HAWTHORN Hawks legend and Auskick ambassador Shane Crawford was in Nowra last weekend, where he conducted a skills session during their presentation at the Showground.
A mixture of junior Auskickers, passionate Hawthorn supporters and even some long lost relatives turned up to meet Crawford, who was happy to be in photos and sign jerseys.
As part of his job as an ambassador, he travels around the country to various events and said the Nowra Auskick presentation was a great opportunity for him to pay a visit.
“I’ve never been to be Nowra before, but it’s a beautiful part of the world,” he said.
“I really enjoyed the drive down from Sydney, lots of beautiful beaches and friendly people, so what more could you ask for?”
Crawford said he was surprised to see such a big reception away from AFL heartland, but can see the game is clearly growing in NSW.
“The great thing about the game is people of all shapes and sizes can get involved, we’ve got people overseas who are trying the game for the first time.
“Some of our better players in the competition are boys from NSW.
“So we’ve just to got to make sure we keep getting out there and trying to find them.”
He has no doubt there are some potential stars of the future here in Nowra, including some of the girls.
“There was one of them out there that moves pretty well, so who knows, she might even be the first female to play our great game.”
While Crawford was happy to sign the jerseys of any club, he is still very much a Hawks man.
“I still think it’s very open, Sydney, Hawthorn, Geelong and Fremantle can probably all still win, but I’m obviously hoping for Hawthorn.
“I couldn’t stand it last year when Hawthorn kicked clear and the Swans came back.”