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Our kids on big stage

Wednesday, 20th July, 2011

JUBILANT: Both teams were excited at the prospect of playing in front of 85,000 spectators at the MCG. JUBILANT: Both teams were excited at the prospect of playing in front of 85,000 spectators at the MCG.

Carlton has finally scored a much-needed win against Collingwood - and it took a team of local kids to make it happen.

Junior footballers from Broken Hill’s Under 12 competition represented the two powerhouse clubs in an exhibition game at half time during the weekend blockbuster.

The group of 32 locals were split into opposing teams and played in front of a crowd of around 85,000 at the MCG.

The teams were coached by Terry Mutch and Sam Hocking, and the trip was organised by BH Junior Football Association Chairman Scott Dunn.

“It was just great. Some of the kids had never been to the MCG before - some of them had never even seen an AFL game before,” said Mr Dunn.

“There were a few nervous kids but they all had a good time.”

Although the Carlton team managed a narrow win, Mr Dunn said the experience far outweighed the importance of the result.

“It didn’t matter who won on the day, the kids had a ball and it was great for them to be able to see a blockbuster game.”

The local players also got a chance to see the real Carlton team at a Blues training session the day before the game.

“Bryce Gibbs, Eddie Betts, Andrew Walker and a few other blokes came over and spoke to the the kids,” said Mr Dunn.

“The kids were over the moon. They all had hats that were donated by the Shinglebacks and they all got them signed.”

The BHJFA has been taking juniors to Melbourne to play at half time for around 10 years, and Mr Dunn said he hoped the annual trip would continue well into the future.

 

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