A host of Multicultural high school students have flocked to Ross Straw Fields this week to lace up the boots for the 2017 Multicultural Secondary Schools State Boys and Girls Cups.
Held annually, the two Multicultural Secondary Schools Cup events saw 10 schools from across Victoria compete in the carnivals which aims to introduce Year 7-8 students from diverse backgrounds to Australian Football.
The success of the carnival over the last few years has led to an increase in participation numbers in 2017, with 165 participants picking up the Sherrin this year- some for the first time.
In addition to its ability to unite different communities, the annual event also focuses on the enjoyment of the game and uses the vehicle of sport to teach Multicultural youth about Australian Football in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment.
The round robin event produced some high-quality football, with six male teams and five female teams battling it out for a chance to be crowned champions.
In Tuesday’s Boys competition, it was Maribyrnong College that took home the State Boys Cup title over Australian International Academy, while St Aloysius College claimed the silverware over Keilor Downs College in the Girls Cup held on Thursday.
In addition to the State Cup events, a number of schools were also recognised for their efforts away from the football field, with AFL Value awards presented to four schools who demonstrated the values of Fair Play, Play as one Team, Play to Win and Play with Passion.
Participants also enjoyed a number of off-field activities during the day, including a Grand Final Sprint and longest kicking competition.
See below for a full list of winners:
Multicultural Secondary Schools State Boys Cup Results
- Winners: Maribyrnong College
- Runners Up: Australian International Academy
- Play as One Team Award: Sirius College
- Play with Passion Award: Ilim College
Multicultural Secondary Schools State Girls Cup Results
- Girls Winner: St Aloysius College
- Girls Runners Up: Keilor Downs College
- Play Fair Award: Glen Waverly Secondary College
- Play to Win Award: Australian International Academy