LIONS PRIDE: Brisbane Lions players (back, from left) Delissa Kimmince, Sabrina Frederick, Michael Close and Oscar McInerney with a Year 5 class at Scots PGC College during the first event of the Lions' visit to Warwick.
LIONS PRIDE: Brisbane Lions players (back, from left) Delissa Kimmince, Sabrina Frederick, Michael Close and Oscar McInerney with a Year 5 class at Scots PGC College during the first event of the Lions' visit to Warwick. Gerard Walsh

Lions marquee player impressed by skill of Warwick players

SABRINA Frederick moved from Perth to Brisbane to follow an AFL dream, which has brought her to Warwick for two days.

Frederick is originally from England and moved to Perth at age eight, and for seven years played both football and AFL.

With a women's AFL competition in the wind, she only played Aussie rules last season and is now one of the marquee players for a Brisbane Lions team, which has three wins from three games in the inaugural women's competition.

"There is a lot more support for the women's competition than I expected,” she said. "This is my furthest trip from Brisbane for a children's clinic and I am impressed with the skills of children who haven't played AFL.”

Delissa Kimmince is originally from Warwick and the children from Scots PGC didn't miss the fact she has played cricket for Australia in a Q&A session yesterday.

After finishing her Brisbane Heat cricket commitments, Kimmince is training hard for the Lions and determined to make her AFL debut this season.

"I suspect I will be quite nervous if given the opportunity as this is only my second season of Aussie rules,” she said.

Michael Close is originally from Harrow in Victoria and noticed the cattle and horses in the paddocks on the trip from Brisbane.

"It is nice to get out in the country,” he said.

As for the Lions men's season, Close said he was part of a young and emerging group of players.

"If we stick to the process, the results will come,” Close said.

Oscar McInerney is on the Lions rookie group and is in his first season in Brisbane where he hopes to snare a spot in the team.

The players finished day one with a skills session and sign on at the Redbacks.

There are 150 people booked for today's breakfast, at which Lions coach Chris Fagan and general manager David Noble are guest speakers along with the visiting players and mayor Tracy Dobie.

The officials will also speak at a business session at the Warwick Town Hall while the players have more school visits.



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