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It’s not footie as we usually know it

Nov 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Sport

aflMAINBROOKLYN people may have looked twice as they walked past the rugby field at the Prince of Wales Park recently – they saw Aussie Rules being played.

Wellington College beat Wellington High in a fast and hard-fought fixture, which was part of a programme called the Hawks Cup schools competition.

The aim is to promote the game throughout New Zealand for year 9 and 10 students, says Massey University sports science student and coach of Wellington High James MacAodhgain.

These games sow the seed for it to grow further, he says.

“The New Zealand AFL league runs these programmes along with KiwiKick, which is based on the Aussie version and caters for kids up to 12.

“So in about 10 years’ time the game could really take off here.”

Kids AFL programmes are promoted by Melbourne Club Hawthorn Hawks through the New Zealand AFL league, and they are based on current successful Australian programmes.

The KiwiKick programme is expected to be rolled out to about 5000 kids this year, and 10,000 next year.

Expansion is also expected for the Hawks Cup with a national championship being developed for the future.

There are four local teams who compete in the Wellington premiership between November and February.

Aussie Rules is generally played on a large oval pitch with 22 players (18 on the pitch with four inter-changing).  The object of the game is to kick the ball through goal posts similar to rugby posts.

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