BRUSH WITH LIONS STARS
Lions bring the roar to young fans
KAWANA eagles may have got their hawk cries confused with roars after the lucky football club received a last-minute visit from Brisbane Lions players last week.
Three players from the AFL club came out to run a 45-minute session with the youngsters leaving the future footy stars in absolute awe.
However, stealing the show, were adorable under nines players who received individual Lions jerseys personally presented to them from stars like Eric Hipwood and Jack Payne.
Kawana Eagles vice president Jason Lenske said the event is a great way to promote the sport in the region as it inspired junior players about the pathways the game can take them on.
“Eric Hipwood was an under eight here at Kawana Eagles,” he said.
“It’s great for the kids to see current Lions players that have been at the club and made their way through the system and are now playing in the big league.”
AFL Sunshine Coast regional manager Paul Tressie said the popularity of the game has remained strong over the last ten years but the league is always looking for ways to expand its following, especially in the female league.
“It’s great they get out into the community, we encourage it and welcome them every time they come,” he said.
“It gives kids participating the opportunity to get up close and personal with their AFL idols.”
Two other clubs in the region were also the lucky recipients of the surprise Lions visit as the stars made tracks at the Northshore Jets and Pomona Demons.
Under nine players at these clubs were also presented with jerseys, as part of a member engagement innovative the Brisbane club has been running over the last few years.
Mr Tressie said kids across all age groups got their special moment with the AFL stars.
MINI ME: Taj Kick,11, from the Kawana Park Eagles meets Brisbane Lions player Eric Hipwood.