Geelong Cats Football Clinic

Yesterday, the Grade Four students at Leopold Primary School were treated to a visit from two Geelong Cats football players.

Geelong is a team in the Australian Football League (AFL) and they are very popular in our city. In Australia we use the word “barrack” to say who our favourite sporting teams are. About half of the students in 4KJ barrack for Geelong.

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Two Geelong Cats players, Steve Johnson and Josh Walker, ran a footy clinic for all of the Grade Four students. The students enjoyed practising their skills in the following four rotations:

  • Kicking goals from different angles and distances
  • Kicking and marking with a partner
  • Taking dive marks
  • Tackling with a tackle bag

Check out the photos of the 4KJ footy stars!

Thank you to Steve and Josh for visiting us at school!

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What skills did you enjoy practising at the footy clinic?

Who do you barrack for?

What sports do you play?

Melbourne Storm Rugby League Clinics

For the last few weeks, the Grade Four students have enjoyed being involved in three Melbourne Storm rugby league clinics.

Rugby league is a football code that is popular in Australia, particularly in Queensland and New South Wales. Here are some facts about rugby league:

  • It is a full contact sport (but we didn’t play the contact version)
  • It is usually played by two teams of thirteen on a rectangular field
  • You can only throw the ball backwards
  • Rugby originated in 1895 in England
  • Rugby is played internationally and it is very popular in England, Australia, New Zealand, France, Tonga and Papua New Guinea
  • The main method of scoring is called a try
  • The Australian rugby league competition is called the National Rugby Leage and it consists of 16 teams
  • Melbourne Storm is Victoria’s only team and they joined the NRL in 1998
  • Rugby league is known as one of the toughest, most physically challening team sports.

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During the previous sessions, the students learnt all of the important skills and rules needed to play rugby league. Today, all of the Grade Four students assembled on the oval to participate in several matches of rugby league. It was wonderful to see the students putting their skills to the test as they competed to score tries for their teams.

Here are some photos of the 4KM and 4KJ rugby league stars in action!

Thank you to our instructor, Ben, from Melbourne Storm for teaching us so many wonderful rugby league skills. All of the students loved the experience of learning a new sport!

What did you learn about playing rugby league?

Do you know any other rugby league facts?

How did you go in the rugby games?

What sport do you enjoy playing?