Rich clinics to give wealth of experience
AUSSIE RULES: Brisbane Lions player Daniel Rich hopes to provide much-needed guidance to the Boyne Island-Tannum Sands senior and junior players who will attend clinics tomorrow afternoon and evening.
His visit come several months after Western Bulldogs premiership defender Dale Morris visited the Gladstone Mudcrabs Football Club last year.
"I'm really looking forward to it and going through a few drills with the younger players at the BITS and the older ones as well,” Rich said.
"I have never been to that part of Queensland and it's great to promote the game in northern parts of Queensland and I'm really looking forward to it.”
The talented left-footer will also be the star attraction at the 2017 AFL Golf Day hosted at the Boyne Tannum Golf Club on Saturday.
Rich confesses he is not the best on the greens.
"I'm a bit of a hack,” he said with a laugh.
"I try and get out and play as much as I can with some of the boys and it all depends with how I pull up after footy.”
Rich said he used golf as an outlet to take the pressure away from his life as an AFL footballer.
Ben Fletcher, who owns the Boyne Tannum Golf Club and is friends with Rich, after the pair met at the Nudgee Golf Club in 2012, said there were raffle tickets still available to have a hit with Rich.
"The raffle will be drawn tomorrow (Friday) night after the clinic for the seniors has finished,” Fletcher said.
"There are plenty of spots available and we have 40 filled so far.”
Fletcher was on a traineeship at the Nudgee Golf Club and Rich was an honorary member there and the pair literally hit it off.
"He goes all right and we played a few games of golf together,” Fletcher said.
"He plays off about a 10 or 12 handicap.”
Rich was the Lions' first selection in the 2008 national draft and pick number seven overall.
He graduated from the Australian Institute of Sport AFL Academy and represented Western Australia in the 2007 under-18 national championships and earned All-Australian honours.
He made an immediate impact, winning the 2009 Rising Star Award and his exposure to senior football had him well prepared for the rigours of AFL.
Rich joined Western Australian Football League club Subiaco in 2007 and played senior football in his first season and starred during the finals as his side won the premiership.
Rich then backed it up with another flag in his final season in the WAFL the following year.
CLINICS / GOLF
Tomorrow: 4.30pm to 5.30pm - clinic with the BITS juniors; 6pm to 7pm - clinic with seniors men and women
Saturday: BITS Golf Day at Boyne-Tannum Golf Course
11.30am registration. Noon lunch and Footy NTP comp. 1pm Shotgun Start - 13 Holes 2-Person Ambrose. 4.30pm Presentations. 5pm Q and A with Daniel Rich