The 2019 AFL grand final looms just days away and local supporters are gearing up for an interesting clash.
One of the longest standing clubs within the league, Richmond and one that is just seven years old, the Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants will go head-to-head this Saturday for the biggest prize in football.
The Giants’ recent introduction into the competition means they only have a very small supporter base, one of whom lives right here in Maryborough.
While Jackson Lanfranchi wears the yellow and black for Royal Park throughout his footy season, he’ll be clad in orange and gray this weekend.
Jackson said he “didn’t really have a team” before the Giants came along, but they really fit the bill for him with a lot of young-gun players paid top dollar to head up to Sydney.
“I was only 13 or 14 at the time and they were a new team and they had a heap of young guys playing and I thought that’s pretty cool,” he said.
“And before anyone says I jumped on the bandwagon — we did not make finals that year.”
As expected, the Giants struggled results wise in their first few seasons before eventually making finals in 2016 and have been up there with the best ever since.
A ferocious love of Richmond is a family affair at the Parry house with sisters Macey and Zoe roped in at a young age.
“Dad supports Richmond and got us into the footy early in life. We have both been official members for 10 years this season,” Zoe said.
“During the game with Geelong I was nervous and relieved when we won. I’m feeling hopeful of this weekend.
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