EDUCATION AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PARTNER
JUNIOR ACADEMY PARTNER
Hawthorn Football Club put smiles on the faces of plenty of Gippsland footy fans with an open training session and autograph signing session at Moe on Wednesday morning.
Only injury-managed premiership stars Grant Birchall and Cyril Rioli were absent from the AFL club's visit, with the likes of Jarryd Roughead, Isaac Smith, Liam Shiels and Tom Mitchell put through their paces at Ted Summerton Reserve.
Following the session, players hung around for some kick-to-kick with locals on the oval and to sign autographs for the hoard of awaiting Hawks faithful.
One lucky fan even received a rendition of 'Happy Birthday' from her favourite club.
The event was an opportunity for Hawthorn to strenghen its ties with Gippsland, which forms part of the club's AFL Next Generation Academy region.
Morwell's CJ Jiath, who was recently rookie listed by the Hawks via the NGA pathway, was also a big hit, dishing out plenty of signatures on his return the region.
Hawks forward Luke Breust fronted local and metro media prior to the session and answered questions about the club's longterm vision, preparation for season 2018, perceived leadership vacuum and the trip to Moe.
“It’s great to have so many numbers out here in Moe and it’s a great day so really looking forward to training," Breust said.