UK Radio gets into footy coverage

Saturday, June 02 2007 @ 11:50 am ACST

Contributed by: Aaron Richard

This week, the Reading Kangaroos were looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season by the Regents Park Lions last week. Welcoming the Balham Hawks to Fortress King's Meadow, the Roos gave an awesome performance of accurate kicking, great support and hard running to get the right side of the footy for the whole match, winning 180-21. The full report can be found here.

A very encouraging element to the game was the presence on the sidelines of Ollie Williams from local station, BBC Radio Berkshire. Getting his introduction to the fantastic sport of Aussie Rules Football, Ollie gave live commentary on the match, interviewed some players and coaching staff and took some great photos - the audio and photos can be found on the BBC Radio Berkshire site.

According to our sources at the Roos, "Apart from regular updates to club websites, it's tough to get much in the way of external coverage to an emerging sport like Aussie Rules, so it was a really good experience to have Ollie there, giving a fresh perspective and plenty of Kangaroo puns into the bargain!

...And the future? Well, he seemed to enjoy himself, and while it could have been a ploy to allow a daring escape from this group of enthusiastic, but obviously slightly nutty Brits and Aussies, we like to think that we'll have peaked his interest enough to draw him back. Who knows? Maybe sometime in the future, we can dream of a camera on the sidelines, recording those shanks, crazy bounces and amusing goal celebrations."

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