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HARMONY GAME INFORMATION

AFL Round 14
Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne
Saturday June 23, 7.25pm
Etihad Stadium
Entry from: 3:00pm

The Western Bulldogs will play North Melbourne in the first ever Harmony Game at Etihad Stadium this Saturday.

The Harmony Game will celebrate the diverse backgrounds of both the North Melbourne and Western Bulldogs supporter bases as well as invite those from the multicultural city of Melbourne to come and experience an AFL game.

As part of this game there will be plenty of entertainment pre-game including live performers from several diverse countries and a flag ceremony representing the people from the many countries that call Melbourne’s Western Suburbs home.

To see everything else that is happening at the game including performances, entertainment, food options, giveaways and kid’s activities click here.

FREE TICKETS

As part of The Harmony Game the Western Bulldogs are offering four free tickets to select groups – including you!

To redeem your free tickets to The Harmony Game click here.

GETTING TO THE GAME WITH BULLDOGS STAFF

The Western Bulldogs are offering all ticket holders the opportunity to attend the game with Western Bulldogs Staff Members who will be able to help explain the game, guide them on public transport and around the stadium and provide answers to any other questions you may have.

If you are interested in attending the game with a Western Bulldogs Group please meet at the VU Whitten Oval located at 417 Barkly Street, West Footscray from 4:45pm. Groups will be departing the VU Whitten Oval from 5:15pm and heading into Etihad Stadium using the train.

If you have any further questions about travelling into the game with a Western Bulldogs group, please contact Hana Williamson at hana.williamson@westernbulldogs.com.au

If you want information on how to travel to the game by yourself, please see further down this page.

THE RULES OF AN AFL GAME

Incredibly fast and exciting, Australian Football is full of amazing courage, athleticism and skill. Here is a guide to how the game is played.

THE ESSENTIALS

The game starts when a field umpire bounces the ball in the middle of the ground. The ball is also bounced in the centre to start each quarter and after a goal has been scored.

Games are divided into four quarters of 20 minutes, plus extra time. Teams swap ends after each quarter.

There are 22 players in a team and 18 are allowed on the playing field at any one time.

THE AIM OF THE GAME

It is all about kicking goals. That means kicking the ball through the tall inner sticks (the goalposts) to score six points for your team. If the ball goes between a goalpost and either of the smaller outer sticks, then a behind (worth one point) is scored.

The ball play must remain within the boundary line, or else the ball is returned to the umpire to throw the ball back in play.

The team that finishes with the biggest total score overall is the winner.

THE SCORE

When it comes to reading or writing the scores, the goals go first, then the behinds, then the total points. For example, a score of 10 goals and six behinds is a total of 66 points and is written 10.6 (66).

UMPIRES

Field umpires: three field umpires control the game and award free kicks where the rules have been breached

Boundary umpires: There are four boundary umpires who decide when the ball is out of bounds or out of bounds on the full.

Goal umpires: There is a goal umpire at each end of the ground. They decide if a goal or behind has been scored.

THE HANDBALL

A handball is an alternate method of moving the ball towards your goal. It involves holding the football in one hand and disposing of it by hitting it with the clenched fist of the other hand.

THE MARK

A mark is taken if a player catches the football after it has been kicked by another player a distance of at least 15 metres and has not touched the ground or been touched by another player when it is in the air.

RUNNING WITH THE BALL

Where a player is moving while in possession of the football, he must bounce or touch the football on the ground at least once every 15 metres.

THE TACKLE

A legal tackle is when an opponent who has the ball is tackled below the shoulders and above the knee. You are not allowed to push an opponent in the back. A player who is tackled illegally while in possession of the ball will be awarded a free kick.

HOW TO GET TO ETIHAD STADIUM

Etihad Stadium is located at 740 Bourke Street, Docklands and is 2km from Melbourne’s CBD.

GETTING THERE

CAR

On match days, patrons can enter the Etihad Stadium via Car Park B off the Bourke Street extension or via Car Park D and Car Park E off Wurundjeri Way.

TRAIN

For most people, train is the easiest way to get to Etihad Stadium. Southern Cross is the nearest train station to Etihad Stadium. It is approximately a four-minute walk across the Bourke Street pedestrian footbridge.

TRAM

Trams run to Etihad Stadium from La Trobe Street and Harbour Esplanade. Trams also stop in the CBD on Spencer Street, Bourke Street and Collins Street and all are a short walk to Etihad Stadium.

BUS

The bus terminus is at Southern Cross Train Station and services airport transfers as well as routes across country Victoria. Etihad Stadium is a short walk across the Bourke Street pedestrian footbridge from the bus terminus. For more info on the above services visit victrip.com.au.

If you would like to attend the game with Western Bulldogs staff please see earlier in this article for more information.

AMENITIES

PRAYER ROOM

A Prayer room is located on level 3 near aisle 8.

PARENT ROOMS

Parent rooms and baby change stations are located around the stadium.

DISABLED ACCESS

Etihad Stadium has wheelchair-friendly seating, parking, entrance points and bathrooms.

HALAL AND VEGETARIAN FOOD

The supplier of Etihad Stadiums fresh chicken is certified halal, this product is used in most chicken-based meals. Please ask a Team Leader at any food outlet for clarification upon ordering. Vegetarian food is available at all outlets around the stadium.

Smoke and Shoulder will be selling all Halal products at this game. Located at Level 1, aisle 22.
There is also a Halal Curry Cart located at Gate 7, Level 1.
A Bahn Mi store will be located at Gate 7, Level 1 providing Vietnamese options.