RICHMOND debutant Ryan Garthwaite was reduced to tears when he received the call from Damien Hardwick that he would be fulfilling a lifelong dream against Geelong at the MCG.
The second-year defender was thrown in the deep end on Sunday, sent to in-form forward Tom Hawkins after David Astbury failed to overcome an ankle injury.
Garthwaite said it was hard to keep his emotions in check when he was told of his selection just 24 hours before the match.
“He told me and I tried to keep my emotions together, when you get that it’s a dream come true and (I) shed a few tears,” Garthwaite told AFL.com.au.
“When he rang me, I was just sitting in my room, it was that surreal feeling.
“When you start Auskick at the age of six, it’s your dream to play AFL football. When that call finally comes, it’s like, ‘Hang on, it’s finally here’.
“The family weren’t originally coming down for the weekend but as soon as I told them, they jumped in the car and came straight down.”