Australian Rules Football (ARF)

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  1. Stratiotes

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    I've only caught a few games on TV but Footy is a great game. After the first time I ran across a game, I looked into the rules and learned what I could so that the next game was even better. Now I scan the TV listings often. I wish it would catch on here in the US.

    Any other Footy fans?
     
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    I saw this a million years ago when ABC had "Wide World of Sports" and really showed wide world of sports. What channel are seeing this on?
     
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    I used to have cable and would catch it from time to time on one of the ESPN channels. I haven't seen it in a while since I got rid of cable. By the way - KC has a team:
    http://www.kcpower.com/

    One day I'm hoping to make it to one of their games.
     
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    We have a cable channel called Fox Sports World that shows Australian Rules Football. I haven't taken the time to watch it yet. FYI, tonight's listings show a game: Grand Final: Port Adelaide vs. Brisbane Lions (it says it is a repeat).
     
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    Mate!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Aussie Rules Football is the greatest game in the world!

    It requires perfect foot and hand skills unlike soccer and basketball which use only half, the athletes that play the game are fit and tough mentally and physically.

    Yet I can give you the tip, the Adelaide Crows are the greatest club in the league! [​IMG]

    Seriously if you like sport and you have the opportunity to have a look at a game of Aussie Rules (Afl) Dont hesitate!

    http://www.afl.com.au
     
  6. NaasPreacher (C4K)

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    Well, AFL is a fine game I am sure, but the REAL football game is, as everyone knows, GAA ;) .

    (Sorry Ben, almost time for the International Rules Series again and it's here this year [​IMG] )
     
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    Are you Guinness Drinkers ready for the Tackling? [​IMG]
     
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    I'm going to be in the States :(

    No Guinness for this Baptist anyway ;) .

    INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL RULES STANDINGS
    pl won dr. lost for ag. Points
    1 IRELAND 12 5 2 5 672 668 24
    2 AUSTRALIA 12 5 2 5 668 672 24
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    Amazing stat. Since the series was renewed in 1992 the GAA and ARF are level on games. However, scores are cumulative so the GAA are on top having outscored ARF 672-668.


    Can't beleive I will miss the series this year when the GAA amateurs go back on top over the ARF professionals.
     
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    Ben,

    American baptists don't admit that they drink alcohol of any kind - Guiness or otherwise. So you may need to explain the expression for those who do not speak Australian.

    Reminds me of a joke...you know the difference between Methodists and Baptists? Methodists say hello to each other in the liquor store [​IMG] . OK, well I thought it was funny...

    Footy is, by far, the most exciting sport I've seen. Sometimes I have considered getting cable or satelite again just so I can get the international sports channels. One comment though, as with any sport it is good to know a little about the rules or it will appear to be chaos.

    It is an educational game too...keeping score is a bit of a mathematical challenge in itself. ;)
     
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    Sorry Strat,

    This is not only a "claim" as you imply, at least in my case. I am a bit bothered by your implication.

    And by the way - the Internationl Rules series is the best. Combines GAA and ARF for a cracker of a sport. Too bad there are only two games a year, they are here in Ireland this year, and I am going to be in Chicago those two weeks :( .

    Scoring is even more fun - goals (6), overs(3), and behinds (1).
     
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    C4K, I think we were posting at roughly the same time and I had not seen your post until after I posted mine. I honestly didn't mean it as a response to your denial. Please forgive me - it was an unfortunate mistake in timing and not intended as an accusation of any sort. :(

    I have not seen any of the International Rules series you speak of. I've read about it but not actually seen a game.
     
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    Understand - let me apologise publicly as well for not PMing you.

    If you find anyplace that is the States that is showing the Internationel Rules Series (October 17th and 24th) please PM me and let me know. There is an attempt to get a US International Rules team establishe because of the interest in ARF in the midwest and GAA in the NE and Chicago.

    Up the GAA lads!!

    (That's not rude here - it simply means Go GAA ;) )
     
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    O.k first thing that I need to point out is that the Aussie Rules is commonly reffered to as "AFL" - Australian Football League. You need to put that into the search engine to get results.

    As I am aware the AFL do netcast games and have stuff on file, there is plenty of information on the upcomming thrashing of the Irish in the international Rules Games comming up shortly [​IMG] Here is the main website where you can find all this stuff, naturally they have an online newsletter that you can get.

    http://www.afl.com.au

    The rules of Aussie Rules Football are a reasonable number, yet the best I can find to explain it in any type of order is here -

    http://www.afl.com.au/default.asp?pg=abouthegame

    In my own words a basic description might be -

    2 sides of 18 players each four reserves each. Two goal posts at either end and two smaller posts on either side. Kick the ball between the two larger posts and it is a goal which equals six points, miss the larger ones and go between a large post and a small post and you get one point and your opposition gets possession of the ball.

    The game starts with the ball bounced in the centre, two ruckmen oppose each other and attempt to "tap" the ball to a midfield player. The object being to get the ball down to the Goal and kick a Goal.

    You may only kick the ball to each other or hand pass the ball. That is the ball is in the palm of your hand and with the other hand you punch it with the end of your fist. You may not throw the ball in any way.

    There are heaps more incidental rules, that is the "gist" of it. Maybe I can answer any questions if that makes it easier?
     
  14. Stratiotes

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    One of the really "colorful" parts of the game is the official at each goal who wears a white suit jacket and hat and provides the hand signals to indicate scoring. Also, its on a oval field like crickette.
     
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    I saw that ;) .

    We shall see ;) .

    Question - is it on an oval pitch because first matches were played on cricket grounds?
     
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    One of the popular activities of the spectators is to grab the ball when a goal or point has been kicked, and wait until the umpire is waving his flags and attempt to smack him on the back of the head with the ball. [​IMG] Yes I know that is not a very nice thing to do!

    Yes it is believed to have been a sport where the pioneers of the game utilised cricket oval pitches during the winter.

    Now the ball in question is not at all like a Galelic football, but an oval shaped ball that is pumped up to a really high pressure. It looks fine on tv, but I have actually taken a mark behind the goal and wore the bruise on my chest for several days afterwards! Those balls are really hard and they sting like nobodys business if you are not used to marking and kicking them in the right manner.

    So anyway I have had a look at the teams in the U.S footy leauge and that looks pretty neat. My own team the Adelaide Crows sponsors the "Austin Crows". So it looks like I am with Austin Texas in the U.S league. [​IMG] Go the CROWS!!!

    Yes C4K we shall see!

    By the way the Irish Champion of the Under 18 Hurling competition was drafted into the AFL to "Carlton". He has played a number of games and looks like he is going to be quite the AFL player.

    Yet the Melbourne Demons drafted a chap from Ireland in the late 1980's called Jim Stynes, he was an absolute champion of a player and now retired spends his time working with disadvantaged kids in a Catholic charity. I have heard him speak before and he is a top bloke.
     
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    Kansas City's sister club is the Port Adelaide Power.
    So, I suppose they must be my Australian mates. Go Power!
     
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    See - the AFL have to come for their top talent!
     
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    Memorable Braveheart lines come to mind...
    Stephen: I'm the most wanted man on my island. But I'm not on my island. [Laughs]
    Hamish : You're island? You mean Ireland.
    Stephen : Yeah. It's MINE.
     
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    C4K, send us as many players to the quality of Jimmy Stynes as you can. Yet the goal is to win the Best Player award, the Brownlow medal.

    the Power??? DOUBLE YUK.

    Go the Crows.

    By the way, a chap from Australia worked on the TV show Smallville with Clark Kent as a teenager before he officially became Superman. Subsaquently the Smallville Crows are in the Adelaide Crows Colours and Logo, so there you go world famous!!!
     

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