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King of the kids

Saturday, 19th March, 2016

Shane Crawford with (from left) Jasmine Butcher and Bonnie and Justin Perkins during the Hawthorn legend’s visit to Central Public School. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke Shane Crawford with (from left) Jasmine Butcher and Bonnie and Justin Perkins during the Hawthorn legend’s visit to Central Public School. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke

By Patrick Reincke

Central Public School had a special visitor yesterday afternoon.

Before doing his duties at the AFL Auskick Launch at Jubilee Oval, 305 game great for Hawthorn, Shane Crawford, addressed a host of Central students ranging from first years to year six about footy. 

The 1999 Brownlow Medallist answered a bunch of questions from the kids and took time to get photos and sign autographs for the diehard Hawks supporters, and their parents.

When the visit concluded, he along with the NSW/ACT crew encouraged students to attend the Auskick launch that afternoon.

“The AFL season is about the start so we’re encouraging all boys and girls to give Auskick a try,”

“The whole thing about Auskick is it’s getting kids active and having fun and trying to connect with the sport.

“It’s about making them aware, that if they’re looking for something to do on the weekends, which I’m sure their mums and dads would want them out of the house running around doing something, to get themselves involved.

“It’s a good game and it’s lots of fun, it’s a really good atmosphere

“Even for the mums and dads they can get involved or they can just sit and watch, there’s a real family feel to it all.”

Yesterday’s Auskick launch was a huge success with close to 200 kids signing up.

The Super Clinic put on by Crawford saw 140 youngsters learn skills and techniques from the AFL Hall of Famer.

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