Spida inspires auskickers
2011 continues to be a year to remember for the young Whitsunday auskickers.
After another week of training and fixtures last week, a handful of the auskickers headed to Mackay on Sunday for a clinic hosted by former AFL star and personality Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt.
In all 75 aspiring auskickers from across the Mackay-Whitsunday turned up to Harrup Park for a day with one of the games best.
The Whitsunday auskickers started the day with a match against their rivals from Mackay before they were put through their paces by Spida.
The aspiring Aussie rules players taught the kids hand balling skills before he took them through his version of how Matthew Lloyd, a former Essendon full forward, took set shots for goal.
In reply the auskickers put the ball on the ground, picked up a piece of grass and threw it to check the wind direction before they pulled up their socks and tapped the ball on their kicking leg and kicked the goal.
Spida also took time to sign plenty of autographs for the kids and answered as many questions as he could.
Whitsunday auskick centre co-ordinator Jamie Fuhrmann said all the auskickers gained a lot from the clinic with Spida.
He said it was great to see smiles on the kids faces as they continued their good form as part of the auskick program. "He’s excellent with them," he said.
"They are improving all the time.
"You notice every week, they really start getting the hang of it.
"We’re still getting kids signing up as well."
Whitsunday auskickers will continue their program tonight with training at the Whitsunday Sports Park from 4.30pm followed by weekly games on Friday at 6pm.
Fuhrmann said he hoped to see the 70 strong field of kids turn up for another week of Aussie rules footy.