Do you come from a land down under? No? Then I guess you are not too familiar with Australian Rules Football, or ”footy” as the Aussies call it.
Like any other sport, it can be very confusing when you watch it for the first time. Eventually, you learn the basics and pretty soon find out that ”hey, this isn’t so bad after all”.
But why even bother? Let us tell you why:
Watching your team lose is never easy, but imagine the commentators sounding like Ozzy Man Reviews. Surely that would help you get through the day.
The amount of players
You’ve got 18 players on the pitch/field/ground for each team. So your entire family including second and third cousins could root for the same club, but still have different favorite starting players.
The lack of padding
Fed up with sports where all players are covered in bubble wrap? A mouth guard is basically all these players wear. Plus, they’re sporting tank tops and short shorts if you feel like checking out them muscles.
The high scoring games
The score in last seasons ”Grand Final” was 108–60 when the Richmond Tigers thrashed the Adelaide Crows. We’ll just leave it at that.
Speaking of the ”Grand Final”, the last 14 have had an attendance over 90 000 people. Four of those years they have broken the 100k barrier.
Think the two-arms-straight-up-in-the-air–symbol for a touchdown is cool? The Australians do this instead:
The field is basically shaped in the same way as the ball itself, oval. Tell me any other sport where that is the case.
The physical game
Even though they wear about as much protection as a soccer player, don’t think for a second that there aren’t any hits going on in the AFL.
They’re actually called marks, but are nonetheless pretty spectacular.
A sport that doesn’t include amazing goals is not a sport worth watching. You tell us if these goals get you going or not.
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