Born into it. Dad was a massive Melbourne supporter, and all of Mum's family Hawthorn. We could pretty much choose who we wanted to barrack for when we were kids, my brother and I both chose Melbourne, my sister Hawthorn. I think I chose Melbourne for the following reasons:
- I idolised my big brother, and I pretty much copied everything he did;
- I was Daddy's little girl, and worshipped the ground he walked on;
- Even as a kid, I figured Dad was more into footy than Mum was, and if I had much of a chance of going to the footy, I best choose his team;
- I did waiver a little in the late 70s in later primary school years, mainly because kids in my class laughed when I said I barracked for Melbourne, but then I figured that because my primary school colours were brown and yellow, I had enough poo and wee in my life already.
2024 marks 39 years of being a Melbourne member. I'm pretty much dyed in the wool now.