FAMILY lines will be split when Horsham man Jase Herbert’s Fremantle Dockers go head-to-head with Hawthorn-mad step-father John Byrne’s side in Saturday's AFL grand final.
Measuring Fremantle and Hawthorn’s success is like comparing chalk and cheese, with the Hawks winning 10 flags in 88 seasons and the Dockers none in 19 seasons.
Herbert, 32, has been a Dockers supporter since day dot and admitted it had been 19 long seasons with no premiership.
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“That’s got to be expected, a team can’t just walk into the AFL and get up straight away,” he said.
“It’s great that Fremantle has finally got a sniff.
“It seems like everything is working in the Dockers’ favour, but I don’t want to get too ahead of myself yet.”
While he would love to be at the MCG on grand final day, Herbert said work came first.
Byrne, a Hawthorn member, started barracking for the Hawks in 1952 and considers himself lucky to have witnessed so much success on the football field.
“I’ve seen the Hawks play in 15 grand finals and they’ve won nine of those,” he said.
Nicknamed the ‘Haven Hawk’, Byrne, 67, will be attending his 16th grand final on Saturday.
He said he was quietly confident of victory after the disappointment of last year’s 10-point loss to the Sydney Swans.
“I think the guys will be a bit more seasoned this year, but Freo will be tough to beat,” he said.