Many would be aware that Victoria’s Premier, the Honourable Ted Ballieu, is an avid fan of Australian Football. He was made aware of an article on the AFL web site about a recent cultural excursion to the MCG by Deakin Norwegian students during the weekend that the horrific bombing and shootings took place in Oslo (www.afl.com.au/news/newsarticle/tabid/208/newsid/119589/default.aspx).
The Premier specifically invited the Deakin Norwegian students to attend the AFL International Cup Tournament, on 24 August 2011, so that he could have an opportunity to meet with them. He conveyed to them that all Victorians were deeply shocked and saddened by the senseless tragedy that their home country has endured.
In addition to the pleasure of meeting the Premier of Victoria, the students also enjoyed a brief impromptu kicking skills clinic with a member of the AFL International Cup Team from Fiji.