Winter practice [genesis of Australian Rules football, 10 July 1858]

[Editor: A letter, from Tom Wills, which is regarded as the impetus for the creation of Australian Rules football. Published in Bell’s Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle, 10 July 1858.] Winter practice. To the Editor of Bell’s Life in Victoria. Sir, — Now that cricket has been put aside for some few months to […]

A Toast to Football [poem, 16 June 1922]

[Editor: A poem published in The Eltham and Whittlesea Shires Advertiser and Diamond Creek Valley Advocate, 16 June 1922.] A Toast to Football. [By “Seranader.] After witnessing a Football Match at Eltham. Here’s to the footballer in his snow-white breeks, And the bloodstains on his rugged cheeks. To the genial warmth of his happy grin […]

The Two Man Band – Up There Cazaly [music videos]

“Up There Cazaly” was written by Mike Brady, to be used as part of an advertising campaign on Channel Seven to promote their televised coverage of Australian Rules football games. Mike Brady and Peter Sullivan (as “The Two Man Band”) released it as a single in 1979 and it became a top hit. The Cazaly […]

Australian Rules Football

Australian Rules Football is the most popular sport in Australia, with thousands of amateur teams playing in local competitions, along with professional-level teams competing nationally. The game is usually referred to as “Aussie Rules”, “AFL”, “footy”, or “football” (room for confusion exists here, as soccer is also called “football” in various countries). Australian Rules Football […]