Fyfe and Hawkins share their country heritage

Fibre of Football advocates Geelong’s Tom Hawkins and Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe have been filmed at home by The Woolmark Company (owned by AWI) for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at where they come from and the importance of their country origins to the way they play Australia’s game.

From Lake Grace in WA, Nat Fyfe, the AFL’s most valuable player for 2014, gets home when he can and enjoys the solitude that comes with driving for his family’s transport business. Having completed a shearing school as a young man, he enjoys working with sheep and working dogs.

Tom Hawkins enjoys getting home to the family farm as a similar release from his high profile sporting life. The sheep, rice and beef property near Finley in NSW is a great break for the champion Geelong full forward who says he honed much of his kicking skill around the woolshed.

Alongside the Nat Fyfe and Tom Hawkins videos are others in The Fibre of Football video series, including where the retro jumpers are made and various woolgrowers who have sold wool into the campaign. The videos will be rolled out progressively during the football season.

The AFL’s Most Valuable Player, Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe, takes us back to Lake Grace in WA where he explains how the country keeps him balanced and grounded.

Fibre of Football advocate Tom Hawkins of the Geelong Cats is from a wool, cropping and rice property at Finley, NSW: “I love coming back [to the family farm]; it’s a great release from playing football.”

The Ultimate Wool Team

AWI has partnered with The Footy Almanac to compile the Ultimate Wool Team: a team of people who have contributed significantly to both wool and football.

The discussion surrounding the selection of the ultimate wool team has been both enlightening and significant.

There have been dozens of nominations. A preliminary squad will be announced in May 2015 with the announcement of the Ultimate Wool Team to be made at a dedicated function later this year towards the finals series.

Nominations are still being received on The Footy Almanac website. To nominate and view current nominations for each state.