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Ten Kicking Goals year 10 students have just returned from the annual Melbourne Tour. The touring party were given full access to the Carlton Football Club and their facilities. They finished their visit with a kick around on the oval at Carlton. Other clubs visited on the trip were Richmond Football Club and Collingwood Football Club. The group watched on as Richmond and Collingwood were put through their paces in two, short and sharp training sessions. After watching these two clubs train, the group was able to watch them live in their round 18 matches. Richmond v St Kilda at Eithad Stadium and Collingwood v North Melbourne at MCG.

During the visit to Melbourne the group embarked on a MCG and Museum tour. The guided tour of the MCG was a real highlight of the trip, with full access to all rooms and facilities. The MCG’s rich history, covering all sports and activities gave the group a great insight of the past.

The group visited Eureka Tower, it is a 297.3 metre skyscraper located in the South Bank precinct of Melbourne. Eureka Skydeck 88 has awe inspiring views of Melbourne from the highest public vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere. Some of the evening activities the group took in, some ten pin bowling, laser tag and puzzle solving activities.

On the way back to Hedland the group were invited to play in a curtain raiser before the West Coast v Western Bulldogs round 18 fixture, at the newly completed Optus Stadium at Burswood. The Hedland players were combined with students from Newman Kicking Goals Program and they played against La Salle College from Perth. The experience gained from playing on the Optus arena was greatly appreciated from both playing groups. The players were able to recover and then watch West Coast v Western Bulldogs, with the group cheering on West Coast on all occasions.

On return the group was able to reflect on the many different Melbourne cultures and lifestyles. On top of the football, the tours and activities the group were also exposed to a wide variety of food choices.