Back from left, Tiffany Byrne, Riley Spratt, Sophie Grainger. Front from left, Frances Webster and Genevieve Lambert.
Back from left, Tiffany Byrne, Riley Spratt, Sophie Grainger. Front from left, Frances Webster and Genevieve Lambert.

A World Cup safari at MCC

AUSTRALIA has tied 1-1 with Germany and Spain has already forfeited one game in the 2010 World Cup held exclusively at Clarenza.

Organisers of the mock World Cup finals tournament at McAuley Catholic College, which began this week, are hoping Australia’s result, between student teams this week, augurs well for the real thing in Durban, South Africa on Monday morning.

Brainchild of Year 12 student Pat Crompton, the mock World Cup is being run in parallel groupings to the real event and has been used as a fundraiser for the Youth Off the Street charity.

Eight shortfielded games, at 10 minutes each, are played between five-a-side teams every lunchtime and teams will progress or drop off along the same lines as the South African finals.

Teams were auctioned off to the highest bidders (with a limit of $50) last week and a total of $650 was raised.

Australia fetched top dollar at $50, Spain priced second for $37 and Portugal third at $36 and the cost was split between players.

Pat said there were about 180 participants in the event, including three teacher teams.

He said one teacher team, Argentina, was hot favourites for a win after blitzing Nigeria 5 goals to 1.

“The end goal is to host a national cultural day for the team that wins,” Pat said.

Pat, who said he wanted to one day be a physiotherapist, said he wanted to do something to raise lunchtime activity at the school while engaging students in the biggest sporting event on the planet.

He acknowledged the support of Lachlan Paull, Tim Flannigan, Michael Hope and several teaching staff in helping organise the event.

The first real game in the World Cup is South Africa v Mexico screening on SBS ONE from 11.30pm on Friday.



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