Aussie Rules Football
Hey everyone, welcome back to my sports and fitness blog. Have any of you guys ever hear of Australian Rules Football? This is a contact sport played in Australia between two teams of up to eighteen players on an oval shaped pitch of varying size. I say of varying size because the only thing that actually dictates field size is well, how big the field is. I asked some Australian friends about it and they had no clue either! The scoring is Aussie Rules, or Footy, is a mix between scoring a try in rugby and a kick. Players must kick the balle between two tall goal posts on either end of the field. And did I mention that the ball looks like an coloured ostrich egg?
The game seems like a mix between rugby and american football, with players able to go anywhere on the field and use any part of their body to move the ball. There are some strange rules involving ball handling, like any ball carrier must touch or bounce the ball of the ground intermittently. In recent years the rules regarding contact such as interfering with a player catching a kick or pushing opponents in the back have been ramped up and are now discourage with a free kick. The game still features high scoring, frequent and intense physical contests and fast moving players. Australian football is the biggest sport in the country, and the only fully professional Aussie Football competition, the AFL, is the wealthiest sporting body in Australia. The Grand Finals every year in Melbourne is the most attended club championship event in the world pulling in almost 100,000 fans.