Hugo Smart makes AFL debut on grand final day

Star: Richmond defender Nathan Broad accepts his premiership medal from Keith's Hugo Smart. Photo: AFL Photos
Star: Richmond defender Nathan Broad accepts his premiership medal from Keith's Hugo Smart. Photo: AFL Photos

Eight-year-old Keith local Hugo Smart made his Toyota AFL Grand Final debut last weekend as part of the 2019 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition.

Developing his skills at the Keith Auskick Centre each week, Hugo was named the Round 13 weekly Auskicker of the Year nominee earlier this year.

That led to him taking part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Melbourne from September 26-28.

As part of the NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition, Hugo along with the 21 other nominees participated in a number of incredible experiences.

They included walking in the AFL Grand Final parade, playing on the hallowed MCG turf during half-time of the 2019 Toyota AFL Grand Final and presenting the 2019 AFL Premiers with their medals.

Richmond defeated Greater Western Sydney Giants by 89 points in a one-sided grand final.

Hugo had the honour of climbing onto the big stage after the game to present Richmond defender Nathan Broad with his premiership medal.

Nominated for NAB Auskicker of the Year in round 12 this year, Hugo and his family drove to Melbourne for the Friday night game between traditional rivals Hawthorn and Essendon.

Hugo played in the half time match and was then interviewed on national TV by presenter Hamish McLachlan.

He described the whole experience as "exciting and a bit scary".