Rachel Down Under!

Love Your Swans

Posted in Australia, Sydney by rssmith218 on May 10, 2011

Who’s keen for a game of footy?

Wait, footy? Don’t you mean soccer? Rugby? Nope, I’m talking about Aussie Rules football, a hybrid of soccer, American football, and rugby, that will quickly have you on your feet and cheering! This promotional video says it all….

From this video, you can see that it was definitely worth the trek out to Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush, where, a couple of weeks ago, I joined thousands of other footy enthusiasts for my first Aussie Rules game.

On the train…..getting pumped for the game!

So what sets Aussie Rules apart from other footy sports?

First of all, unlike soccer, you are allowed to touch the ball with any part of your body, including your hands, and you are definitely allowed to tackle, which you can see here, if you dare….

Unlike American football, the game is free-flowing and play is continuous. Players must bounce the ball on the ground at least every 15 metres when running with the ball and if a player catches a ball that has been kicked, they, in turn, get a free kick, and are allowed to kick without any pressure from the opposite team.

Unlike rugby, where points are scored primarily by grounding the ball in the opponent’s end zone, in Aussie Rules, points are scored only by kicking the ball through the opponent’s goal.

Overall, Aussie Rules is a fast-paced, high-scoring, and aggressive game. It is easy to understand why the sport has so many devoted and exuberant fans.

We joined these fans in the red zone….

…..and you can see just how many fans showed up to cheer on the mighty Swans! SYD-NEY! SYD-NEY!

Check out these fans!

And while at an American football game you might enjoy a hotdog, burger, or a cold beer at halftime, what do you think you’ll be grabbing for a snack in Australia?

Meat pie, of course! (As well as the cold beer?) Yum!

We cheered the swans on to a close victory against the Essendon Bombers…

…which meant that we got to sing the Swan’s fight song! Cheer, cheer, the red and the white!

Love your swans!


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  1. Lenore said, on May 11, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Wow! Where are their pads and helmets? These are “real men” playing that game….

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