Family gets a kick out of footy

SET FOR A DAY OUT: Laura, 7, has a kick of the football with her sister Abby, 5, at Aurora Stadium yesterday, watched by their mother, Trace Cooper, of Blackstone Heights, and grandmother Debbie CoombLaunceston’s Debbie Coombes and her daughter Tracey Cooper and children were decked out in team colours yesterday in anticipation of the big day.
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“I am a Tigers supporter but I have a soft spot for Hawthorn since they’ve relocated here, which was just a fantastic move I think,” Mrs Coombes said.

“We love to come to every AFL match together as a family regardless of who is playing, and we don’t mind spending Mother’s Day here.

“We’ve booked a restaurant to go out for Mother’s Day tea after the match.”

Daughter Tracey said she had always been a one-eyed Hawthorn supporter for as long as she could remember.

“My husband is a one-eyed Essendon fan who has influenced half of our household to barrack for the Bombers, but the other two kids go for Hawthorn like me,” she said.

About 7500 reserved seating tickets have already been sold for the May 8 match.

AFL Live event manager Noda Zissis said yesterday: “We’re pretty confident the other 2000 seats will go next week before the game and we should be in good stead for a crowd of around 15,000.

“There’s a lot of interest in the game because everyone is talking about Hawthorn’s young guys and West Coast are absolutely on fire.”

Readers of The Examiner have a chance to win a Mother’s Day AFL Jetstar Give Away prize valued at $2500 by filling out a coupon in the Mum’s The Word competition before May 4.

The lucky winner, drawn on May 6, will enjoy a Jetstar corporate box at the AFL game including tickets, catering and hosting by Jetstar cabin crew for up to eight people. Ten runners-up prizes of four reserved seats, valued at $105, are also available.

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