AFL melts over Imogen Mulgrew’s coin toss before Carlton vs North Melbourne

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One of the most heartwarming AFL moments this season unfolded on Good Friday before Carlton and North Melbourne locked horns.

As skippers Jy Simpkin and Patrick Cripps walked to the middle of the ground for the coin toss they were greeted by Imogen Mulgrew.

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With the game being used as a fundraiser for the Good Friday Appeal, it was Mulgrew who stole the show and the hearts of footy fans watching on.

The youngster, who is currently undergoing a two and a half year treatment plan for leukaemia, waltzed out to greet Cripps and Simpkin with a beaming smile as the scenes took social media by storm.

Having met the duo when promoting the upcoming contest, she gave the Blues skipper a quick high-five before saying hello to the North captain.

The trio then posed for a photo before the coin toss with Cripps saying to Mulgrew “you’re making us look good”.

But it was after the coin toss when Mulgrew really stole the show after Simpkin approached and said “see you later, I’ll see you after”.

“Good luck … go Roos,” Mulgrew said as she made her way from the middle.

Watch the heartwarming scenes in the video player above

The video of the moment quickly went viral with the views soaring over 100,000 on the AFL’s X account.

Fans watching on couldn’t get enough of the interaction with users far and wide loving the youngster.

“How beautiful is little Imogen, she’s a big North Melbourne fan along with her dad and what a joyful thing that is to see,” Channel 7’s Luke Darcy said.

“A huge smile on her face and a big thumbs up.”

Sports journalist Rohan Connolly wrote: “Officially one of the cutest moments in the history of the world. What a beautiful kid.”

Former AFL player and coach Graham Cornes wrote: “What a smile … melt the coldest heart. Good luck Imogen.”

ABC’s Matt Clinch wrote: “This is what the Good Friday game should be all about. Loved Imogen’s passion. Making a bigger impact than just a game.”

Imogen and her dad Luke were in the studio for AFL 360 on Wednesday night with North players George Wardlaw and Nick Larkey talking about her impact on the club.

“Imogen has come to training a couple of times, the boys love having her down she gives us a big spiritual lift down at the club and we can’t wait to run out with her,” Larkey said.

Wardlaw added: “If we can put a smile on Imogen’s face, it means the world to us.”

The Good Friday Appeal raised a staggering $23,368,724 for the Royal Childrens Hospital in 2024.

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