Pint sized footy fan Jaguar Bogert has a big job on AFL Grand Final Day.
Jaguar, 6, is one of 22 kids who will present premiership medals to the players of this year’s winning team.
How did he get such an important job and how does he feel about it?
Jaguar, who does Auskick in Carlton, Victoria, decided to send in a video to the AFL showing why he should be named the Auskicker of the Year.
In the video, the Prep student shows off the skills he is honing* at Auskick, including a right foot snap, left foot drop punt, a mark and bounces.
“I should be the Auskicker of the Year because I love footy more than any other Auskicker,” he says in the video.
Watch Jaguar’s video
Auskicker Jaguar Bogert
Thanks to his video, Jaguar was chosen as the Auskicker of the Week for round eight and got to play on the MCG during the halftime break in the match between Geelong and Richmond.
“I kicked three goals and one point when I was on a hard corner,” the young Essendon fan said of his debut* at the MCG.
As an Auskicker of the Week, Jaguar will not only present a premiership medal but will also play at halftime on Grand Final Day, as well as attend the Grand Final Parade the day before.
“I would love it if Essendon could play in the Grand Final and I could give the medal to one of the Essendon players,” he said.
“But I will say ‘good game’ to whoever the player is.”
Jaguar is also in the running* to be named the overall Auskicker of the Year, a title that comes with a $5000 prize.
Jaguar’s dad, Steven, said Jaguar wanted to donate the money to his school, Brunswick North Primary, to buy a set of goalposts if he won.
“On his first day of school when he came home the first thing he said was ‘Dad, there are no goalposts at my school’,” Mr Bogert said.
As well as the $5000 NAB Reward Saver Account, the Auskicker of the Year also wins Geelong Football Club captain Joel Selwood and AFLW Richmond captain Katie Brennan as their personal footy mentors* in 2022.
It could be the first step towards an AFL career for Jaguar, who is a natural right foot but is already working on improving his left side kicks and handballs.
“I would like to be an Essendon Football Club player when I grow up,” he said.
“I will need to practise a lot, practice my left a lot and practice bananas* a lot because I’m not very good at bananas.”
The AFL has given the honour* of presenting the premiership medals to Auskickers for the past 12 years.
With 11 rounds of the AFL season remaining, the AFL is looking for more Auskickers who demonstrate the spirit of the game – dedication, enthusiasm, teamwork and passion.
For more information, see play.afl/auskick
- honing: improving or perfecting something over time
- debut: first performance
- in the running: a chance
- mentors: someone who helps and guides
- banana: a type of kick that is used for a shot at goal from a tight angle
- honour: a special role that someone is proud to do
- How many kids will present premiership medals on Grand Final Day?
- In which round was Jaguar named Auskicker of the Week?
- Which team does Jaguar support?
- What does Jaguar want to do with the $5000 if he wins Auskicker of the Year?
- Which two footballers will be mentors to the Auskicker of the year?
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1. Big Winner
If you, like Jaguar, were in the running to win $5000 for winning the Auskicker of the Year competition, what would you do with the money? Jaguar would like to donate to his school, would you like to donate it to a charity, help somebody or use it for yourself or your family?
Detail how you would spend the $5000 prize.
Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, Mathematics, Personal and social
If you or someone you know are between 5-12 years of age, and are registered in the Auskick program, you may like to make a video and enter the NAB Auskicker of the Year competition. Make a one minute video demonstrating your skills and saying why you should be the Auskicker of Year. You can enter online at afl.nab.com.au/auskick/entry
Time: allow 25 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, Digital Technologies
Talents Run High in Australia
Like Jaguar, it’s time to show off your talents — however big or small.
Write a script showcasing your talents to try to be chosen for a new series of Young Talent Time. The show will have special guests each week, who will get a chance to share their talents with the rest of Australia.
There will also be five special places for children to become a regular co-host of the show. Decide if you would like a guest spot or to become a co-host.
If you want to become a co-host, you need to add an extra letter convincing the producers to select you, pointing out that your talents are models for other children.
Remember to be really confident when sharing your talents. Make a big deal out of them and be proud of what you can do.