AFL gala day hits the mark



THE sun shone and so did the junior AFL players that attended the gala day held at Coffs Showground and Fitzroy Oval on Sunday.

The gala day provided an opportunity for new and perspective players to enjoy their first game of AFL in a non-competitive environment.

It was great to see so many players having a go at AFL for the first time with plenty of talented boys and girls likely to emerge once they learn the finer points of the game.

Players from Northern Beaches Blues, Bellingen Bulldogs, Sawtell Saints, Coffs Swans and North Coffs Roos enjoyed a round robin format with plenty of action to entertain the crowd.

The under 7s had great fun and mostly focused on skill development with a combined game at the end.

It is great to see so many girls enjoying the sport and showing the boys just how capable they are.

In the under 10s players from all five clubs combined in two matches with coaches directing traffic.

With some of the players having their fourth and fifth years of AFL there was plenty of talent on show.

Having said that many of the new players also performed strongly.

In the Under 12s the highlight of the day was last year's grand final replay between the Saints and the Roos.

It was evident from the close game played that these will be the teams to beat again this season.

However the Bulldogs, Swans and Blues also displayed plenty of potential and this all goes well for a close competition this season in the under 12s.

In the under 14s an undermanned Saints showed enough that their experienced and talented outfit will take some beating this season.

The Swans and Roos also showed plenty of potential and with a lot of new and younger players will improve greatly as the season progresses.

A few of the under 16 teams were playing their cards close to their chest on Sunday so it was difficult to assess team prospects.

However based on player lists it would appear the Swans, Blues and Bulldogs will be the teams to beat this season.

Another gala day is planned for Sunday, April 9, and with most clubs still having vacancies on their player lists, anyone interested in having a go or a look at AFL, prior to committing to registration, are welcome to attend come along and talk with representatives from all clubs.

Time to attend and places to attend are as follows:

Under 7s ? 8.45am Coffs Showground;

Under 10s ? 8.45am Fitzroy Oval;

Under 12s ? 9.45am Fitzroy Oval;

Under 14s ? 9.45am Coffs Showground;

Under 16s ? 11.30am Coffs Showground.

The round of competition matches will commence Sunday, May 7. Any inquiries can be directed to Greg Robson 6658 3757 or 0407 882460.



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