ONE face stuck out in the crowd at yesterday’s grand final parade at Yarrawonga.
A two-metre high banner displaying the face of Yarrawonga senior defender and St Mary’s Primary School teacher Matt Dwyer could be seen from the other end of the main street.
Students from the Rutherglen school were looking forward to lending the support and “embarrassing” their sport and maths teacher.
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The defender’s dad, Peter Dwyer, joined the school in cheering on the Pigeons.
“I have taken a day off work for this,” he said.
“It’s his eighth senior grand final and third with Yarra.
“He’s had five wins and we want to make it six.”
Principal Matt Attwater was right behind his colleague.
“It’s great for the school morale and we have lots of support from parents,” he said.
Teacher Libby Dickinson explained they had to up the ante this year.
“Last year we had faces of him stuck onto paper plates, so this time we had to do one better,” she said.
More than 70 community groups joined in on the parade of vintage cars, tractors and aquatic crafts.
Down on the banks of Lake Mulwala it was evident just how much effort school children had put into dressing up in the Pigeons colours, some donning blue wigs and others tying ribbons in their hair to match their outfits.