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Kevin Sheedy visits the Wombats

Posted by hanoiswans on May 25, 2008

Last week, Kevin Sheedy visited the Singapore Wombats:

“AFL’s 150 Year Ambassador and recently inducted AFL Hall of Famer, Kevin Sheedy visited the Singapore Wombats last week to conduct a coaching clinic and pass on advice from over 44 years of involvement in the game.

“The Wombats are an Australian football team which began in Singapore back in the 1990’s.  This year there has been a strong emphasis on building relationships with the Australian International School to ensure a quality Junior program exists.

“With only 11 children doing an Auskick clinic three years ago and over 2000 Australian children currently enrolled at the school, something needed to be done.  With the assistance of the AFL and some passionate individuals the Wombats football club now has over 180 families involved in the Auskick program.

“The Singapore Wombats have played in two international games this year involving the senior team and Auskick children. One game was against Malaysia and another International Rules game was against an Irish team. They have tours to Vietnam, Jakarta and Bangkok in the months ahead.   The Auskick players played against Malaysia at half time, which Sheedy said was the first ever international Auskick game! The junior Wombats have also been over to Subiaco to play at half time of the West Coast versus Carlton game in May.”

Click onto on the AFL’s website for the full story.

But what was Sheedy like? Did he have anything genuinely interesting or insightful to say? Singapore Wombats President, Granty’s reply: “Sheeds is a freak - more details over Hanoi beers!”

Bring on next Saturday’s Vietnam Swans Vs Singapore Wombats match.

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