Springfield welcomes the Lions

Brisbane Lions fans had the chance to rub shoulders with their heroes at Springfield this afternoon.

The Springfield Sundowner event brought together fans, local community members and players as part of the Lions’ AFL Australia Post Community Camp.

Kids were able to have kick to kick in an inflatable mini AFL oval, practise their speckies and refine their handballing skills, in activities around the Robelle Domain.

Keen fans grabbed signatures and were able to grab some snaps with players in the photo booth.

Brisbane Lions captain, Jed Adcock and coach Justin Leppitsch , presented Ipswich Mayor, Paul Pisasale and councillors Sheila Ireland and David Morrison with personalised guernseys on the day.

Mayor Pisasale thanked the Lions for engaging with the community and urged attendees to support the club.

“Get behind them, 2014 could be a premiership year for the Lions,” he said.

AFL Queensland CEO, Michael Conlan thanked the local community for welcoming the club to the area, with the Lions set to make Springfield its training and administration base in coming years.

“We’re appreciative of this facility and the fact you’ve welcomed the Lions to be based here,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the facility being built.

“We’re excited for the AFL to work closely with this area to help build the sport in the western corridor.”

Conlan said he hoped the Springfield facility would further the growth of AFL in the area.

“We’re hoping it will provide another. opportunity for young boys and girls to become involved in sport.”

The Brisbane lions community camp continues tomorrow.

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