Sunday, 23 August 2015

First Footy Game

Today we watched our first Australian rules football (also called footy or Aussie rules) game at the Adelaide Oval. There are 18 teams in the Australian Football League, two of them are from Adelaide: the Crows and Port Adelaide. We watched the match Adelaide Crows versus Brisbane Lions. For those of you, who don't know anything about AFL - here is a short summary of the essentials: Each team has 18 players, so all together there are 36 on the field during the game. The main way to score points is by kicking the ball between the two tall goal posts. Goals are worth 6 points and 'behinds' are worth 1 point. The team with the higher total score at the end of the match wins (of course). The primary methods to move the ball are kicking, handballing and running with the ball. There are rules on how the ball can be handled: players running with the ball must intermittently bounce or touch it on the ground. Throwing the ball is not allowed and players must not get caught holding the ball. The most interesting part of footy is that it is a contact sport. It can be really brutal sometimes and they don't wear any protective wear at all. If you want to get an idea of what I am talking about just watch some AFL youtube videos like this one:

I almost forgot: The Brisbane Lions lost big-time :-)

PS: I did not only learn the AFL rules today, but I was also taught an 'Australian lifetime lesson' by the Aussie guy next to me - I learned how to squeeze ketchup on my chips with one of those weird-looking tomato sauce packets. Here you can see what it's all about: At least some things work better in Down Under :D

Australian sunsets are out of this world!

Go Crows!

Serife stealing a stranger's beanie

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