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AFL Football and NRL

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The AFL NAB Cup Games are being played  all over Australia this weekend .

The NRL Season kicked off in a Knights VS Dragons Game , on Thursday 1 March .

dees retro

dees retro

lions jumper

lions jumper

Large country towns are also seeing some footy action , with the Lions versus Blues Game in Queensland,  a sellout .


Last weeks torrential rains , rendered the Bombers  unable to fly , disputing their namesake , and creating an opportunistic win for the Saints .



All Clubs have grappled with injuries to players , off field dramas , hatchings , matchings and despatchings , over the off season  Summer months.  Currently Melbourne FC are dealing with issues confronting talented indigenous player Liam Jurrah .  Fans , wearing their football jumpers , jerseys , guernseys , are eager to enjoy the pre- season NAB Cup , prior to the AFL 2012 Home and Away Season starting on Saturday the 24th March .

Sydney and AFL Football

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

I have just spent a week in Sydney, where Rugby League, is the popular local sport .

The AFL, has announced that it issued a licence, to Sydney’s second AFL team , Greater West Sydney .

Kevin Sheedy , former AFL Richmond player and Essendon Coach is the man entrusted with the establishment and development of the new team. ”

“Sheeds” has played a major role in getting more indigenous players into the competition.

At the NSW Art Gallery, a display of black and white photographs , showed the La Perouse Rugby League, indigenous team.

Inspiring photos of a proud history .

Saturday , was AFL match day in Sydney , when the Swans played the Hawks. A party atmosphere was in the air, as the jovial fans dressed in their football jumpers , guernseys, jerseys , made their way through, Surry Hills clogged streets ,to the SCG .

None, seemed too concerned, about getting there , for the first bounce . Many would miss it .

Brave Hawks fans,  wearing their teams football jumpers, jerseys , guernseys, were mixed in amongst the crowd.

The Swans , were victorious and the young indigenous player, Lewis Jetta ,kicked his first goal since being drafted to the Swans team earlier this year.

An indigenous West Australian , playing AFL football , in the only Sydney team in the competition , on a saturday afternoon , at the SCG with 29.000 fans attending .

AFL Football, on a local , interstate, and global level is attracting fans and players everywhere .

Jetta is a West Australian

Jetta is a West Australian

More ” Football Jumpers”

Friday, June 4th, 2010

More “ Football Jumpers” are imminent with the defection from NRL and Rugby Union to AFL by high profile players Israel Folau and Karmichael Hunt .

AFL Coaches Mick Malthouse and Brad Scott believe it will be a successful transition and will encourage other players to change codes.

Former AFL player Sydney Swan Nick Davis who thought about converting to NRL from AFL in 2006 states that Rugby players train as hard as the AFL .

Supporters of both codes are confident the kicking skills needed in AFL can be learnt over a six month period.

To be a good kick you need a good technique, which can be taught.

All AFL players need to hone their skills in this area , and practice constantly

With the switch of players from NRL to AFL it poses the question will the switch work the other way ?

Can we expect to see AFL players convert to play NRL ?

Some things don’t change . All players , whatever code , will wear their football jumper , jersey , guernsey to play the game in their team’s colours.

A new " Melbourne " team ?

A new " Melbourne " team ?

New Meaning to the term Football Jumper

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Giving new meaning to the term ” Football Jumper ” , another former Brisbane Broncos,  star NRL player , has signed up to join the national AFL Competition in 2011.

Both Israel Folau and Karmichael Hunt have signed to play for Greater West Sydney and the Gold Coast respectively.

Hunt will finish his season with French rugby union in 2010 with Top 14 side Biarritz Olympique.

Young, dynamic and talented , the AFL’s newest recruits will be used by the AFL as ambassadors to promote the Game .

Will these two ” football jumpers ‘ ,  be able to successfully switch codes to play Australian Rules Football from playing National Rugby League ?

Time will tell .

Fans will be out to cheer the ‘ new boys’,  in their  new teams , wearing their football jumpers , jerseys , guernseys.

Football Jumper

Football Jumper

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