Mitchell's win of a lifetime
By RACHAEL BORICH
CAPELLA'S Mitchell Loudon loves his Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys NRL teams, but a huge AFL opportunity has landed in his lap.
Mitchell, 7, is one of 12 Queenslanders who have won the opportunity of a lifetime ? to play on the MCG at half-time of the 2005 AFL grand final on September 24.
Is he excited?
"Yep,'' said Mitchell, who turns eight on September 10.
All he had to do was register with the 2005 Auskick program. Auskick is an Australian Football program for boys and girls aged between five and 12 years.
This has provided Mitchell's only experience with this football code after the Year 3 student joined the program at Capella State School this year.
"I practise only AFL and playing the games are my favourite, my favourite game is hit the deck,'' Mitchell said.
He is usually found on the rugby league paddock playing for his beloved Peak Downs Pirates (Capella/Tieri) under-10 team. However, while a league fan, he doesn't mind barracking for the Brisbane Lions.
Playing AFL isn't an option for Mitchell with no organised junior competition on the Central Highlands.
When Mitchell's mother, Jacqui, first received the news about the grand final via a message on her mobile phone she had to replay it.
Mitchell's dad, Jim, has earned the call-up as his son's guardian for the trip, which also includes joining AFL Auskick ambassador Robert "Dipper'' DiPierdomenico in the AFL grand final parade, a visit to the AFL Hall of Fame and Sensation, and he will participate in grand final pre-match entertainment.
Jim is also more of a rugby league follower, but he's still looking forward to the experience.