BUDDING footballers from Golden Square Auskick will take centre stage at Friday's AFL qualifying final between Hawthorn and Geelong at the MCG.
The keen youngsters will don Cats jumpers and play on the hallowed turf during the half-time break.
Golden Square Auskick co-ordinator Sarah Smith said she had answered an AFL email seeking interested groups two weeks ago and was thrilled to be selected to take part.
"Including participants and adults, we have 108 people going down for the game," she said.
"There are 59 children from Golden Square: both Auskickers and some under-9 players.
"The kids are very, very excited - and so are their families."
Smith said the group included many children and parents who barracked for Geelong, and they couldn't wait to pull on the blue and white hoops.
Thirty-two Golden Square youngsters will take part in the main Auskick match, while the others will play smaller grid games around the ground.
Kyneton juniors will also be involved in a grid game.
The qualifying final kicks off at 7.50pm tonight.