Juniors take a leap in Emerald during the AusKick coaching clinics.
Juniors take a leap in Emerald during the AusKick coaching clinics. Sam Woods

Kids kick in to try out new code

THEY may not have been the Australian rules superstars you would see on television and they definitely don’t earn the same pay cheques.

For these wanna-be footballers it was all about the chance to try something new and to have fun.

The AusKick football clinic brought school kids together for a chance to try their arm at a football code rarely seen, let alone played, deep within the depths of the Central Highlands rugby league heartland.

While the younger ones were learning the basics of catching and passing, the older groups let loose in an improvised match at the Emerald Showgrounds.

They weren’t playing for sheep stations and every player had a grin on his or her face from ear to ear. Already there are a number of senior players speckled throughout the Central Highlands who travel to play in competitions outside the region.

A well-respected Rockhampton club held a trial match in Blackwater earlier this season to gauge interest from the western communities.

The response came thick and fast, with almost a dozen Highlanders turning up for a crack at the competition. For some it was their first taste of Australian rules.

For others it was a welcome return to the game they thought they had long since left behind after moving from interstate.

Whatever the case, the newest batch of Aussie rules juniors were certainly leading the field.


What: AusKick clinics

Where: Emerald Showgrounds

When: Friday afternoons from 3.30pm

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