An AFL idiot song after watching their first game

Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either.

Before last weekend, I had never seen an Aussie rule game. It must be mentioned that I am British, and I can confidently say that very few Britons have decided for an AFL match.

So I did just that by watching Fremantle vs. Collingwood on Sunday, and here’s the thinking of an AFL idiot from that fixture and sport in general.

The first two things I wrote on my notepad were two questions: Why is the pitch so big and, wait a minute, what did the guy on the sideline do?

The response to the first is that the pitch has to accommodate all those players, but who had the idea of ​​having 18 on each side? The second is in the context of the unique way in which the ball re-enters the playing field and I ask how hard it is to drive and how many people can throw the ball that way?

Manuka Oval during the GWS-St Kilda AFL match

(Photo by Cameron Spencer / AFL Photos / Getty Images)

I will now focus on what I have taken from kicking the game. Surely the Territory is not a concern with a pitch of that size and are the kickers nominated there, or can everyone kick well? Also, I was surprised, for a game where kicking is very integral and where there are a lot of players, there has been an attempt to charge-down much less than in a game like Rugby Union.

Also, the teams seemed to calm the ball very close to their own post, and I found myself begging, “Kick out!”

Passing during the game also took away a lot of my attention. Passing seems to be necessary only when you are at risk of losing the ball, as multiple passes will not get you anywhere on the cricket field. I occasionally saw ‘punch-passes’ and blamed several management errors for the rain that day.

Something that happens in almost all team games, positions, seems to be difficult to navigate on the Aussie rules. How does it work?

Another question arose in my head, what is the qualification of a captain? How much power does he have and what makes him a great AFL leader?

Scoring was my next topic, and the quick start of Collingwood gave me the opportunity to learn how it works. Six in the middle, one for the parties. Has anyone ever volleyed this for six points and – I must ask – what is the history behind what a touch judge does when there is a goal? It’s brilliant!

One of my main takeaways from the game ahead of scoring is the need to be clinical. On a wide and long pitch, a quick counter-attack could easily be defeated, as Magpis proved in the second quarter. Looks like you have to take your chances compared to other games and jump on your opponent’s mistakes. Collingwood began to direct the play, and halfway through I could not see Fremantle coming back.

So a summary of what I thought about my first AFL game. I enjoyed the weird and interesting game and will see some more games in the future.

I apologize for my lack of knowledge of the game’s vocabulary and besides, thank you for reading an AFL Idiot.

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