THE late Allen McCowan would be grinning from ear to ear if he was around to see his mighty Fremantle play off in tomorrow’s AFL grand final.
His wife, Caroline, and daughters, Kijana and Aleira, will don the purple and white colours at the MCG in the hope of witnessing a win and honouring Al’s love of the Dockers.
“Every year he said they would make it to the finals and now, the year after he passed away, they have made it,” Mrs McCowan said.
“If my husband smiles big enough from heaven, it might be enough for them to win.”
Mrs McCowan will be putting her feelings aside for her team Richmond to barrack for Freo.
But Kijana and Aleira are big Fremantle fans and are looking forward to the match and what might be a first premiership for their side.
Mrs McCowan said it was perhaps fate that her late husband chose to support Fremantle.
“His first year here in Australia was the year they entered the competition,” she said.
“He chose to support them because he was new to Australia and they were a new team.”
Another Border family giving Fremantle their full support is Lee Geraghty and his children Bridie, 6, Kobie, 9, and Kale, 14.
The Hog’s Breath Cafe boss has decked the Townsend Street restaurant in the Docker colours and he’s had support from customers and even those shopping down the street.
“Walking down the street today in our Fremantle gear was quite funny — a lot of people don’t like Hawthorn and are hoping Fremantle win,” he said.
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Mr Geraghty and his Albury family were originally from Western Australia.
When Fremantle entered the competition the family gave the West Coast Eagles the old heave-ho.
“We actually lived in Fremantle a lot of years, so that’s another reason,” Mr Geraghty said.
The family have high hopes for their side.
“It has to be our year,” Mr Geraghty said.