Bobby Deal wrote:John, you have captured some great action. Color and clarity are excellent and for not being a regular sports shooter I think you anticipated the action well. I have tried to watch this sport on television in the past but must admit I am oblivious to the rules. Watching it always reminded me of a game we played as children with a very politically incorrect name "Smere The Queer" It was the 70's though and I don't think any of us realized how derogatory the name was at the time. The game had only one real rule or objective and that was to destroy the guy with the ball.
HA! That describes this game.
Essentially there are very few stoppages. Kick the ball through the centre posts for 6 points, the outer posts for one point. Each team has posts at opposing ends of the field to attack and defend. Most points at the end win. It really can be a brutal game. You can kick the ball and punch the ball with your hand( a handball) as well as catch the ball in flight if it has travelled more than 15 metres in the air (a mark). No throwing the ball is allowed.
The rest is essentially open slather. 4 x 25 quarters. High speed "bumps" are dangerous but the crowd loves them. One guy is running for a mark with his eyes on the ball, the opposing player(s) run at high speed into him with his shoulder to spoil his mark. Ouch! some dazed and injured players can be the result. Essentially it's intimidation.
Occasionally all in brawls result which the crowd seems to enjoy. Apparently not enough violence in the normal game....