Unlike the other codes, crowd numbers at AFL games are always high – even for bottom of the table clashes between local clubs it’s not unusual to see 40-50,000 show up.
AFL clubs get more people to their training nights during the finals month than NRL clubs get to their games. And around the world it’s fastest growing team sport with competitions in 16 countries ( including New Zealand), and internationals being played regularly between Pacific (left), European and North American countries ( a few of which I’ve played in myself). So why do more people show up for AFL games than any other? Simple: because they’re so frigging exciting to watch live.
Every game is a four-act drama of tension and excitement. Each player spends all of those quarters trying to dominate his opponent, both mentally and physically. They take no quarter. Some players run nearly two-thirds of a marathon during a match – that’s running flat out – before heading out back to throw up from exhaustion.
These guys are fit, they’re fast, they’re agile – and they have to be thinking on their feet all the time.
No wonder crowds get passionate – this is the strongest hardest, highest, fastest game on the planet:
They watch it for the goals.
They watch it for the big hits.
They watch it for the skill and agility.
They watch it for the tradition – this is one of the oldest codes of football on the planet.
And mostly, they watch it because it’s so damn thrilling!
Aussie Rules? I’d like to see that. :-)
Keep an eye out tomorrow night, when I’ll tell you about some the game’s great players.