Katandra Auskick participants showed off what they have learnt in front of more than 28000 people last weekend.
The 12 Auskickers took to Etihad Stadium at half-time in Hawthorn’s clash against West Coast on Sunday and their energy was contagious.
Kats’ Auskick co-ordinator Brooke Lawn said the players could not keep the smile off their faces.
‘‘The kids had a ball, everyone had a kick and couple of the kids had a goal, they were pretty excited, pretty crazy,’’ he said.
The aspiring talents watched most of the first quarter before preparing for the grand moment of running out of the race immediately after the half-time siren rang out.
The young players were evidence of a thriving junior sport culture at Katandra.
‘‘They (Auskick) train on Thursday night before the seniors and we have NetSetGo on the same night so Thursday is a big night at the club,’’ Lawn said.
Twenty-one children take part in the program, with the oldest or those who had been involved the longest earning the call up.