Pirie boy in running for NAB Auskicker of the Year

INTERVIEW: Port Pirie's Jack Porta is interviewed by Seven's Hamish McLachlan at half-time of the Essendon-North Melbourne match at Marvel Stadium on Easter Friday.
INTERVIEW: Port Pirie's Jack Porta is interviewed by Seven's Hamish McLachlan at half-time of the Essendon-North Melbourne match at Marvel Stadium on Easter Friday.
MOMENT: Jack Porta talks to Seven's Hamish McLachlan on national television.

MOMENT: Jack Porta talks to Seven's Hamish McLachlan on national television.

Seven-year-old media star Jack Porta is in the running to for the "Mini-Brownlow".

He qualified as a contender for the award - the NAB Auskicker of the Year - by being chosen to go to Melbourne on Easter Friday.

After compiling a one-minute backyard video, he was picked to take part in an Auskick match at the Essendon-North Melbourne AFL match at Marvel Stadium.

It was open to Auskickers around Australia and he was the lucky Round 5 boy who got to be interviewed at half-time on national television by Seven's Hamish McLachlan.

He also played in an Auskick match at half-time.

The 22 Auskickers from the season will contest the "Mini-Brownlow" at a dinner in Melbourne on the Thursday before the Grand Final.

All the contenders will take part in the Grand Final parade, play at half-time of the Grand Final and present premiership medals to members of the winning league team.

The award has $5000 prizemoney and Geelong captain Joel Selwood and AFLW Western Bulldogs captain Katie Brennan will be the winning boy or girls' mentor for next year.

Jack is the son of Anthony and Micaela Porta.

Mrs Porta said McLachlan and NAB also had presented a Sherrin football to her son and he was thrilled at the gift. He will also be a guest on radio and will appear in the AFL Record for Round 6.

Jack is a die-hard Collingwood barracker and his hero is captain Scott Pendlebury.

Friendship was forged as Jack took the field for his half-time Auskick match when another boy said, "you look tough", to which Jack said, "you look tough, too".

The boys celebrated together when Jack kicked a goal.

"I made a new friend and after the goal, he picked me up. I don't know his name," Jack told The Recorder.

His winning video showed him leaping for marks and kicking.

"I can get as high as where I jump on my trampoline," he said.

"I hurt myself sometimes. That happens when you take a speccie.

"I liked it, but I was a bit nervous."

He said he looked up to Pendlebury because he was the captain and was "amazing".

"I would like to be a footballer," he said of his plans for later in life.

Jack made a Lego figure for McLachlan and handed it to him after their interview.

Mrs Porta said she was a "very proud Mum".

"I think I was more nervous than Jack was," she said.

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