Aus­kick­ers ex­pe­ri­ence big sta­dium game

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

More than 40 ex­cited young Aus­kick­ers from Kar­ratha and Parabur­doo took to Do­main Sta­dium to play a half-time foot­ball game in front of a huge crowd and meet their sports he­roes ear­lier this month.

A com­bined Pil­bara group, in­clud­ing chil­dren aged seven and un­der from both towns and a large par­ent con­tin­gent, trav­elled to Perth ear­lier this month to fea­ture at half-time of the West Coast Ea­gles and Carl­ton round 21 game.

The young footballers played two seven-minute halves in front of tens of thou­sands of fans in what was an ex­hil­a­rat­ing first-time ex­pe­ri­ence for the group.

Their trip also in­volved a tour of Do­main Sta­dium on the Fri­day night, watch­ing a Colts game and meet­ing Ea­gles star Nic Nai­tanui.

Kar­ratha Aus­kick joint co-or­di­na­tor Craig Moore said it was an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for the young foot­ball fans.

“I think it en­cour­ages them to stay in the sport,” he said.

“It gives them some­thing to look for­ward to. It’s a high­light.”

“You get some kids who are very ac­tively into it and some who just show up so it gives them all more ex­po­sure and some­thing to do as a group.”

With big num­bers of Aus­kick­ers in both towns, the fi­nal group was made up of a mix of coach-se­lected play­ers and oth­ers drawn out of a hat.

Mr Moore thanked busi­nesses which had spon­sored the Kar­ratha team on their trip, in­clud­ing Handy Hands, Troy’s Tyres To You and Hunter Me­chan­i­cal.

Pic­ture: Kar­ratha Aus­kick

Kar­ratha and Parabur­doo Aus­kick play­ers meet West Coast Ea­gles star Nic Nai­tanui at an AFL match at Do­main Sta­dium.

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