FORMER Fish Creek junior footballer, Sam Flanders has joined a unique group of players who have played in a drawn game of AFL/VFL football in their first ever game.
Sam debuted for Gold Coast Suns last Wednesday night against Essendon after finding out at midday the day before that he would play his first ever senior match of AFL football.
At the team meeting on Tuesday, discussion was going on about the forward line where there were only five names featured. Then to his surprise, his name appeared on the screen, and simultaneously his parents Al and Jodie appeared on another zoom screen, as did his sister Hannah and brother Jack. It was an unreal situation when that happened and when all the boys got around me he told The Mirror.
He said that the result was not ideal, but it was an unreal experience.
It was the biggest crowd he had every played in front of, and couldn’t get over the noise from the crowd. It is something that he will always remember. But a win would have been a better result.
He went on to say he was very nervous before the game, which was unusual for him, but he embraced it and certainly enjoyed every minute of the game.
Sam mainly played as a small forward, and ended up with eight disposals and five tackles for the match.
He was drafted with pick 11 in last year’s National Draft.
The Suns played again on Monday night and he kicked his first goal of what will be a promising career.
It now appears that Sam will be one of the last players drafted from the Alberton Football Netball League after the final recommendations released last week that the six Alberton clubs we join the Mid Gippsland League in 2021!