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  1. Tabletop sports game appreciation

    "Up There Cazaly", Australian rules football board game, circa 1980.
  2. Bad weather football games

    The recent Austria v Netherlands women's football friendly was played in a heavy fog that made it impossible for the commentators and crowd to see much of the game:
  3. Small Details (and quirks) that You Love

    The Bristol City team that competes in the English FA Womens Super League have their team name on the front and back of their socks:
  4. Players in the "wrong" uniforms

    Magic Johnson makes a guest appearance for the Canberra Cannons against Michigan State in 2002 during the Australian team's tour of the United States:
  5. Odd Names

    Orval Overall Allir Allir Danger Fourpence Kade Kolodjashnij Parris Duffus
  6. Richmond Tigers (VFL/AFL - 1908 to present) Melbourne Tigers (NBL 1979-2014) - club renamed as Melbourne United for 2014-15 season
  7. Why root for the home team?

    sc49erfan15, National football competitions have only been around in Australia since the late 1970's, when the old NSL (National Soccer League) started, followed by the NRL and VFL in the early 1980's. Prior to that, all of the various leagues of all codes were based in each State, and with the capital city being the biggest city in each state, the teams were based in the various suburbs of those cities, eg the the Western Australian Football League has all of its teams in Perth, the South Australian National Football League has all of its teams based in Adelaide for example.
  8. Why root for the home team?

    When I started following the VFL/AFL in the late 1970's, the league consisted of 11 teams in Melbourne and one team not in Melbourne - the Geelong Cats. I decided to follow them, being the only team not from Melbourne. Since then two teams from my home town of Sydney have entered the league (Sydney Swans and GWS Giants), but I still continue to follow the Cats.
  9. Interesting Sports Facts and Statistics

    The highest Test match cricket batting averages of all time: Players 2-10 are separated by roughly three runs. The top player, Donald Bradman, is 38 runs ahead of the 2nd best player!
  10. Pink Uniforms

  11. Crazy Coincidences

    Robbie West played for the West Coast Eagles in the AFL between 1991 and 1993: West also played for West Perth in the WAFL - has there been any other footballer who has played for two different teams that share his surname?
  12. Bizarre/Unusual Numbers on Jerseys

    The East Fremantle team that plays in the Western Australian Women's Football League features several players with very high numbers on their jerseys - #67, #70, #73 and #98. The #98 is the highest number that I have ever seen on an Australian rules jumper.
  13. Crazy Coincidences

    For a brief period in the 1988-89 NHL season, the Vancouver Canucks had two players named Craig Adams on their roster - one a winger and the other a defenseman. The winger used the name "Gus" while the defenseman used "Charles" to avoid any confusion.
  14. My first...

    AFL - Adelaide v North Melbourne, Football Park 1991 SANFL - Port Adelaide v Central Districts, Adelaide Oval, 1991 WAFL - East Fremantle v South Fremantle, Subiaco 1992 NRL - North Sydney v Manly-Warringah, North Sydney Oval, circa 1991 NBL - Sydney Supersonics versus team I can't remember, State Sports Centre, Sydney 1987 Netball - Sydney Swifts versus team I can't remember, State Sports Centre, Sydney 2000 Football - Australia v Ghana friendly, Sydney Football Stadium, 1995 Test match cricket - Australia v South Africa, Sydney Cricket Ground, January 1994 ABL - Sydney Blues versus team I can't remember, Parramatta Stadium, mid 1990's Speedway - Liverpool Speedway, circa 1972 Rallying - Telstra Rally Australia, Perth, 1994 Olympics - 2000 Paralympics, Sydney
  15. All Purpose Stadium Thread

    Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane hosted today the Welterwight World Championship fight between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao. The bought attracted a crowd of 55,000 spectators to a venue more associated with football and rugby league matches.
  16. Historical location markers/plaques (sports related)

  17. Players in the "wrong" uniforms

    Chris Judd played only 1 game for East Perth in the WAFL in 2002, before his 14 year career in the AFL with West Coast and Carlton between 2002 and 2015.
  18. All Purpose Stadium Thread

    Etihad Stadium in Melbourne normally hosts AFL matches, but after the football season has ended it is converted into a speedway track for the Australian round of the FIM Speedway World Championship.
  19. Ugly unis + ugly athlete = GOLD.

  20. Bizarre/Unusual Numbers on Jerseys

    In this years FIM Speedway Grand Prix championship, Patryk Dudek will be racing with number #692 on his racing suit.
  21. Players on the "RIGHT" Team, but "WRONG" Uniform

    Andrew Balkwill played one game for Carlton in the AFL, back in Round 3 of the 1997 season. He has the unique distinction of being the only player in Carlton history to have played senior VFL/AFL football without donning the famed Old Dark Navy Blue jersey, as this was the only game where Carlton wore light blue as part of a sponsorship deal with M&M chocolates.
  22. Old Uniforms That Are Better Than Their Current Uniforms

    I prefer the original Fremantle Dockers green/purple/white "anchor" jersey to the current predominantly purple jersey:
  23. Team Names That are Also Names of People

    The Clarence Kangaroos of the Tasmanian Football League.