Ea­gles put out mes­sage to the kids up the Cape

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Jor­dan Ger­rans

YOU do not have to live at AFL Cape York to play for the Cape York Ea­gles, says coach Rick Han­lon.

It is a com­mon mis­con­cep­tion with the Cape York Ea­gles, who went un­de­feated in the AFL Cairns Colts com­pet- ition last sea­son claim­ing its sec­ond premier­ship, that you need to be liv­ing at the house to play with the fledg­ling club. AFL Cape York man­ager and un­der-17s coach Han­lon wants to in­crease to three teams in 2017: un­der-17s, un­der-15s and a new un­der-13s.

“We are in our fourth year now and look­ing to build the con­sis­tency in the age groups,” Han­lon said.

“But, a mes­sage I want to send is – the footy teams are not just kids that live at the house.

“We are an in­clu­sive club for all peo­ple in the age groups. It is hard for us to call in fam­ily sup­port and vol­un­teers when all the kids’ fam­i­lies do not live in Cairns.

“We are in a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion to most clubs. Hope­fully, we can get a cou­ple more kids around the teams this year.”

Crys­tal­brook Col­lec­tion has come on as a spon­sor for the Ea­gles for the 2017 sea­son.


AFL Cape York has re­cieved a grant of $52,000 to up­grade the fa­cil­ity's play­ing field. (L-R) Ash­ton Koon­gotema and Dylen Lan­dis of Arakun, Kasamba Nona of Badu Is­land and Bernard Charlie of Cohen all play for the Un­der 13 Ea­gles side

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