On Wednesday 27 July, the superstars of balloon football from across Victoria descended on Keilor Basketball Stadium for the annual BFL All Stars match. This match sees two teams of the best balloon football players for the past year square off against each other, giving players and spectators the chance to be involved in this dynamic sport at the highest level.

Leagues from around the state had been asked to select their best players and submit them for consideration. With only 14 spots up for grabs the selection process was rigorous to end up with the final two squads: the Bulldogs and the Saints.

After an opening address from Cathy Lengyel, General Manager, North, each player was introduced to the crowd to great applause, especially legendary foundation players, Adam Barry and Cam West. At half time everyone was entertained by the Suga Belles band from Ballarat and also by an exciting exhibition match of budding junior BFL players from the Nepean School.

Image of Heather Barcham

Eventual best on ground, Heather Barcham shows all her skill and determination.

The day, however, was all about balloon football and the cream of the BFL crop in Victoria. The match lived up to all expectations, with collisions, dazzling skill and scores aplenty throughout the game and at half time it was still in the balance. Despite a determined performance by the Bulldogs, it was the Saints that were able to edge away and claim the victory.

The BFL All Stars Game was organised and coordinated by Scope’s Community Inclusion team with the support of the wider Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre.

For more information on balloon football and being a part of BFL in your region, contact Jemima Aitchison on 8311 4027 or jaitchison@scopeaust.org.au.

Image: BFL superstars Greg Muir and Adam Barry.