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Australian Rules Football

Updated on September 3, 2012

Footy. Yes? No? Maybe? An infidel's journey to the heartland.

I used to like Australian Rules Football (Aussie Rules Footy) but now I don't. By not liking the game or having a favourite team, I was able to record elements of a grand final event at Collingwood's Victoria Park home ground with dispassion.

Fans will know which match this was. Others won't care. People who hate footy may still find beauty in these images.

At the end of this lens, you'll discover a situation of extraordinary irony that this fascinating field trip occasioned.

On my way, passing Victoria Park Station.

Victoria Park Station Collingwood
Victoria Park Station Collingwood

A poignant scene of past pleasures.

Victoria Park Collingwood
Victoria Park Collingwood

Even inside the ground, business is thin.

How can one eat, at a time like this?

The tension mounts.

The ecstatic release of a timely goal!

If this board could talk...

The great leveller.

A fan kindly strikes his best pose.

Fans take their allegiance seriously.

Pure mateship in the wintry sunshine.

Is this where Leonardo got his inspiration?

Alas! The game is lost.

And now, the extaordinary irony!

Life imitates art!

That's me in the centre, holding the stubbie of beer! I spotted a photographer from the newspaper and felt I should strike a suitably mournful pose. This shot appeared the next day! Was I wrong to do such a thing, or is it wildly funny? Tell me what you think below.

Give it to me with both barrels!

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    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      5 years ago

      @filmic: Hee hee hee. I'm very grateful for your validation. Makes it all worthwhile. Best regards, P. :)

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      5 years ago

      @mellex lm: I'm so glad you think so. Thank you kindly! :)

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      5 years ago

      @RawBill1: Many thanks for your memories, Bill. They add a priceless level of authenticity to this lens. Best regards, P. :)

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      Bill 

      5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Ah yes, I remember that day very well indeed. I was watching it at home in Queensland and absolutely shattered by the result! Everyone up here was ecstatic!

    • mellex lm profile image

      mellex lm 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Very funny lens! Love the pose!!

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      filmic 

      7 years ago

      hahaha! Really? classic! really good photos and great lens. A story well told. You look mildly disappointed but even that's in stark contrast to the young lady to your left. Piss funny and not wrong at all.

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      7 years ago

      @sirkeystone lm: It's a ripper, isn't it?! I'm so pleased you enjoyed this one, James. I'm rather proud of it myself. Many thanks. :)

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      sirkeystone lm 

      7 years ago

      I love the paper clipping! That was good. All of the game commentary and I didn't see a single player!

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      7 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: Hee hee! So glat you think so, Darcie! :)

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      Hilarious game commentary!

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you. I appreciate your feeback very much. :)

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I love to watch Australian Rules Football. It's a kind of great sport! Like this lense a lot :)

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      7 years ago

      @Wbisbill LM: Thank you kindly! :)

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      David Schroeter 

      8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      Hi Paul. A great lens with interesting pix and a humorous slant on our great game. It reminds me a little of Keith Dunstan in "The Sun" with his AFL=Anti-Football League! A thumbs up and lensrolled to my Richmond Football Club Lens.

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      Barbara Isbill 

      7 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Great pics - thumbs up!

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      8 years ago

      @drs2biz lm: Many thanks indeed, David. I greatly appreciate your comment (and emailed idea for lens improvement). I've followed your instruction to the letter. Best regards, P. :)

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      Tarra99 

      8 years ago

      Great pics...I laughed at the Leonardo referance! LOL...your lenses always make me chuckle and your avatar in my comments section always makes me smile...the dog in the jersey is great!

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      Vladimir 

      9 years ago from Australia

      This lens is a contestant in the Downunder Awards for May. You can even vote for yourself! (http://www.squidoo.com/squid-groups) Best of Luck!

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      Susanna Duffy 

      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Why isn't this lens in the Wander Downunder Group (/groups/downunder). I happen to know that a lens on the Crows will be in that group in the next day or so - put 'em out of bounds on the full by submitting yours. Please.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Go Pies!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      I agree a breezy lens with great images is fun and fast read. Love your Collingwood Football Club lens very much. This is fun! - Happy Squidoo-ing! :)

      Susie

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 

      9 years ago from FL

      I love football and I still enjoyed how you put this lens together. Very Nice!

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      9 years ago

      Thank you, Jaguar Julie. Ironically, it's one of the best shots ever taken of me. My mum hung a colour copy of it in her lounge room! Thanks very much for stopping by. P. :)

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      julieannbrady 

      9 years ago

      Hmmm, an interestingly colorful pictorial lens -- love that shot of you that made it into the newspaper!

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      adamnrave 

      9 years ago

      Fascinating portrait of local colour. I'm keen for the denouement though. What and where is the situation of extraordinary irony? Thanks for the lens. Always enjoyable.

    • PaulHassing LM profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Hassing 

      9 years ago

      Well, I thought it was all rather good. And I don't like football either!

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