Australian Travel – Aussie Rules Football

12/05/2016 Off By Emma Gray

While I was on my Australian Travel adventure, I was determined to go and see an Aussie rules football match. I absolutely adore normal football (or soccer, as some of you may know it) and I support both a Scottish team and a Spanish team. So I was interested to see how AFL (Australian Football League) could compare.

My brother booked us tickets to see the West Coast Eagles versus St. Kilda at the Subiaco Oval. I was really surprised to learn that the seating is mixed seating, and the fans aren’t placed in particular sections. This would never happen at home, especially inGlasgow. It would quickly descend into a complete farce, and in some cases, into violence. Clearly us Scottish people are just far too rowdy and caught up in our footy!

Spoiler - the Eagles won!
Spoiler – the Eagles won!

I was even more surprised to learn that it’s totally cool for you to drink during AFL games. That definitely wouldn’t happen at home, because if everyone had a drink in them, there would be even more likely to be crowd trouble. Sad, but true. Everyone was getting stuck into a few drinks during the game, and there was nothing but light hearted banter.

Another big thing which surprised me was the number of girls who were at the game. They were everywhere! When I go to football matches at home I’m normally one of very few girls in the crowd, which can be quite intimidating. The atmosphere at the game I attended was friendly and light, and I felt very at home as a girl in the crowd.

Australian Football

So, the game – I loved it! Watching 18 burly men in each team run around for a few hours wasn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon in the sun! The rules aren’t as difficult to follow as I thought they would be, and I only struggled to understand why free kicks had been awarded sometimes for incidents that didn’t look much to me. I liked the physicality of the game as I dislike the tendency to fall to ground in mock agony that happens all too often in soccer.

An AFL match is a must-see Australian experience for anyone looking for a Talk Holiday Australian travel idea. The atmosphere is exciting and the friendly banter between the different sets of fans was fun and exciting. I still don’t think it’s as good as realfootball, but I did thoroughly enjoy it!