Eagles building towards the future

Ben Maddern runs Australian Rules football clinic for juniors

Narrabri Eagles president and player Ben Maddern, left, led an Australian rules football clinic at the Narrabri Public School last Friday. Pictured with Maddern are students Caitlyn Taylor, Melody Calsena, Brodie Fry, Kevin Condran and teacher and fellow Narrabri Eagle Travis Heffernan.

Australian Rules Football in Narrabri has grown in popularity, with the Narrabri Eagles having had a strong presence in the local sporting community in recent years.

However last year the Eagles were forced to withdraw from the AFLNW competition due to a lack of numbers.

In 2018 the Eagles have been blessed with a larger roster, and have been able to field a strong team each week.

Looking to the future to help ensure that those positive numbers continue, attracting juniors to the game has been a top priority for club president Ben Maddern.

There is now a junior Auskick program which runs every Sunday.

Another area that has been targeted is the local primary schools.

Last Friday Maddern ran a clinic at the Narrabri Public School for students from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

He focused on the fundamentals of the game, which included handballs, kicking, bouncing the football and the general rules of the game.

Maddern described the clinics as a success, suggesting that they helped attract more interest to the game.

“We worked with kids from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and introduced them to a few new skills over the afternoon,” Maddern said.