IN THE GENES: Like the rest of her family Therese Schier of Casino is a mad Manly supporter – and has been for the past 45 years. Therese was at the SCG in 1972 when Manly won there first-ever premiership.
IN THE GENES: Like the rest of her family Therese Schier of Casino is a mad Manly supporter – and has been for the past 45 years. Therese was at the SCG in 1972 when Manly won there first-ever premiership. Doug Eaton

Fan feathered friends have high hopes for NRL grand final

THERESE Schier hopes she will be dancing around her friend's lounge room to the Daddy Cool classic Eagle Rock on Sunday afternoon after watching her beloved Manly Sea Eagles defeat the Sydney Roosters in this year's NRL grand final.

Eagle Rock has become the alternate club anthem and Therese has been playing the song all week and linking it on her Facebook page in the lead-up to the big game.

"It's funny that there are two birds playing this year, but they're just chooks," she said.

Therese grew up in Balgowlah and her dad had a butcher shop in Manly so the whole family grew up with the team as an integral part of their lives.

"I think it's in the genes, but you build up loyalty over the years and have the players that you love, and I think they play an attacking style of football," she said of why she loves the Sea Eagles.

She will watch the game with a group of friends, but at the house of a dedicated Roosters supporter.

"I'll probably be the only Manly supporter there. Everyone hates us, but we don't care. With Manly there's this real 'us and them' thing," she said.

Therese was at the SCG in 1972 when Manly won their first-ever premiership.

"It's a real family tradition," she said.



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