A few varied shots to show some of the skills of the game.
Swan marking in front of Eagles player
3 Collingwood players.
Lion receiving the ball in front of Eagle
An uncontested mark high overhead
by Lion player
Lion breaking tackle of
Lion getting a hurried kick
Swan clearing ball from
This post began as a comment to Willowtree, (A dingo's got my barbie) but
grew to the stage where I thought it needed its own space so here is a
thumbnail sketch of my football life (that’s Australian Football League)
Aussie Rules… AFL, call it what you like, even aerial pingpong if you must.
Funny how things change and yet stay the same, when I was growing up in
Melbourne it was the done thing to hate everything about Sydney
(I'm talking 40s and 50s here) later when I moved to Queensland we
hated the NSW Cockroaches (even those of us who didn't normally care
two hoots about Rugby League).
My football allegiance has been flavoured by circumstances over the years,
I first supported
worked in Footscray and was given a complete Bulldogs kit for my oldest son.
WE supported Footscray, we moved to Geelong and my oldest son, and one
of his brothers became Cats supporters, I followed the Cats (for convenience
and family harmony) but when they played the bulldogs I went for the Dogs.
If you live in Queensland and want to keep in touch with AFL however you
MUST support Brisbane, there is just no news of any other club in the
media here, this enforced following of the locals was made much more
enjoyable by the three premiership flags in a row 2001/2/3.
There has been some pretty ordinary times both before and since those
halcyon days but the Lions are still capable of some extraordinary games at
times, one such was played last night against most peoples arch-enemy
Collingwood to whom they handed a football lesson and a 93 point thrashing,
traditionally most people who follow AFL support two teams, their own….
and whoever is playing Collingwood !!!!!
Getting back to my original point about interstate rivalry, I never really
felt that way about the Sydney Swans… perhaps because they were a
transplanted Melbourne side (South Melbourne, who my Mum supported)
the AFL in an effort to make our game more National repeated this in
Queensland by transplanting the Fitzroy club up here, previously both
NSW and Qld. had been staunch Rugby League States, this process of
expanding AFL has led to four more teams being added, two each from
SA and WA, both these States had a strong Aussie Rules following
the finals this September as they play 4 of the sides who currently are
in the top 6 for their last 4 games, no matter the outcome they have at
least shown enough ability to give hope for next season.
Meanwhile Geelong are on top of the ladder and looking a very strong chance
for their first flag since 1963, my Daughter's second son played for Geelong
for 3 seasons until injuries forced his retirement, pity he isn't there for
their big chance this year.