Footy Colours Pride + Your Chance To Win Tickets To The 2013 Toyota AFL Grand Final

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A couple of weeks ago the kids and I set to a new task – creating our first football banner. Mr I was going to be playing his 200th game at his local footy club.

An amazing achievement given that over the years he has racked up these games our family has grown to five kids, he has completed an MBA, many numerous endurance events and worked pretty decent hours.

The kids and I were super happy with the way the banner turned out and we all felt very proud of the fact that he is still playing good footy and is the oldest in his team. I am often asked how do I feel about him still playing football and the time it takes up. The whole family loves footy and it is very much part of our life. I love watching his local footy and so do the kids – it is a shared enjoyment in our house.

For the last couple of years the older two boys have taken on roles at their dad’s footy club. For both the reserve and senior games they undertake a variety of activities depending on what is needed – running water, running boundary, score board and goal umpire. On the day of Mr I’s 200th game it poured rain the whole day and there is no escaping the rain when you are goal umpire as the 14 year old found out.

I love the spirit of the football club and the boys love the club too, wearing their club t-shirts with pride. The players are fantastic with the boys and the boys learn much about passion and commitment to the team from them.

The younger kids had wanted to hold the banner up themselves for their dad to run through, but settled for holding on with some key club members who held it up as well for their dad to run through. Over the years Mr I has worn a few different numbers, but regardless of the number he has worn the brown and gold with pride and has earned considerable respect not only from his team mates but opposition players as well.

Thankfully it didn’t rain for the running through the banner.

The centre of the ground was already a mud patch.

I was very glad I had worn my sparkly wellies!

Conditions weren’t great, the ball became heavy pretty quickly, the ground was muddy and the rain started to pelt down.

The kids and I took cover in the car.

And had to use the wipers so we could keep watching the game! But as they do, the players keep playing and kept committing to the ball.

I love watching when one of the boys takes a drink out to their dad. It is a fantastic bond they have, united by the brown and gold and the love of the club.

And the brown and gold gave Mr I a happy (and soaked) end to his 200th game with a convincing victory.

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Mr I isn’t the only one in the house to play footy and while the rainy and muddy conditions of Mr I’s 200th game aren’t something we face every week, Radiant Colour Care Laundry Detergent and I still very good friends.

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Our 12 year old is infamous for being found on the bottom of a pack and has the knack for finding all the muddy patches on the ground. The colour guard in the Radiant powder means that it removes the muddy/dirt stains that are added pretty much every weekend, without dulling the footy colours.

Radiant Footy Colours Facebook Competition

Radiant are the only laundry powder endorsed by the AFL and to support lovers of AFL football all over the country, Radiant are running a Facebook competition where the winner will receive 4 x 2013 Toyota AFL Grand Final Tickets + Flights + Accommodation + VIP Experience – access into the inner sanctum, which would be such an amazing behind the scenes experience for any fan.

To enter the competition, all you need to do is upload a photo of yourself or your family wearing your team colours with a box or bottle of Radiant. Entry is via the Radiant Facebook page. The competition starts on Starts 12noon (AEST) 01/08/13, ends 5pm (AEST) 18/09/13.  Read the full terms and conditions here.

This is the family wearing their footy colours with pride. There were a few brief moments immediately after Mr I’s 200th game when it didn’t rain.  While locally we love brown and gold, the family’s fave AFL footy colours are the black and white of Collingwood.

So get it into your footy colours and get snapping for you chance to win one fab footy prize. Go here to enter. Good luck!

Radiant Family Pass Giveaway

Radiant are giving away a family pass to an AFL home and away season match to a lucky reader of Planning With Kids:

1 x family ticket to a 2013 Toyota AFL Premiership Season home & away match of the winner’s choosing. One family ticket covers the cost of 2 Adult and 2 Junior tickets.

To be in the running to win, all you need to do is leave a comment below, telling me how you keep your footy colours looking bright. The giveaway is open to Australian residents only and will close 5:00 pm AEST on 11th August 2013. Full terms and conditions can be read here.