Juniors host AFL greats

By Riverine Herald

FORMER North Melbourne footballers Brent Harvey and Daniel Harris are heading to Rushworththis Sunday for the Stanhope, Girgarre and Rushworth Giants (SGR Giants) 2019 season launch.

With more than 500 matches between them, Harvey and Harris will host the junior football club’s first training session for the year.

Club president Andrew Hipwell said the season launch was a great opportunity for young players to learn from the best.

“We welcome players of any skill level or gender to come along and consider being part of the club,” he said.

“Brent Harvey needs no introduction and Daniel is a local who we’ve worked with before and is always a hit with the kids.”

Hipwell said following a successful AGM and the installation of a new 16-strong committee, the SGR Giants were optimistic about season 2019.

He said he was delighted with the growth of the committee and the strong pledge of support from the local football clubs in the region.

“Our club is looking forward to the 2019 season with a high level of optimism and enthusiasm,’’ Hipwell said.

‘‘We have had meetings with all of our aligned senior clubs and, without exception, they have all indicated a desire to provide a high level of support to the SGR Giants moving forward.

“We are a small club, with a strong community focus,’’ Hipwell said.

‘‘Our club is really committed to providing opportunities for young people from within our broader community to play football and we see the SGR Giants as an ideal platform to enable this to happen.”

With strong numbers, the club is looking at fielding two under 10 sides and will operate under an updated constitution in 2019.

“As a club, we are extremely grateful to AFL Goulburn Murray for their outstanding support in helping us develop a constitution that is more appropriate to the contemporary needs of our club,” Hipwell said.

The season launch is on Sunday from 10.30am at the Rushworth football oval. All under 10, 12 and 14 prospective players and families are welcome to attend and stay after training for a barbecue and an information session.

For information, call Andrew Hipwell on 0428180700.