Get your coat, get your old scarf, Perth’s got a footy game to go to. The biggest sporting event on the calendar is in Perth in a historic first. Ahead of the big dance, we checked in from several EPW personalities to find out about the AFL teams they support.
With the Bulldogs and the Dees set for an epic match, EPW have a mighty encounter of their own coming up and you can find all about it here!
Bobby Marshall – Western Bulldogs
I am a bulldogs fan so obviously I’m pretty up and about at the moment. I became a fan of the dogs when i was in pre-primary. I wore my little Northern Districts Football Club jumper to school, which was bulldogs colours, and all the other kids teased me relentlessly all day because of it (eagle fans… Say no more). It was a long time ago so I can’t remember it all in much detail but i do remember feeling the 5 year old version of “F*** you a**holes. This is my team now”.
On a side note i have a great bulldogs related wrestling story from 10 or so years ago. I was wrestling Carlo Cannon (also a dogs man) during a semi final against Sydney. It just so happened that there were some long time EPW fans and die hard dogs supporters in the front row. They were kind enough to keep feeding me score updates as we started pegging back the lead Sydney had which i was able to pass on to Carlo mid-match. It was a great example of EPW having some of the best fans I’ve ever had the privilege of wrestling for and it’s an extremely fond memory of mine.
Taylor King – Fremantle Dockers
I’m a life long Fremantle fan. I was born in Fremantle a year after their inception. It’s a connection with the club I can’t describe.
The story goes of my dad taking me to games in an OG hard yakka long sleeve as a baby and lifting me above his head when a goal was kicked. My first proper memory was when Paul Medhurst kicked 9 against the reigning threepeaters Brisbane in 2004. From that day forward I wore #34 on my back!
Father Jacobs – Essendon Bombers
The Bombers are one of the most established teams in the AFL, they’ve won many times and right now they are building to something bigger…all like Father Jacobs and the Luminous Society.
(When I became a fan of the Bombers) I was very young, around 10 years of age (playing for the Belmont Bombers)
Eric Mack – Western Bulldogs
The Ultimate Underdog, the pecking order of my life goes – Family, Friends, Western Bulldogs. I’m what you would call a ‘Nuffie’ on an AFL Page with three Bulldogs tattoos and about 37 thousand guernseys. What the Dogs have gone through as a footy club have shown their strength, courage through adversity and genuine fighting spirit. Through in your Johnno’s, Bob’s, Libba’s, Boyd’s (Matty & Tom) & Bont’s…how can you not love this side?
I became a fan in the mid 90’s being a kid who didn’t know what footy really was. I used to think that a goal was you kicked the ball higher than the height of the goal posts. My poor mum rest her soul had to explain to a confused 8 year old for hours why a dribble kick was given 6 points. I would watch Friday night basketball with the Perth Wildcats and when that went away I was lured in. Y a game where the Dogs kicked 8 goals in the first quarter and then the Eagles kicked 8 goals in the second quarter. Whilst the Dogs lost that game, my eyes saw the Red, White & Blue and never looked back.
Kaz Jordan – Brisbane Lions
Brisbane lions 🦁 because they are the king of the jungles just like myself the king in that ring
(I became a Lions fan) 29 September 2001 when we beat those pretenders in the grand final.
Damian Slater – Adelaide United
(I go for) Adelaide United. The greatest football team in the nation!
(When did I start following Adelaide) From memory, it’d be the 14th of June, 1987. The day of my birth. Wait, what do you mean they weren’t a team yet? Am I asking you the questions here? Get lost.
(Margin & Tip for the game) Never trust an electrician with no eyebrows.
BC Fatboy (Video Editor) – Port Adelaide Power
There’s a rush you get from watching your team win or a sadness when they lose. I get that from Port. No matter what, I am bleed Black, White and Teal. Bryon Pickett and Stewart Dew were my favourites, I just loved watching them play.
I became a fan at 10 years old. I was drawn to their colours, guernsey and logo. Then I read about their history and the Magpies in the SANFL. 36 premierships. A very dominant football club. I fell in love from them on. So gear up Perth, what a Mighty day it’s going to be as the eyes of the nation focus on our amazing city. May the best team win.
Good luck to the teams today and don’t forget to pick up your tickets to Mighty Encounters here!