Eels make record start to season

Published 4:00pm 3 March 2023

Eels make record start to season
Words by Nick Crockford

Pictured: Brisbane Lions mascot Roy was a big hit at Eels' first Auskick weekend on Saturday.

North Lakes Eels have made a stunning start to their AFL Auskick and Kinderkick season.

Close to 150 youngsters were at Week One on Saturday and more registrations have been received this week for the Come ‘n Try sessions.

In Week Two, participants are also invited to bring a friend for free to have an Auskick experience at the club’s St Benedict’s College fields in Mango Hill.

Above expectations

Eels’ Vice-President Brad Smith said the numbers were “well above the club’s expectations” and have made it a record for an Eels’ Auskick program.

The surge has also matched AFLQ forecasts that Auskick in the Moreton Bay Region is healthy and on the rise.

Mr Smith believes this is due to the AFLQ being “very busy” promoting Auskick in schools. Having two avenues (registrations and come ‘n try) also appeals to players and parents.

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Complementing each is North Lakes Eels, founded in 2010, being “proactive” in its junior and youth female programs.

Registrations also helped the club be “adequately equipped on the day to deal with the volume of attendees, rather than wondering how many extras might show up,” Mr Smith said.

“Based on previous years we are expecting similar numbers to week one with more than 150 kids, likely to participate.”

Back on paddock

Auskick is for youngsters from five to 12 starting their AFL journey and getting junior and youth players back on the paddock in preseason.

North Lakes Eels Junior AFL Club caters for players from the age of three to 15.

For more on the club’s programs visit Eels’ Facebook page or website www.northlakeseels.com.au

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