Former Brownlow medallist coming to Kingaroy
FORMER Brownlow medallist and one of the Brisbane Lions favourite sons is on his way to the South Burnett. And he may even be keen for a run.
Former Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs AFL star, Jason Ackermanis is coming to Kingaroy later in the month.
South Burnett Saints vice president, Daniel Clacy was proud that one of Australia's greatest sports-people was on his way to the local AFL club.
"We have been working for three years to get him to the club,” he said.
"This is the first year we have been able to coordinate him with our draw.”
Clacy said the former Brisbane Lions and Bulldogs star was his childhood hero.
"I had his poster on my wall at home,” he said.
"I dyed my hair like his.
"I even started doing handstand push ups like he did.”
Akermanis will be at the South Burnett Saints home game on Saturday May 25 for their Heritage round.
The South Burnett Saints only started in 2013. Prior to that the juniors were known as the Jets and the seniors were the Bulldogs.
The club suffered six long years out of the competition until they returned in 2013 as the South Burnett Saints.
Clacy was the president of the newly formed club.
"We are showing our respects for the old teams,” Clacy said.
Having Akermanis, a former Brownlow medal winner, at the club is sure to be a highlight for the season.
"There was talk of getting him to have a run,” Clacy said.
"I don't know if that is is a possibility, but in the past he has played for other (local) teams.”
The Heritage Round will be played at the Saints oval on Youngman St in Kingaroy.
The women's game begins at 11.30am and the first bounce for the men's is at 2.30pm.
The club is expecting a huge crowd for their Heritage round to meet and greet with Jason Akermanis.
"It'd be fantastic to get more people involved in the club both on and off the field,” Clacy said.