Footy fans have praised Ally Anderson's beautiful act during the AFLW grand final presentation after she took the time to interact with a hearing-impaired Auskick player. The Lions defied their underdog status and a three-quarter deficit against North Melbourne to storm home 7.2 (44) to 4.3 (27) in a thrilling AFLW grand final on Sunday.
And Anderson delivered a beautiful moment for viewers during the post-match presentation. Young footy Auskick participants from the South Melbourne Districts Auskick Centre were on stage to greet the victorious Lions players and present them with their medals.
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Anderson went on stage and the young player put the winner's medal around her neck. And in a beautiful moment, Anderson stopped and used the 'thank you' sign in Auslan for the young player.
The Lions' best and fairest player of the year then placed a hat on the young footy player's head, before he ran off to an applause. Anderson was also all smiles as she then exited the stage having won a premiership medal.
And while there has been plenty of drama surrounding grand final presentations in recent years, Anderson's beautiful moment was a stand out. AFLW fans were quick to laud the Lions star's lovely moment, which was a classy way to finish the season for the Lions.
What a woman, so so special!
— Dylan (@BBFFCAFC) December 3, 2023
Female athletes are pretty much always good with kids, but Ally Anderson using Auslan with her presenter on stage felt pretty special. #AFLWGF
— Daniel Viles (sport) (@WombatCatcher) December 3, 2023
— Keith Martin (@martink630) December 3, 2023
That is so special♥️
— Dianne Collins🦁 (@LionsDi) December 3, 2023
Lions storm home to win AFLW grand final
The Lions were underdogs against North Melbourne heading into the final and appeared to be in trouble when they were down at three-quarter time. However, the Lions rallied to avenge last year's grand final defeat against Melbourne in a 7.2 (44) to 4.3 (27) victory.
"I think we kind of like being the underdog. I think it suits us," said Lions captain Bre Koenen, who was named best on ground. "We've been the underdog for, somehow, a really long time over our history, so I think the girls revel in it. It almost gives you a perspective of we've got nothing to lose, like we can take risks and we can play the way we want. I think it gives the girls confidence, strangely enough."
Anderson said she was still in shock having won the final, which she meant everything to her. “Being down at three-quarter time and just knowing we had to come back and kick a couple of goals, I can’t believe it. It hasn’t kicked in. Unbelievable," she said after full-time. “It just means the world. As sad as it sounds, it’s pretty much my whole life. It just means absolutely everything.”
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