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Zac Buckley is 15-year-old massive Saints fan and it’s safe to say he got pretty close to his heroes last Sunday evening.

He was last week’s randomly drawn winner for the St Kilda v Gold Coast post-match changeroom pass and he hasn’t stopped talking about it since according to his mum, Simone.

“It was great. He loved it,” she said.

“He loved getting photos with some of the players and just seeing what they do after a game. He was quite amazed at how many of them had to have ice on with the injuries they all carry and what have you.

“He even got to talk to a couple of them.

“For us it was a really positive experience and something he hasn’t done before. He was rapt to tell his mates he’d done it.”

The St Kilda Football Club is the South Metro Junior Football League’s (SMJFL) Community Football Partner, with a number of joint initiatives including the ‘Play Fair’ campaign, ‘Saints Squad’ promotion as well as the regular ticket, guard of honour and changeroom pass giveaways for home matches which are promoted through SMJFL social media.

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It’s all part of being #BetterTogether, with both the Saints and the SMJFL to cement their relationships by both returning their headquarters to the heartland of football in the South-East in 2018, Moorabbin.

Simone also made mention of the ‘humanising’ element of Zac’s experience as well as the lasting effect it’ll have on the talented young footballer, a Beaumaris Sharks product, part of the South Metro Stars Interleague setup while also umpiring for the league.

“What shocked him is that they’re not as big as you think. There’s always this expectation that being a footballer is an unachievable thing to do,” he said.

“It gives the kids a bit of perspective on the whole football atmosphere. Seeing them in that environment where they’re relaxed. They’re just people.”

“He chatted about it the whole way home!”

Keep an eye out on Facebook for our next St Kilda home game changeroom pass giveaway – Round 17 v Essendon! 

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