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Mark Knight cartoon celebrates Australia’s wiggly World Cup win

Mark Knight, June 16, 2022 6:00PM Kids News

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Cartoonist Mark Knight reckons Peru didn't have a chance against goalie Andrew Redmayne and his Wiggles friends. media_cameraCartoonist Mark Knight reckons Peru didn't have a chance against goalie Andrew Redmayne and his Wiggles friends.


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Australia has made it into the 2022 World Cup with a stunning win over Peru that came down to a penalty shootout.

With scores locked at nil-all after extra time, the match would be decided in a nail biting shootout.

The Socceroos coach, Graham Arnold, had a secret plan if the game went to penalties. He would substitute goalkeeper Mat Ryan with the stand-in keeper Andrew Redmayne.

Fans watching the game wondered what the coach was doing but Arnold knew that Redmayne was a very good penalty keeper and, as it turned out, he stopped Peruvian player Alex Valera’s shot on goal, giving Australia a 5-4 victory!

Australia v Peru - 2022 FIFA World Cup Playoff media_cameraThe Socceroos celebrate after Aussie goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne and his jig in front of goals helped secure Australia’s spot in the World Cup in Qatar. Picture: Getty Images

To make the fairytale win even more interesting, Redmayne had been dubbed the “Grey Wiggle” for the dance he performs on the goal line before an opposition player takes their kick.

When I heard this I knew I had to draw a cartoon about this crazy victory by the Aussies and their unique goalie. It also gave me a chance to draw the Wiggles and their associated characters.

The way Redmayne danced on the goal line in a bid to distract the player taking his shot was so similar to a regular Wiggles show that I instantly imagined all the Wiggles alongside him doing “Hot Potato” or “Big Red Car”.

An iconic Wiggles dance has proven once again to be the secret weapon of Andrew Redmayne, whose iconic jig has helped secure the Socceroos’ place at the World Cup finals. media_cameraAndrew Redmayne also performed his Wiggles-like dance in a penalty shootout to help Sydney FC win the 2019 A-League grand final.

It was one of those cartoons where you see it playing inside your head and all you need to do is copy it down onto paper from your imagination.

It was also a drawing that would be straight out of the cartoonist’s handbook for exaggeration. This exaggeration emphasises* the basic idea of the cartoon that the Australian goalkeeper used a unique dance routine to increase his chances of saving a goal.

So I drew Redmayne in his grey goalkeeper outfit in front of goal performing his lively jig. Then I added Jeff, Murray and Anthony, followed by Yellow Wiggle Emma with her bright bows doing a lovely ballet number. I couldn’t leave out Henry the Octopus or Dorothy the Dinosaur! By the time I drew in Wags the Dog, the goalmouth was full of dancing, wiggling characters.

Standing in the foreground is the poor player from Peru. He is looking over his shoulder forlornly* at the reader, knowing that he will never get his shot past this bunch of dancing and jiggling Wiggles.

Truly a coaching masterstroke*!


  • emphasises: gives special importance or value to something
  • forlornly: in a way that shows you feel alone and unhappy
  • masterstroke: to do something unexpected but very clever to help you achieve something


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  1. What nickname has Andrew Redmayne been given?
  2. Why has he been given this nickname?
  3. What did Mark Knight imagine when he saw the way Redmayne danced on the goal line?
  4. Why did Mark Knight use exaggeration in this cartoon?
  5. Why did he draw a forlorn look on the Peru players face?


1. What happens next?
Imagine this cartoon is part of a story that is made up of three cartoons. The three cartoons tell a complete story, and Mark’s cartoon is the start of the story. Think about what the story could be and draw the next two cartoons that tell the story.

Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, Visual Arts, Visual Communication Design, Critical and Creative Thinking

2. Extension
Being able to draw is only one of the skills needed to be a great cartoonist. Write a list of all of the other skills that you think cartoonists like Mark need to do their job.

Next to each skill, write a sentence that explains why that skill is important or helps them to do a great job.

Time: allow at least 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: English, Personal and Social Capability, Media Arts, Visual Communication Design

Stretch your sentence
Find a “who” in the cartoon – a person or an animal. Write it down.

Add three adjectives to describe them better.

Now add a verb to your list. What are they doing?

Add an adverb about how they are doing the action.

Using all the words listed, create one descriptive sentence.

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