THE Naish family of Wangaratta will have about 20 relatives in the crowd for this Saturday’s Essendon versus Richmond clash in support of nephew, cousin and new Tigers player Patrick Naish.
It’s more than likely that the young gun will be named in the Tigers’ side, his first run for his new club since being drafted at pick number 34 in the 2018 AFL National Draft under the father-son rule.
His dad, Chris Naish – a dynamic small forward who played with the Tigers from 1990 to 1997 – hailed from Wangaratta and it will be somewhat of a homecoming with many of his relatives watching the game closely.
Chris Doyle, the uncle of Patrick will be joining his family to cheer on the Tigers, and even though he is a devoted Hawthorn supporter, his two sons have now defected to Richmond.
“My daughter has defected to Geelong because she likes Patrick Dangerfield and my sons swapped to Richmond when their cousin was drafted last year,” Chris said hesitantly.
“There was a bit of light chatter last week about where we’ll sit at Saturday’s game and we’ll probably go where the Naish Waste sign is at the Norm Minns Oval.”