anyway - after yesterdays game I'm a little wiser to a few rules of the game thanks to the bloke standing behind us telling his girlfriend what was going on but I'm still confused.... In the first 3 quarters they played over the 30 minutes because of the goals they'd scored (I'm assuming some sort of stoppage time) but then in the last quarter the siren went before 30 minutes was up (it wasn't far off (seconds really) but it wasn't 30) - why? there'd been goals scored in that quarter?
And also (this part is a moan) we bought tickets that had seat numbers on them but apparently this doesn't mean you get a seat; it's more of an indication of how many they've sold. So we got to the Oval with half hour before bounce/kick off/ the beginning of the game and weren't allowed into the area where our seat numbers were and ended up standing on the hill - which was OK (I reckon we got a better view) but I just hadn't known that we wouldn't have seats so weren't really prepared for standing for 3 hours.