IT'S the dream of many young Australian boys, and this weekend it will come true for one talented ex-local.
Former Kybybolite footballer Lachie Neale will be among the 22 Fremantle players running onto the MCG for the club's first ever AFL grand final.
If selected to play - which is almost guaranteed after excellent late season form - Neale will make history for his club and the local area. He will be the first local player to play in an AFL grand final since Lucindale's Andrew McKay, who played for Carlton in its 1995 premiership win and 1999 loss.
"Obviously it's been a dream of mine, like it's a dream for a lot of people," 20-year-old Neale said about playing the season finale in front of close to 100,000 people - in only his 23rd AFL game.
"It will be an amazing experience...I'm very thankful for it."
The midfield young gun said the idea of playing in the AFL grand final hadn't quite sunk in yet but he was definitely looking forward to it.
Fremantle won its way to the grand final after thoroughly dispatching reigning champions Sydney in the preliminary final at Perth's Paterson's Stadium last Saturday night.
Neale spent a large part of the game on the bench in the green vest as the substitute - but that didn't bother him.
"We had a good win and I was sub so I was sitting on the bench and got to soak it all up," he told the Herald.
"It was a massive crowd...good to see it all in purple."
It has been a week like any other on the track for Neale and his teammates, or at least that is how they wanted it to be.
There is no denying an air of expectation around the club and Fremantle in general ahead of Saturday's monumental occasion.
"(There is) definitely a lot more buzz and excitement from people in the street," Neale said on Monday. "We had breakfast this morning and you get people coming up to you more than usual saying things like 'well played on Saturday night', but yeah, you've just got to block it out.
"You just have to treat it like any other game, the week is structured like any other."
Neale said his body was in "tip-top shape" after only playing a quarter and a bit on the weekend.
After a main training session on Tuesday and a day of meetings, strength work and yoga yesterday, the Freo boys will train again today and then fly to Melbourne to get settled in to the football-mad city before tomorrow's annual grand final parade.
"Yeah, not sure what to expect there," Neale said. "It's going to be something different for all of us."
Neale reflected on his own season, which started slowly but got better as it went on. He polled his first Brownlow vote in Monday night's count.
One highlight was playing a game with his childhood friend and fellow former Kyby boy Alex Forster - who made his AFL debut in Fremantle's late season match against St Kilda.
In an interesting twist, that match featured three Dockers players formerly from Naracoorte: Neale, Forster and Cam Sutcliffe, who was born in the town before moving away as a young boy.
"It was something I'll never forget," Neale said about playing alongside Forster. "It was very good for him and his family...unfortunately we got belted."
As this weekend is a first for the club, the Fremantle team on Saturday will be quite inexperienced on the big stage - especially when matched up with the battle-hardened Hawthorn outfit.
Only two Fremantle players have played in a grand final before with their previous clubs - Zac Dawson (St Kilda) and Danyle Pearce (Port Adelaide).
Meanwhile the 2008 champion Hawks played in the 2012 grand final, which they lost, meaning most of their players have tasted success, and defeat, on the big stage.
"They (Hawthorn) are obviously going to be a tough side," Neale said.
"They've got lots of good ball users and good inside players like Sam Mitchell, Luke Hodge and Brad Sewell."
Neale said his own club's big name trio in Matthew Pavlich, Aaron Sandilands and Luke McPharlin would be key ins for the side from the west - who without them succumbed to Hawthorn by 42 points back in round four.
That game was Neale's first for the season - he started as sub and came on during the second quarter, impressing through the midfield.
He doesn't know where he will be playing on the field on Saturday, but will take it as it comes. "Whether it is as the sub or not I'll just do my bit for the team," he said.
One person almost as nervous as Neale is his biggest fan - mum Amanda Taylor.
"It's very, very exciting," she said.
"Sometimes it doesn't sink in quite how big it is."
Amanda will be one of a group of family who were allocated tickets to come and watch Neale play, along with father Robbie Neale, who lives in Adelaide.
"I've never been to a grand final before so to go to one and have Lachie playing is so wonderful," she said.