Carlton footballers hit Greater Shepparton yesterday and visited 15 schools and were well received by the students.DAMEN FRANCIS May 15, 2014 3:10am
Kialla West Primary School students have fun during a visit from AFL players Jarrad Waite and Michael Jamison yesterday.
Shepparton football fans were in for a treat, when Carlton came to town as part of the Goulburn Murray AFL player appearance program.
A dozen players, including stars Jarrad Waite, Michael Jamison, Jeff Garlett and Chris Yarran and promising young players Troy Menzel, Sam Rowe and Sam Docherty visited 15 schools across Greater Shepparton.
Waite and Jamison dropped into Kialla West Primary School in the afternoon, much to the delight of about 100 students.
Jamison wowed the crowd with multiple torpedo punts that travelled the length of the oval.
‘‘I need to practice them here, because I miss them all at training,’’ Jamison said.
‘‘The more I can get under my belt, the better.
‘‘It’s been a fantastic day, it’s great to get out of cold and miserable Melbourne for some nice warmer weather.
‘‘You get to see the kids and I still remember it when players came to my school in the western districts, so you only imagine how they’re enjoying it and we’re having just as much fun.’’
Waite, who missed the last two games with a back injury, was put to the test by a horde of energetic students, who tried to bring the big forward to the ground, but he was a good sport and emerged unscathed and was confident of a return after this week’s bye.
‘‘I’ll be back for the Adelaide game, which will be nice, but before the back seized up I thought I was going all right,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s pretty taxing on the body, footy, and it’s one of those things you’ve just got to keep on top of and I feel like I am at the moment.’’
Originally from Gippsland, Waite moved to Benalla when he was in Year 9 and played one senior game with the town’s Goulburn Valley Football League club.
He was drafted to Carlton via TAC Cup side Murray Bushrangers with pick 46 of the 2001 National Draft and
Waite remains friends with several Saints, including Cam Symes, Sam Little and Jared Brennan.
AFL Goulburn Murray football development manager Mark Lambourn said Carlton was well-received by the local community and players were generous with their time.
‘‘They were all really positive, everyone I spoke to seemed to enjoy it,’’ Lambourn said.
‘‘I spent a bit of time with Sam Docherty and Kane Lucas at Isik College and that was a good multicultural experience for them as well.’’
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