Texan Greg Borchardt is making the pilgrimage to football's mecca from further than most would ever dream of. And he doesn't even have a ticket.
Mr Borchardt, a high school teacher in his native Waco, last week borrowed money from his brother to buy a ticket to Melbourne after watching, from the US, his beloved Dockers win their way through to the grand final.
The American studied at Notre Dame university's Western Australian campus in 2004 and became infatuated with footy and the Dockers.
When he left he made a pact with his new Freo mates that he would return to Australia if the Dockers ever made the grand final.
His plane arrives at 9.45am on Saturday and he is desperate for a ticket after the hope of one from the US Aussie Rules Football League evaporated.
Mr Borchardt is a volunteer who will manage the US national footy side, "The Revolution", when it competes in the International Cup next August.
"I've paid for the plane ticket so I need to find a way to get in, somehow, someway," Mr Borchardt told Fairfax Media.
The teacher's passion for the great game began when a resident assistant at the college accomodation where he was living in 2004 showed students what footy was all about by playing the classic 1989 Hawthorn-Geelong grand final.
"It wasn't quite love at first sight. In fact, my first thought was that the game resembled a strange mixture of basketball, soccer, and professional wrestling.
"I thought to myself, this is one of the strangest athletic spectacles I've ever seen."
Two hours later Borchardt was hooked. Within days he was kicking around a Sherrin and soon was watching the Dockers at training, which was only blocks from campus.
"I just became fanatical about it," he said.
In his six months in Fremantle in 2004 he experience the highs and lows of footy, watching the Dockers beat Carlton, Geelong, Adelaide, and the Eagles.
"But a tough loss to red-hot St Kilda and a demoralizing capitulation to the Demons in a downpour at Subiaco brought me down to earth and gave me some insight into the unique and often heartbreaking existence as a Fremantle Dockers supporter."
A decade later Borchardt is up at all hours to watch footy online.
But his passion has not been confined to the couch, with further study taking Mr Borchardt to Washington D.C. where he ironically played for the Eagles, of the Washington-Baltimore variety, in the USAFL.
His current favourite player is club champion Matthew Pavlich, but when he first began watching he was a Jeff "The Wiz" Farmer fan.
"Hawthorn has been the best team all year, it will be a really tough game. I'd say the Hawks are slight favourites but I'm hoping I'll push the Dockers over the line if I'm in the stadium."
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