51 – Australian Rules Football History

Australian Rules Football and the earliest clubs formed to compete, are said to be the oldest established football clubs in the world.  Started in the late 1850s, initially based loosely on the Rugby School game, within 20 years it had evolved to become the basis of Australia’s very own, different & distinctive code; Aussie Rules Footy.

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Early football game next to MCG
AFL crowd at the MCG
women-playing-football-1918 (NMA) Women playing a fundraising football match Adelaide 1918
AFLW match
Cyril Rioli tackles
Playing positions AFL (Wiki)
Night football
Nicky Winmar takes a mark

Tayla Harris takes a mark

The Melbourne Post of 1866 depicted a game in the Richmond Paddock (Blainey)
Thomas Wentworth Wills (Blainey)
Possum skin marngrook (CultureVictoria)

Podcast Recommendations:

Coodabeen Champions is a long running and highly amusing comedy show looking at all aspects of the game, upcoming matches, and AFL related items of interest  https://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/coodabeensfootyshow/

The Outer Sanctum is an unconventional all-female footy podcast that features six passionate fans, providing interesting and often amusing cometary, and discussing a range of topics related to the game.  https://www.outersanctum.com.au/

Lace Out celebrates the great game and people of Australian Rules Football with a weekly wrap-up of the news and games.  https://lace-out.captivate.fm/


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HESS, Rob, NICHOLSON, Matthew, STEWART, Bob and DE MOORE, Gregory, 2008. A National Game: The History of Australian Rules Football. Camberwell, Vic.: Penguin Australia. ISBN 978-0-670-07089-3.

SLATTERY, GEOFF (ed.), 2008. The Australian game of football: since 1858. Australian Football League. ISBN 978-0-9803466-6-4.

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AFL. AFL – Sir Doug Nicholls Round. afl.com.au [online]. 2021. [Accessed 2021]. Available from: https://www.afl.com.au/clubhelp/diversity/indigenous/sir-doug-nicholls-round

AFL PLAYERS’ ASSOCIATION, 2020. 2021 AFL Players’ Indigenous Map. AFL Players’ Association [online]. 8 December 2020. [Accessed 2021]. Available from: https://www.aflplayers.com.au/resources/indigenous-map

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MACQUARIE DICTIONARY, 2021. Barracking: [online]. 2021. [Accessed 2021]. Available from: https://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/blog/article/716/

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RUGBY SCHOOL UK, 2021. Rugby School – History. [online]. 2021. [Accessed 2021]. Available from: https://www.rugbyschool.co.uk/about/history/

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Other Links:

Best of 2018 Aussie Rules Football   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaUoDPEyohE&list=RDCMUCxAeHdLDAatFV_vt95MSO-g&index=11

Grand final highlights  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELj7yH5wmC0

Swans Grand Final   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2LnCMzlv5k&list=RDCMUCxAeHdLDAatFV_vt95MSO-g&index=18

AFL explained for Americans.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMZYZcoAcU0&list=RDCMUCxAeHdLDAatFV_vt95MSO-g&index=19

AFL explained for the British  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mnv32s8jPz0

Tigers Grand Final 2017  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYfzx33bjME

Suburban umpie waltz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kBhAcW0KEk

Umpire signals  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rligXVqQ6cw

Wining Goals   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSYsjfnspTE

Music:     Intro/Exit music modified from: ‘Grand Canyon’ by LÃHSTANA DAVID [CCFM Music]