Monday, September 2, 2013


September is here and that means one thing - AFLFinals!

Australian Rules Football is Australia's very own game, and it is simply the best of all the world's football games. Aussie Rules is played on a cricket oval and no two ovals are the same size, they vary from 150 meters to 250 meters. Derived from Gaelic football and played somewhat like soccer - except the players can pick up the ball and run with it three paces before either passing or bouncing the ball. That's right, BOUNCING. Passing is either by kicking the ball or punching it. That's right, PUNCHING.

The game is fast, very dynamic and the players are extremely athletic. Deriders mockingly refer to Australian Rules as "aerial ping-pong. You can call it what you like - to play this game, one must be very big, very fast, powerfully strong and extremely fit.

Because of the emphasis on kicking the ball to pass it, and the enormous fields Aussie Rules is played on, Australian footballers are renowned for their ability to kick the ball incredibly long distances. If you have never seen this game played, I encourage you to watch now and see for yourself. Even those who are not sports fanatics will be captived by this amazing game.

The Legendary Collingwood-Carlton Rivalry

Very pleased to see that my mighty, mighty Collingwood Magpies are still in the running. For this year's finals I can also follow Carlton, The Blues - which is a fantastic name for a football team and is the team my family traditionally barracks for. It would please me no end if Carlton and Collingwood made it to the Grand Final - that would be a BATTLE ROYAL!

Me, I go with the 'Pies. What can I say? I've always been the black sheep of my family. Cheers,



  1. Stormbringer, what can I say, as a loyal New South Welshman Rugby League is the only game to watch! Although I have to say that the 70's and 80,s were the glory days as far as I am concerned (showing my age there!). The games between Parramatta (Eels) and Canterbury Bankstown (Bulldogs) were just fantastic.

  2. Ah yes, the mysterious NSW Rugby Variant . . . I am familiar with this concept but never understood, never will. Perhaps Sydney's cosmopolitan aspect tended the toward the English Mother Country's influence, whereas Melbourne's provincial isolation and Irish presence lent to the development of the Native Country's own Aussie Rules . . .

  3. Could be, still at least it's not Rugby Union! Now that' a game that I just don't understand (and don't really want to).

  4. It's an amazing game, all right. But I suspect you've got too many teeth to be a true Pies supporter... ;-)

  5. This year is the year of the CROWS !!

    Go Adelaide !

  6. Wife-beater tops and shorts without enough room to hold the jewels! :o Union is far better and requires more strength and endurance. SuperRugby is the best club football competition in the world.

  7. They'll have to content with the moity foitin' Hawks sooner or later. Yeah, that's right, look up. Hawthorn atop the ladder for most of the season. Bound to be a reason for that, eh?