Footy star en­counter

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Ber­ri­gan St Columba’s School prin­ci­pal Damian Taylor had the chance to see the joy AFL su­per stars can bring to young chil­dren in two dif­fer­ent ways last week.

As well as see­ing the ex­cite­ment of his stu­dents, Mr Taylor’s own son Harry Taylor got the chance to get up close and per­sonal with some vis­it­ing North Mel­bourne Foot­ball Club play­ers.

Lind­say Thomas, Jed An­der­son, De­clan Wat­son, Mar­ley Williams, Trent Du­mont and Shaun At­ley all made the trip to Fin­ley to host the Su­per Clinic.

It was at­tended by stu­dents from all pri­mary schools across the South­ern Rive­rina.

‘‘From a small school’s per­spec­tive it is great to have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in events like this and to in­ter­act with the other lo­cal schools,’’ he said.

‘‘As a par­ent, it is fan­tas­tic to see the Aus­tralian Foot­ball League com­ing to re­gional cen­tres and giv­ing back at a grass­roots level.’’

Teach­ers and staff at St Columba’s said stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated in the event are still talk­ing about it in the class­room and school yard.

The South­ern Rive­rina’s foot­ballers of the fu­ture were taught new skills by some of the best in the busi­ness last week, when vis­it­ing North Mel­bourne play­ers hosted a ju­nior footy clinic.

The AFL Su­per Clinic was held at the Fin­ley Re­cre­ation Re­serve and co­in­cided with a Youth Fu­tures Ca­reers Expo for Fin­ley High se­nior stu­dents.

Chil­dren from most district schools joined to­gether in a se­ries of skill-based ex­er­cises, with ex­tra guid­ance pro­vided by some Fin­ley High stu­dents.

All of the young­sters were thrilled to meet the Kan­ga­roos play­ers and take home some au­to­graphs.

The hour-long ses­sion was fol­lowed by a chance for the young­sters to have their photo taken with the AFL foot­ballers, which in­cluded Lind­say Thomas, Jed An­der­son, De­clan Wat­son, Mar­ley Williams, Trent Du­mont and Shaun At­ley.

Devon Mor­ris (left) and Harry Taylor with North Mel­bourne Foot­ball Club player Trent Du­mont.

North Mel­bourne for­ward Lind­say Thomas with some of the young stu­dents at the AFL Su­per Clinic.

Mar­ley Williams from North Mel­bourne with Mar­ley Glanvill from St Columba's.

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