Forward Michael Walters of Fremantle said he’s looking forward to the Indigenous camp that’s going to be put on by the AFL Players’ Association in February and hopes to learn as much as possible from Hawthorn’s Cyril Rioli. The five-day camp will be taking place in Perth and all 72 of the league’s indigenous players have been invited and are expected to attend. The camp will feature community visits, cultural sessions, and a leadership program. The camp will then end with a team of Indigenous All Stars meeting West Coast at the Medibank Stadium in Perth on Fri., Feb. 20th. Some of these players could find themselves in the Grand Final this season and bettors can check out the BetEasy AFL Grand Final Bonus Bet.
Walters feels the camp will be a great place for he and other players to learn from their AFL heroes. He recently spoke with the media and said, “It’s very important that the 72 indigenous boys get around each other. It’s a big group and to have them here in Perth is quite good, especially because we are all staying together for a week. I have been here seven years but I still feel I have got a lot of room to improve in all aspects of footy, and to learn off boys like Buddy Franklin and Cyril Rioli.”
Walters added that he’s looking forward to becoming friends with Rioli during the camp and learning as much as he can from his experiences in the league. The get-together and the All-Star match is typically held every second year in the Northern Territory. However, Jason Mifsud, the league’s head of diversity, said it was an easy decision to move the event to Western Australia this year. He stated, “We are delighted bring a program of this magnitude to Western Australia, given WA’s rich history of producing indigenous talent over many years in competition’s right across Australia.”
Mifsud went on to say that 40 per cent of the AFL’s and VFL’s indigenous players have hailed from Western Australia and that half of the AFL’s Indigenous Team of the Century come from there too. Mifsud regards the area as a fantastic breeding ground for indigenous players and believes it will continue to be so. Now will be the ideal time to check out the odds via the BetEasy AFL Grand Final Bonus Bet.