Colling­wood gear around the ground,” he said.

“A cou­ple of times peo­ple booed and cheered but it’s good.”

Mr Wat­son said he did not ex­pect the heck­ling to stop re­gard­less of which team won the grand fi­nal.

“When Colling­wood gets beaten ev­ery­body lets me know,” he said.

“When they win, no one says any­thing. You are who you are and I’ve al­ways been a Colling­wood sup­porter.

“I laugh at peo­ple who say they used to be Colling­wood sup­port­ers. If you used to be, you never were.”

Mr Wat­son tipped the Mag­pies to win by 17 points and has agreed to pub­licly en­dorse the West Coast Ea­gles should the vis­i­tors pre­vail on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

West Coast Ea­gles fan and Al­bany Ad­ver­tiser re­porter Toby Hussey and avid Colling­wood sup­porter, Al­bany MP Peter Wat­son.

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