More than many of us want to know about football
(The other secular religions are coffee and food; minor anti-cults include weather and public transport.)
The weekend immediately after the ACAL conference is the AFL Semi-finals*.
These matches can be played anywhere in the world provided it’s Melbourne. If non-Victorian teams have managed to do better than ‘OK’ they may be allowed to have a final played in their state but Victorian teams are entitled to win.
*There are preliminary finals, elimination finals, qualifying final and the Grand Final. If more adjectives can be located, more finals may be added (but they’ll be played in Melbourne).
Are we born this way? Poet Bruce Dawe saw this
When children are born in Victoria
they are wrapped in the club-colours, laid in beribboned cots,
having already begun a lifetime’s barracking.
Carn, they cry, Carn … feebly at first
while parents playfully tussle with them
for possession of a rusk: Ah, he’s a little Tiger! (And they are …)
Hoisted shoulder-high at their first League game …