Travels

Watching Australian football in Melbourne

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Fighting for a split ball


Counted like this it sounds pretty standard and civilized. Well, no. The blockages and physical wear that these people do makes everyone consider them supermen. That's right. Almost all players are like mules, powerful and tireless muscles in the race.

Tatiana's cousin got us tickets to watch the game between Melbourne and Carlton Blues in the largest stadium in all of Australia - and I think of Asia - the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground).

The stadium is circular and has more than 10 seats which made that Friday seem semi empty despite having 47,000 spectators.

The proportions of the field are bigger than the one of soccer what demands a greater physical wear to the players.

The game began and people vibrated with every play of their own. The atmosphere was magnificent and the fans left their voices on each play. From the beginning the Carlton Blues were superior to Melbourne but the kids in the capital of Victoria continued to fight like jabatos.

The night was cold but the family invited us to the typical meat pies, a puff pastry stuffed with minced meat -they told us not to ask what animal it was- and sprayed with ketchup that instantly warms your stomach.

The show lasted more than 2 hours - the added time of each room is almost 10 minutes! - and I arrived home defeated just watching them run for so long. I am clear that I would never have chosen to practice this sport in my right mind. I don't even want to think about the hours of training that they should devote to be able to endure the whole game at that level. And they have no goalkeepers! That is my thing.

At the end of the game we walked through the sports venue where the tennis courts where the Australian Tennis Open is played - with the Rod Laver Arena at the head (I wish I could have seen the Open!) -.

Our hosts gave us the best weekend we had in the whole trip and being able to witness a live game of the most famous sport in Victoria - and I would almost say Australia - was just one more part of the cake.

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