Report on 2021 AFL Unity Cup Carnival

The 2021 'AFL Unity Cup' was held on Saturday the 27th of March, with nineteen of our GWSC GIANTS Multicultural AFL Teams taking the field at Ransford Oval in Parkville.

We had 229 students play in the AFL Unity Cup Carnival this year, alongside 31 GWSC staff members acting as coaches and support staff. We were again the largest AFL Unity Cup hub in the program, with students from many different cultural and linguistic backgrounds coming together to celebrate diversity whilst having a kick of the Sherrin! In addition to competing in games of AFL 9’s against fellow multicultural teams, our GWSC GIANTS also had the opportunity to engage with exciting activations and education programs run by the TAC and AFP. A highlight for many of our players and coaches were the free food vans, which provided nutritious meals to all in attendance throughout the day. Our players also received a range of AFL-themed give-aways from the AFL and their associated sponsors, with many GWSC GIANTS walking away at the end of the day with a bag full of footy freebies to share with their family and friends!

There were many hard-fought matches played throughout the day, which culminated in some fantastic finals to decide the deserving winners of the AFL Unity Cup trophies. Our U14 Boys Team finished in third position, just going down by 5 points in the Semi-Finals. Our U16 Boys Team played in the most exciting AFL Unity Cup Grand Final in memory, narrowly going down by a couple of goals.

Our U14 Girls team led from the front all day and played an exciting brand of AFL 9’s to take out the U14 Girls Division of the AFL Unity Cup! Our U16 Girls team then backed this up with a dominant display of rapid-fire handballs and precision kicking to take out the U16 Girls Division Premiership! Kudos to all of our Premiership winning players and to all of our GWSC GIANTS teams as well, who competed valiantly throughout the carnival.

We would like to send a GIANT thank-you to the AFL and TAC for organising and running this event, greatly appreciated. Additionally, we would also like to acknowledge the time and incredible efforts of our 31 GWSC staff, who kindly volunteered to help support our program and Unity Cupper’s.