The wife of Carlton hero Sam Docherty talks about the candid moment that made her year as she made a miraculous comeback from her second battle with cancer
- Natalie Docherty couldn’t be happier with the way 2022 has turned out for husband Sam
- He came back from a battle with testicular cancer and scored a goal in the first round
- But cuddling with fellow cancer survivor Ben Cunnington impressed her the most
Carlton star Sam Docherty celebrated wildly with his team-mates as he kicked a goal against Richmond in the first game of the year as he returns from his second battle with cancer – but it wasn’t his wife Natalie’s favorite moment of the season .
It came up in the Blues’ round seven clash with North Melbourne and Docherty shared a hug with fellow cancer survivor Ben Cunnington.
“Sam and Ben have such a great relationship and I talk to him [Cunnington’s wife] Belinda very much. We were both going through it,” Docherty told the Herald Sun.
“The first round when Sam scored a goal was beautiful and you realize it’s more than just a game. It’s a community and everyone has been so supportive.’
Natalie Docherty (pictured with footy star husband Sam) is delighted with how the season has gone for him – with one moment proving particularly touching
The mum-to-be was delighted when Docherty cancer survivor Ben Cunnington (back to camera) hugged Sam ahead of Carlton’s round seven clash with North Melbourne
Cunnington – who, like his Carlton counterpart, battled and beat testicular cancer – was still recovering and off the field when the pair embraced at Marvel Stadium ahead of the Blues’ win over the Kangaroos on April 30.
The image was one of the highlights of the AFL season, along with Cunnington’s return to action in North’s game against Adelaide on August 14, when he broke down hugging his wife and children on the field.
Docherty was mobbed by ecstatic team-mates when he kicked a goal just before half-time in the season-opening win over Richmond, capping his comeback from two games with the killer disease.
Cunnington finally returned to the field in August and provided another stunning moment as he broke down while hugging his wife and children (pictured)
Docherty’s comeback from beating cancer sent his team-mates into a frenzy when he scored a goal in the Blues’ first-round win over Richmond (pictured)
Speaking just days before that game, Carlton coach Michael Voss admitted that when he first met the defender in October last year, his health battle was so serious he didn’t think he would be able to feature in the curtain.
“I’m so proud, all year we’ve been saying, as long as you get through the season and everything goes well, this is a successful year for him, and he’s made it in every game,” Docherty said of her husband.
“I found out in May that I’m pregnant, so I’m 22 weeks now and I’m feeling great.”
The couple’s first child is due in January.