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30 mei 2016
After our lunch at The Boathouse, Bert, Lutske and me went on our way to the Etihad Stadium for the Australian Football League (AFL)-game between St. Kilda Saints and Fremantle Dockers. The stadium can accommodate over 53,000 people. For this game it was filled with 18,000. Our seats in aisle 2 were right behind the goal. Extremely close to the action. Saints and Dockers fans were sitting next to us. Unlike at most soccer games the crowds at AFL-games can mingle without issues.
Then the action itself. Footy is a physical game with 18 players per team. The game is very fast and is, more or less, a mixture of rugby, soccer, American football and Gaelic football. Decisions by the umpires are accepted without (much) discussion. Injured players receive care while the game is on. Player substitutions are dealt with without interruption to the play, similar to e.g. handball and field hockey. A game has four quarters and takes about 2.5 hours and the team with the highest score wins.
The Saints and the Dockers are both at the bottom half of the table. In fact, the latter team hadn't won any of their first eight games of the season. And they would also loose this Round 9 game. It was a close game, especially in the third quarter, but at the end of the game the Saints were the winning side. After the games the crowd left the stadium in a very orderly fashion - as was to be expected in Australia.
I can fully understand why Ozzies love their Australian rules football. It is a thrilling sport and we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon. Lutske and I are already planning a visit to a next sport event. It will probably be a rugby match in Queensland or New South Wales.
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30 mei 2016 17:18 | Door: Dad
Ik snap nog geen snars van dit Footy spelletje, maar dat hoeft ook niet. Misschien kunnen jullie kaatsen daar introduceren?
31 mei 2016 21:23 | Door: Hinke
Lijkt me leuk om de verschillende sporten live te ervaren. Ook wat betreft de sfeer.