I have had some very strange moments where I have had to stop and contemplate what I am saying to myself: I need something to get me through the winter months of June - August. Huh?
So, it's April and therefore fall...and fall means football! And not American football, either: FOOTY! (Australian Rules Football). Methinks this is my favorite sport for myriad reasons: it is fast paced, high scoring, and the young, muscular blokes who play it wear the cutest shorts and tank tops. Loving it!
Matt and I are barracking for the Essendon Bombers.
There are quite a few teams that we could have chosen (most of them from Melbourne). Matt chose this team based on the colors and the mascot. Good enough reasons for me having no ties to any team coming into it.
Here is a list of some of the other AFL teams:
- Fremantle Dockers
- Geelong Cats
- Gold Coast Suns
- Hawthorne Hawks
- Melbourne Demons
- North Melbourne Kangaroos
- Port Adelaide Power
- Richmond Tigers
- St. Kilda
- Sydney Swans
- West Coast Eagles
- Western Bulldogs
|Goal posts: inside the tall inner posts = 6 points. Outer posts = 1 point|
|View of the field|
|Running! Notice the shorts and socks combo.|
|Essendon in the red and black. St. Kilda in red, black, and white.|
|The official slams the ball down for the tip off (or whatever you call it) to begin play.|
Matt and I enjoyed ourselves. In true Melbourne fashion, I stood in line at the espresso bar next to the concession stand and enjoyed a lovely latte whilst watching the third quarter action.
Fingers crossed that I can get some decent photos at the next game!
So there you have it, folks: AFL, a sport I actually like. But not to worry, I spent some time watching cricket on TV during the summer here and it does not hold a candle to American baseball. I still love you, Astros!
Until next time,