Taylor Jones and Tash Morris (Interleague Players) attend Auskick at Hampton's Boss James Oval Posted in Clubs , Community Hub , Featured News , Front Page News , Interleague - South Metro Stars

in 2018, The South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) Interleague Academy have once again rolled-out their mentoring initiative, designed to encourage players to give back to their local community. In the third year of the program, beginning initially with just the Under 15 Girls, all 250 South Metro Stars Interleague players will attend at least one Auskick training session and mentor younger kids throughout this season.

Preparing players for elite football by getting them accustomed to delivering community football programs and clinics, this initiative will see every Interleague player make the pilgrimage back to where it all began and inspire the next generation of footballers through leading drills, giving advice and assisting in the development of Auskick participants.

Last weekend, Taylor Jones, Tash Morris and Kai Carrigan attended the Hampton Rovers Auskick program to assist with the development of younger Rovers who are acquiring new skills, building friendships and having their first experiences playing AFL.

Hampton were thrilled to have some of their Interleague representatives at Auskick, especially since Taylor and Tash are the first female interleague players in the Rovers’ history. The excitement was two-fold for Taylor, who participated in the Rovers Auskick program when she was younger, and was also the only girl at the time.

Other Interleague representatives have also attended their local Auskick sessions over the past few weeks. Notable mentions to Jackson Dind who made an early visit to St Peter’s Auskick, and Max, Matthew and Tom who attended the Ashwood centre.

As part of this partnership, on Saturday 9 June, several young Auskick girls will play a halftime game at Highett Reserve. The grid game is scheduled in between the SMJFL 2 and SMJFL 1 Interleague games. This will no doubt make for a fun day where the Under 15 Girls squad interact with enthusastic Auskickers.

For more information about the event on Saturday 9 June, or to find out how your female Auskicker can be involved, please contact Sandy Chalmers sandy@readingrockets.com.au


Hampton AFC junior Interleague representatives Kai Carrigan, Taylor Jones and Tash Morris at Auskick

Jackson Dind attends his local St Peters FC Auskick Centre

Ashwood Under 13 Interleague players Max , Matthew and Tom attending Ashwood Auskick.