While Port Lincoln’s own Eddie Betts prepares for his first AFL grand final, his family will be cheering him on in Melbourne and at home.
The grand final is the first for Betts, who started his career with Carlton in 2005 before being traded to Adelaide at the end of 2013.
Before moving to Melbourne, Betts played junior football at Mallee Park.
One of his biggest supporters is his grandmother, Veda Betts, who said she was filled with joy to see him play in his first grand final.
“To me it lifts my heart so big, I feel so happy, so good he’s reached his goal,” she said.
The Crows superstar is the third in his family to have the name Eddie Betts with his grandfather and father playing football on Eyre Peninsula.
Mrs Betts said her husband, Eddie Snr, known as ‘Champ’, played football in Great Flinders, Far West, Port Lincoln and Whyalla, and won two Mail Medals.
She said his father, Eddie Jnr, played in Port Lincoln and was called ‘Wizard’ because no one could catch him.
As for her grandson’s nickname, she said “because he’s so skilled with his hands, they should call him ‘Magician’.”
Mrs Betts said it was emotional to see Adelaide defeat Geelong on Saturday.
While many of the family will be watching him play from Port Lincoln, his father, Eddie Jnr, will be travelling to Melbourne for the grand final.
Mr Betts said he would be travelling down with former Adelaide Crows player, Graham Johncock.
He said the whole family was proud of him.
“It’s a great achievement, what he’s achieved,” he said.
“It’s a huge milestone for him.”
As for the Crows chances of winning the premiership, the family is confident of Betts’ and Adelaide’s chances against Richmond.
“I’ll tell you what, he’ll be hitting his pockets,” Mrs Betts said.
“I hope the magician comes through.”