Horne of plenty
- Nov 1, 2012
- AFL Club
How a junk email nearly cost Crows draftee AFL dream
Having made a name for himself for Bentleigh junior football club in Melbourne’s South Metro Junior Football League, a then 16-year-old Nankervis was unsure why he wasn’t drawing the attention of his local NAB league affiliate Sandringham.
Little did the wingman know, he was well and truly on the Dragons’ radar without him ever knowing.
In an interview with SEN, Nankervis revealed that it was actually an oversight from his end that was costing him opportunities to advance his footballing dream.
“I’ve had a lot more of a harder journey than most others,” Nankervis explained.
“They (Sandringham) sent an email inviting me to under 16s Dragons and it went to my junk mail, which I didn’t use and was full of random emails.
“I’ve always wanted to get into the Dragons, I just didn’t know how and one night I had a dream about it, so I checked my emails and saw that they’d actually invited me to under 16s and it (the email) was sitting in the junk folder.
“It was there from 2018 and I checked it at the start of 2020, it was well over a year.”
Upon realising that the opportunity he’d been hoping for was sitting at his fingertips for more than 12 months, Nankervis keenly replied to the Dragons, explaining the unfortunate situation and asking if he could take up the long-expired offer.
“Basically, I just emailed them back saying what happened and that it went somewhere I didn’t use and that I was really keen to get down and have a train,” he continued.
I find that a little bit of a stretch
they just sent one email with no follow up? I’m sure there’s some truth in that story and a bit of poetic license too