Australia Plus (produced by the ABC) reports on last Saturday’s Hong Kong Auskick assault on the Adelaide Oval. Peta Astbury reports today (8 July 2014) on Hong Kong kids have a ball on Adelaide’s field of dreams.
Below is an extract.
It’s every kid’s dream to play their chosen sport in front of a big crowd and for a group of young Aussie Rules players from Hong Kong a half time game in front of 46,786 AFL fans at Adelaide Oval, saw their dreams come true.
AFL football is played widely overseas with international participation estimated at more than 100,000 participants. There are clubs and links with the game all over the world. In Hong Kong, the local team the Hong Kong Dragons was established 24 years ago. Hong Kong currently has a membership base of 50-60 players participating in the South China Australian Football League and [400 children in] the AFL junior AusKick program.
AusKick, the AFL’s development program is popular with both boy and girls both in Australia and abroad. The half-time AusKicker game, where AusKick associations are invited to play on AFL grounds duringsenior matches is a traditional part of the spectacle and an unforgettable experience for all involved.
At the Port Adelaide versus Essendon on Saturday July 5, 45 chldren aged between 4 and 14 years and their parents travelled from Hong Kong to Adelaide to take part. The junior players wore jumpers from their four local Hong Kong teams as well as Hong Kong Dragons and Port Adelaide strips.