As the Richmond Tigers went up to receive their premiership medals, the footy world’s hearts were melting.
Pictures and videos of the players’ kids running amok in the middle of the Gabba were quickly all over social media.
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But perhaps the most emotional interaction came off camera.
Tigers star Shane Edwards, who claimed four Norm Smith Medal votes, revealed an incredible meeting that happened in the grandstand during the game.
Just a couple of dads enjoying the spoils of victory.Source:News Corp Australia
“I’ve actually had something pretty massive, my old man just met my daughter for the first time in the stands,” a beaming Edwards told Channel 7. “I haven’t been able to get back to Adelaide the whole time and he hasn’t been able to come over with my brother, Kym, so they met my daughter in the stands today, in a Grand Final, which I’m pretty sure wouldn’t have happened in history ever. So that was pretty massive.”
With most players stuck in the AFL bubble for just under 110 days, Edwards had a tough decision, only joining the bubble in September after his baby daughter Mya was born in August.
The South Australian-born 31-year-old was lucky to even make the bubble with Mya’s birth coming just two weeks before the cut off for the final flight.
“That was our first child, we didn’t really know what we were doing as well, so we just hung in there, got to the quarantine and we were surrounded by families which is the best thing for us,” he said. “Both our parents are in Adelaide so we didn’t really have much support in Melbourne and it was a blessing in disguise. Like being around Alicia Grimes and Anna Betts, Jordan Ablett, these partners, you would never dream about it but their support actually gave us a lot of confidence to get through it and here we are.”
Bachar Houli was also lucky to be part of the 2020 Grand Final victory, having left the hub after his third child Mohamad was born and while his mother was sick with COVID.
He was pictured with his young son after the match in heartwarming scenes.
Thanks I love it. 🥰 #AFLTigersCats #afl #aflgrandfinal pic.twitter.com/cZ8vdHFYpG
Dustin Martin was also captured enjoying a nice moment with one of the youngsters.
Uncle Dusty, can I please borrow your medal? 🏅 #AFLGF pic.twitter.com/YkCk7mnTw1
But Jack Riewoldt again took the mantle of king of the kids for his adorable exchange with the youngster who presented his Grand Final medal.
Kneeling down he asked her name.
“This is Poppy,” he replied.
She said: “Hi Poppy.”
“Very nice to meet you. Thank you so much.”
“Congratulations, you played really well today.”
“Thank you so much.”
"Congratulations, you played really well today"
How cute was that exchange between Riewoldt and the Auskick kid?! #AFLGF
JACK RIEWOLDT KING OF THE KIDS (even if they’re not his)
Jack Riewoldt and co just provided the cutest moment of the season!
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