The eight-year-old boy crash tackled by Scott Morrison at his soccer training on Wednesday night has cemented his status as one of the country’s true little Aussie battlers.
Not only is Luca Fauvette doing well, but the tough kid revealed being bulldozed by the Prime Minister “did not hurt” a bit and that he has moved on from the now-viral episode.
Speaking on Nine’s Today show on Thursday, Luca explained Mr Morrison had simply tripped and was trying not to fall on top of him.
“We were playing soccer and I think someone tried to pass it (the ball) to me or Mr Morrison. What happened was he tripped and he was trying not to fall on top of me, so he tried to fall underneath me, ”he said.
“(Afterwards) he said I was a good sport.”
Luca was yet to debrief his school friends on his brush with Australia’s leader, saying: “I’m not sure what they’re going to think. They’re probably all shocked right now. ”
When asked what should have happened to the PM for his rough play, Luca piped up to say: “It should have been a penalty!”
The boy then held up a red card, causing the studio to erupt in laughter.
The Prime Minister had been at Devonport City Strikers Soccer Club to make a funding announcement on Wednesday when he took off his suit jacket to join in training for the cameras.
It started out well enough for the Liberal leader when he helped his “team” stop a few counter-attacks from their opponents.
But when the PM decided to move himself up the field and into an attacking position it all went wrong very quickly.
Mr Morrison lost his footing – he was not wearing soccer boots – and stumbled into one of the boys, sending them both hurtling towards the ground.
The 54-year-old wrapped his arms around the child and turned the pair while mid-air to avoid crushing the youngster under his sizeable frame.
Neither was injured and they were soon back on their feet, while the crowd of onlookers – including the traveling media pack and Jenny Morrison – were left in hysterics.
Mr Morrison quickly patted Luca on the back and later gave him a high-five to check he was okay.
His grandmother Joy witnessed the ordeal, saying Mr Morrison’s involvement in the game was unexpected.
“I had no idea this was going to happen, and then when Mr Morrison came out on the field I got my phone out to film him near the children for his mum and dad. So it was a bit of a shock, ”she told Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon.
“I could see how he was trying to protect Luca and keep him from being hurt by his own body. Then Luca got up pretty well soon after, I could see he was all right. ”
Joy revealed Mr Morrison had called Luca and his mum Ali on Wednesday night to check in and make sure he was okay before posting a tribute to the boy on Facebook.
“A shout out to young Luca for being such a good sport,” Mr Morrison wrote in the post.
“You may have seen we had a bit of a collision at club training tonight at the Devonport Strikers Football Club in Tasmania.
“I spoke to Luca and his mum Ali tonight to check in on him and he was in good shape. Great to be able to have a good chat to him about his love of football and to hear he had three hat-tricks in his budding career already. ”
Luca’s club also posted their support.
“Our club values are determination, effort and respect,” the club wrote.
“We think Luca showed plenty of determination and effort to stop the PM scoring at all costs!
“The latest star of the election is OK and looking forward to being the star of the show at school tomorrow.”
Despite melting hearts for his on-field heroics Luca, however, seems to have bigger fish to fry.
The pint-sized soccer star revealed he was also a burgeoning rapper, before busting out into an impressive impromptu piece much to the delight of the Today show’s hosts.
“Knock-knock. Who’s there. I do not care, I just got you scared over there, ”Luca rapped.
“Hey, why are you looking at me
“Is it cos I’m seven and a better MC
“You ain’t blind, you can see
“I’m only in first grade, but I’ve got a rapping degree …”
It looks like Luca might again be making headlines across the country for an entirely different reason.
Watch this space.