Corowa to welcome Coburg Lions

By Jarryd Barca

Coburg Lions players and coaches will be ascending on Corowa next week as part of its 2019 pre-season camp.

More than 40 representatives of the VFL club, including head coach and former North Melbourne footballer Leigh Adams, are expected to run a Super Auskick Clinic. 

The club will be in town from Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18, running the clinic and assisting kids from the region at John Foord Oval on the Saturday from 10.30am.

There is of course a link between the two areas, with Coburg-listed player Jay O’Donoghue previously playing at the Corowa Rutherglen Roos.

Coburg Football Club General Manager Sebastian Spagnuolo told The Free Press everyone is excited to venture three hours north.

“When we were looking at potential venues for our camp, we thought it would be great to take our club to the home town and home club of one of our players,” he said.

“We normally do our camp in March a lot closer to the season and we’ve decided to change it up a bit this year – doing it in November – just to let all the players get to know each other a lot earlier rather than leaving it until close to games.

“In 2018 we went to Healesville – that was just a camp, we didn’t do a clinic – but this is the first time our players will be doing a clinic for the locals and we’re really excited by it. We can’t wait to meet everyone up there and be a part of it.”

Mr Spagnuolo said it will be a great day and experience for the young footballers in town.

“(They can) get up close, learn off VFL footballers and meet the coach who has played AFL. Just be around a professional football club and see what it’s all about,” he said. 

For Coburg, conducting the clinic is all about community involvement.

“It’s great that the Federation Council and the Corowa Rutherglen Football Club are hosting us and it’s great for us to give back to them and their locals by playing a part in a clinic,” Mr Spagnuolo said.

“It’s a great opportunity for us and we’re really looking forward to it. There’s a few of the boys who are from the Murray Bushrangers apart from Jay, not Corowa, but in surrounding districts that way.”  

Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke said council was pleased to support the Super Auskick Clinic event.

“Sport plays a huge part in the lives of our residents, and as such, council is proud to have been the conduit in bringing the Super Auskick Clinic to Corowa,” Mayor Bourke said.

“With the opportunities sport provides, it undoubtedly sets strong foundations for teamwork, courage, inclusiveness and leadership, and I really look forward to hearing from council’s youngest residents on the day about the fun that is sure to be had.”