"Footy!!" Aussie Rules Football AFL Tip by xuessium

Aussie Rules Football AFL, Melbourne: 2 reviews and 2 photos

by xuessium

The rites of becoming a honarary "Melburnian" is only complete after you have been to your first Footy match.

For the uninitiated, it is not something kinky.

The Australian Football League (AFL) governs the game of Australian Rules Football, or as it is commonly known, "Footy", a mutation from Rugby and extremely popular in the state of Victoria. It has a long history that could be traced back to 1857. It is a sport that tugs at the heartstrings of every Melburnian household, men and women; young and old. I have never seen women spoke so passionately and fiercely about sport in my entire life! It's almost like life and death.

This is a sport that occupies the Autumn and Winter calendars of Victoria. Families deck out in their team colours, chant and rally to support their teams in stadiums around Melbourne (as well as in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, as there are inter-state teams) - all 16 of them in the League, during the weekends.

And going to a match is always something special - lots of sights and sounds - as expressions and human emotions explode around you abundantly, always vibrant but never hostile. This is a family game, mind you.

There are 4 quarters to a game and it's a fight to the finish. Teams try to send as many balls through the posts (6 points through the middle, and 1 point through the sides ones) - nothing too complex!

And the atmosphere on the trains can be electric as train loads of winning team supporters could break out into jubilant songs and cheers, which well, could colour your memories of Melbourne a shade sparkling!

Address: Melbourne
Website: http://www.afl.com.au/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 13, 2008
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