Beautiful, sunny weather greeted a bumper turnout for the opening round of the Deniliquin and district Auskick season on Sunday, held at the Deni Rams’ Hardinge St Oval.
Eighty-one enthusiastic young footballers were split into three groups — 5/6 year-olds, 7/8, and 9 and over — and were shown the basics of Aussie rules footy by some parent helpers and a handful of Rams footballers.
Deniliquin Auskick president Scott Nilsson said he was overwhelmed by the number of parents who turned up and assisted, and seeing the smiles on the faces of the girls and boys taking part.
‘‘It’s been such a strange year with so many things being cancelled, so to have Auskick up and running was fantastic and you could tell the kids were very happy to be out there in the sunshine with their friends,’’ he said.
‘‘We had plenty of parent helpers, and I think there were a lot of grandparents watching from their cars as well due to the COVID restrictions.
‘‘It was a successful start and we encourage more children to register and join in the fun. Parents can go to the Auskick website to register, or they can also give me a call.’’
Nilsson recognised the role of the two local footy clubs in staging the competition.
‘‘The Rams and Deni Rovers footballers will be alternating weeks helping our parents teach the young footballers, which is great and very much appreciated.’’
In the youngest age group — which was led by Rams co-coaches Sam Hall and Tim Holobowski — there was plenty of good goalkicking skills on show.
Nate Fitzpatrick received an award for his strong marks and big kicks, while Hudson Chalmers’ marking and kicking kept improving as the session went on and he received the sportsmanship award.
In the 7/8 year-olds the award winners were Henry Pisasale and Cormick Hardman, while in the 9 and over age group the awards went to Stuart Benger and Zoe Circuitt.
Auskick is held Sundays starting at 11am.
For more details join the Deniliquin Auskick Facebook group, or call Scott Nilsson on 0428 821 892.