Young play­ers get a kick out of AFL

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local -

BIG hopes are held by the lit­tle Aus­tralian Rules foot­ball play­ers at the Aus­kick Gala Day at City Beach Oval this Sun­day.

“I’d like to be an AFL player be­cause my cousin Josh Kennedy plays AFL,” Taj Dorrington (7) said.

Taj lives in Churchlands and plays with West Coast Ju­nior Foot­ball Club in City Beach where the Gala Day will in­volve 12 ju­nior clubs from Mos­man Park, along the coast to North Beach and east to Su­bi­aco, that com­prise the Clare­mont Foot­ball Club district.

“It is the highlight of the Aus­kick sea­son for those chil­dren be­cause for many it is the only time in the year that they get to wear their team footy jumpers and play against other clubs,” Clare­mont Tigers district devel­op­ment of­fi­cer Sam Cousens said.

Cousens said Aus­kick had pro­duced Colling­wood and Fre­man­tle player Paul Med­hurst, who was in the Wem­b­ley Downs ju­nior team as a child.

West Coast Ea­gles’ Eric Macken­zie was from the Clare­mont ju­nior side and Fre­man­tle Dock­ers Matt de Boer was a ju­nior in the district’s Su­bi­aco team.

The first two years of a child’s mem­ber­ship of Aus­kick is de­voted to de­vel­op­ing skills for the five and six year olds, and in their third year the young­sters get a first taste of play­ing against each other.

At the Gala, the young play­ers will each com­pete in three Aus­kick games on 12 mini-ovals on the play­ing fields be­side City Beach. Clare­mont Tigers play­ers will host train­ing with the West Coast Ea­gles mas­cot.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d457594

Taj Dorrington, Jhih Stamp, Jade Went and Max Bai­ley.

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