Member feature: Paul Walcutt
(David Walcutt pictured with VFL defender Jake Greiser after last year's preliminary final victory).
Paul Walcutt and his family came to Australia from the United States with little to no knowledge of Australian Rules footy.
The first football game they attended was last year’s preliminary final against Essendon. They were hooked, showed their support at Ikon Park the following week and have even signed up as first-time members in 2020.
How did they find out about Williamstown? It was the influence of Paul’s trainer, VFL player Jake Greiser, who has “really turned me around” and helped keep the kids interested in footy.
“We were really excited when we found out he played VFL for Williamstown. So, when the (finals) were happening last year, my son had just started to get into footy coming from the States and was super excited to go and see Williamstown games,” Paul said.
“So it was the last two games that we saw which were pretty exciting games to go to.
“It was great to see Jake play. He kicked a very early goal in the prelim - that was cool, that immediately got David into it.
“But Jake’s fantastic at what he does, I was very out of shape when we started working out (over) a year ago.
“He obviously loves footy and wants to continue to play footy, but he’s got a real future in training people because he knows what he’s doing, he’s well trained, he’s smart and he’s got a good personality for it.
“Obviously we know how it important footy is for Jake, we’re big fans of the Williamstown community so we wanted to support the team and make sure it survives whatever you wanna call this thing we’re going through right now.”
Signing up in April, in the midst of the season’s cancellation, were Paul, his wife and her sister and father, and of course their two kids Dylan (five years old) and David (nine).
“We had hoped this year to go to a lot more games,” Paul said.
“For us, we’re not from Australia and I guess there’s nothing more quintessentially Australian than footy, it’s even in the name right?
“Our son has really taken to it and is excited about it, so it was just a kind of happy circumstance because he seemed to like it, we got along really well with our trainer who is one of the players and we like the neighbourhood.
Paul and his family live in the south-east suburbs, but he admitted a desire to perhaps move to Williamstown.
“We have friends that live out in Newport and it’s a good activity to go out there and meet with them at the oval,” he said.
“But look, as I said, we know how important it is to Jake, he’s great at what he does and we just wanted to support him.”
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