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Learning valuable skills from team sport

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June 07, 2018

McGuire College played an Aussie Rules match against Goulburn Valley Grammar recently.

McGuire College played an Aussie Rules match against Goulburn Valley Grammar recently.

McGuire College Year 11 student Jarrod Pretty.

By Jarrod Pretty

On Tuesday, May 29, McGuire College played four quarters against Goulburn Valley Grammar in the Sun Country Cup football — unfortunately we lost.

However, it showed that it’s all about the mental battle.

Grammar were a lot better than us but we never gave up, even against unsurmountable odds, we kept playing as hard as we could.

As they say, mind over matter — you have to give 110 per cent effort and not give up.

The same can be said for school; as long as you apply yourself and give it your all, you will get the results you desire.

From playing team sport you pick up skills that will help you in every aspect of life, such as teamwork, leadership and resilience.

Moving back to the topic at hand, football.

We showed up to Mooroopna oval feeling pumped to be playing for our school.

Sadly, Mooroopna couldn’t field a team and we had to play four quarters against Grammar

I must say, both #33 and #55 were really good players but their whole team was amazing and they played fair.

Yes we lost, but we came away with our heads held high, and I would like to thank the kids who played that have never played football before. They were a force to be reckoned with.

If you learn anything from sport, it should be teamwork.

It is such a valuable skill to be able to work in a team, be it for work, school or sport.

Jarrod Pretty is in Year 11 at McGuire College.

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