Just a load of men running around in hotpants trying to catch soap…
I sat in the members’ area to watch Essendon against Collingwood. There were rules regarding clothing which alarmed me somewhat. We were instructed not to wear thongs ( which being British would alarm me even more, as how would they know what underwear I had chosen??), ripped jeans, sports wear, ripped clothes etc.
I had read enough to understand the points and some basic rules regarding picking the ball up ( why is it called football?), throwing it, kicking it and scoring.
I enjoyed it, could even get into it: wouldn’t say I loved it, as that would be unfaithful to the real game wouldn’t it?
Here’s a list of things I learnt or found strange.
- It’s perfectly ok to get totally smashed at the bar once the game has started ( i didn’t do this by the way)
- you don’t cheer if the team only scored one point ( as opposed to 6) ( yes, I DID do that, but only once….)
- people run onto the pitch during play to give the players messages from the coach
- there are 18 men on each team. each wearing very short shorts.
- you don’t get excited until the game is over
There are some other points to make. Essendon won. And I found that very pleasing as that is who I was barracking ( new Australian word for me).
I think that’s all. It was at the Melbourne Cricket ground. Oh, and in fear or being embarrassingly late, I got there 40 minutes early. Now THAT’s not normal for me at all..