IT’S been a nervous two weeks for Sunraysia fans of Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs.
The two clubs qualified for Saturday’s AFL Grand Final with thumping preliminary final wins a fortnight ago, leaving plenty of time for the anticipation to grow.
Irymple’s Lisa Wade is hoping her beloved Demons can lift the cup for the first time since 1964.
Her passion for the club started when she was 18 and one of her favourite players was Shane Woewodin.
She’ll be watching the game from the backyard shed, which has been decked out in blue and red for the occasion.
“I’m actually nervous now, it’s getting close – I don’t know how I’ll be Saturday,” she said.
“It’s going to be tough, the Dogs are a good side, but hopefully our boys can bring the goods.”
She said it would be good to see the club win for beloved former coach Neale Daniher, who has raised millions for motor neurone disease since being diagnosed.
In Buronga, the Sobkowiak residence has been given a red, white and blue makeover.
Siblings Harrison, 13, and Mackenzie, 9, are looking forward to cheering on their Western Bulldogs, who are looking to win another flag after their own drought-breaking win in 2016.
Harrison nominated “The Bont” Marcus Bontempelli, Caleb Daniel and Bailey Smith as his favourite players.
He said his earliest memory of supporting the team was going to watch a game in Melbourne on his birthday.
Mackenzie said she followed her brother and dad Ben in choosing to support the Bulldogs.
She’s been watching slide shows of the team on Facebook in the lead-up to the big game.
Mackenzie said her dad, who was responsible for putting up flags and posters out the front of their house, would probably cry if the Bulldogs were to win.
The game, being played at Perth’s Optus Stadium, starts at 7.15pm on Saturday.
– By MICHAEL DIFABRIZIO