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Soccer Match at Aberfeldie Oval

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by Matthew (subscribe)
WEN Editor
Published September 13th 2010
An outdoor soccer match is the thing for you if the sun's out and ten of your mates are at your place wondering how to spend the weekend. If you're full of energy and want to expel it, Aberfeldie Oval has plenty of space for you and your buddies to have a friendly game of soccer.

Home to the Aberfeldie Football Club, this spacious oval is situated across the road from the Maribyrnong River. The Essendon Rowing Club is just a hop, skip and a jump away, although the suburb itself is Moonee Ponds. Try not to get too distracted by the scenery of palm trees and the occasional passing canoe, especially if you're a goal keeper.

Keep things simple. All you need is a whistle, a ball, red and yellow penalty cards and four witches hats. Use empty ice-cream containers for goals if witches hats aren't available. It's just a matter of overturning the containers and weighing them down with something so they don't blow away.

There are a number of trees and other objects on the oval you can use to indicate boundaries for your soccer match. The amount of oval space you use is entirely your decision, but try to get some input from all your friends just to maintain solidarity. You don't want anyone to feel excluded and this can prevent intentional fouls later on.

Choose one of your mates to become referee, or be one yourself. If no one wants to be referee, get everyone to pick straws; the one who gets the shortest straw becomes referee.

Select two of your friends to be team captains and ask them to take turns in picking members for their teams, until all your companions have entered the game.

It's a good idea to take some yellow and red cards with you to the soccer match, especially if your mates are unpredictable. No need to be too particular about the penalty cards. Use pieces of cardboard or paper and colour them in with red and yellow crayons. Penalty cards are a good deterrent for misbehaviour on the field and will also help you and your buddies to bend it like Beckham and get a lot closer to the real thing.
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Why? A simple and healthy way to unwind.
When: Open everyday
Where: Aberfeldie Oval, Cnr The Boulevard and Orford St, Moonee Ponds; Melway Ref 28 D7
Cost: Free
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