Hervey Bay Auskick boys do a lap of the Gabba at half-time during the Brisbane Lions against Adelaide Crows showdown on Sunday.
Hervey Bay Auskick boys do a lap of the Gabba at half-time during the Brisbane Lions against Adelaide Crows showdown on Sunday. Karleila Thomsen

Fraser Coast kids play Auskick

THE BRISBANE Lions may not have roared at the Gabba on Sunday but plenty of Fraser Coast youngsters did.

They couldn’t hide their excitement of getting the chance to cheer on their footy heroes in the clash against the Adelaide Crows.

They were even more excited that they got to have a game of Auskick on the hallowed turf during the half-time break.

Auskick is the Australian Football League’s introductory program for primary school-aged boys and girls to the game.

Seventy-two Auskickers from throughout Wide Bay, including 45 from the Fraser Coast, enjoyed playing their game for 15 minutes in front of 25,000 fans.

Those who made the trip south down the Bruce Highway had earned the chance to savour the big-time atmosphere after impressing AFL Queensland staff in Auskick clinics in schools and clubs held throughout the region over the past year.

They were selected based on their efforts, practice, and enthusiasm and sharing with their fellow Auskickers.

Hervey Bay’s Rob Searle, the Wide Bay development manager for AFL Queensland, said the youngsters had really had a ball.

“Talk about excited – that’s an understatement,” he laughed.

“Try to imagine all these players, who are aged between six and 10, getting ready to run out and play on the Gabba.

“It was unreal to watch I can tell you.

“I’ve never seen so many smiling faces and they couldn’t wait to get out on the turf.”

But Searle said it wasn’t only while they were out on the ground that the youngsters showed some skill.

“After their 15 minutes of fame, they sprinted off the ground and changed out of their footy clothes in moves that would have made Superman look slow,” he said.

“They couldn’t wait to get back to their seats to watch the footy again.

“Apart from a Lions win, I don’t think they could have asked for anymore.

“I am positive they all had a day to remember.

“They will certainly now have a memory that will last a lifetime.”



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