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Postby Crocaneers » Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:36 am

I really don't understand how this game doesn't get more popularity in the states. I am on my second visit in Australia, and this is a really exciting game.
I had posted in LOW, but wanted others thoughts on concepts and ideas as to why this wouldn't work.

Nothing against our kickball friends, but this is MUCH more exciting, more scoring, more action

From the Melbourne Cricket Grounds, before the game started

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Re: Australian Rules Football

Postby Buc2 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:23 am

That oval field looks kinda weird. Big crowd for the game?
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Re: Australian Rules Football

Postby acmillis » Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:33 am

Can anyone give a TLDR synopsis of the differences between this and soccer?
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Re: Australian Rules Football

Postby Buc2 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:48 am

acmillis wrote:Can anyone give a TLDR synopsis of the differences between this and soccer?

Soccer - You can go piss, take the dog out, fix a sammich, grab a beer, come back and the score is still 0-0.

ARF - Go take a piss and miss at least 2 scores.
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Re: Australian Rules Football

Postby Crocaneers » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:12 am

Buc2 has a good summary, except they use ASL for the letters :) ... it's certainly not low on action or score.

The game we went to Sunday was 102 - 67, but it was much closer. The fans are very loyal, yet the Australians do not like foul language, which is really nice.

In a very very HIGH nut shell

Each team has EIGHTEEN players on the field at one time
The field (per the wiki) is really large. For senior football, the playing field is an oval, typically between 135–185 metres long goal-to-goal and 110–155 metres wide wing-to-wing.
Each Quarter has 25 minutes, but it's only kept on one scorekeeper's watch, so the clock on the scoreboard is a guess ... until the horn blows ending the quarter.
The ball is tossed in an NBA type jump ball (except it's bounced)
As the team who takes the ball, they can run, toss, or kick the ball
If they are tackled, you need to get rid of the ball.
If you kick the ball, and your team catches the ball, you have 2 - 5 seconds (it's loose) and get a free kick. Your action is to move towards the goals.
If a ball is kicked between the outer two poles, it's 1 point, between the middle poles it's 6 points (considered a GOAL).
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Re: Australian Rules Football

Postby Alpha » Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:20 am

acmillis wrote:Can anyone give a TLDR synopsis of the differences between this and soccer?


Hockey is better.
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Re: Australian Rules Football

Postby Alpha » Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:22 am

I remember when ESPN first started, they played a LOT of Aussie Rules.

And ping pong.

Lacking content, I suppose...
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Re: Australian Rules Football

Postby Noles1724 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:42 am

isn't this Rugby?
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Re: Australian Rules Football

Postby acmillis » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:22 am

Noles1724 wrote:isn't this Rugby?

That's what I'm getting out of it.
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Re: Australian Rules Football

Postby Kress » Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:22 am






The Irish do it right.
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Re: Australian Rules Football

Postby Buc2 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:31 am

Hurling? I can see that at most any bar on a Saturday night.
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Re: Australian Rules Football

Postby Kress » Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:38 am

Like I said, the Irish do it right.
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Re: Australian Rules Football

Postby The Outsider » Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:31 pm

I watched Aussie Rules Football once when I was super hungover in college and I was also stoned out of my gourd. I don't know what the **** was going on but it was really intense and entertaining.
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Re: Australian Rules Football

Postby Crocaneers » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:52 am

The Outsider wrote:I watched Aussie Rules Football once when I was super hungover in college and I was also stoned out of my gourd. I don't know what the **** was going on but it was really intense and entertaining.


Sunday I was 100% sober, and it was 42 degrees with a good breeze. I felt the same way!

I have since found ... there is an American AFL league .. Prepare for the push when I come home!!

http://usafl.com/
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