Paint town red and white

ON Monday morning, Coffs Harbour mayor, Councillor Keith Rhoades, wants the city to be awash with red and white.

When the Sydney Swans arrive in town on the first step of their statewide Premiership Cup tour, it is envisaged that the city will give the travelling players a welcome that they'll never forget.

"We want as many footy fans as possible to dress up in the team colours so that the players are greeted by a sea of red and white when they arrive," said the mayor.

"This is your chance to see the famous cup first-hand and join in the excitement of a truly legendary win."

The five premiership players that will be travelling to Coffs Harbour on Monday will be superstar and team captain Barry Hall and teammates Nick Davis, Ben Matthews, Luke Ablett and Lewis Roberts-Thomson.

The players are due to arrive at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium shortly after a free junior AFL clinic, which commences at 10.30am, and an hour later the quintet will be presented on stage with the premiership trophy and be interviewed by 2CS-FM's Ian Henderson.

When the chat session is complete, all players will be more than happy to meet with the crowd to sign autographs and pose for photos.

Swans chief executive Myles Baron-Hay will also be with the travelling party and he says the group can't wait to get here.

"We're looking forward to meeting Sydney Swans fans in Coffs again and giving them the opportunity to feel part of the premiership victory," he said. "We've always enjoyed our time in the region for pre-season matches and our Community Camp in 2003.

"The area has has experienced significant growth in AFL participation and fan development and we're very pleased to be able to give something back to the community."

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