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Beyond the Bale : September 2014
4 OFF FARM Shearers, woolgrowers, agents and studmasters are uniting to celebrate the connection between the wool industry and Australian Football through AWI’s Fibre of Football campaign. The idea for Australian football was sparked on a sheep station in the 1850s when the son of a pastoralist was thinking of how cricketers could stay fit over the winter. From Tom Wills' idea grew a game now enjoyed by millions across Australia, and the fibre and Australian rules football have been knitted together ever since. Australian football is still played where wool is grown. The local football team is still the centre of many wool-growing communities with signs from agents, contractors, studs, transport companies and merchandise outlets seen around the ground. To celebrate this deep connection an introductory video ‘Australian Wool – The Fibre of Football’ has been produced, which is available on AWI’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/ AWIWoolProduction. AWI has worked with a current AFL licensee to put the fibre back into supporter gear with 100 per cent Merino wool jumpers available from next year. Every club will be selling the soft 21 micron jumpers in a heritage design and colours; no away strip, no clash strip. The jumpers will keep you warm at the footy or on the farm and alongside these jumpers will be fine wool scarves, beanies and gloves. It has been the source of great pride to place the fibre back into football where it belongs. The Fibre of Football campaign also involves placing the natural fibre back into the playing tops of country footballers. AWI has worked with a local manufacturer to produce and trial wool blend ‘MerinoPerform’ playing tops with the Coleraine Football Club in western Victoria: a region that has grown fine wool for 175 years. The wool blend tops keep players warm in winter but also allow for the wicking of moisture away from the body and Coleraine players have commented on how much they enjoy wearing the new wool blend tops. NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE ULTIMATE WOOL TEAM AWI has partnered with The Footy Almanac to compile the Ultimate Wool Team: a team of people who have contributed significantly to both wool and football. Those already nominated for the team include woolclasser Anthony Daniher (Sydney and Essendon), indigenous shearers Phil and Jim Krakouer (North Melbourne) and Merino studmaster Ross Ditchburn (Carlton), not to mention countless wool industry men and women who have been crucial to the wool industry and their local football club both on and off the field. To nominate someone, get online and put your case forward on the ‘Greatest footballers from the wool industry’ page on The Footy Almanac website (www.footyalmanac.com.au). IMAGES AND STORIES OF WOOLLEN JUMPERS Together with the Ultimate Wool Team, the Footy Almanac is also collecting classic stories and images of people and their woollen football jumpers. Any playing jumper evokes passion and pride but combine that with a love of the fibre and it is well worth recording and this can be done, again via The Footy Almanac. The Fibre of Football celebrates two Australian icons that have supported each other throughout the evolution of our native game and our natural fibre. Both are central to the livelihoods and identities of many thousands of Australians. As woolclasser and football fanatic Darren “Strop” Strawford from Dunkeld in THE FIBRE OF FOOTBALL AUSTRALIAN WOOL AWI has launched the Fibre of Football campaign to celebrate the rich heritage of the Australian wool industry and Australian Football. The campaign involves placing wool back into football supporter gear and offering wool blend playing jumpers to country football clubs. Nat Fyfe of the Fremantle Dockers and Tom Hawkins of the Geelong Cats have joined AWI’s Fibre of Football campaign to help promote the wool industry through football.