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What’s it like to spend a day at the MCG watching Footy? // Che cos’è il Footy australiano?

Footy - cropped

Footy – cropped (Photo credit: ASkaugset)

Ok, 10 months in Australia have passed by and the Footy was still on my local to do list. What happens is that I met a person in my French course so passionate about AFL that I could not stop myself from asking to go together. Footy always looked so strange as a sport to me, a mix of other sports and played only in Australia basically. So it did not have too much of an appeal to me, but on the one hand I thought I needed to understand the basic rules, since I’m living here, and on the other hand Christine enthusiasm just made me decide I wanted to go and see a match with her. She perfectly organised everything, she even called a friend that speaks Italian to make us feel more comfortable. Well, what more could you ask for?!

Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1 January 1864

Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1 January 1864 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We met her just outside of the arena on a Sunday afternoon and we finally made our entrance in the famous MCG stadium. It was built to play cricket and Footy, they say, was thought for cricket players to keep fit during the winter months, when cricket wasn’t played. So it all comes together:)

She begins explaining me the first rules and little by little I start understanding and following the game. It’s not as uninteresting and strange as I thought. I clap, I “cheer”, we listen to the football clubs anthems. The typical food to have is a beef pie, but there’s dress code to enter the MCG,  … I see contraddictions, or at least for me coming from a different culture, also foodwise🙂 And all of a sudden a rainbow appears and then a second one! As she said to me, it must be a very lucky day!

I really enjoyed the Footy and the great company! Now I need to choose a team… any suggestions?

Interesting facts: The AFL was once called VFL as for Victoria Football League as it was only played in Melbourne and the state of Victoria.

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VFL Grand Final in 1945 at the Melbourne Crick...

VFL Grand Final in 1945 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tra i vari eventi ai quali mi sono prefissata di andare, dopo gli Australian Open e il GP d’Australia, c’erano una partita di Rugby, vedere il Footy e magari andare a vedere Del Piero giocare. Un paio di domeniche fa’ sono andata a vedere il Footy, cioe’ il calcio australiano o AFL (Australian Football League). Non che ne avessi una grande opinione, ma vivendo qui era d’obbligo almeno capire le regole principali. E poi l’entusiasmo di Christine, che ho conosciuto al corso di francese, mi ha spinto a chiederle di andare assieme! Si e’ preoccupata di comprare i biglietti e di portare con se’ un amico che parla italiano per farci sentire piu’a suo agio. Cosa si poteva volere di piu’?
Arriviamo e la incontriamo fuori dallo stadio e finalmente entriamo nel famoso MCG – Melbourne Cricket Ground. Uno stadio costruito originariamente per il cricket, dove viene ancora giocato, ma che ospita anche il Footy. Si’ perche’ il Footy, si dice, sia nato per mantenere allenati i giocatori di Cricket durante l’inverno. Si inizia, gli inni dei rispettivi club, mi vengono spiegate le principali regole e incomincio a capire il gioco e a seguirlo. Quindi posso anche applaudire. Scopro che non e’cosi’ noioso come pensassi e mi diverto. Il cibo da mangiare per eccellenza e’ la beef pie, una specie di torta salata di carne, che è  un po’ in contraddizione con le restrizioni per entrare allo stadio riguardo al vestiario. Ad esempio gli uomini possono entrare solamente se hanno la camicia, gli UGG non sono ammessi e c’e’ un appunto che mi ha fatto morire dal ridere: non sono ammessi jeans strappati, neanche se di designer famosi!!! All’improvviso compare l’arcobaleno e poi un secondo. Dev’essere proprio un giorno fortunato!

Rainbow at the MCG

Rainbow at the MCG

Ora non rimane che scegliere la squadra, qualche suggerimento?

The Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1878, photogra...

The Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1878, photographed by Charles Nettleton. PD-Australia as a photograph taken before 1 January 1955. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Curiosità: L’AFL prima si chiamava VFl, Victoria Football League, perchè si giocava solamente a Melbourne e nel Victoria, lo stato di cui è capoluogo.

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MCG

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  1. Pingback: 10 first words I learnt in Australian slang // Le prime 10 parole che ho imparato in “australiano” | La Vale and Her World

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