Thursday, March 29, 2007

Local Footy Game - Trial Match

The big men fly at the centre bounce of the local level footy game I went to a week ago.

The agility of some of these big men is quite amazing. Here, one of the local Para Hills hardmen dodges his way though a bunch of Croydon Hawks to get to the footy.

Here, a Hawk takes a 'mark' (catch). Play stops for him to have a free kick after he marks the ball.

This tackle shows what happens if the opposition gets to you. In this instance, the (red) Para hills player is 'handballing' the ball as he is tackled. You can't throw the ball in footy, forwards or backwards. You actually have to either kick the ball, or strike it with a clenched fist. Obviously, footy can be an aggressive game.

After the game.

The West (?) Croydon Hawks gather together after their recent trial game at Para Hills. Looking at them in the photo, doesn't look like they won. But hell, it was only a trial game, and they were playing a team from a higher division. They certainly gave their all.

Wonder how they went at Wakerie (in the Riverland, maybe 2 hours drive North of Adelaide) the following week?

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Change of seasons

The seasons are changing here. Being classic aussie, I don't necessarily refer to the weather, but the change from cricket to footy. Couple weekends ago, for example, I went to watch a local footy game (see photos above). In the same sporting complex, however, there were also two games of cricket going. Equinoxical indeed.

What's most interesting in retrospect is that upon closer examination of the photos I took I realised that it had been women's cricket, not the male version of the game I had just assumed it had been. Good onya sheilas, and more fool me!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I'm Back!

A couple of weekends ago we went to the town of Clare in South Australia's midnorth. On one of several walks, I scaled Neagles Rock on the outskirts of the town. This was the view down the valley to the South. I'll be back to my regular posting habits now, I hope.