Essendon legend Gavin Wanganeen goes WILD at the MCG as son Tex kicks first ever AFL goal for the Bombers
- Tex Wanganeen kicked the first goal of his AFL career on Friday night
- His father Gavin celebrated wildly in the stands at the MCG
- Wanganeen won the flag and the Brownlow medal with Essendon in 1993
- His son made his AFL debut last week against Brisbane but was an unused sub
Few Essendon fans would have enjoyed the Bombers’ comeback on Friday night more than Gavin Wanganeen, whose son Tex kicked his first AFL goal against Melbourne.
With Essendon trailing by nine points early in the third quarter, Wanganeen received the ball, before cutting inside following some great footwork and calmly slotting the first major of his career.
As the 18-year-old was mobbed by his teammates, cameras panned to his father celebrating wildly in the stands with his friends.
Tex Wanganeen (right) kicked his first ever AFL goal against Melbourne on Friday night
A five-time All-Australian, Wanganeen kicked 64 goals in 127 games for the Bombers during a six-year spell at the club that reached its peak in 1993, when he won the premiership and the Brownlow medal – the first indigenous player to do so.
Wanganeen clinched another premiership with Port Adelaide in 2004 and was named into Essendon’s Team of the Century.
His family presented his son with his Bombers jumper on his debut last week, only for the 18-year-old to be an unused substitute in Brisbane against the Lions.
The 18-year-old booted the Bombers’ first goal of the third quarter against the Demons
He was immediately mobbed by his teammates who celebrated the milestone with him
Essendon coach Ben Rutten, however, defended the decision and insisted the teenager had cherished his first taste of professional football.
‘Tex said today he had the option of playing in Geelong in the VFL game or sit there and get the experience of an AFL game and he wouldn’t change a thing,’ he said on AFL 360.
‘He’s a great kid, just for him to be able to experience a game day, get down there, sit on the bench, listen to what goes on; it’ll be really important and invaluable for him.’
It was an altogether different occasion on Friday, as Wanganeen kick-started a rally that saw the Bombers kick three unanswered goals to begin the second half as they forced their way back into the game.