AFLW Round 2 – Carlton v GWS: Aidan’s Footy Cards

My seven-year-old nephew Aidan loves the mighty Blues. He loves his footy. And he also loves drawing. Of course many of us do know better, but for most, footy and art would be considered strange bedfellows. But Aidan thoughtfully combined these two great loves when, halfway through the 2016 AFL season, he produced a series of footy cards featuring Carlton players. The detail in the drawings shocked even his mother (my younger sister Julie).


Aware that I am a Kangaroos supporter, he presented his uncle Smokie with a card (covered in ‘contact’) depicting me in a North Melbourne jumper, arms outstretched, flying for the Sherrin. On the reverse side, were my handwritten vital statistics (including a playing weight which was ever so flattering). This card has been a bookmark ever since.


Greg, my brother-in-law, took Aidan and his brothers Callum and Owen to the monumental AFLW season opener at Princes Park. As a died-in-the-wool Blues family, they were not going to miss this experience. Happily, the boys were enthralled. The experience motivated Aidan to produce a large drawing featuring an array of the Blues players he saw in action on that first Friday night. Again, the detail (jumper numbers, hair buns, ponytails) was extraordinary.



His proud mother posted a photo on Facebook, which was re-posted by my other sister Margret. Uncanny Annie, otherwise known as Mrs Liam Picken, subsequently re-posted the picture, which was fortuitously seen by some Carlton players. In a case of social media being used for good, rather than evil, the Blues made contact and invited my sister’s family into the post-match rooms. Too excited to sleep, Aidan spent the rest of the week preparing a series of individual footy cards for the Carlton players.


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Saturday dawned, the boys witnessed another Blues win, and nine-year-old Owen joined Aidan for the after match celebrations. Many of the Carlton players now have their own personal footy card, hand drawn by my nephew Aidan. They are surely destined to become collectors’ items.


And who knows? One day, he may follow in the illustrious footsteps of Spooner, Birrell, Sutton and all the other brilliant artists to have graced the cover of the Footy Almanac!



About Darren Dawson

Always North.


  1. Punxsu.... Pete says

    The kid is a talent Smokie. Honestly, I felt myself drawn into the piece. That’s the hallmark of the great works.

  2. Punxsu.... Pete says

    Oh, that’s *a* hallmark of the great works, not *the* … driving on the wrong side of the road with my grammar there! And a silky read as always Smokie

  3. Yvette Wroby says

    Fantastic work Aiden and Smokie. Really good drawings. Love the details. Aiden has a good eye. Hope he keeps it up.

  4. Luke Reynolds says

    Fantastic Smokie. Well done Aidan. And very well done Carlton for inviting Aiden and family into the rooms. Great stuff.

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