They've watched their sons form a close bond on the football field and now a group of West Coast mothers have formed their own team.
Eight "MOPs" - mothers of players - are preparing to spend a week in Cambodia where they will volunteer at two orphanages and visit a school built by the Eagles.
The women were inspired by the club's previous work with Cambodian charity the Tabitha Foundation, which saw first and second year players visit the country in 2010 to build 20 houses for impoverished families.
The club then raised enough money to build a school in Koh Kong province, now attended by 500 students.
Aileen Glass, Mary Cox, Anne Embley, Kathy Lynch, Desley Mackenzie, Pamela Stratford, Monica Masten and Sharon Priddis will be able to see the handiwork for themselves when they visit the school in November.
The MOPs have joined forces with the Eagles to raise money for an extension to the school, which Mrs Stratford - mother of Eagle Sam Butler - said was much needed.
"Five-hundred kids turned up on day one, some walking up to 12km to get there . . . You can imagine if we can build an extension on to the school, we will be helping out so many more kids," she said.
"We are so lucky with our boys living their dreams as AFL players, so we want to fulfil the dreams of the Cambodian kids, in some small way."
Through raffles, quiz nights and sausage sizzles, the women are also hoping to raise $1000 each to buy nappies and milk for the orphanages.For information or to donate, visit www.tabitha.org . au/cms/mops-eagles-building-project.
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