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Neridah McMullin: Shoulder to Shoulder

Session Info:

History, Australian Rules Football and ‘A Sense of Belonging’.

This session describes the process used to research and write ‘Shoulder to Shoulder.’

It’s the last stand for the ‘Machine Team’, the famous Collingwood Football team who won a record four premierships in a row from 1927 to the 1930, a remarkable record that remains unbroken to this day. As a team they were greater than the sum of individuals. They played with sheer determination, guts and purpose. They were relentless … they were an awesome machine. In the worst depression Australia had ever seen, the Great Depression of the 1920’s, Collingwood Football Club gave the hungry and unemployed a reason to keep going, it gave them pride where there was none and hope in the bleakest of times.

Topics Covered

  • Let’s explore sporting history
  • How did Collingwood do it?
  • How can we relate this to history?
  • Using your senses for description
  • How do you create and inspire teamwork?

There are ten literacy and numeracy ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ games to play.

  • Club Name Changes
  • Footy Senses
  • Team Songs
  • Play the Corridor Maths Games
  • Dice Footy
  • Who is it Game?
  • Commentate the Game
  • Nicknames for Premierships Four in a Row
  • No Footballs?
  • Unusual Footy Training Techniques

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