James Hawksley, pictured playing for the Brisbane Lions, will be in town today with Joel Patfull and Matthew Leuenberger.
James Hawksley, pictured playing for the Brisbane Lions, will be in town today with Joel Patfull and Matthew Leuenberger. Patrick Hamilton

Lions roar into town

THREE Brisbane Lions footballers will be in Gympie today to press the flesh with local footy fans.

Lion's midfield defender James Hawksley, defender Joel Patfull and ruckman Matthew Leuenberger will be in town this afternoon.

Their first stop will be the Gympie Post Shop in Mary St at 2.30pm to promote community inclusion at the Australia Post AFL.

After that they will be at the Six Mile ground to kick a football with juniors and talk to fans of the club.

Kristen O'Connor, manager of the Gympie Post Shop, said Australia Post was looking forward to welcoming Brisbane and that the Australia Post AFL Community Camps were a great opportunity to bring the Sunshine Coast community together to promote a healthy, active and inclusive society.

"The post office and local football club are the heart and soul of the community, and through the Australia Post AFL Community Camps we are proud to partner with the AFL and Brisbane in giving football fans and kids the opportunity to meet and interact with their heroes," Ms O'Connor said.

"We're right behind the Lions as they strive to make a positive difference in our community and we hope the team enjoys their visit."

Australia Post is encouraging the local community to come and meet their heroes and grab an autograph and photo this afternoon.

Gympie Cats' president Glenn Warren urged all fans to come to the Six Mile from 4pm to meet the players.

He said residents could sign on to play Australian football, meet the players get photos and autographs signed.

Gympie Times


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