PORT Fairy’s Jeremy Clarkson will be in the crowd at the MCG on Saturday cheering on Hawthorn to support his brother, Alastair.
The Hawthorn coach is Jeremy’s youngest brother and he will be hoping to win his second premiership, after the Hawks won in 2008.
“I spoke to him last night (Tuesday) and he said I’ve got a couple of tickets for you if you’d like to go,” Jeremy said.
“He’s very busy.
‘‘He’s got three phones — one for the footy club, one for family and one for media contacts, I think, so I usually just talk to him via text message but he rang last night and I just wished him well.”
Jeremy, 50, will be cheering for the Hawks, but admits he is a Collingwood supporter — as was Alastair and their older brother Tim when they were growing up.
The family lived in Kaniva and Alastair was always passionate about football.
“He was obsessed with it from a very early age,” he said.
‘‘He used to get a Sherrin for his birthday in April and it would be that out of shape half way through the season that he’d send it back to Sherrin and say ‘my footy’s out of shape’ and they’d send him up a new one.
“He was always in the backyard and if he didn’t have anyone to kick to he’d kick it up in the air and chase it.”
When Alastair was about seven, he was a diehard Collingwood fan and dreamed of one day playing for the Magpies.
“They had these zones and we were in the Essendon zone and Edenhope was the closest town from Kaniva in the Collingwood zone and he wanted our whole family to move to Edenhope so he’d be in the Collingwood zone because he wanted to play for them,” Jeremy said.
Alastair played for Kaniva and then Ballarat and Clarendon College before playing for North Melbourne.
When his playing career ended, he coached Central Districts in the South Australian National Football League to a premiership and was the assistant coach at Port Power when it won a premiership.
“At the end of that season he was appointed coach at Hawthorn,” Jeremy said.
‘‘They were on the bottom of the ladder and he got a premiership within I think three or four years.”
Jeremy watched the 2008 premiership with his dad in Geelong, but his mum was at the ground cheering on the Hawks.
He said his brother was nothing like his onfield persona.
“He’s forever practical joking and laughing but when he crosses that white line he’s fairly intense as most people will have seen,” Jeremy said.
He will attend the match with his partner Sonia Sandars.
Jeremy said he was confident the Hawks could win.
Jeremy said his parents were usually too nervous to watch Hawthorn games, but they would be watching from their Geelong home on Saturday.
“If they win mum will be wearing her Hawthorn scarf to church on Sunday,” Jeremy said.