Fremantle youngster Griffin Logue learned an invaluable lesson when he was tricked by St Kilda’s Nick Riewoldt earlier this month.
Logue gave away a 50m penalty at a crucial stage of the round-15 AFL loss to St Kilda when he threw the ball back to the wrong player.
The 19-year-old was meant to throw the ball back to Tim Membrey.
But with his childhood hero Riewoldt pleading for the ball, Logue obliged.
Riewoldt stepped away as the ball came towards him to make sure the umpire noticed Logue had thrown it to the wrong player.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon was scathing of Logue’s mistake after the game, and the first-year Docker accepted full blame for the incident.
“The Nick Riewoldt situation is something I can learn from,” Logue said.
“It was just heat of the moment. It’s a matter of me making sure I’m staying switched on and seeing who takes the kick.
“I’ll learn from that for sure.
“I kind of supported the Saints when I was a lot younger. He (Riewoldt) is definitely a footballer I looked up to.”
Logue, who was taken with pick No.8 in last year’s national draft, has played nine games in his debut season.
The 193cm defender produced his best performance to date in last week’s 52-point loss to Hawthorn, tallying 15 disposals and eight marks.
Logue said living with skipper Nat Fyfe had given him a first-hand look at what it takes to be an elite footballer.
Defender Alex Pearce also lives in the same house, with the trio enjoying a strong table tennis rivalry.
“His preparation is second to none,” Logue said of Fyfe.
“This whole concept of going from a kid to becoming a pro, it’s what I really want to try to tap into.”
Young Dockers trio Connor Blakely, Luke Ryan, and Brennan Cox have all copped club-imposed suspensions over the past month.
Blakely was axed from the senior side after going on a surfing trip just a day after leaving the club early citing sickness.
Ryan and Cox were punished for breaching the team’s alcohol policy following the western derby loss to West Coast.
Logue said the standards set by the player group were crystal clear, and everyone was on the same page.
Fremantle have lost seven of their past eight games, and will start underdogs in Saturday’s clash with Greater Western Sydney at Spotless Stadium.