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“It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” – Legendary Green Bay Packers Coach, Vince Lombardi.
The anticipation has been here for long enough. The football season is just around the corner, and it is worth taking time to see how much this means, not just to me, but to all of us.
Take the NAB Challenge. It’s normally a bit of fun, and doesn’t mean anything. But if you still look, you will see supporters of clubs such as Melbourne getting excited because their team won three games!
This does nothing but show how much Australians love our game, even if it is just a pre-season competition, with no bearing on how the regular season will be. I know, being a Pies fan, that this has some basis. The new lists look good, and this year shapes to be a cracker.
Why do Australians love football so much? Is it because it is simple to understand? Yes. Is it because it gives us something to be competitive about? Yes.
But it boils down to one thing. Football is fun. It is a game which gives us pure enjoyment. You can form many new friendships through this great game of ours.
I know that when I got to my team six years ago, I knew a couple of people, but now I have great mates that will be with me for (hopefully) as long as life itself.
And that is the case with almost all teams. Young and old, you form lifelong friendships with the people that you go out and play with on Sunday mornings, in the cold and wet, or in the glorious sunshine.
Now that the seemingly never-ending cricket season is over, and the ovals have the proper goals set up, we can get back to doing what we love to do best. The offseason is over. Let’s get down to business, starting with this weekend.
Junior clubs may not be playing, but the AFL starts now, and I am sure that that is something that we have all been looking forward to. So good luck to you all this year, in all of your football endeavours.
By Gordon Beet