The 2014 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year, Lochie Sunderland, spent the day at the home of the Geelong Cats with mentor Joel Selwood for an inner sanctum experience like no other
Last year’s NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year, Lochie Sunderland, was not only awarded $5,000 as the overall winner in 2014 but also has Geelong Captain, Joel Selwood as his mentor in 2015.
Lochie and his family made the trip to Melbourne and down to the home of the Geelong Cats, Simonds Stadium, where they spent the day with Joel Selwood for an inner sanctum experience like no other.
Lochie’s day kicked off with a surprise organised by Joel – a brand new Geelong Guernsey waiting for him at the Cats Shop, which he couldn’t get on quick enough. All decked out in his new jumper, Lochie then watched the team train from the front row before being invited on the ground to join in the fun. He was lucky enough to meet some of Selwood’s friends and fellow Cats stars – Stevie Johnson, Tom Hawkins and Harry Taylor – who taught him all there is to know about ‘snaps’ and ‘banana’ kicks whilst receiving expert tips to help with his NAB AFL Auskick skills.
Once the training session had finished it was time for a behind the scenes tour of the stadium, and as Lochie found out there was no better tour guide than the Cats captain himself! The first stop was the team’s warm up area where Lochie showed off his basketball talents, much to the delight of Selwood who is a huge basketball fan. The boot and strapping rooms were the next stops followed by a visit to the media room, where Lochie held his very own press conference. No football club tour would be complete without some time spent in the gym, where Lochie tested his strength on the chin up bar (with a little help from his mentor)!
It only got better for Lochie and his family, who ended the day at a café having a milkshake with Selwood and chatting about the exciting things that are still to come for Lochie this year!
Give your child the chance to experience all of this, and much more.
Enter them into the NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition at nab.com.au/auskick.