THERE will be big, big sounds coming from Millicent lounge rooms in a few hours when locals tune in to watch Tom Hutchesson make his AFL debut for the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
The former carpenter and Millicent premiership player was surprised with the news this week at a team birthday dinner for Isaac Cummings and the announcement was made by none other than Dartmoor prodigy Jeremy Cameron.
Hutchesson said he was honoured to receive the call up and the moment was shared with his girlfriend Natalie Potter via a zoom call on the night.
Interviewed by fellow Giants in the lead up to tonight’s big game against the Sydney Swans, Hutchesson reflected on the news all draftees dream about.
“It was pretty surreal – the old heart was ticking over,” he said.
“I’m excited, my family’s excited and Nat is excited – I cannot wait to get out there and get stuck into it.”
The 25-year-old was recruited to the Giants at pick 65 in the 2019 draft after a consistent season with the Adelaide Crows in the SANFL.
A country boy at heart, Hutchesson said the move to Sydney was the most daunting aspect of his leap into AFL company.
“We were in Europe on our way home from a holiday and found out on the plane I had been drafted to the Giants,” he said.
“We were pretty excited but nervous to move to Sydney, but have not looked back since and I have been enjoying it.”
Since then everything has happened pretty quickly and Hutchesson now has his chance on the biggest stage in the sport.
He has already been flooded with messages from friends and family back home who have shown their support to the popular former Saint.
“I have already had a few texts from people in Millicent and they are proud and cannot wait to watch me on the TV,” he said.
“I dare say the old boy will have the fire going in the shed and have a few people around for a few beers to watch the game.”
Hutchesson is expected to line up in the forward line against the Swans tonight, with the game played at Optus Stadium at 7.40 SA time.