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(Abc.net.au)   Playing Aussie Rules means jumping, running, and tackling. On this field you also learn not to fall over   (abc.net.au) divider line
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2019-09-17 10:39:48 PM  
"I still have scars"

Legend has it that Aussie Rules was invented by miners who wanted to play football on hard-scrabble fields.
 
2019-09-18 12:49:05 AM  
The weirdest rule in Aussie Rules is that one player must carry a toddler at all times.

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2019-09-18 2:16:55 AM  
Didn't really know AFL at all until a friend showed me a match about 6 months ago. Really liked it, it's fast paced, a lot of action, some physical play, like how it's not players standing around for most of a game like the NFL or really brutal like rugby. Semi-finals this Friday, the final is on 9/27, looking forward to it.
 
2019-09-18 4:21:56 AM  

Henry Holland: Didn't really know AFL at all until a friend showed me a match about 6 months ago. Really liked it, it's fast paced, a lot of action, some physical play, like how it's not players standing around for most of a game like the NFL or really brutal like rugby. Semi-finals this Friday, the final is on 9/27, looking forward to it.


I'm Australian and live in an AFL city but I can take it or leave it these days. It's as you describe, it's a quick-paced athletic contact sport, but I grew up in the 80's when it was a different but somehow for me better game.

These days it's two teams of very athletic players who are largely selected for their running ability, when I was a kid it was two teams of all sorts of blokes - runners, plodders, talls, shorts, everyone had a role. It was slower but I enjoyed watching those guys make use of their different attributes in different conditions or phases of the game. They're all the same these days, at least compared to back then.

It's much more professional these days. Players were semi-pro and had day jobs (they worked as garbage collectors if they were unskilled labour, it was a great workout).in the days before automation came to the trucks.

/Probably sounds like a grumpy old man. Probably because I am.
//Cricket's my preferred sports viewing.
 
2019-09-18 7:45:39 AM  
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2019-09-18 7:55:47 AM  
But it is perhaps club match manager Cheryl Gamble who could have the biggest complaint.

Every week she washes 42 guernseys, often cleaning blood and gravel from them.


That was the oddest thing I found about TFA, that the shirt in the kit is called a guernsey. But, I guess it's exactly as odd as calling a garment that covers the torso a jersey.

/The Scots word, sark, however, is not related to the Channel Isles at all.
 
2019-09-18 10:00:04 AM  

iron de havilland: But it is perhaps club match manager Cheryl Gamble who could have the biggest complaint.

Every week she washes 42 guernseys, often cleaning blood and gravel from them.

That was the oddest thing I found about TFA, that the shirt in the kit is called a guernsey. But, I guess it's exactly as odd as calling a garment that covers the torso a jersey.

/The Scots word, sark, however, is not related to the Channel Isles at all.


Evidently the islands of Jersey and Guernsey were big into knitting, so their sports garments were called jerseys and guernseys.  There are also breeds of cows called Jerseys and Guerneys.  Weird.
 
2019-09-18 10:51:38 AM  
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2019-09-18 1:52:51 PM  
Aussie_As: It was slower but I enjoyed watching those guys make use of their different attributes in different conditions or phases of the game. They're all the same these days, at least compared to back then

Thanks for that, I'll have to look up some clips of older matches on YouTube.

It's much more professional these days. Players were semi-pro and had day jobs

Ah, similar to how the NFL was until the early 1960's or so. It is a *very* slick TV product now, that's for sure.
 
2019-09-18 3:39:31 PM  

Henry Holland: Aussie_As: It was slower but I enjoyed watching those guys make use of their different attributes in different conditions or phases of the game. They're all the same these days, at least compared to back then

Thanks for that, I'll have to look up some clips of older matches on YouTube.

It's much more professional these days. Players were semi-pro and had day jobs

Ah, similar to how the NFL was until the early 1960's or so. It is a *very* slick TV product now, that's for sure.


In very recent years they've launched a women's AFL competition which plays for a couple of months at the start of the season, I find that to be good viewing because it is more like the game I grew up watching. Check that out would be my suggestion.
 
2019-09-18 7:06:40 PM  

Henry Holland: the final is on 9/27, looking forward to it.


Just remember your ABC: "Anyone But Collingwood".

/sad Weagle
//Public holiday the Friday before the GF is nice though
///Public holiday the Monday after would be so much better...
 
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