They say good things come to those who wait.
That's the case for emerging footballer Finn O'Sullivan who will pull on a Victorian guernsey on Sunday after COVID-19 restrictions put the under 15 representative game on hold.
O'Sullivan - one of Koroit's talented teenagers - will play for Victoria White against Victoria Blue in the one-off match at Sandringham's Trevor Barker Oval.
It replaces the tradtional national carnival which was cancelled earlier this year due to border restrictions.
"I've been keen for this event all year so I am so glad it's finally getting played," he said.
"It was massive that they (organisers) made this call (to play instead of cancel) but I think they just want to see a heap of young boys playing footy."
The Victorian under 15 team is renowned for producing AFL players, such as Melbourne Demons' premiership teammates Christian Petracca and Clayton Oliver who played together before they were drafted.
"There's a heap of young boys who are inspired by the Clayton Oliver and Christian Petracca story, so hopefully I can meet a couple of lads this year and who knows hopefully we could see each other in the AFL in the future," O'Sullivan said.
O'Sullivan, who will move to Melbourne in the new year and board at Xavier College, said the chance to play in the Let's Talk Cup, a five-week competition for under 23 players, with older brothers Jack and Paddy, was special.
It was developed to give players, denied the best part of two seasons due to coronavirus lockdowns, a chance to play.
"It was awesome, I loved that. It was my first ever time playing with them (my brothers) too and who knows, it could be the last," he said.
"They both give me a heap of inspiration. They are pretty hard on me sometimes but it's for my benefit."
As for who played the best?
"Each brother probably says 'I played the best'," he laughed.
"I didn't have a massive impact on the game but those two were great."
The sports-mad teenager also plays basketball but had to make a tough call on cricket ahead of the 2021-22 season.
"I love sport and can't get enough of it. I was thinking about cricket too and had started training but I just realised it's too much, an overload," O'Sullivan said.
"Mum (Stacey) and dad (Nick) had to tell me 'you can't do everything'.
"I still love cricket so I'll make sure I am playing backyard cricket."
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