Father–Son Footy Match Becomes Annual Event
An annual football match in the Prep School has united dads and their Year 5 and 6 sons in their love of the game.
The event has received wide acclaim from football enthusiasts and was an initiative of Prep Sportsmaster Brady Leckie when he arrived at the School in 2009.
“It is a means of getting the dads involved with the boys… not only in their son’s sport, but it is also a great way of bringing the community into our school,” he said.
“This is the second official match and we have another planned for the last Thursday of this term.”
The teams consist of Year 5 and 6 boys from the interschool AFL squads (A and B grade teams). A number of staff were involved, including Mr Leckie (coach of the A’s), Mr Pyefinch (Year 6 teacher and coach of the B team), Mr Revitt (Peter Moyes Centre) and Andrew Fordham (PE Assistant / old boy). Two Year 6 boys took over as umpires for the day, while other boys manned the siren and scoreboard.
“We play under the JPSSA rules (slightly modified) – the dads join their sons and play on the same team (A’s v B’s) . It was a great contest with the boys demonstrating excellent team work.”
“It was an awesome game – all the dads were thrilled to be able to part (some playing their first ever match of AFL). We had surgeons and chiropractors playing so we felt we were in safe hands if something went wrong!”