Emer­gency crews gear up for big game

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

Bun­bury’s emer­gency ser­vices will be work­ing around the clock this Satur­day when the big­gest match on the AFL cal­en­dar con­sumes the rest of the com­mu­nity.

But most – par­tic­u­larly those who back the West Coast Ea­gles – will be hop­ing to take a wel­learned break and catch a glimpse of the grand fi­nal ac­tion.

Bun­bury Fire and Res­cue sta­tion of­fi­cer Dave Cameron said while there was a strong con­tin­gent of Ea­gles sup­port­ers among the sta­tion’s fire­fight­ers, there was also a few “ob­scure” choices in­clud­ing the Colling­wood Mag­pies.

“It pretty much is split be­tween Ea­gles and (Fre­man­tle) Dock­ers, with a few ob­scure ones in be­tween,” Mr Cameron said.

“There’s def­i­nitely been lots of ban­ter fly­ing around, es­pe­cially with all those dis­il­lu­sioned Dock­ers fans.”

Bun­bury po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Sen. Sgt Mal Jones said he had been a sup­porter since the Ea­gles’ in­cep­tion and was ex­cited the boys in blue and gold had made it to the big dance.

“I was a bit flat be­cause of the way they won, but I’m just ex­cited that they’re there and look­ing for­ward to Satur­day when I can re­ally get into it,” Sen. Sgt Jones said.

St John paramedic Mel Spencer said she was con­fi­dent the Ea­gles would get across the line and she was “very ex­cited”.

“I think it will be a close one, I think it will be an arm wres­tle,” she said.

Bun­bury SES vol­un­teer Aaron Hunter said he had al­ready put his $100 punt on and be­lieved the game would be a tighter match than the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Bun­bury fire­fight­ers Nathan Oberg, Lee Free­man and Rhys Turpin gear up to cheer on the West Coast Ea­gles this Satur­day.

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