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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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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The ultimate destination, on Monday, was the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), via Jolimont Station, and a game of Australian Rules Football, between Collingwood and Melbourne. Yes, we do play football at a stadium called a ‘cricket ground’.

The MCG was the main venue for both the 1956 Olympic Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. I cannot remember the Olympic Games but was a volunteer marshal for the 2006 Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies. A fantastic experience in itself.

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The above shot is the first glimpse fans see of the MCG from Jolimont Station

MCG_37The National Sports Museum is also incorporated in the MCG and regulars tours are available, except on game days.

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The first bounce!

In Aussie Rules Football the umpire (referee, if you prefer) bounces the ball on the ground to start the game. The umpire is the bloke in the yellow top who looks as if he is bent over with a belly ache.

Above his head, at the bottom of the fence is the (yellow) football, with two nearly 200 centimetre ‘ruckmen’ ready to contest the ball, either side of him. FIRSTBOUNCE_44A

The game was played before a relatively small crowd of 50,000. There was a cold breeze swirling round the ground. Melbourne has only won game so far this year. While Collingwood has won more games, the wins have not been as decisive as other top clubs.

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I decided to leave just before three-quarter time. As the train passed the MCG I noticed the main light towers were lighting the ground and tried to take a reasonable picture of at least one of the towers.

June in Melbourne is cold…and since Monday, wet.