Footy star encounter
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.