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ND alumni create local club to cheer their beloved Fighting Irish

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The next best thing to being at a Notre Dame football game is watching it with Fighting Irish friends and family. And one local ND club has made it a tradition to gather for game watch Sundays.

For the past couple of years, a handful of University of Notre Dame alum both young and old on Guam, gather at Applebees in Tamuning for game watch Sundays to cheer on the Fighting Irish. 35-year old Kristianna Whitman, a 2004 ND graduate said the idea of a ND game club came when she first moved back to Guam a couple of years ago.

"Friends of mine, also alumni of ND, would be chatting when the games were going on and we decided it would be a good idea to get together and watch it together," she explained.

Carla Haddock, class of 2002 alum, also helped with forming the club. "What was happening that after we were done graduating from college, everyone was just going home and on the phone talking about the games and so finally I said, 'Why don't we get together and have a game watch?'," she said.

After a week full of work, chaperoning kids to and from practice, and other things that keep them busy...unwinding with friends and football is a must. "What makes it so fun is that we really can get together and we have this camaraderie with each other, no one really understands ND football more than the fans," she said.

And Carla attributes her love for the game to her father, Justice Robert Torres, who is also an ND grad, noting, "He used to wake us up at like 3 in the morning, to watch these games, so starting from a very early age, I was so excited about Notre Dame football."

2004 ND graduate Joseph Perez says he has always had a love for football and that carried over to ND. "I played football in GYFLL since I was third grade and I played all the way through and I played in the ND intramural leagues and when I moved back to Guam, I played in the MFL, I've been an all around football fan growing up," he told KUAM News.

As for how their team is doing thus far? "We're doing well but I have to knock on wood because it's always scary, we have a big game today we're hoping to go all the way today and stay undefeated," he shared. "I'm looking forward to finishing out the season undefeated, we're in the top 3 right now and hopefully we'll get to the championship. It's a long road, but our schedule looks promising but we're hopeful for the best."

And I'm sure you will find these devoted fans glued to the big screens on Sunday, November 11 when the Fighting Irish go up against Florida State Seminoles at 10:30am on KUAM-TV8.

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