Bunbury's Spencer Gummery one of 23 NAB AFL Auskickers for grand final day

Eight-year-old Spencer Gummery had the 'time of his life' when he was one of 23 NAB AFL Auskickers to be involved in the grand final on Saturday September 25.

Spencer's mum Dionee Gummery said they received the call a couple of weeks ago from WA Football Commission to say he was selected to be in the guard of honour and present the premiership medals.

"I videoed him, he cartwheeled and ran around in circles. he was very excited," she said.

Spencer has been playing auskick with the South Bunbury Football Club for a few years now and Mrs Gummery said he 'just loves footy'.

She said Spencer loved going to the club and socialising with his friends once auskick was finished.

As part of the experience the whole family went to Perth and on Wednesday before the grand final, Spencer was able to do a training session at Optus stadium.

Mrs Gummery said some of the players that did the session were Patrick Cripps, Luke Shuey and Stephen Coniglio and AFLW players Ebony Antonio, and Bella Lewis.

After the training session, Spencer got to meet his favourite player, Josh Kennedy at Footy Place.

Mrs Gummery said Eagles coach Adam Simpson was there too and had a great chat with Spencer about his auskick experience.

While Spencer was hoping the Bulldogs were going to win, he try and learn some of the Melbourne players' names too.

Mrs Gummery said Spencer was able to do the guar of honour for the Bulldogs team at half time, where he gave all the players a high five.

"Afterwards he was skipping all the way back," she said.

"They watched fireworks and half time show from the ground, told the other kids it was the best time of his life."

"At three quarter time when it wasn't looking good for the bulldogs he got his Melbourne scarf out that we got him to help get in the spirit of things."

Then it came time for the auskickers to present the premiership medal to the Melbourne players.

Mrs Gummery said Spencer was left handed and in the lead up to the day they had been trying to teach him how to shake with his right hand.

"So he doesn't have that awkward moment you get when you put your left hand when some one else puts their right hand out," she said.

"I saw footage of him in the line and he looked nervous but he was smiling up on stage, he is a determined little fellow so he would have just wanted to do everything right."

Spencer gave Ed Langdon his medal and Mrs Gummery said he didn't let go of his hand until he said what he wanted to say.

"He told me he said 'great game and congratulations'," she said.

"We were more nervous than him to be honest."


The best time of Spencer's life continued as he and the other auskicker's got to play in the confetti while the AFL players celebrated their win.

Spencer was able to continue on his high when the family got back to their hotel as he ordered room service and watched videos of himself on his mother's phone.

"He was was still hyperactive he and watched himself on our phone and got a big kick out of it and he was proud of himself that he didn't drop the medal," Mrs Gummery said.

Mrs Gummery said all the auskickers received a 'grand final experience' book where players could sign it as well the other auskickers and you could your ticket in it as well.

"Spencer grabbed some of the confetti and plans on sticking it in there as well," she said.

Mrs Gummery said the parents of the auskickers definitely felt the importance of the experience and how it would go down in the history books.

She said it was amazing to know that all their family and friends were at home watching the game and waiting to see Spencer take the stage.

She said the NAB AFL Auskick staff were wonderful and looked after them throughout the whole experience.

The NAB AFL Auskick team provided the family with accommodation, food vouchers, credit for uber and of course tickets to the grand final.

"WA put on one incredible grand final," she said.

The other 23 auskick players chosen included Donnybrook's Owen Thompson, Pinjarra's Jude Ramsay and Sienna Seager from the Mandurah Mustangs.

Jude Ramsay's mum, Zoe said as soon as he went to his first AFL match he asked to play auskick.

"Jude lives and breathes footy - he even goes to school with Richmond Football Club midfielder Shai Bolton's niece," she said.

NAB AFL Auskick invites all children aged five-12, no matter their knowledge of Australian Football, skill or ability, to participate in the non-contact program.

The NAB AFL Auskick program has been designed to let kids learn through play and fosters a fun environment where kids have the freedom to run, jump, kick, laugh and express themselves.