As some of you already know, I’m about to do one of the stupidest things in my lifetime…play some AFL games for the Finland Icebreakers.
The AFL International Cup 2014 kicks off on the 9th of Aug with a small event at Fed Square.
On the 10th we play our first game. From then onwards, we get a two day break before playing the next game. Details of my first few games are at the bottom, Full (Incomplete) Official Schedule Here, with the final two rounds being on the 19th and 22nd. Times and opposition are currently unknown (will provide details when released).
The last time Finland played was back in '08. I was “lucky” enough to play two games with them (really i just showed up and got put in because injuries and illness left them with 16 fit players). During the tournament there were very few supporters not involved with the games. And to be honest, there’s no point in doing something this stupid if there’s no-one cheering, laughing and heckling your mercilessly, while you bury yourself chasing an air filled oblong around a field.
With the majority of games being played near the hipster-bubble, there’s really no excuse for NOT showing up and being rowdy, aside from the normal; weather is shit, i’m getting my beard perm’d, the canteen doesn’t serve chai latte’s…
My pick would be to get down on the 13th as there are four grudge matches. Both womens teams from CAN / USA face off, as well as the mens CAN / USA and SWE / FIN.
That’s probably enough from me. Feel free to post questions, comments and other stuff here, but most of all come down and watch a bunch of foreigners make the Renegade Pub League look like the actual AFL.
dF / Tate
Sunday, August 10
Western Oval, Royal Park
9:30am USA v Finland
Wednesday, August 13
McAlister Oval, Royal Park
1:30pm - Sweden v Finland
Saturday, August 16
Eureka Stadium, BALLARAT
11:10am - China v Finland