Gold Coast Suns AFL player Daniel Harris helps the clean-up effort in Ipswich.
Gold Coast Suns AFL player Daniel Harris helps the clean-up effort in Ipswich. David Nielsen

Footy players clean up Ipswich

IPSWICH might be rugby league heartland, but that didn't stop the Gold Coast's new AFL team making the trip to our city to help the clean up efforts.

About 130 players and staff from the Gold Coast Suns rolled up their sleeves and helped residents clean-up all over the city.

Ipswich's keen Brisbane Lions fans would remember former premiership midfielder Shaun Hart for his hard work and clean disposal skills in his playing days.

Hart's disposal skills were just as good yesterday, but instead of dishing out the Sherrin to team mates, the now Suns assistant coach was helping residents dispose of rubbish.

Big name stars Karmichael Hunt and captain Gary Ablett Junior were not in attendance but residents were thankful for the efforts of the Suns' large crew.

Support from the Gold Coast has been huge throughout the week, with busloads of organised volunteers lending the city a hand.

Footy teams have also thrown their weight behind the clean-up effort, with visits from NRL teams the Parramatta Eels, Wests Tigers, Gold Coast Titans, Canterbury Bulldogs and Penrith Panthers.



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