A true story of resilience has seen the boy from Clunes, Nick Hind, finally realise his ultimate dream, debuting in his first career AFL game at the weekend.
Although Hind’s selection didn’t come easy, he made the most of it on Saturday, kicking a goal in his maiden appearance for St Kilda.
The footage of this goal and the vision of Hind’s father, former Talbot premiership coach John Hind, wiping away tears in the crowd as he watched on, has been circulated on social media with over 30,000 views.
Flights to Townsville: $250
Watching your son kick his first goal in the AFL: Priceless
What a moment for Nicholas Hind and his family ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8JW2G3wCV1
— St Kilda FC (@stkildafc) June 15, 2019
The Saints went on to topple the Gold Coast Suns 11.14 (80) to 11.10 (76) to keep the side in touch with the top 10, making Hind’s performance all the more special.
Hind took to Instagram on Sunday to thank everyone for “the messages and support” and celebrate an “unreal day”.
The build up for the former Maryborough Education Centre student has been lengthy with years of country football in the Ballarat Football League and several seasons with Essendon in the VFL which finally saw him selected by the Saints at pick number 54 just last year as a mature-aged recruit.
For more on this story see Page 22 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, June 18