GWS and the University of Canberra (2)

On Thursday 9 September the University of Canberra signed a memorandum of understanding with the GWS AFL club. The formal signing took place in the atrium of the new NATSEM Building on the University’s Bruce Campus.

Dale Holmes (left) CEO GWS and Stephen Parker (right) Vice Chancellor, UC

In a previous post I wrote about GWS coming home to Canberra through a remarkable link with Tom Wills.

Hosting the MOU signatures in the NATSEM Building adds another dimension to the GWS-UC relationship.

The NATSEM International Microsimulation Centre is the second project completed under the Commonwealth Government’s Education Investment Fund, with the $11m building coming in on-time and on-budget. The design of the building is a completely new concept for the University, offering flexible and sustainable multipurpose spaces to house NATSEM as well as a venue with full conferencing facilities.

The project was awarded the first ever “5-star Green Star Education Building in the ACT”. Its features include a Photo Voltaic System (or solar panels), on the roof to collect and generate electricity (resulting in a predicted net reduction of greenhouse gases by 62% compared to a standard practice benchmark) as well as underground rainwater tanks to store collected water that will be used for landscape irrigation and toilet flushing.  There is also a seasonal pond which will result in biodiversity and water quality benefits to the site.

The University aims to build its links with GWS through a commitment to the club’s organic development. This approach resonates completely with the University’s ecological commitment to the Canberra and Capital Region. It resonates too with both partners’ commitments to community development.

Today is the start of the partnership. This is a link to an ABC 666 interview with Ross Solly about the partnership.

GWS and the University of Canberra

On Thursday 9 September the University of Canberra will sign a memorandum of understanding with the GWS AFL club.

The ACT4GWS campaign statement is:

After years of false starts and short term playing deals with cash strapped Melbourne based AFL teams, supporters of AFL in Canberra and the region have been offered a partnership that will benefit the game at all levels.

This partnership will enrich the AFL community of the ACT and Southern NSW region, grow participation numbers and assist AFL to compete more effectively with the other professional football codes (League, Union and Soccer).

The aim of ACT 4 GWS is to secure 5000 $50 pledges as well as significant local and regional corporate support.

In return:

  • GWS will play up to 40 games in Canberra over the next 10 years
  • AFL in Canberra and the region will have a seat on the GWS board
  • GWS will continue to invest in local talent academies
  • GWS will establish a training base in Canberra and the region
  • GWS will conduct community camps in the region
  • GWS will field a team in the AFL Canberra competition or in a second tier AFL competition that will feature Canberra clubs.

The opportunity for the AFL community of ACT and Southern NSW to join GWS has been described as the game’s best and last chance to establish a meaningful presence in the region.

This is our opportunity to become a significant part of our national game. It’s our time. Let’s secure our national game for our national capital region.

The University of Canberra in general and the National Institute of Sport Studies in particular see the memorandum of understanding as a way to grow community sport. GWS has a clear commitment to community development that resonates with the University’s plans to engage with the Capital Region.

Whilst preparing for the formal signing of the memorandum of understanding I came across Greg de Moore’s article in the Sydney Alumni Magazine (July 2010). Greg’s article The man who invented AFL provides an insight into the life of Tom Wills. Greg notes that:

The introduction of an AFL team into western Sydney is regarded by some as an invasion. But Tom Wills might disagree. In fact one could say that, when the new AFL team takes root in western Sydney and Israel Folau kicks his first goal, the game of Australian Rules football – our great and unique contribution to world sporting culture – will simply return to the family “home” of the man who started it all.

It was interesting to read that “Wills was born in 1835, near the township of Queanbeyan in NSW.” So the GWS/UC link has a double homecoming to celebrate.

Greg de Moore’s biography of Tom Wills (2008) provides a fascinating insight into the codification of football. Previously Eric Dunning had discussed in detail the development of football in nineteenth century England and provides a context for understand Tom Wills’ experience at Rugby School. J A Mangan’s study of Athleticism adds to the knowledge of the environment in which Tom Wills went to school.

As I attend the signing ceremony for the memorandum of understanding I will be thinking about Tom Wills and the role that biography plays in developing sport. I think Kevin Sheedy, the foundation coach of the GWS team and Tom Wills would have had a lot to share and discuss about their lives in sport and their visions.

It is great to think that the National Institute of Sport Studies can be part of this journey in Ngunnawal Country.

Photo Credits

Recreation Reserve Goal-Posts

KC Power

Goals Scored at 2010 FIFA World Cup Venues

145 goals were scored in the 64 games of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 44 of these goals were scored in the sixteen Knockout Games and 101 goals were scored in the forty-eight Group Games.

(Not included in this total are goals scored from penalties in shoot outs: 8 penalty goals were scored in Game 55, 6 goals were scored in Game 58.)

32 nations participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. After all 64 games of the tournament the goals scored by these nations were:

Team Goals Scored
Germany 16
Netherlands 12
Uruguay 11
Argentina 10
Brazil 9
Spain 8
Portugal 7
Korea 6
Slovakia 5
Ghana 5
Mexico 4
Japan 4
Italy 4
Cote d’Ivoire 4
Nigeria 3
England 3
Slovenia 3
Chile 3
South Africa 3
Australia 3
Denmark 3
Paraguay 3
Greece 2
Serbia 2
Cameroon 2
New Zealand 2
France 1
Korea DPR 1
Switzerland 1
Algeria 0
Honduras 0

Where Were the Games Played?

There were ten venues that hosted games at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Knockout Games

44 goals were scored in 16 games played in the knockout phase of the tournament. Venues and goals scored there:

Venue Altitude (m)
Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Total Goals
Johannesburg JSC 1753 4 2 1 7
Johannesburg JEP 1753 3 1 4
Rustenburg 1500 3 3
Mangaung/ Bloemfontein 1400 5 5
Tshwane/Pretoria 1214 0 0
Durban 0 3 1 4
Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth 0 3 3 5 11
Cape Town 0 1 4 5 10

The timings of goals scored in the Knockout Games (with links to FIFA video of each goal) were:

Minute in Game Goal
3 Germany v Argentina
5 Ghana v USA
8 Uruguay v Korea
10 Brazil v Netherlands
18 Netherlands v Slovakia
18 Netherlands v Uruguay
19 Germany v Uruguay
20 Germany v England
26 Argentina v Mexico
28 Uruguay v Germany
32 Germany v England
33 Argentina v Mexico
35 Brazil v Chile
37 England v Germany
38 Brazil v Chile
41 Uruguay v Netherlands
45 Ghana v Uruguay
51 Uruguay v Germany
52 Argentina v Mexico
53 Netherlands v Brazil
55 Uruguay v Ghana
56 Germany v Uruguay
59 Brazil v Chile
62 USA v Ghana
63 Spain v Portugal
67 Germany v England
68 Korea v Uruguay
68 Netherlands v Brazil
68 Germany v Argentina
70 Germany v England
70 Netherlands v Uruguay
71 Mexico v Argentina
73 Netherlands v Uruguay
73 Spain v Germany
74 Germany v Argentina
80 Uruguay v Korea
82 Germany v Uruguay
83 Spain v Paraguay
84 Netherlands v Slovakia
89 Germany v Argentina
90 Slovakia v Netherlands
90 Uruguay v Netherlands
93 Ghana v USA
116 Spain v Netherlands

Group Games

101 goals were scored in 48 games in the Group stage of the tournament. These are the goals scored at the ten venues in those games:

Venue Altitude



Game 1


Game 2


Game 3


Game 4


Game 5

Total Goals


1753 2 2 5 4 1 14


1753 1 3 4 2 5 15
Rustenburg 1500 2 2 2 1 4 11
Mangaung/ Bloemfontein 1400 1 3 2 3 0 9
Polokwane 1310 1 2 2 0 5
Tshwane/Pretoria 1214 1 3 3 1 3 11
Nelspruit 660 1 2 3 3 9
Cape Town 0 0 2 0 7 3 12
Durban 0 4 1 1 4 0 10
Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth 0 2 0 1 1 1 5

Until Portugal’s 7-0 victory over Korea DPR found it relatively difficult to score at sea level. The first three 0-0 games in the tournament were at sea level. The fourth 0-0 draw (game 42) was played at Polokwane and the sixth (game 48) at Mangaung Bloemfontain .

More information about goal scoring at the World Cup can be found at this post. The timings of goals scored in the Group Stage (with links to FIFA video of each goal) were:

Minute in Game Goal
4 England v USA
6 Argentina v Nigeria
7 Korea v Greece
7 New Zealand v Italy
8 Germany v Australia
10 Cameroon v Denmark
11 Australia v Ghana
12 Nigeria v Korea
13 Slovenia v USA
14 Cote d’Ivoire v Korea DPR
16 Nigeria v Greece
17 Argentina v Korea
17 Spain v Honduras
17 Japan v Denmark
20 South Africa v France
20 Cote d’Ivoire v Korea DPR
23 England v Slovenia
24 Uruguay v South Africa
24 Spain v Chile
25 Ghana v Australia
25 Brazil v Cote d’Ivoire
25 Slovakia v Italy
26 Germany v Australia
27 Paraguay v Slovakia
29 Italy v New Zealand
29 Portugal v Korea DPR
30 Japan v Denmark
33 Argentina v Korea
33 Denmark v Cameroon
34 Chile v Honduras
36 Netherlands v Cameroon
37 South Africa v France
37 Spain v Chile
38 Serbia v Germany
38 Korea v Nigeria
39 Japan v Cameroon
39 Paraguay v Italy
40 USA v England
42 Slovenia v USA
43 Uruguay v Mexico
44 Greece v Nigeria
45 Korea v Argentina
46 Netherlands v Denmark
47 Chile v Spain
48 USA v Slovenia
49 Korea v Nigeria
50 Slovakia v New Zealand
50 Brazil v Cote d’Ivoire
51 Spain v Honduras
52 Korea v Greece
52 Switzerland v Spain
53 Netherlands v Japan
53 Portugal v Korea DPR
55 South Africa v Mexico
55 Brazil v Korea DPR
56 Portugal v Korea DPR
60 Portugal v Korea DPR
60 Germany v Ghana
61 Denmark v Cameroon
62 Brazil v Cote d’Ivoire
63 Italy v Paraguay
64 Mexico v France
65 Cameroon v Netherlands
68 Germany v Australia
69 Nigeria v Korea
69 Australia v Serbia
70 Germany v Australia
70 France v South Africa
71 Greece v Nigeria
72 Brazil v Korea DPR
73 Australia v Serbia
73 Slovakia v Italy
75 Chile v Switzerland
76 Argentina v Korea
77 Argentina v Greece
79 Mexico v South Africa
79 Slovenia v Algeria
79 Mexico v France
79 Cote d’Ivoire v Brazil
80 Uruguay v South Africa
80 Argentina v Korea
81 Portugal v Korea DPR
81 Italy v Slovakia
81 Denmark v Japan
82 USA v Slovenia
82 Cote d’Ivoire v Korea DPR
83 Netherlands v Cameroon
84 Serbia v Australia
85 Ghana v Serbia
85 Netherlands v Denmark
86 Paraguay v Slovakia
87 Portugal v Korea DPR
87 Japan v Denmark
89 Korea DPR v Brazil
89 Portugal v Korea DPR
89 Argentina v Greece
89 Slovakia v Italy
90 New Zealand v Slovakia
90 Uruguay v South Africa
90 USA v Algeria
90 Italy v Slovakia

Other analysis of World Cup performance can be found here.

Photo Credits

World Cup Grass

South Africa World Cup Stadium

About the Author

Keith Lyons is Professor of Sport Studies at the University of Canberra and is Director of the National Institute of Sport Studies.