This is another instalment of Mamamia’s ‘Sport Siren’ series – where we will shine a spotlight on a brilliant woman involved in Aussie sport every single Saturday.
This is Jerri Jones’ story…
You can call Jerri Jones many things. A businesswoman. A mum-of-two. Someone with a double degree in commerce and communications. A wife to Nathan Jones, the co-captain of the AFL’s Melbourne Football Club.
But don’t call her a ‘WAG’.
“I don’t like the term WAG at all,” the 29-year-old laughs over the phone, having just put the kids down for a nap. “I am [Nathan’s] number one support person. And that’s obviously for his sport, but also for his life.”
The tired trope that partners of professional AFL athletes spend their days in J’Aton Couture gowns and lounging by infinity pools understandably wears Jerri thin. Besides pursuing her own career and being a mum, there’s so much more to what she does behind the scenes, and what being married to Nathan entails.
Jerri isn’t just a fan of Nathan’s. In many ways she’s also a confidant, a therapist, a first aid assistant, a manager, and a sounding board.
“Just like any partner, I’m the person he bounces things off. Often, because he is a captain, Nath is working through different things across all aspects of the club and he will come home and talk through things with me, even just to have a listening ear.
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“Obviously we also go to games and support him – it’s important for him to know that we’re there.”
‘We’ includes the pair’s two children, a daughter who’s almost three, Bobbi, and Remy, their five-month-old son.
“Nath loves us being involved, because he spends more time at the club than he does at home. Having us a part of that is really important to him, so I facilitate that and make sure home life runs smoothly as possible.
“The kids are growing up at the football club, and around the football club, and it’s great. Honestly, it’s like a family.”