AFL brothers share sport suc­cess tips

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

AFL foot­ball brothers Ben and Harry McKay re­turned to their for­mer school to talk to stu­dents en­rolled in the St Paul’s Angli­can Gram­mar School elite sports per­form­ers pro­gram.

Ben and Harry, mem­bers of the class of 2015, are grad­u­ates of the ESP Pro­gram.

Harry has made his AFL de­but af­ter be­ing drafted as pick 10 in the 2015 AFL na­tional draft to Carl­ton, while Ben played his de­but match with North Mel­bourne on Au­gust 26 af­ter be­ing pick 21 in the draft.

The brothers spoke about the highs and lows of be­ing a pro­fes­sional ath­lete and told the stu­dents about the im­por­tance of keep­ing fo­cused on school work as it is needed to fall back on when sport does not work out, or when they are fin­ished at an elite level.

Ben and Harry told stu­dents to make use of the sup­port avail­able through the ESP Pro­gram and to be mo­ti­vated to make the most of the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop them­selves as an ath­lete through the re­cently launched myAISbase­camp pro­gram.

Baw Baw Shire may have to fork out hun­dreds of dol­lars to re­place a “trop­i­cal” plant species that was killed off by frosts.

Dar­num res­i­dent Irene Broad­bent asked coun­cil a num­ber of ques­tions about the plants, in­clud­ing ques­tion­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tions of the peo­ple who pur­chased the plants.

Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ali­son Leighton said the plant sec­tion was un­der­taken by coun­cil’s parks and gar­dens staff who were qual­i­fied gar­den­ers.

Ms Broad­bent asked why they would plant Rhoeo dis­color (com­monly called Moses in a Bas­ket) in the ground in War­ragul.

She said it was a trop­i­cal plant, not usu­ally planted any­where in Vic­to­ria, let alone cold War­ragul.

Ms Leighton said the plant was se­lected to pro­vide some year round con­trast through its fo­liage colour and had per­formed well in south­ern Vic­to­ria be­fore this win­ter.

She read out a sec­tion about the plant from Gar­den Aus­tralis, which said it would grow over most of Aus­tralia, although it might burn in a frost, but it will re-grow again.

“How­ever with sev­eral se­vere frosts the young plants have un­for­tu­nately not sur­vived,” she said.

Ms Leighton said it had cost coun­cil $5.70 per plant to pur­chase and would cost about $570 to re­place with an al­ter­na­tive species.

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