Young Hawk keen to get to know Rioli

Jett, 8, and Amber Hill, 6, of Perth, are excited about going to Melbourne to watch Hawthorn take on Collingwood at the MCG. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Jett, 8, and Amber Hill, 6, of Perth, are excited about going to Melbourne to watch Hawthorn take on Collingwood at the MCG. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

JETT Hill has just a few questions he will ask his favourite AFL player Cyril Rioli when they come face-to-face at Hawthorn training in Melbourne today.

"Do you have any animals and how old are you?

"I also want to know about the tattoo on his chest. "

The eight-year-old from Perth will this weekend be Hawthorn's "No.1" fan for its blockbuster clash with Collingwood at the MCG as the club does its best to help Jett after the sudden death of his father, Adam, earlier this year.

The Sacred Heart Primary School pupil, his six-year-old sister Amber and mother Lyndal will today fly to Melbourne and attend training, where he will act as the water boy, and have a guided tour of the club's museum.

He will also be in the Hawthorn rooms before the Hawks face the Magpies.

But there was a chance he may not have been able to have seen his hero in action after Rioli was reported for striking Zach Tuohy in the win over Carlton last week, only for the match review panel to throw that charge out on Monday.

"I thought he wasn't going to play, and I got really scared because I really want him to play against Collingwood.

"I was so happy that they let him play."

Jett is tipping Hawthorn to defeat Collingwood by 39 points in what will be his first trip to Melbourne.

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