MARN GROOK

Well it’s that time of year again Melbourne’s big day of the AFL grand final.

Now I must be honest and say I didn’t even know it was the grand final weekend, as I do not take much interest in the football. I only realized the fact on the way back from Tasmania from visiting Mona people on the plane that were wearing their football scarves.

It prompted me to think about football fashion, the history of the game, and how did football become such a grand scale spectacle to most Australians.

The fashion is depicted by which football team you follow, the colours and design….but lets face it ……it is  no spring  carnival. Admittedly it is a winter sport surely people could get into it a little more.

HAWK MASCOT

HAWK MASCOT

MY PREFERRED FOOTBALL FASHION:

jean paul gaultier - winter collection

jean paul gaultier – winter collection

Did you know that the aboriginal Wurundjeri people of the Melbourne area played a similar game called marn-grook, meaning “to catch”

Australian Rules football was invented (well basically it was written down by a white person so they can now claim it as their idea) in Melbourne in the 1850s and codified in 1859, making it the oldest code of football in the world.

Australian Rules football was first played amongst Melbourne’s private schools (Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar School) as a way of keeping the cricket players fit through the winter.

Marn grook football

Marn grook football

Here is a picture of The Melbourne football team, 1902. The team members are wearing lace-up football Guernsey’s. Very hipster - dapper indeed, especially those moustaches.

Here is a picture of The Melbourne football team, 1902. The team members are wearing lace-up football Guernsey’s. Very hipster – dapper indeed, especially those moustaches.

Melbournians and expats abroad enjoy your excuse to enjoy to dress up……have a glass of wine and eat a meat pie today whether or not you watch the game or not. I know I will!

And to enjoy following the days events; Marn grook – History of Aussie rules.

http://vimeo.com/20400010

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