The ?Big Dipper? took a good-natured tackle from pint-sized Lismore footy fan Jake Vickery at Mortimer Oval on Saturday.
The ?Big Dipper? took a good-natured tackle from pint-sized Lismore footy fan Jake Vickery at Mortimer Oval on Saturday.

Big Dip bites dust, collared by Jake, 6

By Bree Price

Six-year-old Jake Vickery lined up the stocky bloke with the broad smile and the bushy moustache.

"If I had a really big run-up I could tackle him to the ground," said Jake, of Lismore.

His target was Hawthorn great and Brownlow Medallist Robert DiPierdomenico at Lismore's Mortimer Oval on Saturday, where the man they call 'Dipper' was promoting the Auskick program at the Lismore Swans' Junior AFL recruitment day.

The AFL legend also attended junior sign-ons at Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay and Ballina in his one-day visit to the Far North Coast.

Dipper said his continuing passion for the game led him to become an Auskick Ambassador and encourage young AFL fans to have fun with the sport.

"I've played the game, been part of it and had the ball in my hands and I want to pass the message on that I've enjoyed my time," he said.

"These days with busy people it's great to see kids drag their parents out at six or seven on Saturday morning.

"It's great for kids to get a footy in their hand and get out and kick it and run around.

"As they grow, their skills will grow with them.

"It's great to be able to encourage them to get into the game at five or six years old.

"With the growing numbers of footballers around here, hopefully these boys will get through to represent the Sydney Swans or the Brisbane Lions."



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