Souths and Panthers fans through Hunter colors wear club colors and hope for great final glory | Newcastle Herald

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Callan Lawrence had to wait 34 years to see his NRL team play a grand final. For her youngest son Mark, it happened in less than a year. Hamilton’s father and two sons are among the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Penrith Panthers fans dotted around the Hunter as they prepare for Sunday’s game. The lockdown may have prevented them from publicly showing their support this week, but many are proudly displaying their colors at home. Love for Souths runs through Mr. Lawrence’s family lines. “I have been a lifelong supporter,” said the 40-year-old. “It’s a family tradition where dad went to Souths when he was young. Dad grew up in Hamilton right next to where Clive Churchill grew up, so I think it had something to do with that. ‘he was following Souths,’ he said. “I’ve always had a soft spot for the Knights, but I stuck with South Sydney.” He joked that his young sons don’t know how lucky they are to have the family side in the grand finale. “I had to wait 34 years,” he said. Mr Lawrence was at the 2014 Grand Final – the Souths’ most recent – with his father and brother to see the club win their 21st title. “It was a special event. I was living in Randwick at the time,” he said. “There were a lot of celebrations. We went to Redfern Oval and the Woolpack Hotel.” He admitted he believed Souths would be “in danger as well” after being hammered by Penrith 56-12 earlier this year, but is now confident they can win on Sunday. He was taken aback by the team’s performance without superstar Latrell Mitchell, who was suspended until next year before the series finale. “I thought it would have more impact,” he said. “Although they have reached the preliminaries [final] for the last three years in a row, so I knew they had a team that could still do something worthwhile in the final. “But the way they played against Penrith [in week one of the finals] was quite impressive. I really think they can win. It will be close. I don’t think it’s going to be won until the last few minutes. “Diehard Panthers fans Dorothy Cowie, 58, and Stuart Walford, 60, are devastated that they won’t be able to watch the game but are delighted that their team have found the way to the grand final after losing last year’s game by just six points to Melbourne. The recently retired Cessnock couple usually attend “90 percent” of Penrith’s home games. Ms Cowie, who was born in Penrith , bought his first season pass in 1987 and the couple “Stuart was a Balmain boy, but he’s now probably a bigger Penrith fan than I am,” Mrs. Cowie said. “It’s been an outlet for us at over the years. I’m so passionate it rubs off on the grandchildren. ”Unable to go but with the first dibs as a member of the Panthers, Mr. Cowie bought tickets for his two Queensland daughters and their partners to attend the Sunday game. “My daughter and I went there to the 2003 grand final and it’s a game you will never forget when your team is in the grand final,” she said. “It was rare for us Panthers fans. at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane – will be the first outside Sydney. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (AEDT).

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