2016 AFL Multicultural Round Celebrations with GWS GIANTS & Auburn GIANTS

On Saturday the 9th of July, Harvey Norman was the match day Partner for the AFL Multicultural Round, which saw the GWS GIANTS battle against the Collingwood Magpies at Spotless Stadium.

The day was truly a multicultural festival, with a free event held from 11am to 7pm in Cathy Freeman Park, just adjacent to Spotless Stadium in the Olympic Park precinct. With 30 food stalls, scores of talented musicians and dancers, multicultural workshops and sports skills clinics, the day truly captured and celebrated the diversity of Western Sydney. Performances from acts such as Justice Crew capped off the day, with a spectacular fireworks finale that was enjoyed by all.

Setting up for the day’s festivities.


Pre-game entertainment celebrating AFL’s Multicultural Round.

The main game started under grey skies that soon departed, unfortunately the same could not be said for the early lead the GIANTS had gained after the end of the first quarter. Not long into the second quarter the Magpies gained the momentum and carried it through until the end of the game. The GIANTS finished on 14 – 9 – 93, defeated by the Pies on 19 – 11 – 125.

The GWS GIANTS had the upper-hand in the first quarter.

Following the main game, Harvey Norman’s Auburn GIANTS played a tough game against the Macquarie University Warriors. A slow start combined with some keen defence from the Warriors to keep the GIANTS scoreless at half time. The Warriors continued to press their advantage throughout the third quarter, but the GIANTS rallied and found their form with three goals in the final stanza and some hearty defence to keep the Warriors to only 3 behinds.

The Auburn GIANTS showed great character against tough opposition.

In the end the big-hearted GIANTS went down 3 – 0 – 18 to the Warriors’ 5 – 9 – 39, but showed the strength of their character with their late comeback.

Aussie Rules Football has become a nexus of intercultural interaction in the community.

Harvey Norman has been a proud sponsor of the Auburn GIANTS since 2015, supporting their efforts to provide role models for the young women of Western Sydney and encourage girls to get involved in grassroots sport in the region. Harvey Norman CEO Katie Page has become a great mentor for the team over this period, sharing the team’s vision for girls and women who are learning to negotiate challenges to continue to pursue their dreams and become role models for their community.

You can read more about the inspiring story of the Auburn GIANTS right here on our blog.