Eagles visit adds excitement to Auskick

Shannon BeattieNorth West Telegraph
Kim Hannah, Sam Butler and Bradd Dalziell with a group of Year 1 Auskick kids.
Camera IconKim Hannah, Sam Butler and Bradd Dalziell with a group of Year 1 Auskick kids. Credit: Shannon Beattie

Little footy fans got a visit from their heroes on Tuesday when two former West Coast Eagles players turned up at Auskick training at the Kevin Scott Oval.

Sam Butler and Bradd Dalziell were in town as part of the Naitauni Academy and the V Swans Kicking Goals programs and stopped in at training to inspire some future stars.

Butler, who retired in 2017 and was the last player remaining from the Eagles’ 2006 premiership team, said he loved visiting the north because the Pilbara tended to be such a West Coast-centric region.

“I’ve been up here a few times during my time at West Coast and it feels like you make a bit of a difference — the young kids get really excited and if I can make an impact, no matter how small, I will,” he said.

“I know Nic Nat is the main question we get asked by these kids, but a little bit of excitement at the time and a bit of fun is all we’re looking for.”

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Auskick is for children from pre-primary to Year 3.

Training takes place on Tuesdays at Kevin Scott Oval from 4pm-5pm. For more information, visit the Hedland Junior Football Association Facebook page.

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