BORN and bred in Camden, Paul Waterhouse reckons he had every right to trade his Swans membership in for a season ticket at the Giants.
On Sunday it won him $100,000.
In front of the biggest crowd ever at Spotless Stadium, father of one Waterhouse received its loudest ever cheer when at third-quarter-time he won a kicking competition — freakishly sinking a ball in between a pile of tyres (sponsored by Toyo Tires) from 40 metres out.
So colossal was the noise and commotion that followed, Giants coach Leon Cameron completely lost his players in the middle of what was supposed to be a serious spray warning that the Swans were coming to get them.
Star player Steve Johnson couldn’t help but burst out laughing in the middle of the huddle as Waterhouse’s kick sailed dead straight.
“They weren’t roaring for my speech,” said Cameron.
“I could see Steve Johnson at the back and he starts giggling while I’m talking about contested ball.”
So dedicated was Waterhouse to his Swans, he travelled south to the MCG for both the 2005 and 2006 Grand Finals.
But those days are long gone now as Waterhouse along with wife Beth, baby daughter Elsie — and the Giants — celebrated getting the cash over the Swans.
“I grew up in western Sydney and always since they joined the competition I thought I really wanted to embrace them and support them,” said Waterhouse, who now lives in Lane Cove.
“I think you can change clubs when a new club enters the comp. I’ve been coming regularly the last two years and I love what the club is about and what they represent.”
Waterhouse entered the competition as he walked through the gates, adamant daughter Elsie’s cute smile might have got him over the line.