Good karma on Geelong's side
Monday, October 01 2007 @ 04:23 pm ACST
Contributed by: Brett Northey
Perhaps after a 44 year premiership drought it was good karma that finally brought success to the Cats. At least that could be the view from an international perspective, with people involved with the club doing the right thing by international footy recently.
As we reported, Brownlow medallist Jimmy Bartel has been a regular visitor to Denmark and is off again soon, where he'll give some assistance to Australian Football development there.
Making an even larger commitment is Frank Costa, the Cats' president and the man behind Costa Logistics, a fruit and vegetable company (amongst other things) that we reported on earlier in the year in "Costa Logistics gives young Africans opportunity".
Costa joined Geelong when the club was millions of dollars in debt and has been a big part of their turn-around. His company is now investing in South Africa, such as in the Alexandra region of Johannesburg, and as part of that they are also putting over half a million dollars over three years into AFL South Africa's program. As a sign of that commitment, a special guest was brought to the MCG. On AFL Grand Final day nine year old Tsepho Daniel Raphiri, a FootyWild participant in Alexandra, was involved with the half-time Auskick program. Let's hope the young lad was able to appreciate the atmosphere of the day.
The full story can be found at Footy goes Wild.