It's very important to know who you go/barrack for, specially for kids as it's one of the questions I hear most.
Just one very important thing - don't whatever you do, ask anyone which team they're rooting for..... Gets you some very strange looks, I can tell you (from experience!!!)
The sad thing about that is that the word 'rooting' used to be used as a more forceful alternative to 'mucking around/ being off task etc'... ie.the footy coach might once have admonished kids to 'stop rooting about'! So if you get you any more strange looks, just tell them it's your age! :)
Originally Posted by Diane
Footy is a big part of peoples life in SA and a Port v Crows game is a big event, to say it is boring without actually knowing the game or going to a match is just short sighted and in my opinion rude to the many people who follow it.
It is as much to do about being South Australian as ice coffee and villas pies
My son plays for southern valley district, his school, and the Happy Valley Vikings he trains every night and plays two games at the weekend. He is a fit health lad who enjoys life. He is a great example of what people say they want for family when they come here
Come to Australia to be an Australian not a moaning ex-pat who thinks the games they play in the colonies are just not up to standard.
You make assumptions that I know nothing of the game let alone played it. I can say from experience that it is a great game to play but find it very boring to watch. I can say the same about tennis, basketball and other sports that I have played and enjoyed playing but if a game started in my back garden I would close the curtains. ;)
Well he is safe from me as I will fit in well with the aussie sports fans coz as I do enjoy watching football and for my sins a QPR fan, my first sporting love has always been and will be forever cricket. I believe they play a little bit out there. ;)
Originally Posted by Lazy Cow
Or do I have to love AFL or they won't let me in the country?
As for playing it.... I played (in my younger days) for an expat aussie team pub based in Harlesden (NW London) we played against other similar teams manily from the same area but also from some from the Earls Court area. If anyone knows the area they would have drunk in the pub before they went into the more expensive 'The Mean Fiddler' on their evening out. Happy Days. :)
[quote=Lazy Cow;35773]1. Ooh...a little paranoid perhaps? I don't think you were the only one to yawn at AFL!
Pete wasn't the only one who yawned, I too am guilty of the same reaction .
Not sure that I am guilty of deriding the sport, indeed in one of my posts I did recognise some of the undoubted qualities of the sport. It is also a fair point to suggest going to a game which I had planned on doing all along and not enjoying watching the sport on TV wouldn't sway me from this (just have to wait until I have an income before I could justify the entrance fee).
However, I do have to point out that you don't have to know every single minute detail of the rules to decide if you enjoy watching a sport or not. After all, I am not a great rugby fan (either code) and have lost track of all the rule changes in union in particular but still enjoy watching the odd game on TV. Additionally, I haven't a clue about the rules to ice hockey but again enjoy that when I occasionally catch it. Having watched a few bits of various AFL games over the last 4 weeks I had gleaned enough knowledge to understand sufficient of the rules to decide in my own mind if I was enjoying what I was watching. I didn't.
Yes we have come to assimilate but I don't think that means blindly enjoying everything that goes on here or is quoted as being 'South Australian'. Some things I will find I enjoy and join in with, other things I will find that I don't enjoy and will not particularly bother with. If any of my children get into AFL then I shall encourage them, take them to watch games and if they play go and watch them with pride.
Some earlier comments are on the verge of suggesting that you have to enjoy Aussie Rules to be a South Australian. Hmm, I might be wrong but I suspect that not everyone who loves AFL loves cricket, which I was lead to believe was another great passion around here. I love my cricket and am looking forward to going and watching some at the worlds prettiest test venue (allegedly). SO that's 1 out of 2, maybe that means I am destined to only become half a South Australian and will end up just being a common or garden Australian .
I love my cricket and am looking forward to going and watching some at the worlds prettiest test venue (allegedly). [/quote]
Hmmmmmmm don't plan on watching much of this one either!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And Pete its not me thats brave because I'm 10,000 miles away its him!:)