Attraction to the action

Imperials under 18s player Bernad Ngendakumana escapes from Robinvale/Euston’s Blaide O’Connor last weekend. 
Pictures: Louise Donges

Imperials under 18s player Bernad Ngendakumana escapes from Robinvale/Euston’s Blaide O’Connor last weekend. Pictures: Louise Donges

IT is April 11, 2010, and Hawthorn star Jordan Lewis is knocked unconscious in a courageous clash with Western Bulldog Jarrod Harbrow in front of thousands of fans at Etihad Stadium.

Miles away, a 10-year-old Bur­undian kid was watching the action on television at his family’s home in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

Naftari Niyukuri liked what he saw.

“I was watching TV and it was the best – this guy got knocked out and I was like ‘I want to do that’,” the excitable Naftari, now 17, said.

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