SYLVIA Annison might be the most passionate West Coast Eagles supporter in Australia.
The Bendigo woman has been a member for nearly 20 years and says the boys are like her grandsons.
The 83 year-old is a one-eyed, loyal Eagles fan. She says she writes to “her boys” whenever they need their spirits lifted.
“I wrote to Nic Naitanui when he was injured and Patrick McGinnity when he was in a bit of strife,” Sylvia said.
Nic Naitanui, the exciting Eagles ruckman, received Sylvia’s card.
He took a photo of the card she had sent and shared it with his 28,000 Instagram followers.
The card read, “To Nic, Hope you’re back in the team soon, we miss you, good luck. Sylvia Annison.”
Naitanui said, “Much respect for this 83 year-old lady from Bendigo who took the time to send me this #appreciateit”.
Sylvia said she was excited to see that he had received the card.
“I send letters and cards all the time,” she said.
Sylvia said one of her favourite moments was getting to meet Mick Malthouse and John Worsfold.
“I met them around the time Mick was going to coach Collingwood,” she said.
“I remember him asking me to change teams and support Collingwood instead.
“I said to him there was no way I would barrack for them.”
Sylvia and her husband of 62 years Alf said one of their fondest memories of the West Coast Eagles was a surprise all-expenses paid trip to Melbourne to watch their first ever game in 2009.
“It was a lovely weekend,” Alf said.
“We saw Daniel Kerr and Andrew Embley was in the elevator with us.”
Sylvia admitted the Eagles hadn’t had a good season, finishing in 13th position.
She said if her team was fit and firing they would be able to beat anyone anywhere.
“Go Eagles,” Sylvia said.