Posts Tagged ‘Olympic’

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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/keating18/sets/72157623760741111/

Day 11 – Happy Birthday Bernadette

Man I really hate being homesick, it doesn’t hit me very often but when it does… And I’ve pretty good considering I’ve just been home at Christmas but today is one of those days. Missing my grandmother’s 90th last year was bad enough but my sister’s 21st, well lets just say it’d would’ve been a session and a half! Well it still will be, just less me. I guess thats the price you pay for sun, sea, relative economic stability and other stuff!

This weekend I will be watching the top canoeists in the country at the Oceania Sprint Championships and dressing up with Olympic and World Champions at the Slalom Annual Awards, better known as the ‘Auscas’, but what I wouldn’t give to be throwing on the layers of clothing for a pint or 20 in Newcastle West, followed by a fry up at Keating’s and a 3am discussion on life and religion! Ah, the good ole days!

Well in the absence of sending a card on time (i know i’m feckin terrible!) and because I won’t be there for the 21 kisses/hugs/jaegerbombs, I got 21+ footballers from Michael Cusacks (cheers girls!) to pose for today’s photo instead!

So again, Happy 21st Ber, hope ya like the pic and have one or two for me over the weekend! xx