Tom Stewart apologises to young girl after AFL grand final gaffe

Tom Stewart, pictured here inadvertently snubbing a young Auskicker after the AFL grand final.
Tom Stewart inadvertently snubbed a young Auskicker after the AFL grand final. Image: Getty/Channel 7

Geelong Cats player Tom Stewart has apologised to a young Auskicker after inadvertently snubbing her handshake on the podium after the AFL grand final.

As is tradition after the AFL decider, the winning players are presented with their premiership medals by young Auskick participants from around the country.

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The AFL players usually hand the youngsters a commemorative hat before the Auskicker places the medal around the players' necks.

The tradition usually makes for some lovely scenes, however things went wrong for Stewart after the grand final on Saturday.

The four-time All-Australian didn't realise the young girl had offered him a handshake after presenting him with the medal, with Stewart raising his arms into the air and inadvertently fresh-airing her.

To make matters worse, Stewart accidentally knocked the girl's hat off her head as he put his arms up.

Speaking on Channel 9 on Sunday morning, Stewart apologised for the gaffe and said he would send the young girl a gift to make amends.

“I got a bit overwhelmed and a bit excited and ended up knocking the hat off her head," he said.

“If anybody knows her and would like to reach out on my socials I’d really appreciate it.”

Tom Stewart, pictured here celebrating with his premiership medal after the AFL grand final.
Tom Stewart celebrates with his premiership medal after the AFL grand final. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

The brutal moment came in complete contrast to the actions of Geelong captain Joel Selwood, who was widely praised for an incredible gesture for his Auskicker.

Selwood said to Archie Stockdale - who won the Auskicker of the Year award - "I told you I was coming to see you", before handing him his game-worn boots.

Selwood is the talk of the AFL world following his fourth grand final triumph after another remarkable gesture for Geelong 'water boy' Sam Moorfoot.

Selwood was walking around the MCG after the game when he spotted Moorfoot - who has Down Syndrome and has been acting as the club's water boy during training sessions for a number of years - in the crowd.

Joel Selwood, pictured here posing for a photo with Archie Stockdale after the AFL grand final.
Joel Selwood poses for a photo with Archie Stockdale after the AFL grand final. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

The captain proceeded to lift Moorfoot onto the field to celebrate with the players, before Jeremy Cameron draped his medal around Moorfoot's neck.

Selwood also captured the hearts of fans before the game when he carried Gary Ablett's son Levi onto the field.

Levi Ablett suffers from a rare degenerative disease and is unable to walk, with the Abletts previously revealing that he doesn't have a very long life expectancy.

Geelong defy age critics to win AFL grand final

Geelong emphatically silenced critics who doubted their ageing list would win a premiership, thrashing Sydney by 81 points.

The Cats fielded the oldest team in the league's 126-year history on Saturday but were full of running in a 20.13 (133) to 8.4 (52) victory in front of 100,024 fans at the MCG.

Their second flag under Chris Scott is their 10th overall and first since 2011, and follows a heartbreaking stretch of five preliminary final defeats and a grand final loss two years ago.

It confirmed Geelong's status as the best club of the 21st century, with four premierships from 12 final-four finishes in the past 16 years.

The victory margin with the fifth-highest in grand final history as the Cats restricted Sydney to their lowest score of the season.

"We never had any intention of trying to prove people wrong ... but it does feel like it's been a really long, challenging road," Scott told reporters.

"We've been consistent.

"But it feels as if it's been a bit of a cruel game because we've done everything we can to give all our people a chance and with that comes great emotional risk if you don't get it done at the end of the season."

with AAP

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