Deniliquin seven year-old Brodie Park had a kick with Richmond star Jack Riewoldt at the Mac Pack Football Super Clinic in Melbourne on Wednesday.July 11, 2014 4:00am
Promising young Deniliquin footballer Brodie Park rubbed shoulders with some of the AFL’s biggest stars on Wednesday.
The seven year-old won a competition to take part in the Mac Pack Football Super Clinic at Elsternwick Park in Melbourne where he met Richmond goal-kicker Jack Riewoldt, Carlton star Marc Murphy and Geelong premiership hero Tom Hawkins.
Brodie was dressed head-to-tie in Tigers gear and even played kick-to-kick with Riewoldt, but when talking to the Pastoral Times yesterday his mother, Faye Park, revealed a secret.
‘‘It’s funny because Brodie actually goes for Collingwood and we watch the Magpies play quite often,’’ Faye said.
‘‘My sister dressed Brodie in Richmond colours because she thinks he looks like Jack Riewoldt.’’
Brodie wanted to take part in the clinic to meet his hero, Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury, but the Brownlow Medal favourite had to pull out for training reasons.
But the one-on-one time with Riewoldt made for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
‘‘Brodie loved it, the whole day was excellent,’’ Faye said.
‘‘It was sort of like an Auskick session where each of the AFL players ran different drills and the kids rotated through each of them.
‘‘We were able to get all of their autographs too.’’
Former Finley junior and Mac Pack ambassador Hawkins said it was great to have a kick with a group of enthusiastic young footballers so eager to improve their skills.
‘‘The Mac Pack is a great initiative helping to promote a healthy lifestyle, encouraging kids to keep active, work as a team and most importantly have fun,” Hawkins said.
‘‘It was great to be able to share some new skills and tips with some of Deni’s best young talent.”
The Mac Pack clinic was for kids aged six to 12.
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The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
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The centenary celebrations of the Gallipoli landings was a very personal time for Echuca’s Marilyn and Rex Carr as they toured battlefields which are still household names in Australia.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
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The Deniliquin Domestic Violence Liaison Committee hosted a community lunch at the ‘Rocket Park’ on Thursday to celebrate the launch of its new banner.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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