AFL finals fever hits Horsham

STUDENTS at Horsham West Primary School spent Wednesday morning entertaining some special guests when the Toyota Good For Footy tour bus dropped into town.

The tour gave young football fans the chance to go one-on-one with their AFL heroes during the fun-filled coaching clinics.

Past and present AFL stars, including Brian Taylor, Danny Frawley, Jonathan Brown, Cameron Ling, Daniel Giansiracusa, Matthew Lloyd, Jack Watts and Matthew Richardson, spent the morning signing autographs and showcasing their football talents in front of more than 100 students, staff and parents.

Geelong Cats' triple-premiership on-baller Ling, who retired at the end of last season after playing 246 games, said it was great to bring the clinics to regional Victoria.

"It's a fantastic program we've been going all around country Victoria," Ling said.

"We've done a bunch of clinics at a number of schools and we've had great turnouts at all of them.

"Toyota have put on a fantastic show for all the kids."

Ling recalled the excitement of when AFL players dropped in at his school during his younger years.

"I remember what it was like when I was a kid, getting to go along to a footy clinic and meeting some of my heroes," he said.

Watts, a budding Melbourne Demons utility, said he had thoroughly enjoyed the tour so far.

"I've been lucky enough to be a part of this tour and I've got to meet so many great kids from around regional Victoria," he said.

Toyota spokesman Nathan Budge said the tour, which was in its fifth year, played an important role for grassroots football.

"The bus arriving in town is always a highlight for many of these junior fans as it allows them to meet their AFL heroes and get top tips from some of the greats of the AFL," he said.

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