Tuesday, September 05, 2006

anyone care to explain?

I was completely baffled by watching Australian style football (but not more so than watching Cricket). I think it was the basketball-like tip-off that really threw me off ... and what about the combination of kicking/tossing the ball?


RodeoClown said...

Hi CK - you're looking for info on AFL.

Rugby League and Rugby Union are also very large, with different codes bigger in different regions.

Dani said...

Don't worry- most of us don't understand the go with AFL either ;) I just jump on the bandwagon when the Sydney Swans make it to the finals and then pretend to know what it is I am watching.

A british friend who saw a live game with me said that he thought it was like a game which originated (and is only played) at Oxford in the UK. But it also has links to Gaelic football I think.

John Dekker said...

Yeah, every year we (i.e. Australia) play Ireland in a Aussie-gaelic football hybrid.

Angus said...

A quick guide from a man who watches way too much sport (including American ones):

1) You can punch or kick the ball in anyway you like - but you're not allowed to throw it or hit it with an open hand. Players 'handball' it to each other by holding it in one hand and punching it out with the other.

2) If someone kicks the ball more than 15 metres and you catch it (called a 'mark'), the game stops. You're allowed to kick it from the spot where you marked it and no one is allowed to tackle you - unless you take too long (more than 15-20 secs).

3) If you're holding onto the ball and get tackled and don't get rid of it, the other team gets a free kick.

4) You score goals by kicking the ball through the two big sticks at each end of the ground.

Apart from that - there's not much to it! Check YouTube for videos like these:

Donners said...

I'm completely bored/mystified by Aussie rules too. give me soccer any day...

John Dekker said...

Anyway, it looked like a player received a handball on the half-back flank, dodged a would-be tackler, and kicked to the half-forward flank, where a fine mark was taken.