UPDATE: Lions stars show their roar power
UPDATE: AFL Wide Bay regional manager Dayne Frew expects the Maryborough Bears to be the biggest winners out of the Brisbane Lions' visit to the Fraser Coast.
The trio, along with Lions offensive strategy coach, former Essendon premiership player Gary O'Donnell, finished their first day on the Fraser Coast by taking part in a free Auskick clinic at the Maryborough Bears Australian Football Club where they were greeted by dozens of enthusiastic fans.
The squad has been training hard in the pre-season under coach Justin Leppitsch, but Lions recruit Robinson said the change of environment was a welcome distraction for the players and a good opportunity for them to meet some of their dedicated fans.
"We've had a tough couple of months in pre-season and still getting used to the heat and 4.30am sunlight, but it's good to get away for a couple of days and focus on giving back to the community," the 25-year-old midfielder told the Chronicle.
"It's obviously a rugby league-based environment up here but it's good to show the kids what AFL is about.
"I'm sure it's a big privilege for them to have a couple of AFL players run through a few things with them."
It is the second time in 12 months the Lions have committed to bringing their annual community camp to the Fraser Coast, with this year's focus on hitting schools in Maryborough hard to help lift the profile of Aussie rules in the area.
Local club Maryborough Bears has struggled to retain juniors in recent years due to a number of reasons. But Frew hoped the Lions' presence would spark more kids to pull on the boots this season.
"It's really big to have the Lions here and I hope it has a big impact for the Maryborough Bears," he said.
"They have done really well to keep what they've got with their juniors and a really positive new committee has come into place and looking forward to getting their seniors up and running for the next season.
"To have the Lions here and be able to get within the schools, the kids love it and hopefully we get some new families to the club."
The Lions popped into four schools yesterday and continue their tour today with more school visits.
St Helens State School was one of the schools the Lions targeted to spread the word about Aussie rules.
Year 4 student Noah McCarthy, a Bears junior, said learning new skills and meeting some of the Lions players was a huge highlight.
"We did some hand-balling and some different drills, while the Lions helped teach those who don't know how to play and gave them more education on the skills," the 10-year-old said.
"The best thing (about the game) is you get to play and have fun with your friends."
In terms of the upcoming season, Robinson, who joined the Lions in the off-season after being de-listed by Carlton, said he is feeling right at home at his new club and is expecting 2015 to be a big year for the Lions.
"I'm relishing it at the moment and it seems like a blessing in disguise you could say and a pretty easy transition coming up here," he said.
"It's been a great experience and I'm trying to earn respect by working hard. But once we get stuck into games is when I can start getting more respect from the group and the coaching staff.
"I'm feeling the fittest I have been in my seven-year career but we're not putting too many expectations on the season. We've still got to learn how to gel together and the best thing is all the players are 20 to 25 so hopefully we've got a few years if we all stick together and win more games than last year.
EARLIER: The Brisbane Lions have kicked off their Community Camp in style with off-season recruit Mitch Robinson, young gun Daniel McStay and rookie Josh McGuinness roaring into Maryborough on Tuesday morning.
Robinson and McGuinness' first stop was at St Helen's State School to assist with running a NAB AFL Auskick clinic for students.
McStay, along with Lions offensive strategy coach, former Essendon premiership player Gary O'Donnell, travelled to Maryborough West State School to put a bunch of enthusiastic kids thorough their paces.
The players were in the region yesterday and today as part of a nine-school blitz across the Fraser Coast.