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Heartfelt Moments in Australian Rules Football

3 March 2016 86 views No Comment

As the thirty-seven contributions about the most heartfelt moments in VFL/AFL demonstrate, Aussie Rules football cuts across all divides. Hence this book of original essays includes contributions by and about football players, supporters and administrators who are vastly different in religion, class, income, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual preference.

The contributors within range from committed Christians such as Cardinal George Pell, Geraldine Doogue, and John Birt to devout atheists and like myself, Dick Whitaker and Barry Dickins.

Contributors to this collection of fine writing about heartfelt moments in Aussie Rules football also include current and former federal parliamentarians from both sides of the political divide – including Labor’s shadow treasurer Chris Bowen; Liberal Minister for resources, energy and northern Australia, Josh Frydenberg; Liberal Foreign Minister Julie Bishop; ex Liberal federal minister Amanda Vanstone and ex Victorian premier, Jeff Kennett. Contributors also hail from many Australian states and territories and range in age from the young to the very old.

Following Collingwood for a lifetime has taught me that Aussie Rules football is a metaphor for life and that, to take one crucial example, the game is never lost until it’s lost. Ultimately it is the downs that enable supporters to show their true colours and the depth of their personal attachment and commitment to each club. Thus, as Roger Kahn wrote, in his case about The Brooklyn Dodgers: “You may glory in a team triumphant, but you fall in love with a team in defeat. How true is that?

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