When Jane Bruns and her son Dustin Allitt went to Bendigo Health on Monday to visit her father, they had no idea they would bump into the Richmond Football Club.
Players from the AFL’s reigning premiers are in Bendigo for their two-day AFL Community Camp and took time to visit patients at the hospital.
So when 10-month-old Dustin met Brownlow Medallist Dusty Martin, it was a case of one Dustin meeting another.
“It was pure coincidence. We were visiting my dad and Dusty was there,” Jane said.
“We think Dustin will be a Tigers supporter. His dad follows the Tigers.
“It was pretty quick and brief because (the players) had a lot of floors and patients to visit, but they were happy to sign a few autographs and take a few photos.
“I sent (my partner) a couple of photos. He was a bit jealous.”
But despite dad being a Tigers fan, Jane said their son Dustin was not named for the Richmond superstar.
“We wanted something a bit different and liked Dusty, so decided to call him that,” she said. “A week later we saw Dusty on the front page of the paper and realised it wasn’t as unique (as we hoped).”
Richmond’s AFL Community Camp continues tomorrow with an open training session at the QEO from 9.15am. Players will be signing autographs afterwards.