Purple passion flows in Fremantle where town celebrates a win
It was raining purple in Fremantle as Dockers diehards celebrated their team’s sensational finals win.
Purple haze supporters crammed in to the Seaview Hotel in Fremantle, owned by team legends Matthew Pavlich and Paul Hasleby, and nervously watched as their team beat Hawthorn by 30 points.
The Dockers will now play reigning premiers Geelong on Friday night at the MCG in an elimination final.
Fremantle Dockers coach Mark Harvey called on the team’s supporters to travel to Melbourne for Friday’s night do-or-die clash against Geelong.
It seemed his call was being answered with flights from Perth to Melbourne filling up quickly as early as Saturday night.
Seaview Hotel Manager Marcus McQueen said more than 400 Dockers supporters turned up to watch the game.
He said it was the biggest crowd at the pub ever.
“We take our support of the Dockers very seriously. All our staff are fans,” he said.
“The people that show up here are vocal, they’re loud, and they’re proud to be part of the purple army. It’s a great atmosphere.”
Fremantle Dockers life member Claire Maynrd, 83, was in tears as she declared her pride at winning a game that most people said the team couldn’t.
“Success has been a long time coming for the boys, but it looks like it’s finally there,” she said. “I was worried it wouldnt happen in my lifetime.”
Nyssa Marriott, 25, said it was her happiest day as a Fremantle supporter.
“I always knew they were going to win,” she said. “Me and my friends will be celebrating all night in Fremantle.”
Born and bred Fremantle resident Frank Lamacchia, 24, said he’d never seen the city so ready to celebrate.
“It’s great to see the city come together and throw their support behind the local team,” he said.
“There’ll be a lot of beers flowing in the city this weekend. I had a few nervous moments there towards the end of the game given the team’s history, but it was great to see them hold on.”