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Sebastian Lopez takes the field with his Broncos heroes

ONE lucky NRL fan from the Gympie Junior Rugby League Club got the chance to run out with Brisbane Broncos captain Justin Hodges as a mascot for the side when they played Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

Nine-year-old Sebastian Lopez travelled down to Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on June 5 with his grandfather Graeme Philips and his older brother Ethan Pye.

Sebastian's mother Samantha Lopez said by the end of the trip she could not tell who enjoyed it more.

BIG FAN: (Top) Sebastian Lopez (left) holding Brisbane Broncos captain Justin Hodges’ hand. (Left above) Lopex with Broncos’ cheerleaders. (Right above) Sebastian with Broncos mascot.
BIG FAN: (Top) Sebastian Lopez (left) holding Brisbane Broncos captain Justin Hodges’ hand. (Left above) Lopex with Broncos’ cheerleaders. (Right above) Sebastian with Broncos mascot.

Her son loved football and had been playing since he was in under-7s.

"The smile on his face - you couldn't wipe it off."

Lopez got the opportunity to run out on to the field with Brisbane Broncos fullback and captain Justin Hodges as well as getting a photo with the Broncos mascot and cheerleaders.

"It was all very quick but it will be something he will remember for the rest of his life," she said.

Sebastian said he really enjoyed watching the game especially since the Broncos won. Sebastian was asked by Brisbane Broncos game development officer Darren Burns if he would be interested in travelling down for the game.

"I wanted to reward Sebastian and his family for all their involvement with the club," Burns said.

Gympie Times


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