WA John Deere agricultural machinery dealer AFGRI Equipment joined the Western Force rugby team at its first “open clinic for kids” event held in Albany. The Force of the Fields Festival, held on November 21 at Retravision Stadium in Centennial Park, came after a similar event in Narrogin last year, and was part of the company’s ongoing commitment to local communities, in which it continually invests in excess of $1 million. AFGRI Equipment, which has dealerships across the State, including Albany, is the official regional Rugby Partner of the Western Force — owned by mining magnate and billionaire Andrew Forrest. Ms Kingstone said spots for the event were capped at 120 registrations, and the event was well supported by the community, where there were “opportunities for signatures and selfies”. The Western Force “kicked off their regional visit with a rugby clinic with the students at Albany Primary School”, it posted on social media.“We were indulged by the incredible hospitality shown by the team at AFGRI’s Albany branch and given a tour of their workshop. Ms Kingstone said rugby fans were able to learn some basic skills from some of the Western Force players, including new signing Harry Potter, Argentinian Santiago Medrano, and homegrown WA talents Carlo Tizzano and Marley Pearce. Other players that attended were Kauri Tipenegrace, Tom Horton, Angus Wagner, Nikolai Foliaki and Justin Landman. They were accompanied by Western Force staff Huw Lock, Ashleigh Zinko and Amy Naughton. AFGRI staff — led by chief executive Wessel Oosthuizen, general manager sales and marketing Jacques Coetzee, general manager dealer development Graeme Henderson, and Albany branch manager Max Kerkmans — also attended.