Wednesday, September 27, 2006

What to do on Friday night.

I know what you're thinking: What is there to do just past midnight on Friday. Well I have the answer for you. Australian Rules Football. Sure our country is flooded with coverage of countless sports, but that doesn't mean you cant check out a new one every once and a while. Aussie rules is one of the most amazing games I have ever seen, and the fact is, it is very fun to watch. The players on the field kick and hand pass to one another with the ultimate goal of collecting 6 points by getting the ball between the two large goal posts at either end of the ground. Along the way there are amazing kicks, marks (think a Tight End in Football trying to catch a pass while getting mugged) and tons of physical play.

This weekend is the big one in the AFL. The Sydney Swans will try to defend their title as they take on the West Coast Eagles for the 4th time in the last two playoffs. How is that possible you ask? Well it's simple; the Aussie rules playoffs allow for a team to lose and still advance, kind of like a double elimination. Eight teams make the finals (playoffs) and the reward for being in the top 4 is a "double chance" or second shot to make the Grand Final. The pairings go: 1 v 4, 2 v 3 with the winner of these games getting a bye and the loser hosting the double chance game the next week. In the bottom part of the bracket it is 5 v 8 and 6 v 7. The loser of these games goes home and the winner plays the losers from the top part of the bracket. Confused? Just wait. (or click on the graph to the right)

In 2005 the West Coast Eagles vanquished the Sydney side in the first round by 4 points only to face them again in the Grand Final. Sydney took that game, again by 4 points to claim their first title in four generations. And so it went this year when Sydney toppled the #1 Eagles by 1 point in the first round, only to see them again this weekend for a rematch of last year's big game. This game has tons of subplots but more then that it has heart, passion and grit. Just the things I love about sport. And so I will be right here at half past midnight on Friday night to listen to the radio feed of the game via the Internet. I don't really care who wins, but I would love to hear a one point game decided by a big kick at the horn.


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1 comment:

ycpgreazy said...

It's almost to amazing to be true. But the West Coast Eagles took the Swans down in another 85-84 game. Just as last year both games were 4 point games, this year they were both 1 point games. It was almost a big comeback by Sydney but in the end WC won.