AFL stars visit Benalla schools

By Meg Saultry

A number of Benalla students got up close and personal with some their favourite AFL players last week, when members of Collingwood Football Club cruised into town as part of a AFL North East Border school visit.

St Jospeh’s junior and senior students were treated to different games and activities alongside the Collingwood players, which included a mix of new and experienced athletes in Darcy Cameron, Brayden Maynard, Atu Bosenavulagi, Trey Ruscoe, Tom Wilson, Trent Bianco, Jeremy Howe, Steele Sidebottom, Travis Varcoe, Darcy Moore, Tom Phillips, Tom Langdon and Euroa export Jamie Elliott.

Informative: St Joseph students were treated to a question and answer session with Collingwood players.

From tail tag with the untouchable Elliot and Maynard, to skills clinic put on by Howe and Sidebottom, students were put through their paces.

Following the fun and games, St Joseph’s school captains Sam and Molly Hayes interviewed Varcoe, Moore, Langdon and Phillips in front of a crowd to gain insight into their life as AFL footballers, before FCJ College students also participated in a question and answer session with players about their training and careers as elite athletes.

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A spokesperson from St Joseph’s Primary School said they would like to thank the Collingwood Football Club and AFL North East Border for "this wonderful opportunity".

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