Australian Rules Football, or “footy.”
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been able to get into “footy” a bit and I’m a loyal supporter, if newbie, of the North Melbourne Kangaroos. From what I’ve learned this season, North Melbourne are the nice guys of the Australian Football League (AFL). This season, several games, we were racking up heaps of points in the first three quarters, then suddenly falling in the final quarter. It was a little frustrating. Recently, though, we beat Geelong – who were doing pretty well – so things seem to be looking up despite the season coming to a close. Our final game is versus Collingwood this Sunday. But I’m not a sports commentator nor an AFL expert, so I won’t go on and on.
I never got much into American football. Soccer is the only sport I’ve ever had any interest in, maybe a little bit in baseball, but Australian rules football is pretty good stuff. An Australian friend & fellow North Melbourne supporter described footy to me as a “mix between soccer, basketball, rugby, and probably some other sports.” The closest comparison, from what I’ve been told, is Gaelic football. Even so, Australian rules is its own game.
Thanks to some awesome friends who are members of North Melbourne, I’ve attended two AFL games this season. I blogged a few pictures from the first, when we won over St. Kilda. This last game I attended was against the Melbourne Demons. Sounds awful to say, but apparently it’s expected that we’ll beat them so I guess it’s a good thing the tradition was upheld!
It’ll be fun to be around next year and enjoy the footy once again.