Geelong young mum Sam de Kong absolutely stole the show at the AFL Awards night in Melbourne on Wednesday.
The AFL’s best players and their families gathered at the ceremony to announce the winners of a number of awards during the pre-final bye week.
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One of the best starters this season has been Cats defender De Kong, who has played in all but two games and has been credited with strengthening Geelong’s defence.
One of the more exciting matches of the season saw Geelong take on Carlton in Round 3, with Sam taking on Carlton’s ruckman and brother Tom.
The Cats won by 13 points and the mother of the two youngsters was asked what it was like to see her children go head-to-head.
“We were lucky, we were drunk in a bar in Bali so it didn’t matter,” Jacquie de Kong jokingly told Fox’s Footy’s Kat Loughnane.
“Every time Geelong scored, ‘Yay!’ We used to go. And every time Carlton scored, ‘Yay!’ we go. It was very good.
“In the end the Geelong fans were full table shouting for us and they won, so we were delighted.”
Sam and Tom are two of 10 De Kong children and their mother says she is their biggest fan.
“I think they’re always amazing,” she said.
“They lose and say ‘Great game!’ i am going. And they go, ‘Mommy, I was just wondering what you’re talking about.
But no, you kicked it that way and it was amazing. I am the strongest fan.
AFL fans can’t get enough of Ms de Congee’s hilarious cameo appearance.
“It’s easier to play than to watch your kids play,” said father Terry de Kong, who played 31 games for Footscray.
Bragging rights will once again be on the line with the De Kong brothers when the Cats face the Magpies in the final at the MCG next Saturday.
De Kooning finished second in the Rising Star Award behind Collingwood’s Nick Dykos and was a red-hot favorite to take it out.
In other AFL Players Association awards, Fremantle’s Andrew Brayshaw won the League Matthews Trophy for league MVP.
Tuck Miller and Clayton Oliver were announced as joint winners of the Coaches Association Player of the Year with 98 votes.
Hawthorn’s Jai Newcombe has been named the AFL Coaches Association Young Player of the Year.
Richmond’s Liam Baker won the Robert Rose Most Brave Award while Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury was named captain of the year for the second time.