The Katamatite 2017 Auskickers had 12 kids participate in a grid game that graced the Etihad turf at half-time in the game between Essendon and North Melbourne on Saturday, July 22.
Auskick co-ordinator Clinton Burkitt said they had a fantastic time and were supported loudly by the Katty cheer squad (parents).
‘‘We had the whole experience from arriving at the ground, taken to our seats by the Auskick people, enjoying a quick bite to eat — the classic footy food of hot chips and meat pie — then down to the rooms to get changed and then waiting on the sidelines, getting extremely close to the action, to running on to the ground at half-time for the game,’’ Burkitt said.
‘‘Although the game only lasted 14 minutes the kids put all their hard work back at Katty to good stead and loved every minute of it and the crowd cheered every time a goal was scored or a great tackle was made,’’ he said.
‘‘At the close of their game the kids gave high fives to people in the stand and once changed and taken back to our seats were praised by parents for their efforts.
‘‘As the Auskick co-ordinator, I am so proud of the way these kids — Oliver, Declan, Mitchell, Archie, Cooper M, Giordan, James, Tyler, Chloe, Cooper F, Harrison and Heidi — conducted themselves during the day and especially during the game — go Katty Tigers.’’