LRPS Winter Sports – Footy

On Monday , the LRPS footy team played against the other schools from Traralgon. It was a cold, wet and windy day and the students played really well. We were unlucky in some of the games with some unfortunate bounces making it hard for us to score goals. The team played really well in the last game, kicking four goals in the first half. We ended up winning the last game by one goal.

Brandon Macauliffe won our best and fairest award on the day, but all players put in a great effort.


Information Report – The World Cup

Today you will begin to research an Australian soccer player on preparation for an information report.

When researching, locate the following information:

– Who is the person? – basic information

– What is their occupation/profession? – (Who do they play for? What position to they play? What are their strengths?)

– Achievements

– History – Before playing professional soccer

Choose one of the players below for your information report. Some of players below will be participating in this year’s world cup.

The World Cup – Look and Learn

The FIFA World Cup™ is the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world and is contested by the senior men’s national teams from the 208 Member Associations of FIFA.

The competition has been played every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War.

It fulfils FIFA’s objectives to touch the world, develop the game, and build a better future through a variety of ways.
Tournament format

The current format of the tournament involves 32 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of one month – this phase is often called the Final Competition. A qualification phase, the Preliminary Competition which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament together with the host nation(s).

The preliminary competition for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ sees a total of 204 entries across six continents competing for 31 available spots. For the last FIFA World Cup, 200 teams played a total of 853 matches as 31 teams qualified for South Africa.

Both the preliminary and final competitions act as a massive promotion for the game of football and for the host nation(s) and are therefore wonderful opportunities to help promote values of respect, fair play and discipline to the watching world.

Understandably, the organisation of such an event is a huge task for FIFA and the Local Organising Committee and is therefore one of the main activities of FIFA over a four-year period.

Facts and figures

The 19 FIFA World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different national teams. Brazil have won five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. The other winners are Italy, with four titles; Germany, with three wins; Argentina and inaugural winners Uruguay, with two; and England, France, and Spain, with one title each.

The FIFA World Cup is the world’s most widely viewed sporting event; an estimated 715.1 million people watched the final match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany and the 2010 event in South Africa was broadcast to 204 countries on 245 different channels. Inside the stadiums, a total of 3,170,856 spectators attended the 64 matches an average of 49,670 per match and the third highest aggregate attendance behind USA 1994 and Germany 2006.

There were also over six million people who attended public viewing events in 16 sites across the world: ten within South Africa and a further six across the globe in Rome, Paris, Berlin, Sydney, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. A total of 350,000 fans attended the International FIFA Fan Fest in Berlin for the semi-final match between Germany and Spain.

177,853 accreditations for the last FIFA World Cup were printed, while the hospitality programme attracted almost a quarter of a million guests. Over three quarters of a million litres of beer were sold in the stadiums and 390,600 hot dogs were sold in the public catering concessions; many to the half a million international visitors who descended on South Africa.

The FIFA World Cup brings in much needed resources from partners and the TV rights which allows FIFA to invest in social activities related to the tournament. For South Africa 2010, the 20 Centres for 2010 campaign was launched, aiming promote public health, education and football in disadvantaged communities across Africa. A FIFA World Cup also creates resources for many extra development programmes which proved to be beneficial for member associations of FIFA throughout the course of the four-year cycle.

The next three World Cups will be hosted by Brazil in 2014, Russia in 2018, and Qatar in 2022.

– Explain why you think the world cup is the most popular event in the world.

– Describe what it would be like to represent your country at the world cup.

– Explain why you think soccer commentators and players get so excited after they score a goal.

Steven Bradbury – Australia’s First Winter Olympic Gold Medalist LOOK & LEARN

Steven Bradbury was a speed skater and had won a bronze medal at a previous Olympic Games in a speed skating relay. In 2002 the Winter Olympics were held in Salt Lake City, Canada. Prior to these games, Australia had never won an Olympic gold medal at the Winter Olympics. At the conclusion of the games, Australia had won two gold medals. Steven Bradbury was Australia’s first Winter Olympics gold medalist. The way he won the race was amazing. Watch the videos carefully, listen to his story and respond in detail to the tasks that follow the video.

–       Describe the finish of the race.

–       Explain how Steven Bradbury would have felt during the race.

–       Explain how Steven Bradbury would have felt at the end of the race.

–       Describe how the other competitors would have felt.

–       Do think this is a dangerous sport? Explain your answer.

Melbourne Cup

Write down all of your thinking about the Melbourne Cup.

Read the following information on the Melbourne Cup and watch the the replay of last years race to add to and/or change your thinking. You will then need to record your thinking in a synthesising wheel.

History of the Cup

Through tears and triumphs, ‘the race that stops a nation™’ has cemented its position as a revered sporting, social and cultural event that continues to play a significant role in defining Australia’s national identity.

Where did it all begin?

In 1861, at the first running of the Melbourne Cup, the race club committee could hardly have envisaged the Cup lasting a century and a half and growing to become a significant part of our social and sporting culture.

In front of an estimated crowd of 4000 people, Archer became the first winner of the Melbourne Cup. Victorians, and the wider Australian community, were already displaying their great passion for thoroughbred racing.

Today, the Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap race held in Australia, and the prize money and trophies make it among the richest horseraces in the world.

Flemington was fairly basic in the early days with little in the way of running rails or stands. But the Melbourne Cup quickly became popular as a carnival with picnic parties, sideshows, celebrations and people showing off their latest fashions. Socialites, politicians and Australia’s rich and famous attended the Cup right from the earliest days, as they still do today.

While the Cup was first run on a Thursday, in 1875 it changed to a Tuesday and has normally been run on the first Tuesday in November each year. In three of the five years during the Second World War (1942, 1943 and 1944) it was held on a Saturday.

At the time of the first Cup, Victoria was experiencing the gold rush and many people had flocked to Melbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat in the hope of finding gold. A few gold-diggers were fortunate and became wealthy, and they enjoyed splurging at Flemington.

By 1880, 100,000 people would make the journey to Flemington to attend the Cup. As Melbourne’s population was only 290,000 at the time, this attendance was quite phenomenal, and many visitors came from the country and other Australian colonies, too. These were flourishing times as Melbourne continued to grow during and after the gold rush period.

“There was barely standing room on the lawn and many ladies were unable to find a seat for the whole day. The Paddock was overcrowded to excess and the Hill was simply a mass of human beings. It has reached a stage now that almost everyone in Melbourne goes to the Spring racing.” – Australasian Newspaper (1871).

Champion horses have always thrilled spectators. There are stories of endurance, scandal, controversy, tragedy and heroism including great horses such as:

–           Carbine (1890)

–           Phar Lap (1930)

–           Peter Pan (1932 and 1934)

–           Comic Court (1950)

–          Rising Fast (1954)

–           Rain Lover (1968 & 1969)

–           Kiwi (1983)

–           Vintage Crop (1993)

–          Might and Power (1997)

–           Makybe Diva (2003, 2004 & 2005).

From Etienne de Mestre in the 1860s and 1870s, and Lee Freedman in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, who have both trained five Cup winners, to the ‘Cup’s King’ Bart Cummings, who since 1965 has won 12 Cups, horse trainers continue to strive to set records in thoroughbred racing.


Ultimate Frisbee Challenge for Grade 5/6 Students

Some teachers at LRPS are challenging the grade 5/6 students to a game of ultimate frisbee during one or two lunchtimes. The aim of the game is to throw the frisbee around with your team mates and try and get one of your team mates to catch the frisbee in the end-zone like a touchdown in American football.

There is no contact in the game and if your team mate drops the frisbee or the other team intercepts the frisbee it is a turnover.

Watch the video below to learn more about the game.

If you are interested in playing ultimate frisbee against the teachers one lunchtime, you must watch the video, put your name down in a comment and explain what you think about the sport.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground – Liverpool & Melbourne Victory

Melbourne is regarded as the sporting capital of the world because so much sport is played in the city and Victorians love to go watch it. The MCG is rated one of the best sporting stadiums in the world. Last night, over 95,000 people crammed into the MCG to watch one of the world’s most popular soccer teams play Melbourne Victory. The Liverpool FC are well supported all over the world and it was amazing to see the MCG blazed in red for the soccer match.

Even though it was only a practice match and Liverpool players have played in some huge matches in England and Europe, many of their players had never played in front of such a large crowd.

Prior to the game, the crowd sang Liverpool’s anthem (You’ll Never Walk Alone), which was an amazing spectacle. Liverpool won the match 2-0.

What would it be like to play sport in front of such a huge crowd?

How would the the players have felt?

Later in the year, as part of our camp, we will be visiting the MCG and having a guided tour of this famous arena.

Traralgon Winter School Sports – Football

Today LRPS competed in the Traralgon Winter School Sports. I was lucky enough to coach the football team who did a fantastic job all day. Although they didn’t come first, the boys competed hard and challenged all of the teams they played. Josh was the days leading goal kicker with 3 goals. Cody, Luke, Corey, Reece and Zach were among the standout performers of the day, but all the players should be proud of their efforts.

A highlight of the day was Corey kicking a goal on the siren to win one of our games.