Thursday, May 20, 2010

By popular demand...

Here are some Australian Football actions photos.

For those of you unversed in Aussie Rules, I won't pretend to be able to explain it all here, but I will try and give you some of the basics. There are eighteen players per side, and it's played on a oval-shaped (rather than rectangular) field. The object of the game is to score goals by kicking the ball between the posts. To pass the ball up the field, you kick to your team-mates who attempt to catch the ball (this is called "taking a mark"). Anyone who takes a mark gets a free kick without interference, however, if the ball is not caught, it's a free-for-all to get the ball and pass it on as quickly as possible. (If you don't take a mark, then you're not allowed to "hold the ball". You must pass it on quickly before you are tackled by the opposition. If you don't relinquish the ball, and get tackled, then the other team gets the ball for a free kick.) There's lots of running around the field, hand passes as well as kicking, and lots of scrambling around on the ground when no mark is taken.

Here's Chris going up for a mark...


...and here he is having successfully taken one (notice the other guy must have mistimed his leap!).


Here's Josh going up for a mark in one of his games. (He's wearing number 40.)



Here's Chris about to kick...


...and here's Josh in full flight.


I hope you've enjoyed these photos and they've given you a better appreciation of Australian Rules Football!

2 comments:

Shannon said...

Great shots!

Dillypoo said...

Awesome photography!

I don't understand American football, either. It's all a lot of running around and chasing after balls while trying not to get killed, I think.