Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

AFL Season Shapes as One of the Best

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

AFL Season Shapes as One of the Best

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Byline: Charlie Payne charlie.payne@dailymercury.com.au

AFL: Mackay's senior and junior AFL clubs are building up to a new season that shapes as one of the best on record.

Growing junior numbers and a stable senior competition, to be boosted by a new reserve grade club, the Andergrove Kangaroos, heralded a strong competition in 2010, new development officer David Harding said.

Harding, who officially takes up duties on Monday, said the addition of the Kangaroos to the competition would strengthen the sport.

"It will give us stability and structure to take advantage of the numbers coming through from the junior ranks," he said.

"There's been some fantastic work by the junior clubs."

The number of juniors taking part in the Auskick program, for 5- to 12-year-olds, had exploded in recent years, he said.

"This is the fastest-growing region in the state for Auskick.

"Numbers have increased by 40 per cent. We had about 1650 taking part in the region last year, from Bowen to St Lawrence and out to Clermont. …

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