DEDICATED FAN IS OFF TO FED SQUARE TO
CHEER, CHEER THE RED AND THE WHITE ONWARDS TO VICTORY
I’m just so excited that our boys made it to the Grand Final that I’m catching the 8 30 pm train to Melbourne to soak up the Grand Final atmosphere in Melbourne.
I’ve got my age pensioner train ticket, my folding chair, my scarf and my sandwiches, (tomato on white bread, being the team colours) and will be on the XPT Friday night bound for Melbourne.
At 7 30 am Saturday I’ll hit the town and if need I’ll have a shower at the Southern Cross Station travellers aid (just $5), wander around the city and then, with my folding chair, head to Fed Square and the big screen for the game.
After the game I’ll catch the 7 pm train back home with the memory of Buddy and the boys holding the trophy high etched into my mind, and all this on a $90 budget.
Some information about the game of Aussie rules
Australian Rules football is played between two teams of eighteen players on a large oval. The main way to score points is by kicking the ball between the two tall goal posts. The team with the higher total score at the end of the match wins.
During general play, players may position themselves anywhere on the field and use any part of their bodies to move the ball. The primary methods are kicking, handballing and running with the ball.
There are rules on how the ball can be handled: for example, players running with the ball must intermittently bounce or touch it on the ground. Throwing the ball is not allowed and players must not get caught holding the ball.
Possession of the ball is in dispute at all times except when a free kick or mark is paid. A distinctive feature of the game is the mark, where players anywhere on the field who catch a ball from a kick (with specific conditions) are awarded possession.
Australian football is a contact sport in which players can tackle using their hands or use their whole body to obstruct opponents. Dangerous physical contact, interference when marking and deliberately slowing the play are discouraged with free kicks.
Frequent physical contests, spectacular marking fast movement of both players and the ball and high scoring are the game’s main attributes. The game’s origins can be traced to football matches played in Melbourne in 1858.
Fares $53, Sandwiches $7, Water $4.50, Shower $5, Coffee/toast for breakfast $5, Lunch $8, Coffee light dinner $7.50. Total $90
What to take
Minimum clothes, Some bathroom stuff, Sunglasses, Hat, Team Scarf, Small radio, Phone/charger, music, Book to read (Day of the Jackal)