It was a special honour when eight-year-old Noah Craven was awarded the Kellyville Rouse Hill Magpies Auskicker of the year award.
Not only was he selected from a big playing group to cap off his first year playing AFL, but it was also the 10th anniversary of the death of the shield’s namesake.
Parents Leanne and Peter said the meaning behind the Connor Greasby Memorial Shield made it even more special.
“When they were giving out the award, I was listening to them explaining the reason behind the shield,” Mrs Craven said. “I was getting emotional about that.
“And then they said Noah’s name which set me off. It makes it even more special that it’s not just that he can play, but he’s a good kid, he tries hard and it’s all about sportsmanship as well.”
The Kellyville Ridge family were surprised by the award, not the least of which Noah.
“He said he was wasn’t expecting it and even for the next few days he would come up and say ‘I still can’t believe it’,” Mr Craven said.
“He was extremely happy with himself. He didn’t think he would get it because there were so many kids in the mix.
“We obviously know that he puts in a lot of effort and he has a bit of ability but we didn’t expect it.”
After a successful first season, Noah will look to move to the under-10s level next year.
A soccer budding soccer player, Noah also told his parents if he had to choose between the sports at the moment, he would choose the Australian code.