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12 June 2012

International students at the AFL Dreamtime Match
International students at the AFL Dreamtime Match

In front of more than 83,000 fans international students from Monash University’s Gippsland campus witnessed Australia’s national game.

The international students attended the AFL Dreamtime match between Essendon and Richmond at the MCG as part of a recent student experience trip.

Sports Program Officer for the Gippsland campus, Shane Paynter, from Monash Sport, said many of the students who attended the match had never visited the MCG or seen a live AFL match.

“Not only did this night showcase our great game, it also gave the students a chance to experience some of our wonderful culture as the AFL celebrated its Indigenous round,” Mr Paynter said.

This trip demonstrated the importance of delivering these types of cultural events to international students. Undergraduate student Diona Chu said the match was thrilling to watch and she was stunned by the size of the MCG.

“The opening ceremony opened my eyes to how important Indigenous culture is, and the AFL is such an Australian tradition that one must be exposed to while staying in this country,” Diona said.

Md Tanvir Hossain, a postgraduate student, said it was a great pleasure to be at the MCG on that night.

“AFL is a fascinating game to watch and it becomes even more enjoyable when played in a fantastic stadium in front of a huge crowd,” Md Tanvir said.

Mr Paynter said this outing would not have been possible without the support of the Health and Wellbeing Hub at Gippsland.

“Monash Sport would like to thank the Essendon Football Club and the Globall Program for organising tickets to the match for the students,” Mr Paynter said.