I have posted on more than one occasion about our trip to Australia, and my love or their culture in general and their biggest sport specifically. While in Oz I started watching Aussie rules football, or footy, and since then I have been following the Geelong Cats of the AFL, the country's major league. I'm happy to say the Cats got back on the winning track early Friday morning US time with an 18 point triumph over St. Kilda, and for the first time in a year I also got to watch a full game of footy.
The Baltimore - Washington Eagles are an American Aussie rules club, and on Saturday they played a game on Charm City's east side against the Magpies from NYC. The EAFL match up was the second of the season for the BWE squad, and although they are now 0-2 they put up quite a fight against the team that won the division last year. There was some great ruck work by both sides, and the Eagles put on a great show of kicking, handballing and marking in the second half to close the gap New York had opened in a one sided second turn.
It was a great team effort to not just hang their heads and roll over, plus it was very enjoyable to watch. There was also a very hospitable group of club members on the side of the pitch selling food and drinks and cheering the eagles on. All in all it was a great way to spend a Saturday, and it has caused me to think about trying to get into good enough shape to play a few games with the lads next year. Or at worst, maybe just umpiring or becoming a social member of the club.