Virtually three a long time after enjoying a key half in WA soccer historical past, West Coast Eagles champion Glen Jakovich might be centre stage for Perth’s historic AFL grand remaining.
The 2-time premiership defender was at the moment introduced because the 2021 Premiership Cup Ambassador, with the largest prize in Australian sport unveiled in Wangara forward of a two-week tour of the State.
As a part of the festivities, the cup will journey throughout WA, beginning in Kununarra on Monday earlier than it lands again in Perth on September 18, simply seven days out from the historic match at Optus Stadium.
Jakovich, who received flags with the Eagles in 1992 and 1994, mentioned whereas he was “overwhelmed” to be given the honour, he was pragmatic in regards to the state of affairs round it being in WA.
“It’s incumbent on all Western Australians and myself to ensure that we uphold the nice values of this magnificent trophy and this occasion beneath the circumstances that it’s,” he mentioned.
“Whereas I’m very grateful and privileged to have this chance, I hope it’s the final time that it’s right here for a while as a result of it means the world might be in a greater place and it goes again to its rightful house of the MCG.
“It’s what it’s, we get this chance to showcase our nice recreation in our nice state, so I urge all Western Australians to get on board, be protected about it, be respectful of it.
“That is our time to shine and we have to ensure that we do the utmost to offer it what it warrants, to place the perfect present on in Australia as a result of we now have among the best stadiums.”
Jakovich admitted he had a smooth spot for Melbourne within the 2021 premiership race by way of his brother Allen, who kicked 201 targets for the Demons in 47 video games.
“I debuted in the identical 12 months (1991) as my brother Allen, he went to the Melbourne Soccer Membership and I went to the Eagles. Melbourne had over 100 years of historical past and custom, we had about three or 4,” he mentioned.
“Spending plenty of time with my brother and his time and journey with the Melbourne, the historical past dates again pre and post-war of nice gamers who’ve performed for that nice membership, so I’ve to say I’ve bought a smooth spot, I hope Melbourne get in there. I feel I’ll be signing the Grand Previous Flag in the event that they rise up and win.
“It’d be ironic that Melbourne makes the grand remaining however they don’t play it on the MCG, they play it right here at Optus.”
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