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Judson Clarke enjoys dream AFL debut as 18-year-old boots two majors with his first two kicks

Judson Clarke enjoys dream AFL debut as highly regarded 18-year-old boots two majors with his first two kicks, sparking WILD celebrations among his family and friends

  • Judson Clarke made his AFL debut for Richmond in the MCG on Thursday night
  • The 18-year-old scored two goals with his first two kicks on goal in the AFL
  • Both of his goals led to wild parties among his family and friends
  • The Tigers beat Port Adelaide 77-65 to climb back to the top eight

Judson Clarke enjoyed a dreamed-up AFL debut, scoring two goals in his first two kicks in professional football and sending his family into raptures as Richmond defeated Port Adelaide 77-65.

The 18-year-old made his first start for the Tigers in the MCG on Thursday night and was in the thick of the action in the first quarter, kicking his first major in AFL midway through the first period.

Clarke converted the set shot to give the Tigers a 20-13 lead, much to the delight of his family and friends in the stands.

Judson Clarke scored two goals with his first two kicks in his AFL debut for Richmond

Judson Clarke scored two goals with his first two kicks in his AFL debut for Richmond

After busting his first AFL goal, the teen shot another major with his second kick in professional football shortly after. Once again wild celebrations ensued among his friends and family as the Sherrin sailed through the uprights.

“Red wine is gone everywhere — everyone’s excited,” Seven commentator Hamish McLachlan said.

†[Clarke has] Two goals kicked [he’s] got Dustin Martin’s arm around him […] life is okay!’

Clarke's family and friends celebrated when the teenager scored his first AFL goal

Clarke’s family and friends celebrated when the teenager scored his first AFL goal

The raucous celebrations continued as the 18-year-old kicked off his second major of the game

The raucous celebrations continued as the 18-year-old kicked off his second major of the game

Drafted with the 30th roster of the 2021 National Draft, Clarke spent the entire 2022 season with Richmond’s VFL outfit, playing as a midfielder or half-striker.

Last year, the Yarra Valley Grammar graduate played for the Dandenong Stingrays in the NAB League and was named in the competition’s Team of the Year.

Richmond’s VFL outfit coach Steve Morris tipped the youngster for a bright future after recovering from a knee injury.

The 18-year-old scored his first AFL goal midway through the first quarter with the MCG

The 18-year-old scored his first AFL goal midway through the first quarter with the MCG

Clarke was harassed by Tigers teammates after he kicked his first-ever AFL goal

Clarke was harassed by Tigers teammates after he kicked his first-ever AFL goal

The teenager added a second shortly afterwards as Richmond took a commanding lead against Port Adelaide at the MCG on Thursday night

The teenager added a second shortly afterwards as Richmond took a commanding lead against Port Adelaide at the MCG on Thursday night

“His use of the ball just stands out at this level and he continues to play his part diligently, which will serve him well in the future,” he said.

Clarke’s two goals helped Richmond to a crucial 12-point win over the Power, while the Tigers took a fifth win in their last six games and climbed back up to the final.

He finished his first AFL game with two goals, 11 disposals and 261 yards gains.

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