DIEHARD Hawthorn fan Alicia Muling admits her life-long love affair with the Hawks happened by chance.
The WIN television news reporter said her grandfather had been a Collingwood supporter up until the time his best friend, John Kennedy Senior, was recruited to Hawthorn.
“Thank goodness he changed, I might have been a Collingwood supporter,” she said.
Ms Muling was born in a premiership year, 1989, and said throughout her life her side has been a “powerhouse”.
“I just can’t think of myself in any other way,” she said.
But Ms Muling said in the beginning it was not like she had a choice.
“If we weren’t Hawthorn supporters, my two brothers, my sister and I would have been out on the street,” she said.
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Her family have secured grand final tickets and hope they won’t see a repeat of last year when they lost to Sydney by a slim margin.
“I was there when the final goal was kicked and I had to run out in the dying minutes because I couldn’t bear to hear the siren, it was too painful,” Ms Muling said.
“My boyfriend was there and he is a Sydney supporter.
“The drive home was a very awkward and long one.
“We didn’t get along for quite a while after that.”
On the other side of the Border, Hawks devotees Diane and Peter Hore obtained gold membership this year, just in time to secure tickets to tomorrow’s grand final.
The couple were headed to Melbourne early to pick up their tickets and enjoy today’s street parade.
“We couldn’t get tickets to last year’s grand final, so it’s pretty exciting to think we are actually going to be there,” Mrs Hore said.
“We have great seats on the bottom level, under the roof.”
Mrs Hore believes her beloved Hawks have learnt from last year’s grand final.
“It’s our year, we are going to be determined because we lost last year,” she said.
Win or lose, the couple plan to stick around and support their team.
“It will either be beer and a cheer or beer and a tear,” Mr Hore said.