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Test your reactions skills at the MCC National Sports Museum for a chance to win time on the turf

Toni Hetherington, August 24, 2017 11:19AM Herald Sun

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Having a kick at the MCG. Picture: Alex Coppel media_cameraHaving a kick at the MCG. Picture: Alex Coppel

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Imagine calling five of your closest friends and telling them you’re going to take them for an exclusive kick to kick of the footy on the MCG.

That’s right. No one else on the entire ground. Just you and your mates.

It’s not a dream. It’s the first prize that both a child and an adult can win in the Sunday Speedster Challenge at the National Sports Museum at the MCG.

And this Sunday is your final chance to enter the challenge.

The speedster challenge requires entrants* to test their skills on a special reaction testing machine. Each participant has 30 seconds to hit as many buttons as they can when they light up, scoring one point for each button correctly pushed. The total score will be displayed at the end of the 30-second period

There is a separate adult (15 and over) and junior (5 -15) competition. Even the mascots from several AFL clubs are competing in their own mascot competition — currently the Tigers mascot is in the lead.

A kid takes on the Melbourne mascot at the National Sports Museum. Picture: supplied media_cameraA kid takes on the Melbourne mascot at the National Sports Museum. Picture: supplied

At the end of Round 23 this weekend, the junior and adult competitors with the highest score will be notified that they have won an exclusive kick to kick on the MCG for 30 minutes with five friends each (so 12 on the ‘G in total), prior to the start of the MCG Open Day event on October 1.

So, what are you waiting for? Get down to the National Sports Museum this weekend and test your reflexes on the reaction machine. You never know — you could be a winner and find yourself kicking goals on the hallowed* MCG turf.

For more information about Sunday funday activities at the MCG, visit the website: www.mcg.org.au/things-to-do/sunday-funday

GLOSSARY

entrants: people entering in the competition

hallowed: holy

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

Imagine that you have won the challenge.

Write a story about what it was like to play footy with your friends on the MCG.

Extension:

Why is the MCG an important place for footy fans?

Write a paragraph that will help someone who is not a footy fan understand why the MCG is a special place.

Time: allow 45 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Critical and Creative Thinking

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