MORE than 700 fledgling footballers braved the cold at Blacktown International Sportspark last week to take part in the GWS Giants junior clubs night.
Participants learned new skills, grabbed some autographs and had the opportunity to mingle with the Giants players.
Giants co-captain Callan Ward, midfielder Adam Treloar and defender Josh Hunt were among about 10 players who attended the event.
Adam Treloar, who played his 50th AFL game on Sunday, said it was good to get out in the community and meet passionate Giants supporters.
"We have a large number of supporters in Blacktown and surrounding areas," Treloar said.
"So to spend some personal time with them was very rewarding.
"I met one young kid who knew every player's number off by heart — which was mind-blowing.
"I think I tried to stump him for about 10 minutes.
"To see the passion he had for the Giants was quite humbling.
"It's great to see the game growing at a junior level."
The merchandise tent and membership marquee were kept busy on the night showing how the fans were eager to get behind the AFL's newest franchise.
The post-training sausage sizzle was also a big success, with the Giants giving away more than 1200 free sausages.
Junior clubs who attended the night out included Blue Mountains Junior Australian Football Club, Holroyd Parramatta JAFC, Baulkham Hills JAFC, St Clair JAFC, Hill Lions JAFC and Kellyville/Rouse Hill AFL Club.