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The Harmony Cup brings international appeal to our local game of AFL

Peter Rolfe, March 30, 2017 5:45PM Herald Sun

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AUSSIE Rules will take on an international flavour when the 10th annual* Harmony Cup is staged in Melbourne this weekend.

Teams representing Chile, Ireland, Argentina, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and Israel will take part in the competition, with footy great Ron Barassi to award the winner’s trophy.

Tournament* director Brian Clarke said the event brought people from all walks of life and all corners of the globe together to celebrate our great game.

AFL great Ron Barassi at the MCG. Picture: David Geraghty media_cameraAFL great Ron Barassi at the MCG. Picture: David Geraghty

“The whole point of Harmony Cup is that in today’s society sport brings people together,’’ he said.

“Footy is a social glue that brings us closer.’’

Some players are still very new to the game, including Spain’s Los Toros’ team who have been in training for just three months.

“Some people have been here a month, some people have been here for years,’’ Mr Clark said.

“Some are backpackers passing through, some are Aussie residents but they come from somewhere different.’’

While AFL rules in Victoria and across Australia, the local game is not yet popular overseas and it is hoped the round-robin tournament will spread the sport further afield.

“We want it to create interest in footy in other countries,’’ the director said.

Sherrin AFL balls. Picture: Andrew Tauber media_cameraSherrin AFL balls. Picture: Andrew Tauber

“If we can send these guys back home wearing their footy jumper with a Sherrin* in hand that is going to go a long way.’’

Sunday’s final will be played at Royal Park North Park St in Parkville with free entry from 10am.

GLOSSARY

annual: yearly

tournament: competition

Sherrin: brand of AFL ball

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Activity 1. Flags

Find the national flag for each of the countries competing in the Harmony Cup.

Design a guernsey for at least one of the teams. Use the colours of their flag.

Time: allow 40 minutes for this activity

Curriculum Links: Visual Communication and Design

Extension:

Design and create a banner for one of the teams to run through before their game. Find out more about the country to help you to design your banner.

Time: allow 40 minutes for this activity

Curriculum Links: Visual Communication and Design

Activity 2. Describe the game

In the story, Brian Clarke says that some of the people playing in the Harmony Cup are new to the game.

Imagine that you are one of the coaches for the Harmony Cup and one of your players has never played AFL before.

Write a description of what happens in an AFL game.

Then list the five most important rules of the game.

Time: allow 30 minutes for this activity

Curriculum Links: Health and Physical Education

Extension:

Imagine that the team you are coaching needs some more players.

Create a poster that will help people understand why it would be great to play in the Harmony Cup and why it is fun to play AFL.

Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum Links: Visual Arts and Design, Health and Physical Education, Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural Capability

VCOP ACTIVITY

(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation)

AFL Footy Should Be Played Around the Globe

Write an introduction paragraph for an exposition either arguing for or against the above statement. Outline some of the reasons why you agree or disagree with this statement. Make sure you include emotive language.

Now add to it by writing a short paragraph about each of the points you mentioned in your introduction. Include connectives to open your arguments and link the text together, and also to extend out your arguments and explain the points in more details.

Sum it up with a conclusion that reaffirms your point of view and reminds every one of the three reasons you mentioned right from the beginning.

Extension:

Highlight your VCOP to find where you have created voice.

Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write, VCOP

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