Cebby signs with Hawks

The brown and gold army will soon have another team to cheer for, with the Hawthorn Football Club announcing it will field an AFL Blind team in 2019.

The competition, set to kick off at the end of June, was created to allow players who are blind or vision impaired to participate in the game they love.

One such player is Cebby Johnson.

Hawthorn fans may be familiar with Cebby; he was the club’s number one fan in Round 5, and has been a friend of the Hawks since sharing his Cyril Rioli obsession back in 2017.

In August last year Cebby fell through a roof, tragically losing his eyesight - totally and permanently.

A promising athlete in his youth, it seemed football was now out of the question.

That was until last week, when the 14-year-old was called into the Hawks’ team meeting by Alastair Clarkson.

“We want to tell all the players here that Cebby is our first Hawthorn blind player.”

The announcement was met with applause and cheers from the Hawthorn playing group. They have followed Cebby’s story. They know how much this means.

Cebby is one of 10 AFL Blind players set to don the brown and gold this season (figuratively speaking – the team will actually wear bright orange to assist with visibility).

To quote Cebby himself, “I’m the mini Cyril Rioli, but blind.”

When the AFL Blind season kicks off Saturday June 29th, Cebby Johnson will be living his lifelong dream of playing for the Mighty Fighting Hawks.

“It’s amazing, and wonderful, and I can’t wait to play AFL Blind football.”

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