The one explaining Aussie Rules Football (“Footy”) & the Freo Dockers

Y’all, I can’t believe I forgot to post about our scintillating experience at our first AFL (Australian Football League) game a few weeks back! Everyone should know about Aussie rules football. So spread the word. And play the video/song below as you read this post; it’s the Fremantle Dockers theme song – it’s literally chanted by everyone during the match.

Oh my gosh I was almost in tears (of mirth) listening to a huge stadium of footy fans singing in unison:

Freo Way to Go 
Hit Em Real Hard 
Send Them Down Below 
Freo Give em The Old Heave-Ho
We Are the Freo Dockers 

So footy. When we first moved here, I totally thought footy referred to soccer. And then on the weekends here, this game that kind of looks like a combination of rugby, US football, with a little bit of basketball mixed in (and goal posts that kind of remind me of Quidditch), is played back to back to back Friday and Saturday. Nonstop.

Some footy action (via AFL.com.au)

Of course there are some complicated rules, but I’ll let you read the specifics on your own time, but you can either score six points or one point, depending on which Quidditch-esque posts you get the ball through.

Footy goal and behind posts (Via Wikipedia)

Also, the umpires, trainers, and medical staff on the field often wear bright pink so they stand out.

Here are some shots of Barr and I enjoying our first footy match a few weeks ago:

Enjoying some footy magic a few weeks ago

Enjoying some footy magic a few weeks ago

The Subiaco Oval in Perth

The Subiaco Oval in Perth

The Fremantle Dockers vs. the Hawthrone Hawks (Dockers won!)

The Fremantle Dockers vs. the Hawthrone Hawks (Dockers won!)

In the meantime, go Freo! They’ll be playing the Sydney Swans on Saturday in the qualifying final match – Dad, I expect you to learn the chant and don your fluffy Freo hat in the meantime. 🙂 Until next time…

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