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Beyond the Bale : March 2015
OFF FARM 7 Woolgrowers across the country whose fibre is being used in the jumpers and supporter gear talk with pride of where their wool is being used. WOOL TRACED IN AUSTRALIA ABOVE Jeremy King (left) of the King family of ‘Range View’ at Darkan, WA : “The fact that our wool is involved is terrific. We want to produce the best quality fibre that is as soft as it possibly can be. It’ll keep you very warm on those cold nights when you’re up in the stadium watching your football team play.” ABOVE David Cooper of ‘Clermont’ at Mulwala in the Riverina of NSW: “It’s great to understand that my wool is going to go into the jumpers for the footballers and for the fans. I think it’s a great idea; there should be wool in an iconic game like AFL, and I’m even more pleased that it’s my wool that’s going in there” AWI’s Fibre of Football advocates Geelong’s Tom Hawkins and Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe have been filmed at home by AWI for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at where they come from and the importance of their country origins to the way they play Australia’s game. From Lake Grace in WA, Nat Fyfe, the AFL’s most valuable player for 2014, gets home when he can and enjoys the solitude that comes with driving for his family’s transport business. Having completed a shearing school as a young man, he enjoys working with sheep and working dogs. Tom Hawkins enjoys getting home to the family farm as a similar release from his high profile sporting life. The sheep, rice and beef property near Finley in NSW is a great break for the champion Geelong full forward who says he honed much of his kicking skill around the woolshed. Both videos have been largely produced in-house at AWI and involve the latest remote camera technology attached to both light and heavyweight drones that have beautifully captured the Australian countryside where these players have grown up, where wool is grown and the game is central to country life. Alongside the Nat Fyfe and Tom Hawkins videos are others in The Fibre of Football video series, including where the retro jumpers are made and various woolgrowers who have sold wool into the campaign. The videos will be rolled out progressively during the football season. MORE INFORMATION www.fibreoffootball.com.au FYFE AND HAWKINS SHARE THEIR COUNTRY HERITAGE Fibre of Football advocate Tom Hawkins of the Geelong Cats is from a wool, cropping and rice property at Finley, NSW: “I love coming back [to the family farm]; it’s a great release from playing football.” The discussion surrounding the selection of the ultimate wool team has been both enlightening and significant. Being run by The Footy Almanac there have been dozens of nominations for the best woolgrowers to ever play football or is it the best footballers to have ever worked with wool? Either way, a preliminary squad will be announced later this month with the view of announcing the Ultimate Wool Team at a dedicated function later this year towards the finals series. Nominations are still being received on The Footy Almanac website www.footyalmanac.com.au (click on the ‘Best footballers to have an association with the wool industry’ link). THE ULTIMATE WOOL TEAM Fibre of Football advocate Nat Fyfe of the Fremantle Dockers has always enjoyed helping out with his family’s transport business: “Sheep is probably our favourite [to transport] because it is so hands on and interactive with the animals.”