AFL fan battling cancer bursts into tears over touching act

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The Melbourne Demons moved longtime fan Warren Costabile, who is in palliative car due to a cancer diagnosis, to tears by bringing the premiership cup to his home. Pictures: Getty Images/Twitter/@DeesArmy
The Melbourne Demons moved longtime fan Warren Costabile, who is in palliative car due to a cancer diagnosis, to tears by bringing the premiership cup to his home. Pictures: Getty Images/Twitter/@DeesArmy

The Melbourne Demons have moved a long-time fan to tears by bringing the 2021 premiership cup to his home as a surprise.

The club worked with the wife of Warren Costabile, a father of two who has been in a four-and-a-half year long battle with cancer, to give the longtime fan a memorable experience.

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The family received devastating news recently, told his battle with cancer is facing impossible odds after it was confirmed to have spread to his liver.

Now in palliative care, Costabile was moved beyond words when his wife Katrina came into the room, premiership cup in hand.

The emotional fallout from the Demons' drought breaking grand final win in 2021, 57 years in the making, is clearly still being felt.

Speaking about the special moment with Channel 9, Costabile said it had been a 'dream' to see the team win a flag, let alone get a hands on look at the trophy, still ribboned in navy and red.

“My wife Katrina brought it through and I completely lost the plot to be honest,” he said.

“It’s an absolute dream come true for me just to witness Melbourne winning a premiership, let alone have the cup.

“To come to the end of my time and have that happen, there are no words, it’s just a bucket list moment.

“For my 45 years being here on the planet it’s been an absolute privilege to be part of the football club.”

Costabile later took to Twitter to thank people for their messages of support after the story was shared.

A GoFundMe page started by friends of the family has raised just over $18,000 of a $20,000 goal to support the family.

Midfielder Oliver wins coveted Demons gong

Star Melbourne midfielder Clayton Oliver has capped an outstanding year, claiming his third Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Memorial Trophy in the Demons' flag-winning season.

The 24-year-old finished on top of the club's Best and Fairest count with 670 votes, making him one of only seven Demons to win the award on three or more occasions.

Christian Petracca (644 votes) was runner-up, with captain Max Gawn (542 votes) third.

Oliver averaged 32 disposals a game, while leading the league in contested possessions (434) and having the second-most clearances (186).

It adds to the former No.4 draft pick's already impressive list of 2021 honours, having earned a second All Australian blazer, the AFLCA Champion Player of the Year Award and a third-place finish in the Brownlow Medal count.

Clatyon Oliver has won Melbourne's best and fairest after their premiership-winning 2021 season. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
Clatyon Oliver has won Melbourne's best and fairest after their premiership-winning 2021 season. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Senior coach Simon Goodwin said the result was fitting recognition for another stellar season.

"To be awarded the Best and Fairest in a premiership-winning side is an amazing honour, and Clayton should be very proud," he said.

"He has worked incredibly hard on his game over the past few seasons, so it's no coincidence that he is now getting reward for his efforts. His consistency and influence on the field is second-to-none."

Petracca, who took out last year's trophy, ranked first for inside 50s, fifth for contested possessions and 10th for disposals across the competition in season 2021.

The Norm Smith Medallist was a standout in the Demons' finals campaign, averaging 34 disposals in each of the three games while finishing the series with five goals.

He also earned himself a second All-Australian selection this season, as well as 23 Brownlow Medal votes.

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