Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Thats What I Like About Football
Once upon a time you would grow up play for your home district team. In the good ol days teams were based around regions. Nowadays, to start you have to pick a bunch of colours to follow with a passion bordering on obsession. Players are traded and swapped and it would be rare thing to find a player actually living in the suburb he plays for (More and more teams are dropping the geo-centric names in search of a wider supporter base).
Ok base rules.
Scoring: Four Posts at both ends of oval field.
Kick the Ball thru the two center posts = 6 points (also known as a Goal) Near Miss = 1 Point (also known as a...a point)
Tackling = Yep sure can.. Anywhere between Knees and Neck and not from the back
Mark = Clean catch from a kicked ball over 15m away..No one is allowed to tackle you.
Mission = to kick more Goals than the other team over four quarters.
Required Football Terminology
Torpedo, Screw, Punt, Stab, Place, Banana, Check side, Drop = All types of kick.
Hand Pass = Legal way of passing ball by hand (punch the ball with clenched fist from palm of other hand)
White Maggot = Referee (losing its effect since they started dressing in funny colours)
One Eyed Maggot = Referee failing to see the obvious injustices your team is suffering
Mongrel = Dirty Player (other team)
Hard Man = Dirty Player (your team)
"Speccy" = Spectacular Mark (catch)
Sausage Roll = Goal (six points)
Pill = Football
"BALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL" =Holding the ball .. Shouted by the crowd when a player fails to release the ball when tackled
Sheila = Player who plays the game with the attributes of girl (sexist..but hey its football)
Red Hot Go = Valiant effort
Turn the Corner = Make a comeback
TAGHLAY = Take a good hard look at yourself (reapply yourself to the task)
Ok that’s enough to get your started, just follow the crowd and have fun,a detailed knowledge of the rules is not required and even removes a lot of the fun.
For those of you with a more serious desire to learn, you can learn more here
See you at the Bali 9's