High on the Hill Looking Over the Bridge to the M.C.G
The 2016 Curtain Raiser Trip provided the Year Ten Kicking Goals students with a fantastic opportunity to see the different aspects of AFL football across many different areas.
First of all the students travelled to Perth to play in the Curtain Raiser before the West Coast Eagles v Hawthorn game.
The Hedland Kicking Goals students partnered up with the Newman Kicking Goals students and played against La Salle College and came away with a comprehensive victory, everyone played well and had some good touches on Domain Stadium. The players relished the opportunity and had a ball playing on such a great venue.
Following the Curtain Raiser game the Kicking Goals young men watched the replay of last year’s Grandfinalists, Hawthorn and West Coast Eagles, battle it out. We were fortunate to watch such a high quality game of football under lights on Friday night. As the final siren rang and West Coast eventuated as winners we had to push on and head back to the airport to catch the red-eye to Melbourne. Our trip had only just begun.
Over the next couple of days we walked for kilometres (good fitness and sightseeing) and watched four games of football at the iconic MCG and Etihad Stadium. For some on the trip, it was their first venture out of Western Australia and also, for many, their first time to Melbourne, which again has just been voted the best city in the world to live in- another great opportunity for our young men to see the bigger and wider world.
The boys were taking it all in and having a great time with each other and really representing themselves well. We also managed to squeeze in a little bit of shopping on the last day amongst doing the MCG & National Sports Museum Tour followed by some more shopping and then a tour of Collingwood’s facilities at the Holden centre. The Collingwood facilities were quite mind blowing and a real eye opener to all. To end the trip the boys managed to squeeze in one more shop- as a result they should also be representing themselves well back on the streets of Hedland.
On the last night we provided the boys with an opportunity to reflect on the trip and share what they got out of it individually. Some of the responses were amazing and we also had plenty of laughs about the little funny episodes of the trip.
Overall, we all had a great time, the behaviour and the way the student’s got on so well with each other is a real credit to each member of this touring party. It was a real pleasure for myself, and Mr Puletaha to take this group of Kicking Goals students away.
We look forward to 2017’s excursion being of the same quality to reward our young men for their behaviour and community support.