AFL. Aussie rules. Footy.
To some, it’s just a sport. To others, it’s a religion. Aussie rules football is unlike any sport you’ve ever seen. Sometimes, it’s elegant and genius; those moments happen when someone takes a beautiful mark or makes a spectacular goal. Other times, it’s the very definition of chaos; 36 players just scrambling after an odd-shaped ball on an oval. Tackles can get messy, marks can get violent, and point scoring may lead to desperate behinds. But it’s a fascinating, uniquely Australian game that is so easy for outsiders to enjoy and understand.
Finding a footy team to support was one of the first things I had to do when I came to Australia. I only had a week before my best friend finally persuaded me to “barrack” for the Geelong Cats. (In Australia, you “barrack” for a team instead of “rooting” for them. If you “root” for a team, it basically means you’re having sex for a team which is confusing and a bit strange.) Since then, I’ve stuck with the Cats and no one can persuade me otherwise.
Geelong v. Collingwood – 2011 AFL Grand Final