A sensational weekend of footy was experienced by our boys in Melbourne last weekend.  The chance to play on the hallowed turf of the MCG on Saturday, plus watch an exciting game between Collingwood and West Coast, was followed up by another cold and blustery Melbourne winter’s day on Sunday when our boys avenged last year’s defeat by recording a memorable victory against Ivanhoe.
 
Thursday 21 June was the shortest day of the year, and also the coldest day in Melbourne for 19 years or something when many of us arrived in Melbourne.  A far cry from the heat and humidity of Singapore!  On Saturday the weekend started with all 32 participants, 28 of who had come from Singapore, assembling at gate 6 at the MCG.  It was good to also see some old friends from Singapore who are now living back in Melbourne enjoying the occasion.
 
We had two games organised, and the younger kids enjoyed one of the Auskick grid games in the red and black NAB jumpers, whilst the older group donned the West Coast Eagles colours to put their Collingwood opponents to the sword.  The kids playing for Collingwood came from Euroa in country Victoria, and were unfortunately a bit younger than the Singapore Sharks, who took full advantage to record a 6.5.41 to 0.0.0 win.  The boys in the backline didn’t see much of the ball in the first half, but fortunately we swapped the teams over in the second half as our backmen became forwards to kick a few goals of their own.
 
We were all able to enjoy a wonderful game played between Collingwood and West Coast as well, which went right down to the wire, as Collingwood came away winners by 3 points.
 
The following day we ventured out to Ford Park in Ivanhoe to be greeted by a very similar day to last year.  The rain held off and although sunny, it was a bitterly cold day, and our boys took advantage from some favourable umpiring to coincidentally kick the same score as the previous day, and run out 6.5.41 to 4.4.28 winners.  There was a lot of relief as Singapore’s lead was cut back by a couple of goals to Ivanhoe in the last quarter, before the Sharks recovered to kick the final goal of the game an record a good win.
 
We also enjoyed the hospitality of the Ivanhoe Junior Football Club back at their clubrooms at Ivanhoe Park, where they put on a BBQ for us and some soft drinks for the kids.  The Ivanhoe Junior Football Club has also arranged a perpetual shield, with Ivanhoe as the winners in 2011 to be followed by Singapore in 2012.  The Ivanhoe team are keen to ensure the event remains as an annual fixture, and are very pleased to continue to host us.
 
All in all, a great weekend of footy for the Singapore Sharks!

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