Brisbane Lions players Ryan Lester having fun playing stuck in the mud in Kingaroy.
Brisbane Lions players Ryan Lester having fun playing stuck in the mud in Kingaroy. Claudia Williams

Lions build pride in young Kingaroy players

AUSSIE Rules loving kids Molly Schick and Rhiannon Snow were among 40 juniors who kicked it with Brisbane Lions players in Kingaroy on Monday.

The girls were excited to see so many South Burnett kids having fun playing the sport they love.

"I think it is cool because it is not every day you get to meet football players,” Rhiannon said.

"We might be able to play football but other kids mightn't so it will be nice to be able to teach them what we know about football and have a game with them,” Molly said.

Lions veteran Ryan Lester and new recruit Tom Joyce were on hand to have fun and build excitement ahead of the new Auskick season, starting next week.

"It was my first time doing anything like that and I really enjoy being able to see the kids and how much they enjoy footy,” Joyce said.

Auskick introduces five to 12-year-old kids to the game, teaching the basic skills including kicking, marking, handballing, picking up, bouncing, evasion and ruck work.

Run by the South Burnett Saints, the program will start on Monday, February 18 at Nanango State School from 3.15-4.15pm and at Kingaroy's Lyle Vidler Oval from 5pm-6pm.

Seeing 40 kids play while the Lions were in town was exciting for Saints vice president Daniel Clacy.

He said the club was focussing on building its junior programs.

"It is fantastic and going to lead on to our Friday night program,” he said.

For the second time this year the Saints will offer a Friday night local junior competition for kids to build on the skills they mastered at Auskick.