Hear them roar: Brisbane Lions are Chinchilla bound
Aussie rules: Brisbane Lions stars will descendon the recreation grounds next week to help kick off another exciting season of footy for the Chinchilla Suns Australian Football Club.
Chinchilla Suns president Troy Wischnat said the AFL Queensland initiative was a brilliant way to get regional players more access to the game they love.
"Two years ago we had senior player Lewis Taylor come out and meet our junior players and sign autographs, Wischant said.
"It's still a mystery which players are coming out this year.
"All will be revealed next Monday afternoon.
"It's a great experience for the kids as they also get to hear from professional players and selectors about how the drafting process doesn't always happen through the traditional channels.”
Next week's meet-and-greet will also include a training clinic and sign-ons for junior players looking to play for Chinchilla this year.
It's been three years since Chinchilla had its own junior teams, with players in previous years having to join with the Dalby team, due to lack of numbers.
This year the Chinchilla Suns will be home to an under-12s, U14s and a men's senior team.
Junior AFL has started to attract quite a following with 15 junior players attending a Lions Academy Summer Skills program back in November.
The men's senior team continues to receive strong numbers with 64 players taking part last season.
"It's an exciting time for the club right now. We have some special announcements coming through our Facebook page over the next couple of weeks regards club memberships,” Wischant said.
"Thanks to some great local sponsors around town, we will be able to offer our club members special offers as well as some brand new Chinchilla Suns merchandise.”
Wischant is currently enjoying his third year as president.
"I wanted my four young kids to have the same experiences and love for the game I grew up with. Being apart of the local team environment on the weekends and singing the club song. It's important to us,” he said.
"This year we will focus on getting more families involved with the club,
"We're always looking for more support and more volunteers for our junior teams whether it be coaching, refereeing or helping run water.”
The event next Monday will run from 4.30-6.30pm at the Chinchilla Recreation Grounds, on Park St.
The training clinic will be followed by a free sausage sizzle and some more meet-and-greet activities with Lions players.
Registration for both junior divisions is $85 and training will start at the beginning of March.
As for the senior men, the first home game will be held on Saturday, March 30, at the recreation grounds.