What is happening in football?
What a huge season of school football we have experienced so far this year! There has been a positive uptake of Aussie Rules football at Woodend and when we reflect on reasons, it is easy to see why.
Not only have we had a positive response from students to play, we have also had two hard working coordinators, Kellie and Gill, eager coaches providing their time, skill and willingness to teach the students, and many obliging parents offering to help out in any way required (eg. oranges, goal umpiring, train groups). This is evidenced every week when viewing our Football Facebook page.
3 x Year 2/3’s (Panthers, Wasps, Eagles)
2 x Year 4/5’s (Wasps, Panthers)
1 x Year 6/7 (Wasps)
Here are some of the football opportunities students have had:
- regular trainings – training in a success-oriented environment in teams of similar year levels
- match day – playing a variety of same-age children from a variety of schools and venues
- Mini league – playing on SANFL arenas. This year we played at Hickinbothom Oval on Sunday 28 May. These was an opportunity for all 6 teams to participate.
- Little League – playing with your team at Adelaide Oval where AFL is played! Children get to wear the guernseys of AFL teams and play in front of up to 50 000 spectators at half time. This year we got to play at the Adelaide Crows vs Melbourne game on Saturday 13 May.
- SAPSASA – Year 6/7 students have the opportunity to be selected to play with other same-age children from other schools and compete against other districts. We had students represent Southern Valley this year
- Lightening Carnivals – students play a series of games against other local schools on one day. This year the Year 4/5 Wasps team were in undefeated in the Lightening Carnival. They played courageously against some very tough opposition. The Year 2/3’s carnival will be held on Saturday 2 September.
- Interzone – students have the opportunity to trial for selection in the interzone competition. Ashton and Kye along with Harrison from Sunrise and Jett from Sheidow have been selected representing Glenelg (and Woodend Wasps). We wish these boys all the very best of luck.
- School Holiday Clinics offered by South Adelaide Football Club
- Female Footy clinics (one offered by Port Adelaide these holidays)
From the list above, you can see that students who chose to try football find they can be involved in many opportunities other than their Saturday game.