We are again gripped by the AFL footy season. This sport is one of the most popular games in Australia and is almost a religion to some over the 6 month season. It culminates in September with the grand final being held on the last Saturday of the month.
Our team, the West Coast Eagles (WCE), played their first game for the year on Sunday and of course we were there. They had a win against the Western Bulldogs in the heat, it was still 35 deg. C when the game started at 4:40 pm. It was uncomfortable for the 36,000 spectators let alone the players.
Spectators show their support by donning the colours of their team in all sorts of ways.
The game takes about 3 hours from start to finish. Although we have followed the Eagles since they joined the AFL, we now have a nephew, Jamie Cripps, playing for them so we hope to get to all home games this year as well as a game in Melbourne if possible.
At half time the little kids play exhibition games with great enthusiasm.
The major goal kickers for WCE and the final score on the scoreboard.
We missed the whole season last year as we were in Europe so this year we will be watching as much footy as we can.