(Launceston Examiner)

HAWTHORN supporters have a lot to thank Patricia Whitecross for. Were it not for the softly spoken octogenarian, brown-and-gold clad fans at Saturday’s elimination final against Adelaide would be voicing their support of a mighty army of men called … the Mayblooms.

Whitecross is the only surviving child of another Australian footy phenomenon that made a home in Tasmania — Roy Cazaly.

And it was while her father was coaching the club during World War II that she made a contribution which continues to have an impact on supporters and headline-writers alike.

And as most entrepreneurial mothers go about doing their thing… rather quietly and very effectively! Go Patricia!!

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