AFL: AFL development coordinator Kieron Hyndman remains positive during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He is currently stood down from his role at AFL Queensland as the sporting body reevaluates how they operate in the coronavirus era.
Hyndman remains optimistic and is still engaged in the sport, coaching local juniors one on one. It has also allowed him the opportunity to play the sport he loves, signing on with the Maryborough Bears AFL Club.
The Bears currently play in the Wide Bay AFL reserves competition.
Having not played since 2017 Hyndman is relishing the opportunity to get back out on the field. “I am enjoying it, and it reminds me about why I fell in love with the game,” he said.
Hyndman while working with Queensland AFL lives and breathes the sport 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He works with the clubs to ensure they continue to develop on and off the field.
“It is great to just get out with the boys to train and play,” he said.
Hyndman chose the Bears as they were a club in the league in need of players and some assistance. “I didn’t think there was any point going to a club on top,” he said.
He is quickly bonding with his new teammates.
“They are a good bunch of blokes, we have players playing their first game and others playing their fiftieth,” he said.
The team includes players from all over the region including Hervey Bay, Gympie and Monto. Club president
Steve Marsh was high in his praise of Hyndman.
“It is terrific he is here. He brings experience, enthusiasm and it makes another body for the team,” Marsh said.
Hyndman believes the culture of the club is improving and he believes the future is looking promising.
“Wins are nice but growing the club and their culture is more important,” he said.
The scheduled home game of the Bears for Saturday has been moved to Hervey Bay Bombers ground.
They will play before the senior clash between the Hervey Bay Bombers and Brothers Bulldogs.
Match to commence at 11.30