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WA Auskicker of the Year nominees heading to MelbourneWednesday, September 25, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Four West Australian NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year nominees will travel to Melbourne this week for an unforgettable three-day AFL experience as part of the NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition.

The NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition demonstrates NAB’s commitment to supporting footballers from the grassroots to the big time – celebrating the passion and dedication of thousands of children who attend NAB AFL Auskick centres across Australia every weekend.

Held from September 26-28, the Grand Final experience will see the four WA nominees join 18 others from around Australia to take part in a number of incredible experiences, including 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.

In addition, all 22 nominees will attend the 2019 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year Award night, where an overall winner will be announced.

The lucky 2019 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year will receive $5,000 in a NAB Reward Saver Account and have Geelong Football Club captain Joel Selwood and AFLW star Katie Brennan as their personal footy mentors for 2020.

NAB Head of Media & Partnerships, Thomas Dobson, said NAB is proud to continue to support the AFL and NAB AFL Women’s competition.

“NAB is all about backing the bold and we couldn’t think of any more deserving people to back right now than the 22 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year nominees. I’ll be there, pie in hand at half time cheering them on at the Grand Final – it’s shaping up to be a fantastic day!”

AFL General Manager of Growth, Digital and Audience Darren Birch said that is was terrific to be able to provide a number of NAB AFL Auskickers from across the country with an experience they will never forget.

“The NAB AFL Auskick program is one of the best, first introductions a child has with Australian Football, and we are thrilled to recognise the littlest champions who ignite a passion for the game through the NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition,” Mr Birch said.

“In conjunction with our partner NAB, we’re delighted to provide the 2019 Auskicker of the Year nominees with an opportunity to be part of the festivities of AFL Grand Final week, an experience which I’m sure they will remember for many years to come.”

Western Australia’s NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year nominees in 2019:

Emmett Brickland

Age 7

NAB AFL Auskick Centre: Claremont District, WA

Favourite AFL Club: Collingwood

Favourite AFL Player: Jordan De Goey

Paige Firth

Age 7

NAB AFL Auskick Centre: Esperance, WA

Favourite AFL Club: Fremantle

Favourite AFL Player: Michael Walters /Nat Fyfe

James Kenny

Age 7

NAB AFL Auskick Centre: Wembley Downs, WA

Favourite AFL Club: Richmond

Favourite AFL Player: Eddie Betts

India DeSouza

Age 7

NAB AFL Auskick Centre: Mount Hawthorn Cardinals JFC, WA

Favourite AFL Club: West Coast

Favourite AFL Player: Nic Naitanui


NAB AFL Auskick invites all children aged 5-12, no matter their knowledge of Australian Football, skill or ability, to participate in the non-contact program.

In weekly sessions kids explore the world of AFL, building football skills and playing in a safe and super fun setting. 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.

NAB AFL Auskick starts from the very beginning, teaching all kids the basics of Australian Football whilst building fundamental motor skills and learning what it means to play as part of a team. Recognised across the country as one of the most competitively priced sport programs, NAB AFL Auskick has delighted kids and parents alike for over 20 years.

NAB has been supporting Auskickers since 2006, each year providing over 200,000 young kids across the country with the opportunity to learn and develop fundamental footy skills while promoting a healthy lifestyle and ensuring the footy champions of tomorrow can realise their potential.

NAB’s commitment to growing NAB AFL Auskick extends both on and off the field. The NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year competition provides 22 lucky Auskickers with a once in a lifetime experience, whilst NAB’s various program initiatives are focused on fostering local centres around Australia

Registrations for the 2020 NAB AFL Auskick season are now open via