#45 – Go to an AFL game

by Elizabeth on June 29, 2008 · 3 comments

in 101 in 1001, Life, Melbourne

Part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge

The people at my workplace are AFL fanatics. One of our sales managers can tell you the score of any Carlton match ever played, who kicked the winning goal (and in what minute), who was announcing the game and where he was personally at the time. It’s really fun to quiz him on the details when he’s taking a trip down memory lane.

As a Queenslander I didn’t really register that Aussie Rules football existed – at least, not until the Brisbane Lions started to win a bunch of Grand Finals. I’ve never understood the game, and never really cared to.

But when you live in Victoria all of that changes. If you are affliated with the wrong team (or worse – have no affiliations at all) you’ll find yourself completely ostracized. The coffee guy will secretly switch you over to decaf, your coworkers will stop greeting you in the morning, and perfect strangers will cross the road to avoid looking you in the eye. There’s no better way to scream “I’m a tourist!” than to utter a word about Rugby League or Union in this state.

When Tim and I moved to Melbourne my uncle presented us with the merchandise of our suburb’s team. It was an act of great personal sacrifice, but he recognised the importance of this rite of passage. We are yet to see our own team play a game, but we have been to two AFL games now – one at the Telstra Dome (Essendon vs Port Adelaide) and one at the MCG (VIC vs The Dream Team).

It was a really cool experience, especially since we were able to get seats in the Medallion Club for our first ever game at the Telstra Dome. However it is worth pointing out the embarrassment I felt when my boyfriend had to loudly explain what was happening on the field in his American accent. Is it just me, or does everyone run everywhere in AFL?

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Louise June 29, 2008 at 2:23 pm

ok, now you are making me feel really bad. I have lived here (in Melbourne) all my life and NEVER been to a game (I also don’t understand it). I have followed your lead and put attending a match on my list of 101 things to do, but I haven’t made it yet. Well done You!!!

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jen June 30, 2008 at 11:44 am

I recently went to my 2nd AFL game in 10 years. I’m not really into football, I don’t follow a team but I’m amazed at the passion most Victorians feel towards their football and their teams.

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Sebastyne September 5, 2008 at 11:48 pm

If you thought you knew nothing of the game coming from Queensland, try Finland for size! I didn’t even know such game existed until I met my current husband. :p Now that we have lived in Tasmania for a few months I keep him updated on behinds and marks while he is cooking. šŸ˜€ I LOVE the game, and I don’t even follow ice hockey, which is The Game in Finland. You just HAVE TO love those big marks!

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