The students traveled by bus from La Trobe’s Bundoora campus to a prime vantage point at the MCG, where they were explained the intricacies of Australian rules football by ISS staff member Liselle and local student Zac.
It was a difficult day for the Blues, suffering a 71-point loss to the Saints, however beautiful weather and an electric atmosphere ensured the afternoon was appreciated by staff and students alike.
Post-game the students took to the ground for some kick-to-kick and took some obligatory selfies on the hallowed turf.
International students Akhtar Ali and Krishna Bandaru said they were excited to see the MCG in person after watching so many cricket matches being played there on TV back in India.
I was so, so excited to go there finally. It was so beautiful and amazing,” they said.
“For me it was first experience of coming to MCG although I have been living in Melbourne for 2 years, so from the time of stepping in the MCG I was feeling happy to be in the ground.”
“It was nice to see a big crowd of people supporting their beloved team whenever their favourite team goals they give big applause.”
Students were given free tickets to the game as part of Carlton’s partnership with La Trobe which provides student experience and engagement opportunities among other benefits.