Lions & GC SUNS unite for Auskick launch

The Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast SUNS joined forces to launch Queensland’s 2013 NAB AFL Auskick program at St Laurence College, South Brisbane.

Lions players Daniel Rich and Tom Rockliff  teamed up with GC SUNS’ Josh Hall, Alex Sexton and Jackson Allen to host a clinic for 40 young Auskickers.

And while the AFL stars may have had a height advantage over their young charges (Josh Hall nudges the clouds at a lofty 197cm), they were well and truly beaten in the energy stakes.

“It was great to see the excitement on the kids’ faces,” said Queensland Auskick Coordinator David Noonan.

“Auskick sessions are always active, but with this being the first clinic of the year the level of enthusiasm was sky high,”

With any on-field rivalry all but forgotten, the Lions and GC SUNS joined the group for some initial skills work before leading the Auskickers through a variety of activities.

The inflatable Specky Machine was given a mighty workout with the boys and girls keen to impress Daniel Rich, who was on hand for marking advice.

The kids rotated through some of their favourite Auskick games such as Stuck-in-the-mud and Goal-storm as they handballed and kicked with their AFL heroes.

“The highlight of the day was our Stuck-in-the-mud game,” said Noonan.

“Having our Auskickers, their parents and NAB staff try and eliminate the players from getting to the other side was great fun for everybody,” said Noonan

The launch signalled the opening of NAB AFL Auskick registrations in Queensland for 2013, with clinics kicking off across the state from this week.

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