Shepparton’s Mack Parker, 7, got the shock of his life recently, when his beloved Tigers showed up on his doorstep for breakfast.
As part of an AFL Auskick competition, Mack won the chance to spend the morning with Richmond coach Damien Hardwick, captain Trent Cotchin, vice-captain Jack Riewoldt and Dylan Grimes.
Already dressed in his Tigers gear and eager to head down to the training session at Deakin Reserve, Mack answered a knock at the door.
Mack’s father Jason said it was a huge surprise for his son, seeing his idols on the other side.
‘‘He was so shocked and surprised,’’ Mr Parker said.
After inviting the guys in for a chat, the group headed outside with Mack’s brothers, Eli, 11, and Cole, 9, to play some basketball, have a kick of the footy and a ride on their scooters.
Mack was then invited to ride with the players to the training session as Mr Parker followed in another car behind with Mr Hardwick.
‘‘We got to go along and watch and go inside the rooms,’’ Mr Parker said.
‘‘The players were all coming over and saying hey.
‘‘He (Mack) was on cloud nine.’’
Mack was also given some merchandise to take away, including a top from Mr Hardwick, which he has slept in every night since.
Involved with AusKick for four years, Mack is keen to continue playing and build his skills.
Mr Parker was extremely thankful to the program and said it was a fantastic initiative, encouraging more people to get involved with the program.
‘‘It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a big thanks to Auskick, AFL Goulburn Murray and Richmond FC for organising it.’’
Learn more about local Auskick programs by visiting play.afl/auskick