Western Bulldogs utility Dom Bedendo says the experience of making his long-awaited AFL debut against Brisbane was something he’ll look back on fondly.
The 19-year-old impressed in his first hit-out at senior level, finishing with 11 disposals, two marks and a goal.
“I really enjoyed the experience – obviously it wasn’t the result we wanted, but for me I just enjoyed it and soaked it up,” Bedendo told westernbulldogs.com.au.
“I think it was Jacko (Macrae) who told me to just have a shot at goal. The nerves were running high and I didn’t know if I had the journey in me, but I kind of undercut it a little bit and the boys loved it and got around me.
“It’s probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever felt in my life. It was very special.”
His Mum, Jen, had the honours of presenting his first guernsey in the rooms pre-game – another memorable moment for the Myrtleford teenager.
“She’s been a rock in my life. I’m so grateful to have her - it was so special having her present my jumper,” Bedendo said.
“It was good to have (my family) there too. It made it all even more special.”
Bedendo was selected with pick 55 in the 2020 National Draft.
He is the third Bulldogs’ debutant of season 2022, joining Robbie McComb (round six) and Luke Cleary (round eight).