Yesterday I got a last-minute call from a colleague of mine, saying that he had two tickets for the St. Kilda – Collingwood game left over and if Kai and myself wanted to come. What a rhetorical question!
So we got dressed, had a quick lunch, and off we went.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground, or MCG, or just The ‘G for the initiated, is a very large cricket and footy stadium in the centre of Melbourne. It has room for around 100,000 spectators and is easily reachable either from Flinders Street or Richmond train stations.
Getting in was a bit of an issue, as we had tickets to the members area. And if you want to get in there, you have to wear a shirt with a collar (so either a dress shirt or a polo). Which, of course, I didn’t. So I ended up buying a St. Kilda Saints shirt from the merchandise stall for silly money. But, I have to say, it does look pretty cool.
What follows are a few impressions from the game. If you don’t know the rules to Aussie Rules, this might not all make complete sense. However, if you do know the rules… well… it still doesn’t always. 🙂
One arm and one flag would indicate a “behind”, only counting one point. A behind is scored if the ball goes over the line somewhere between the two outer posts while not being kicked between the two centre posts. Confused yet?
If you live in Australia, or come to visit in the fall and winter, I would definitely recommend going to one of the games. It’s a very fast sport with lots of excitement. And the atmosphere in the stadium is always pretty great.
It was a fun day out for father and son (while the girls went to see a movie). We will do that again.