U12s in spotlight with AFL idols
REDBACKS under-12 AFL player Cole Thompson was pretty excited to have two possessions and one kick at half-time during the Lions game against Port Adelaide at the Gabba on Sunday.
“All my teammates were also excited to play in front of a crowd of 17,000,” Cole said.
“My favourite Lions player is number 11, Pearce Hanley.
“I just like the number; it has been a favourite as long as I can remember.”
Lauren Drewery was one of three girls to play on Sunday at the Gabba and rated the game a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“I was a little bit nervous, as I am before any game,” she said.
“I had a couple of handballs. I am a Lions supporter so it was great to watch them win.
“Simon Black is my favourite player and he was in front of us at one stage during the game. He is a good player and role model and always tries hard.”
This was the first opportunity for U12 team members and a couple of older players to play at the Gabba.
Coach Andrew Fitch and manager Kelly Thompson were on field with the juniors from Warwick who played a team from Hervey Bay in a 10-minute game.
Kelly said the players had front row seats for the Lions victory against Port Adelaide.
“The children were over the moon to play, it is a great atmosphere in front of a large crowd at the Gabba,” Kelly said.
The Redbacks U12 side plays in the Darling Downs competition and has had wins against Lockyer Valley and Pittsworth this season and plays Goondiwindi at Goondiwindi on Saturday.