Mid West farm kids Pippa and Blake McTaggart have come back down to earth this week, after going from playing footy in their front yard in Mingenew to a red-carpet grand AFL final experience in front of more than 100,000 people. Eight-year-old Pippa was named NAB’s Auskicker of the Year, and she was given the ultimate footy experience during grand final week. Lucky for her seven-year-old brother Blake, she got to take him along for the wild ride. After a long week of footy fun, the siblings said one experience stood out as their favourite. “Presenting the medal to a player. . . was really cool,” Blake said. Being part of the Auskick team of the year, the pair helped hand out medals to premiership players after Collingwood won the grand final. Blake handed his medal to Magpie defender Isaac Quaynor and told him “Congratulations”. While captain of the Auskick team Pippa handed her medal to the Collingwood captain. “I got to hand out the medal. . . to Darcy Moore,” Pippa said, adding she told him “congrats, you deserve this”. Being named Auskicker of the Year came with many perks, one of them being an invitation to the Brownlow. While Pippa could not attend after falling sick, her mum Carine McTaggart said she got to meet some special people during rehearsals. “We had to do rehearsals for the Brownlow and while sitting in the lobby (Pippa) turned around and went, ‘oh my gosh, that’s Luke Shuey,” Carine said. “Luke Shuey being her favourite player, she couldn’t believe that he was there in person.” Over the weekend, Pippa had the chance to meet some of footy’s biggest names, but the young Eagles fan said a few players stood out as her favourite. “Tim Kelly, Luke Shuey and Nic Nat,” Pippa said. Some of the biggest stars in the AFL came out to the MCG and the McTaggart siblings had the chance to meet them all. “Throughout the weekend it was AFL player after AFL player. . . she had Eddie Betts do her hair for her in the Fox Footy studio,” Mrs McTaggart said. “What really touched (husband) Jamie (McTaggart) and I was that the whole AFL world just opened their arms up and welcomed us in like they had known us forever, I was really grateful for such an amazing experience.” While the Auskickers took part in the grand final parade, Pippa had a special seat in the motorcade with AFL rising star of the year Harry Sheezel from North Melbourne. “I went in the motorcade . . . (Harry Sheezel) is very nice. We both have birthdays in October” she said. Mrs McTaggart had the chance to sit in the front of the ute during the parade and said the experience was unlike anything they had ever seen. “The view from the back of that ute is very different to the view sitting on the back of the ute at home on the farm,” she said. “It was pumping loud music with a big screen and there was people as far as you could see.” Going through the parade, it was clear Pippa had become a celebrity in her own right, with people calling out to her. “What was really lovely was as we were driving through the parade, people would be calling out ‘Hi Pippa’, ‘Well done Pippa’, ‘Go Pippa’,” her mother said. “We’ve just got this gorgeous little farm kid from country WA and then all of a sudden we’re driving through this massive crowd in Melbourne with people calling out her name. It was very surreal, her eyes were popping,” Before the grand final bouncedown, Pippa rode in one more motorcade with retired Geelong superstar Joel Selwood in front of more than 100,000 people. “When the ute that Joel and Pip are travelling in begins to exit the stadium, he pats her on the back and says something to her,” Mrs McTaggart said. “Then she leans over and gives him a pat on the back as well, it’s like she’s saying ‘thanks mate, you did a good job. too’. “It was definitely an emotional moment” “Mum cried,” Pippa said. The Auskick team ran out on to the MCG before the grand final to play, before the McTaggarts watched the epic grand final from the stands. After their wild week, the McTaggarts are now back home in Mingenew, but it won’t be for long as Pippa will be on the move again to take part in this year’s Telethon fundraiser.