Fans rush stores for Ea­gles gear

South Western Times - - Eagles Fever -

Fi­nals fever has well and truly hit the South West after the West Coast Ea­gles con­tin­ued to soar in the up-draft that is their fi­nals cam­paign, qual­i­fy­ing for the AFL’s big­gest game of the year.

Sport­sPower Bun­bury was down to its last eight Ea­gles jumpers on Tues­day morn­ing, and is re­port­edly strug­gling to source more.

“There’s none left,” store owner and man­ager Kel­lie Hay­ward said.

“We’re fran­ti­cally search­ing around with all the sup­pli­ers, but in the last two weeks they’ve been fly­ing out the door – we can’t keep up.”

The store was open over the Mon­day pub­lic hol­i­day and ac­cord­ing to Mrs Hay­ward, any and all Ea­gles mer­chan­dise was go­ing out the door all day, with the past two weeks be­ing a con­stant flood of in­quiries.

In­ter­Sport Bun­bury is also strug­gling to meet de­mand, with jumpers and polo shirts be­ing the big sell­ers.

“We’re down to less than 10 jumpers,” sales as­sis­tant Alexis Earnshaw said.

“They’re sell­ing re­ally fast and we are try­ing to get more in but we’re strug­gling, the sup­pli­ers are to­tally out.”

Sports­ma­rine Bun­bury was also feel­ing the pinch, hav­ing sold more than 25 Ea­gles jumpers on Tues­day alone, be­ing com­pletely sold out of jack­ets, very low on polo shirts and hood­ies while scarves and bean­ies have re­mained in stock.

“It’s been quite a good run,” said store owner Paul Collett.

“Ea­gles sup­port­ers buy a lot of mer­chan­dise, per­haps six times more than Dock­ers fans.

“A lot of this stuff won’t be back in stock un­til April next year, but we have pre-or­dered fi­nals mer­chan­dise.”

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Sport­sPower Bun­bury floor as­sis­tant Jaxon Dami­ani, 14, mod­els some of the re­main­ing Ea­gles mer­chan­dise ahead of this week­end’s AFL Grand Fi­nal.

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