Brisbane Lions premiership player Ally Anderson has shared a touching moment with a hearing-impaired Auskicker on the AFLW grand final dais.
Twenty-one keen footballers from South Melbourne Districts Auskick Centre had the honour of presenting the medallions after Sunday’s decider at Princes Park.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Ally Anderson’s Auslan exchange with young Teddy, Lions stars pose for photos with Auskickers.
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The usual handshakes followed, mixed in with some high-fives, while one was mic’d-up and told Dakota Davidson, who went into the match under an injury cloud, that it was the “best day ever”.
Isabel Dawes even paused on the dais to join her Auskicker in a muscles celebration before Courtney Hodder and Mikayla Pauga posed for photos with their buddies.
Dawes and her young Auskicker flexed the guns on the dais. Credit: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Mixed in among them Anderson had one of the more unique and special exchanges in recent memory when she met young Teddy on the stage.
Teddy was desperate to get his hands on the gifted hat but first needed to drop the medallion on Anderson’s head.
With that taken care of, the pair signed ‘thank you’ and ‘congratulations’ in Auslan before Teddy got what he came for, clapped one last time and excitedly jogged off the stage.
Hearing-impaired Auskicker Teddy signs with Ally Anderson on the dais. Credit: Channel 7
The Auskickers’ day ended with the last junior footballer living out a different dream.
The girl presented Brisbane captain and best-on-ground Bre Koenen with her premiership medallion, and then jumped off the dais with a loud ‘weeeeee’ that no doubt made her 20 friends wonder why they didn’t think of it first.
Anderson, meanwhile, said she had no words to celebrate the Lions’ come-from-behind victory over North Melbourne.
“Being down at three-quarter time and just knowing we had to come back and kick a couple of goals, I can’t believe it. It hasn’t kicked in. Unbelievable,” she told Channel 7.
“It just means the world. As sad as it sounds, it’s pretty much my whole life. It just means absolutely everything.”
Anderson helped set the tone for the win as one of four Brisbane players to record double-figure tackles.
But the midfielder, Dawes and Koenen all trailed the fearless Hodder.
The small forward posed for her photo with the Auskicker on the dais wearing not just a medallion but a black eye.
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Hodder proudly wore a shiner after the premiership win. Credit: Morgan Hancock/AFL Photos/via Getty Images
“I’ve got a little shiner but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Hodder said.
“I go hard for my girls. I’m just happy to come away with a medal dangling around my neck.
“I base my game on my pressure and so do our other girls … and we killed it.
“It was so important, very crucial. It was a tight game and our pressure got us over the line.
“I don’t like losing, so to go out and just tackle anything and everything is what I pride myself on.”
– with AAP
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