Fal­con’s fi­nal flight

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - Justin Bian­chini

THIS Sun­day’s WAFL grand fi­nal at Op­tus Sta­dium will be re­tir­ing West Perth ruck­man Chris Ke­unen’s 206th and fi­nal game.

And the 34-year-old’s fam­ily will be there cheer­ing him on – wife Anna, chil­dren Xavier (5) and Hay­ley (3), and par­ents Bar­bara and Peter, who will be fly­ing in from Vic­to­ria.

Anna’s seen all but a few games since they came over as grad­u­ate teach­ers from Mel­bourne to join the Fal­cons.

More than 200 games later and hav­ing both en­trenched them­selves in Perth and the teach­ing pro­fes­sion – Chris teaches Year 5 at Made­ley PS and Anna Year 6 at Spring­field PS in Tap­ping – how would Anna be feel­ing on Sun­day?

“Emo­tional for sure; proud too,” she said.

The clash with the un­beaten Su­bi­aco will be Chris’ third grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance for West Perth and a chance to win his sec­ond pre­mier­ship with the Fal­cons.

“I’m con­fi­dent they can win. If they bring the right at­ti­tude and right pres­sure, they can def­i­nitely take it to them,” Anna said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey West Perth foot­baller Chris Ke­unen with his wife Anna and chil­dren Xavier and Hay­ley. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486979

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