By Luke Voogt
Teesdale Auskicker Sienna Campbell dreams of one day playing for her beloved Geelong Cats.
“That would be awesome! I’ll have to do lots of practice though,” the seven-year-old mused.
And Sienna has a chance to learn from the best, Cats captain Joel Selwood, after appearing on national television during the Melbourne-Brisbane clash in June.
She spoke to Channel 7 presenter Hamish McLachlan in a pre-recorded interview – over Zoom due to Covid-19 restrictions – before watching herself on TV at half-time.
“It was funny, because I’ve never seen myself on TV,” she said.
“I really enjoyed talking to Hamish and I wish it went for longer, as we had so much to talk about.”
As a weekly nominee for AFL Auskicker of the Year, Sienna is set to present a medal to a premiership-winning player on grand final day.
If she wins the competition she will have Selwood, one of her four favourite players, as her personal footy mentor for 2022.
“He’s always getting hurt because he plays so good,” she said.
She also hopes to meet Tom Hawkins “because he kicks lots of goals”, “uncle Jake’s favourite player” Jeremy Cameron and Irishman Zach Tuohy.
“He has the same name as my brother and he’s got a funny accent,” she said.
If her passion for Auskick is anything to go by, she might end up streaming down the midfield or kicking goals for Geelong one day.
“I like to kick goals, and tackling and running with the ball,” she said.
“I get to learn new skills at Auskick and… have fun with my friends.”