NOT even the odd downpour could dampen the enthusiasm of primary students kicking goals at an AFL 9s football carnival in Bendigo on Wednesday.
Almost 300 children from 24 teams contested the tournament at Beischer Park, relishing the chance to experience the non-contact form of Aussie rules.
Kennington Primary won the premiership shield in the girls-only division, while Spring Gully was victorious in the mixed competition.
AFL Victoria Country regional development manager Tony McNamara said there were a couple of minor interruptions due to the weather, but the young players were all keen to get back out on the field as soon as the conditions eased.
"We had to stop before the grand final because of the rain and we asked the kids if they wanted to go back out... and the whole room yelled out 'yes'," he said.
"It is all about having a go, so schools bring along different teams of different abilities and they can enjoy themselves in a non-contact environment."
The carnival is in its second year and its popularity is increasing. The number of schools involved has risen from five to 12, with players coming from as far away as Pyramid Hill.
The day is run by students from SEDA Bendigo as part of their event management course, supported by AFL Victoria Country.