FOWChallenge-Referee

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referee

a person who is in charge of a sports game
and who makes certain that the rules are followed

Australian Rules Football has a total of 10 referees,

although we call them umpires

They are wearing green trousers, or shorts with a yellow shirt.

For the AFL (Australian Football League games) this year

there are 4 field umpires on the ground during play. 

A goal umpire at either end and 4 boundary umpires

whose task it is to stop play when the ball

goes over the white boundary line. 

As the speed of our game has increased

so too has the number of umpires.    

Our playing areas can be 150-200 yards

long by 120-170 yards wide. 

This ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground

(MCG) is 187 yards long by 160 yard wide.

  When I was 17, I was boundary umpire

for my local team for half a season.

Our ground was said to be 3 laps to a mile

around the boundary line which means

it would be around 210 yards long

by around 155 yards wide.

In those days we only had one field umpire

and two boundary umpires…one either side.

As play see-saws back and forth boundary umpires

were/are expected to be where the ball is

when/if it goes out of play.

The team I have followed all my life

is Collingwood…black shorts and

black and white vertical stripes in this shot.

We have had Texan born Mason Cox

playing and starring with us for several years now.

This is a Collingwood vs Geelong game.

Finally apologies for my photos,

they were taken with a ten year old phone.

 

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Dearth

FOWChallenge-Silent

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Every year on

April 25,

ANZAC DAY… 

Collingwood and Essendon play a game of

Australian Rules Football at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Prior to the game both teams and officials line up,

and a crowd of… 

 

100,000 fans rise to commemorate those fallen in conflicts

around the world during a minute of silence.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Silent

Black and White Tuesday16-2604

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Black and White Tuesday

 April 26, 2016

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A break from my usual Black and White today,

in favour of an ANZAC Day post.

Please forgive the quality of photos.

My phone does not take the best photos

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Over twenty years ago Collingwood and Essendon

began a tradition of playing on ANZAC Day.

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This tradition has developed to the extent

they even have a joint banner for the players

to run through before the game.

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When both teams and umpires were the ground,

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the pre-match solemnities began.

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 As one, just over 85,000 fans rose to participate…

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and join the players remembering all who…

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have fought in two world Wars

and other conflicts…

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and observe a minute of silence.

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The New Zealand flag was raised and…
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the NZ National Anthem performed by

a member of the NZ armed forces.

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The followed the Australian National Anthem

and flag raising ceremony.

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Then it was on with the game.

Collingwood won so I came home happy.

Happier still with the game played by

Texan debutant Mason Cox who kicked a goal

with his first kick in an AFL game and

went on to assist in several others.

More can be read about Mason’s transition from

basketball to Australian Rules Football here.

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Hope you enjoyed.

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Phoneography-Football Finals

My Phoneography contribution complements my

Look Up, Look  Down Challenge

this week.

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All these photos, while taken with my HTC phone are looking down onto the playing field of the Melbourne Cricket ground (MCG) or, in one case, looking up.

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September is a big month in Australia, particularly Melbourne, the centre of the Australian Football League (formerly the Victorian Football League) as all finals games are played during September to decide the champion team for the season.

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Many years ago all these games were played on Saturday afternoons, however, with the advent of the Australian Football League (AFL) and more direct televising of these games, the higher rating night games are more the norm these days.  I would much rather a day game, however, the team I have followed for years is one of the stronger teams and draws a bigger ratings crowd.

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These two photos were taken about half an hour before the first bounce (start of the game) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday September, 7th.  The MCG is where the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 1956 Olympic games were held.

The Dark section of the grand stand is the Melbourne Cricket Club Members grandstand.  There is a waiting list of 25-30 years to become a member.

These photos are taken from the Great Southern Stand where AFL Members watch sporting events to which they are entitled entry.

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All the above shots were taken on the first night of finals with the banner indicating that one of the teams is about to run onto the ground.

Fortunately I only attended this game to watch a good game. However, just prior to arriving I had a nagging thought that I had left my car unlocked at a railway station car park, so I left early… only to find that the car was very securely locked!!

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The only good thing about returning on Saturday night was my Look Up and capturing this scene.

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A crowd of around 50,000 watched as my team, Collingwood, were soundly beaten.  At least I don’t have a reason to drag myself over to night games any more this season.

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Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday (create-with-joy.com)

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Craftyspices.com_Wordless Wednesday

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Lensandpensbysally~Phoneography

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My Phoneography contribution complements my

Look Up, Look  Down Challenge

later this week

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September is a big month in Australia, particularly Melbourne, the centre of the Australian Rules Football League (formerly the Victorian Football League) as all finals games are played during September to decide the champion team for the season.

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Many years ago all these games were played on Saturday afternoons, however, with the advent of the Australian (Rules) Football League (AFL) and more direct televising of these games, the higher rating night games are more the norm these days.  I would much rather a day game, however, the team I have followed for years is one of the stronger teams and draws a bigger ratings crowd.

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These two photos were taken about half an hour before the first bounce (start of the game) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday September, 7th.  The MCG is where the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 1956 Olympic games were held.

The dark section of the grand stand is the Melbourne Cricket Club Members grandstand. There is a waiting list of 25-30 years to become a member.

These photos are taken from the Great Southern Stand where AFL Members watch sporting events to which they are entitled entry.

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All the above shots were taken on the first night of finals with the banner indicating that one of the teams is about to run onto the ground.

Fortunately, I only attended this game to watch a good game. However, just prior to arriving I had a nagging thought that I had left my car unlocked at a railway station car park, so I left early… only to find that the car was very securely locked!!

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The only good thing about returning on Saturday night was my capturing this scene.

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A crowd of around 50,000 watched as my team, Collingwood, were soundly beaten.  At least I don’t have a reason to drag myself over to night games any more this season.

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Lensandpensbysally~Phoneography

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