YOU can bet your bottom dollar Russell Fletcher will be at Fremantle Oval on March 18 for round 1 of the 2017 WAFL season.
Mr Fletcher is a die-hard South Fremantle supporter and for him the WAFL remains one of the best kept secrets in WA sport.
“It’s a hidden treasure,” he said.
“You walk in to games whenever you want. You can get a seat. You can listen to the coaches at the breaks.
“It’s a great treat to be able to stand on the ground next to former or up-and-coming AFL players at the breaks. You can go to the bar, grab a drink and catch up with old friends.”
Mr Fletcher said he preferred the WAFL’s laid-back game-day experience to the hustle and bustle of a trip to watch an AFL match.
His loyalty to the club – where he is also a sponsor – is so strong that he said he would prefer a Bulldogs premiership over a breakthrough grand final win for the Fremantle Dockers, where he was a foundation member.
Much of that, he said, comes from the nostalgia of childhood afternoons spent with family at Bulldogs games.