October 1, 2012
It was unfortunate that the Saturday before the newspaper went to print was grand final day.
However, spirits were lifted with students coming dressed in their favourite team colours and with the footy playing on the plasma for all to see.
Editor Carrie Cox said she had been looking forward to the day.
“Obviously having to work on grand final day is a bit of a bummer,” Ms Cox told InkWire.
“I decided the best approach was to embrace it rather than resist it.”
Pre-game banter in the newsroom gave the production team a break from the stress of the paper.
Features editor Olivia Monaghan, a dedicated West Coast Eagles fan, said she was barracking for the Hawthorn Hawks.
“They are the least annoying Victorian team and because of the rivalry between [the Sydney] Swans and Eagles, I can’t bring myself to root for them,” Ms Monaghan said.
Claire Bickers, the other features editor, said she was going for the Swans.
“I just like red and white better,” Ms Bickers joked of the Swans’ signature colours.
Chief sub-editor Aaron Corlett is a North Melbourne supporter from way back but admits he is going for Hawthorn for personal reasons.
“When I was a kid I lived in Box Hill, which is near Hawthorn, so I have a little bit of a soft spot for them,” Mr Corlett said.
As the Swans were busy beating the Hawks in a thrilling game of AFL, students continued to work hard into Saturday evening on the newspaper.
The next edition of the Western Independent is due to hit news stands this week.
Photos: Elle Cahill