Aussie rules stars kick a goal at Outrigger Fiji

Australian rules (football) stars from South Australia’s Adelaide Crows team descended on Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort last week to share their football skills with local fans.

Team stars Eddie Betts, Huge Greenwood, Matthew Clarke, Jake Lever and Tate Kaeslerall spent a week at the resort holding a number of football clinics at Conua District School.

Eddie Betts has played more than 250 games in the Australian Football League and is a leading player with the Adelaide Crows. He has received the ‘Goal of the Year’ award for the past two years in the AFL. Hugh Greenwood is a rising star with the South Australian National Football League; Matthew Clarke played 258 AFL matches across four clubs in his career; Jake Lever plays for the Crows; while Tate Kaesler is the club’s development coach.

Students at Conua were divided into groups with two clinics held over two days to enable everyone to hear the secrets of playing top-level Australian rules and to listen to the players’ stories of how they came to play in the AFL.

While at the school, the group also helped with the resort’s community tourism project, the construction of a kindergarten that will accommodate 30 children, aged 4 – 6 years. The kindergarten, when completed later this year, will be named after Eddie Betts.

The group also traveled to the BLK Factory Outlet in Lautoka where they toured the store and met sports fans.

While the footballers were mingling with the local Fijian community, their wives and partners were experiencing Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort hospitality while their children enjoyed the kids club and the resort’s MeiMei nanny service.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort General Manager Peter Hopgood said the group had been an inspiration to the children they had met. “I’m sure that one day we will see a Fijian kicking the winning goal at an AFL grand final.”

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