From: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
If anyone's interested, the Grand Final will be on in about 2.5 hours from when this post was made (ie 14:30 Melbourne time). You might be able to catch it on a sports channel.
This year's final promises to be a good one. 100,000 people will be packed into a Colosseum-like stadium because it's got the best 2 teams for the whole season and it's a replay of the classic 1989 one.
In that game, the star was Gary Ablett, probably the best player ever. His son, Gary Ablett Jr. is a fantastic player for the same team and will probably be instrumental today. The AFL has a father-son rule which circumvents the normal draft. It's one of the best things they ever did. His team, Geelong, were formed in 1859 and it's one of the oldest football clubs in the world.
Like many people I'll be turning the sound on the telly down and listening to the "guerrilla" call by Roy and HG. They're completely hilarious, usually pretty controversial and they occasionally actually describe the action. Their humour is a bit hard to describe though. Ethnocentric would probably be close. I look forward to seeing who will win the Jack Dyer medal this year (their pick for the worst player on the ground )
If you have never seen this sport before, this is the game to check out. They go in very hard and there are some extremely talented players on these teams. Also, they've got good, old-fashioned football jumpers with stripes (although the days of actual jumpers are long gone). None of this modern rubbish with lightning bolts and dozens of colours...proper footy jumpers that look like they were designed in the Nineteenth Century
Here's Gary Ablett Jr. and one of the key players for the other team (Hawthorn), the mercurial "Buddy" Franklin.
< Message edited by Neilster -- 9/27/2008 3:19:24 AM >