Posts Tagged ‘AFL’

AFL International Cup 2011 Ireland -v- Sweden @ Bus Loop Oval, Moore Park







Oh, and Ireland won, by a lot!

See more photos of the game here


Day 131 – The Blues Celebrate
11 June Day 131

Day 130 – Spider listening to Eminem
10 June Day 130

Day 129 – Self-Portrait at Glenelg Beach
9 June Day 129

Day 128 – Blues Rehearse Flash Mob
8 June Day 128

Day 127 – Lara and I with Aboriginal Elder Auntie Josie
7 June Day 127

Day 126 – Blues board the plane to Adelaide
6 June Day 126

Day 237 – Upside Down Through A Wine Glass

Crappy camera phone comes to the rescue again! Today was AFL Grand Final day, a day I usually spend wishing I was in Melbourne. I liked today though, up at 9am watching the build up on my own in the house and practically running down to the shop for breakie so I wouldn’t miss too much of the coverage! Then over to my friends house for a quiet relaxed viewing of the game. You don’t always need the confirmation the vast majority of your peers to know something is great, just your own excitement. Except the match was crap and ended without a result! Ah well!

Quote of the day: “For there is nothing either good or bad, thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespeare

Day 230 – Grand Final

Today’s picture was taken at Blacktown where Sydney Uni’s senior men’s team, reserves and U18s contested their respective grand finals in the Sydney AFL league. Unfortunately only the U18s were successful. The senior game was one of those frustrating games where the team you’re going for are continually behind by about a goal or so and just can’t catch the breaks to get in front. What made it worse was the fact that Uni were clear favourites going into the game. Thats sport I guess, sometimes it gives you a sense that no matter how hard you try or how much you wish or cheer, a victory for the other side is just meant to be.

Quote of the day: “Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”- Mike Singletary

Day 202 – Beam me up Scotty

Emotional match at the SCG today as Swans captain and legend Brett Kirk played his last match at the SCG. It also marked the last game home game for coach Paul Roos as the Swans beat the Western Bulldogs to cement their finals place. It will be interesting to see where the Swans go next year without their two main leaders but we’ll be hoping their influence can carry on.

Day 76 – Game Day

Its been such a busy weekend, between recovering from college, playing AFL, photographing AFL, attending birthday parties, etc.. The photo above was taken at the Sydney Uni v Wests U18s game. There was a great atmosphere, something about having a game at night just adds to the occasion even though I’m not sure why?! I couldn’t tell you how the game went as I generally can’t when I’m photographing, I’m more concerned with the sharpness of the picture than the sharpness of the kicking! But judging by the amount of times the ball was down near the Uni forwards I reckon they won!

I really enjoyed our game earlier too, as you tend to do when ya win by over 100 points! Win, lose or draw though I think its great to be involved on any level with sport, surely those who aren’t somehow miss out? It reminds me of something that I was talking about when out that night, that arty people and sporty people generally don’t mix. I mean our college is one of art and design but not associated with any sporting clubs, neither would I know of many classmates who play. On the other hand not many of my teammates would be into getting out the paints and canvas after the games! Now I realise I’m talking in a big generalisation, and as a rule I think generalisation are crap, but I wonder about this one. Maybe its just that people only have time for one or the other?

Its funny I guess because I regard AFL as an art form, (as well as being the best game in the world!) and when you think of it, the Ancient Greeks and Romans did too with their sports, their sculptures were of Olympic heros, amongst other things. Since then, however, from the Renaissance right up to modern art and beyond, there have been paintings of almost every theme but sport is sadly lacking, especially amongst the greats. I mean did you ever see Da Vinci,
Picasso or Van Gogh paint about a soccer match? And yet it can be, as the cliche goes, poetry in motion. Then you add in the rivalries, the traditions, the rituals, the way it pushes people outside their boundaries, in positive and negative ways. So much that can be used to inspire a work of art, but that rarely is.

Quote of the day: “I always turn to the sports section first.  The sports page records people’s accomplishments; the front page has nothing but man’s failures”  ~Earl Warren

Also more photos from the Uni v Wests game at

Day 66 – Fenced In

I was cycling through Sydney Uni tonight on the way to AFL jersey preso when I saw this photo opportunity. Unfortunately I didn’t have my tripod or it would’ve been sharper but it’s definately one of the styles of photography I like, dark and moody! I’ll have to try getting the camera out around the night architecture more often before it gets much colder.

Anyway I’m not going to go off on a philosophical tangent as usual as I have to get a picture ready for class tomorrow, one that we like and can talk about. I’m thinking a Caravaggio or Rembrandt, both users of a technique called chiarascuro, which is basically strong contrasts between light and shade. On one hand it allows pictures and paintings to be more three dimensional and to have great mystery. On another hand it reminds me of the days before electricity and the modernitity of life. Oh, except I didn’t live in the days before electricity so I guess I’m thinking of days when the power failed and we all sat around imagining what the days without electricity were like! As I remember there was a certain peacefulness and stillness about the place thats so nice, but also so rare today.

I guess the only thing that comes close in a big city these days is Earth Hour, but I totally forgot about it this year and was watching the Swans match with lights and volume blaring. Oops sorry earth!

Anyway I better go pick a picture!

Quote of the day: “There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle” – Robert Alden

Day 53 – Gardening

Well here you go Bernadette, you wanted a photo of flowers, well ok they’re more weeds than anything but still, its the best I can do! This is my (and my housemates) front garden.  Now I know the camera angle makes it look small but its actually quite a large piece of land, probably home to about 20 million different species of cockroaches, ants, spiders, flies, moths and other nasty insectoes! All of whose days on Albert St are numbered!

The next time I’ll take a picture of it it hopefully won’t look like this!! The plan is to uproot and replant all the weeds in the green recycling bin (and subsequently transferred to green waste heaven), so I can sit out and say hi to the people of Newmacdonaldtownville and have philosophical discussions about gardening and the like. Oh and I might also have to knock the wall for my plan to succeed, well maybe just a few bricks off the top, I haven’t thought it through that far yet….

I really am so enthusiastic about my potential new people stalking facility, i mean gardening project. I just hope the uprooted insects don’t think they can take refuge in my room. I’d also like to extend our garden at the back by a few metres to grow some vegetables. I don’t know where the trains would go but sure thats their problem!

And then to top it all off the AFL season started tonight. It is just pure art in a game, how Sydneysiders prefer rugby I just don’t know. I mean the movement of it, the way the ball spins, the speccies, ah! Ok I’m getting too excited!

Anyway if you want to impart any gardening tips, like say for instance ‘how not to get killed by a spider whilst pulling up weeds’, it would be greatly appreciated!

Quote of the day: “Man is by definition the first and primary weed, under whose influence all other weeds have evolved” – Jack R. Harlandin

Project 365 – 14th Mar 2010

Posted: March 14, 2010 in Project 365
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Day 42 –

Oh dear, two days and two AFL matches later and I am in bits! I feel like I’m 90 years old and that someone should be getting me a wheelchair! And it feels good! No pain, no gain, eh?!

Anyway I haven’t been very random in a while so I will randomly share some of my day. I went to the shop just a while ago and when I got there I slipped into my regular indecisive mode! I can’t stand it, overthinking what I need, why I need it, trying to work out the week in advance to make this my last shop. Then I realised I actually didn’t need anything but was only going down to take a picture for the blog. That made things worse as I roamed from aisle to aisle, trying to avoid the people, and more so the management and take some snaps!

I mean for someone who grew up in a shop you’d think I wouldn’t find shopping so hard. Even if you only go there for a walk you can’t very well go in, take a photo of the butter aisle and just leave! Decisions need to be made. But when you know what you want its still difficult. If you’re shopping for lunch do you just get something for that lunch or buy in bulk for the next 5 lunches? If you want eggs do you get the 6-pack, the 12-pack, free-range or caged. And then you stand in the aisle for about 10 mins debating the ethics of buying free-range, until some slightly over-enthuased shopper gives you a whack of their basket snapping you back into reality before you think ‘feck it, if i want to buy the chocolates as well i’ve only enough money for caged’

Decisions, so tricky, you can make a snap decision to buy a block ice-cream and then in your haste forget the freezer isn’t working. Or over-think a decision and be too cluttered with whether to have ham or turkey on Wednesday that you forget to buy toilet roll. I find deciding….difficult. Because really I like pizza as much as chips and 7-Up as much as lemonade.

Well Rita Mae-Brown once said “A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one”. Now just to make it!

Oh and the picture is more about perception, but I’m too tired to explain!

Day 34 – AFL Lesson for Newies!

Quick AFL lesson from some photos I took on Saturday night at Blacktown

This is how you drop to kick – Ball dropping straight down and you kick through the bottom of it.

Always punch the ball when you are contesting from behind

Head over the footie – Most newcomers are a bit apprehensive at getting into the contest but all coaches would say get your head over the football, power on through and you won’t get hurt.

Tackle – One of the ways of tackling is to grab onto the opposing player, fall and use your weight to drag them down.

Sheppard – Note how the taller Swans player is blocking the opposition from getting to his teammate. The ginger guy went on to score a goal from this play.

Quote of the day: “Sport doesn’t build character, it reveals it”