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Big Dipper to drop in for a visit

AFL legend Robert DiPierdomenico is in Gympie tomorrow afternoon to host a senior training session before speaking at the Gympie AFL Club.
AFL legend Robert DiPierdomenico is in Gympie tomorrow afternoon to host a senior training session before speaking at the Gympie AFL Club. Jenny Evans

FORMER AFL and Hawks star Robert DiPierdomenico brings his famous handlebar moustache to Gympie Wednesday evening for a special event organised by the Gympie Cats AFL Club.

Gympie Cats Club president Glen Warren said DiPierdomenico, known affectionately as the Big Dipper, would run a senior training session tomorrow afternoon before speaking at the club afterwards.

Best of all, the event is open to not only Gympie Cats club officials and players but the general public.

“We want anyone interested in coming along to make an appearance,” Warren said. “Especially the kids who would love to hear from an AFL legend.”

Warren said the show after the training session would be interesting.

“It’s a top show and has received good reviews from across south-east Queensland,” he said.

“It will be particularly good for young players because they can learn from someone who has made it in the sport and benefit from his experience.”

The Big Dipper made his debut for the Hawks in 1975 but it was a few years later, in 1978, when he started to make his mark.

In that year, the AFL legend helped steer Hawthorn to premiership glory over arch rivals North Melbourne. The statistics from the match speak volumes of his talent – 21 possessions and six marks.

The training session will run tomorrow afternoon from 5.30pm-6.30pm while the presentation gets under way at 7pm and wraps up at 8.30pm. Cost is $20 for adults and children free, including a sausage sizzle.

Gympie Times