Paul Brearley and Karen White hope their beloved Collingwood Magpies are on fire in the AFL grand final at the MCG today.
Paul Brearley and Karen White hope their beloved Collingwood Magpies are on fire in the AFL grand final at the MCG today. Valerie Horton

Magpies on menu at AFL final

MAGPIES are described as one of Australia’s most accomplished songbirds.

Hervey Bay’s Karen White and Paul Brearley really hope 22 of the Aussie rules playing variety will be on song at the MCG this afternoon.

The pair of die-hard Collingwood fans are keen to see their heroes swoop to win the premiership.

Many will say St Kilda may have something to say if that happens, but as far as White and Brearley are concerned that will not be the case.

The future is black and white in their eyes – something that will not ever change, even if they, dare I say it, lose.

For Brearley, a Victorian through and through, cheering the Magpies has been a way of life since he entered the world – he had no choice.

His parents were both Collingwood supporters.

His birth may very well have something to do with Collingwood’s grand final triumph of 1958 as he was born nine months later.

Brearley will watch all the grand final drama unfold from the comfort of his chair at home, but he’s done his fair share of barracking at games.

“I used to catch the train each Saturday with my mum and attend all Collingwood games including the 1970 grand final which we lost to our arch rivals Carlton,” he said.

“As an 11-year-old at the time, I was totally devastated – I hope I won’t be today.”

As for White, well, she does not know exactly how she came to support the Magpies.

“I always have for some reason,” she said.

“I do remember cheering for them in the 1970 final though when I was a youngster and I have stopped since.

“Although Collingwood have played in a lot of grand finals – and lost – I have never given up the faith.

“I know this is our year and there is no doubt we’ll avenge our one point loss to St Kilda back in 1966.”



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