Shared Stories 2013: Anna Pavlou
A Passion Shared for Generations
Dedicated to My Mum, Brother James, Aunty Penny and especially my Dad, for teaching me to love footy.

“I’ve waited 11 years for this. That’s right, the train down to Geelong. No drive in the car would ever beat this.”

That was the beginning of my last story, A Cats Family Father’s Day Weekend. This is going to be published on a website called Footy Almanac. It’s for footy lovers like me, as you can probably tell.
I was brought up this way. No, I’m serious, from the day I was born; I have been a true Geelong Cats support.

I’ve learnt this from my footy-loving, Geelong mad Dad, Nic. He was just like me and has seen the Cats in some of the hardest times of playing footy. I remember in 2007, I was 6 and my Dad was 44. It had been 44 years since the Cats had won a premiership, and when Dad came home, I told him it was my first ever premiership. He replied with a grin “Me too”.

When I’m down at Kardinia Park in Geelong (that’s where the Cats play footy), I love to grab a baked potato at half time. They are the best in the world! Each week, there are new baked potatoes like Bolognese or Hawaiian. I think I like the original the best. It’s so special to share something like this with my Dad. I know he really cares for me.

For my 12th birthday in February 2013, I got and AFL Membership from my Mum, Dad and Brother James. It was the best gift they have ever given me! I am happy with it because my Aunty and Godmother, Penny loves Carlton. I have been going to watch Carlton with her more and more. This is because every Geelong premiership, she was there.

Speaking of premierships, I have been alive for 3 (like my brother) and I have actually been to 2 premiership wins. 2009 was my favourite, because Dad and I cried all the way home. Then 2011 was great, because my brother James came and it was his first premiership (where he got to be there). My Dad always tells me that I am living through Geelong’s ‘Golden Era’. I am so lucky to be able to see the Cats being their best.

So that’s me, Anna and now you know what I love.

When I am older and I have kids, I hope to share the same passion my family has. Like my Greek Papou (Grandpa), who came to Melbourne from Cyprus and picked Geelong as his team, this passion is going to live on, just like I believe.