Twelve Western Bulldogs players descended on Echuca schools yesterday.LUKE MCMANUS May 14, 2014 3:05am
Western Bulldogs star Adam Cooney was asked some challenging questions during a visit to Echuca Specialist School yesterday.
‘‘Where’s your Brownlow medal?’’ one student said, sitting among his eager classmates who were all dressed in their favourite football team’s colours.
Cooney had to think for a moment. ‘‘That’s a good question, I don’t actually know,’’ he said.
‘‘It might be at my wife’s parents house but I’m not too sure. I should probably check where that is.’’
Cooney was among 12 players from the Bulldogs who visited Echuca-Moama yesterday to pay a visit to the towns’ primary and secondary schools.
Organised by AFL Goulburn Murray, the players arrived at Echuca Primary School (208) in the morning before dispersing and spending the afternoon meeting excited children at respective schools.
The lucky schools included Echuca East, Echuca South, St Mary’s, Moama Primary, River City Christian College, Moama Anglican Grammar, St Joseph’s College, Echuca College and Echuca Specialist School, where Cooney donated a signed jumper which will be auctioned at the school’s Little Black Dress Ball.
Cooney then made two little Bulldogs fans very happy by posing for a photo and signing some autographs, before fronting a packed classroom to answer some hard-hitting questions.
‘‘When will you retire?’’ was one straight off the bat.
‘‘A couple more years,’’ Cooney said. ‘‘Then maybe I’ll become a school teacher.’’
Cooney also shed some light on who his favourite players were at the Bulldogs (Luke Dahlhaus and Ryan Griffin), who is the funniest player was (Robert Murphy) and who Cooney used to barrack for as a kid.
‘‘I was a Carlton supporter but I don’t like them anymore — they’re my worst team,’’ Cooney said.
Now into his 10th season of AFL football, Cooney is no stranger to regional visits, but yesterday marked the first time the 209-game veteran had visited Echuca-Moama.
‘‘The country visits are always good,’’ Cooney said.
‘‘It’s nice to see different parts of Victoria and meet some great people.’’
Young gun Marcus Bontempelli will have plenty of regional clinics ahead of him, with the Bulldogs’ prize pick in last season’s draft aiming to become a role model for the game’s future generation.
‘‘It’s fun to come out here and see the kids all excited because they love footy and don’t get the chance to see their favourite players,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m starting to slowly learn the ins and outs of how to run a clinic with all these kids running around.
‘‘Feels a bit surreal being here because I was once in primary school and we always had player visits.
‘‘I’m just trying to re-enact what they did and be a good role model.’’
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