Geelong Cats Water Boy celebrates victory in 2022 Grand Final against Sydney Swans in heartwarming scenes

Longtime Geelong water boy Sam Moorfoot was lifted over the fence by skipper Joel Selwood to celebrate with the team on the MCG in heartwarming scenes.

The Cats were lauded for their grace in victory as well as their 81-point win over the Swans in Saturday afternoon’s grand final.

Players lingered on the sacred MCG turf for some time after the final siren, soaking up the atmosphere before Selwood spotted an ecstatic Moorfoot at the border fence.

Selwood, whom the water boy describes as his “best friend”, insisted Moorfoot attend the celebrations and, with the help of teammate Jeremy Cameron, dragged him over the fence and onto the field.

The 29-year-old with Down’s syndrome then received Cameron’s medal; He elicits one of the biggest smiles you’re likely to ever see on a soccer field.

Joel Selwood (left) and Sam Moorfoot (right) hug after the Cats’ big finals win

Moorfoot happily raised his medal to the other Cats fans watching from the fence, much to the delight of Geelong players and supporters; all aware of the huge role he plays in keeping team morale up.

He has been with the club since 2015, originally as a volunteer at the Kardinia Park Bistro (now GMHBA Stadium).

As the club’s Aquarius, he can often be seen with the team during weekdays and match days. Moorfoot is an iconic character and a well-loved member of the Cats family.

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The overjoyed Cats fanatic even appeared in Channel 7’s post-match coverage, with commentators Hamish McLachlan and Daisy Pearce interviewing Moorfoot in the dressing rooms.

“I’m an apprenticeship assistant and an Aquarius and I’m very proud of my job,” he said when asked what his role was.

Despite having the arm of Cats defenseman Sam De Konig, there were no surprises when he guessed his answer to who his favorite player was.

“Joel Selwood, 100 percent… Joel is actually my best friend. He’s a legend and he’s just the best,” Moorfoot said in Channel 7’s post-game coverage.

‘Best day of my life.’

Pumped up, Sam Moorfoot even showed up in front of the crowd as Cats star Jeremy Cameron hung his Premiership medal around his neck

Moorfoot played in a grand final earlier in the year but his Geelong Dragons unfortunately lost to the Kananook Bulls in the Football Integration Development Association grand dance.

Back then, Selwood spoke about how close his bond with Moorfoot was.

“We have a very special friendship and I treat him like family. He’s got my back and I’ve got his,” he told The Age in August.

Joel Selwood (left) and Sam Moorfoot (right) celebrate on the field after Geelong’s 81-point final victory

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Selwood could hardly contain his emotions after the Cats won the Grand Finals

No doubt wearing Jeremy Cameron’s AFL Premiership medal will have eased the pain of losing his own grand final.

Fans took to social media in droves to heap praise on Selwood, the AFL’s Disability Inclusion Ambassador – and share their delight at watching the heartwarming scenes.

Its head was MP Bill Shorten, currently Secretary of State for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

“Joel Selwood made a lot of dreams come true yesterday. This might be the cutest,” he wrote on Twitter.

It’s just beautiful, I had to watch it several times even though I’m a die-hard Swans fan.

i’m not crying, you’re crying

— Kit Tona (@tona_kit) September 24, 2022

It wasn’t Selwood’s only act that caused social media to collapse.

He led his team through the banner before the game with Levi, the son of his former teammate Gary Ablett Jr.

Three-year-old Levi was diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease in 2020, making him less resilient to disease compared to healthier children.

Levi smiled and waved his arms happily as Selwood carried him through the banner, a touching nod for one of the club’s favorite sons.

Joel Selwood prepares to lead Geelong through the pre-game banner and holds onto Levi Ablett – the son of great club Gary Ablett Junior

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Selwood then delivered Levi back to Ablett, who won two flags with Geelong in his sensational 357-game career.

After the game, the revered skipper not only presented his large graduation cap, like all the players did to the tiny kickers who handed them their medals, but also his boots, which had been worn by the game.

An enthusiastic Archie Stockdale, who won the AFL’s Brownlow Medal Kickout of the Year award, had been promised a visit from Selwood – and the cat didn’t disappoint.

In emotional scenes on the presentation stage, Selwood said to the enthusiastic youngster: “I told you that I would come visit you”.

Joel Selwood presented his playing boots to Archie Stockdale, the AFL Kicker of the Year, after the game

He then passed his white boots on and pointed at the camera for the couple to take a picture together – giving little Archie the memory of his life.

Selwood showed more care and attention to those on the periphery than getting caught up in all the emotion and hype of a major AFL final.

Such grace and humility in victory. Geelong Cats Water Boy celebrates victory in 2022 Grand Final against Sydney Swans in heartwarming scenes

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