Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

‘Carn’ The Swannies

There’s nothing more Australian than footy - maybe a snag, but you can grab one of those at the Eastern Swans Australian Football Club while trying out the country’s favourite pastime on February 26.

You’d be hard-pressed to find an Aussie without knowledge of football: the sport on an oval field with central goal posts and outer posts where hard running, hard hits, and athleticism are king.

A sport linked so tightly with Australian culture, for youngsters Aussie Rules provides a great basis for creating technical skills, building fitness and friendship, and for adults, it is much the same.

With more than 1.5 million registered players, Aussie rules is the nation’s biggest sport and has a long history in Mackay – including with The Swans, a club with a rich past dating back to 1987 when it merged with East Mackay and Trend United.

The successful club is always on the lookout for talent, inviting locals to Come and Try AFL on February 26 from 11am to 1pm after this weekend’s Mackay Sports Expo, where those interested can find out more.

The club fields teams from under sixes to under 17s in the junior grades – with its full complement of experienced coaches guiding the next generation - and has sides for adults too, with men’s and women’s sides.

Looking for their eighth league title, the premier sides are eager to bring in fresh talent at every level of the club, building a strong foundation of players to take into the future.

Find them at the Mackay Sports Expo this weekend for more information.

Image: Mackay’s Eastern Swans Aussie Rules side – one of the region’s most successful – wants you!

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