OVER the years, Sebastopol man Jason Monger’s love for the Fremantle Dockers has been questioned by locals.
But this year it has paid off.
Mr Monger has been an official cheer squad member for the team for 13 years and didn’t think of changing when he moved to Ballarat in 2000.
“Sometimes, people will laugh at you, like on the train when I’m the only supporter on there but I don’t mind it. I support my team and I don’t really care what other people think,” he said.
Committed to supporting his team, Mr Monger has missed only half a dozen or so Victorian games in 13 years. Sometimes he’ll even make the trip to watch interstate matches.
Mr Monger was over the moon when Fremantle beat the Sydney Swans last weekend, putting the Dockers in their first AFL grand final.
“I was pretty much in tears when they won,” he said.
Once a Hawthorn supporter, Mr Monger said there would be no split loyalty on Saturday.
“Fremantle definitely to win. If you had have asked me 13 years ago, I would have said yes. I still have the Hawthorn socks though,” he said.
As a cheer squad member, Mr Monger arrives at the venue a few hours before the match to help set up the pom poms and flags. This week will be no different.
“I’ll be there on Saturday, front row, behind the goals,” he said.