‘The Rat’ visits Whyalla

SUPPORT: Hawthorn legend John Platten (front, second from left) was welcomed by supporters and non-supporters alike in Whyalla today.
SUPPORT: Hawthorn legend John Platten (front, second from left) was welcomed by supporters and non-supporters alike in Whyalla today.

Hawthorn legend John Platten, also known as ‘The Rat’, recently made his way to Whyalla to support a mate with their new business.

Mr Platten, who won the Brownlow Medal in 1987 and was inducted into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2003, was invited to the steel city by Steve Mortlock. 

Mr Mortlock’s partner Lorna Anderson has opened a deli on George Avenue, which Mr Platten was promoting during his visit.

Mr Platten also attended a gathering at Mr Mortlock’s home, signing autographs and pictures for a small group of fans.

“There’s a few Hawthorn supporters in Whyalla,” he said.

“I’ve been here a couple of time, it’s a nice little town with a nice little beach.”

With Hawthorn set to take on Melbourne tonight in a do-or-die Semi Final, Mr Platten has faith in his former side to pull through.

“If we can play a bit better than last week, though last we did play the top side in Richmond,” he said.

“If we start playing well early, anything can happen.”