Hearts have melted across the AFL world after seeing Gold Coast young gun Alex Davies’ grandfather joining in the celebrations after the side’s win over Adelaide.
Davies, who grew up in Cairns, has Japanese heritage from his mother’s side, and his grandfather flew from Japan to watch an AFL game live for the first time this weekend.
Showing up at Metricon Stadium in full Gold Coast kit, he was spotted in the crowd celebrating after Davies kicked a goal, then being invited into the club rooms to sing the song.
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Suns players and coach Stuart Dew were seen greeting and hugging Davies’ grandpa, with he and Dew trading a goal umpire finger-pointing salute.
“This was a great moment,” Fox Footy commentator Anthony Hudson said on The First Crack.
“His grandfather, who saw AFL footy for the first time in the flesh, saw him play, part of the song. He knows how to be a goal umpire as well!”
Hawthorn and Melbourne champion Jordan Lewis praised the club and Dew for allowing Davies’ family into the inner sanctum.
“It’s wonderful to see, and what that does is fills him (Davies) with some really good emotion, but if you see that from a teammate point of view, it just builds good culture,” Lewis said.
“And that’s what Stuey Dew has tried to do over the last few years, and little acts like that have a big impact.”