Archive for October, 2011

AFL Football goes International

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The AFL International Rules Series , Australia Vs Ireland , is to be played in Australia over the next two weeks .

young leader of Dees

young leader of Dees

The Aussies playing host to the Irish , have compiled an AFL team of a variety of players . It includes two indigenous players , eg: Jake King , a rising star,  Callan Ward new to GWS, a young leader , Brad Green , Melbourne Demons Captain , and old campaigner , Stephen Milne .

There has been much debate as to the merits of this series . What remains irrefutable is , the Irish love it , players feel honoured to represent Australia , and fans enjoy the spectacle .

Indigenous Tiger

Indigenous Tiger

Many will be at the Game on Friday night  , wearing their football jumpers , jerseys , guernseys cheering either  the Aussies , or the Irish to victory . Can the Aussies win , or will it be the luck of the Irish ?

That other Game = Rugby World Cup

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

The 2011 Rugby World Cup Final , will be played  between New Zealand and France , on Sunday 23 rd October at 7.00pm , in NZ .

sherrin jumper

sherrin jumper

The Australian Team , the Wallabies , were soundly defeated by N Z team , the All Blacks in their semi final match .The Aussies played their last game of the Cup , to beat Wales , in the Third Place Play-Off.

NZ is a country where they love the sport of rugby union . The devotion of their fans to their national team , the All Blacks , makes the average AFL fan look half-hearted .

In the Grand Final , New Zealand takes on old foe , France . Having just returned from  France , I witnessed first hand how patriotically they supported their national team , whilst watching the ‘Ugby World Cup.

Saints in 2012

Saints in 2012

Being an Aussie , and AFL zealot , I will support the Kiwis , in their quest for the greatest prize of their competition . Sports Fans everywhere , will be watching , wearing their codes jumpers , jerseys , guernseys . Many , will be hoping the All Blacks are victorious , a feat , which appears, to be less elusive , than the St Kilda Saints winning an AFL Premiership.

Wallabies win 3rd place

Wallabies win 3rd place

AFL Grand Final reverts to September

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

New AFL Football Team , Greater Western Sydney , join the national competition in 2012. A new Games Fixture has been set for season 2012 . The Grand Final , has returned to its traditional time  , of the last Saturday in September . This will be 29 th September , in 2012 .

Many will be pleased by this . The Victorian and Melbourne Racing Clubs , amateur AFL Football Leagues , MCG management , and Cricket Fans .

Loyal AFL Football Fans , who have adjusted their calendars to accommodate the October GF, will celebrate the return of the Grand Final to its traditional time slot by  wearing  their vintage football jumpers , jerseys , guernseys to the Game .

1980's vintage collingwood footy jumper

1980's vintage collingwood footy jumper

Do Footy Jumpers go on Holidays ?

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Its almost summer . The ” Grannie “ is over , and fans are either jubiliant or disappointed , by their AFL Team’ s , 2011 , Seasons performance .

demons improved

demons improved

 

carlton got close

carlton got close

The AFL trade period is on, new coaches have been appointed , and assistant coaches are being re – shuffled . The Rugby World Cup Finals continue in New Zealand , and the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival , has commenced. Cricket is on the not too distant horizon , as are the various  Yacht Races.

It begs the question , does the football jumper , jersey , guernsey , go on summer holidays ? For most fans the answer is no . It will be given an airing at other sporting fixtures , and is a popular piece of favourite apparel, seen gracing beaches , bbqs and other social functions during the ” off season “.

baby lions jumper for summer

baby lions jumper for summer

 

Saints have new Coach

Saints have new Coach

A slightly bedraggled looking, Collingwood Magpies , footy jumper , was even spotted at yesterdays Caulfield Cup . Has it been doing the rounds since 1st October ? or was it pinched from the St Vinnies donation bag , outside the Malthouse Mansion ?

The GF

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Its finally arrived , the much anticipated AFL Grand Final , will be played today at the MCG , in front of a voracious crowd , between the Geelong Cats and Collingwood Magpies .

 

do geelong have the right stuff ?

do geelong have the right stuff ?

The Magpies , last years premiers have been unbeatable all season , and will be desperate to win back to back premierships .

collingwood 16 ?

collingwood 16 ?

 

collingwood 2010 cap

collingwood 2010 cap

The Cats , the athletically strong , disciplined contender , will be wanting to take the Cup home to Geelong .

Who will be the victor ? The pundits , experts and footy fans all have their own opinions .

A gladiator like struggle is expected at the G as these two heavyweights do battle . The eyes and ears of the nation will be tuned to the footy . Dust off your football jumper , jersey , guernsey , slip it on and enjoy the spectacle that is AFL Grand Final Footy . It doesn’t get any better than this .

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